Government allows exporters to manually file GST Refund Claims:CBEC

GST Refund Claims by Exporters

The govt has allowed exporters to manually file before tax officials, as per latest orders of the
Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). Now exporters of services who have paid IGST
and those making zero-rated supplies to SEZ(Special Economic Zone) units as well as those
a merchant who wants to claim input credit will have to fill Form RFD-01A and can approach their
chief commissioner of state tax for claiming refunds.

“Due to the non-availability of the refund module on the common portal, it has been decided by
the competent authority … that the applications/documents/forms pertaining to refund claims on
account of zero-rated supplies shall be filed and processed manually till further orders,” the
CBEC said in a circular.

The CBEC had last month started refunds for exporters of goods who have paid IGST
(Integrated GST) and have claimed a refund based on shipping bill by filling up Table 6A. Now
business is making zero-rated supplies or those who have paid IGST on exports or want to
claim input credit will have to fill Form RFD-01A and approach Chief Commissioner of Central
Tax and the Commissioner of State Tax for a refund claim.

“Since the online system was not there for exports of services and supplies to SEZ and those
exporters claiming credit for input credit, the manual system has been launched. Starting with the
refund process is a good thing, but it remains to be seen in how many days the exporters
actually get the refund credited to their bank accounts,” Jain added.

“Cash flows for exporters have been impacted due to lack of refunds of input taxes. The circular
on manual filing would need to be followed through with speedy processing of refund claims and
disbursal of refunds to address the cash flow issue faced by exporters,” Deloitte Haskins and
Sells LLP Senior Director Saloni Roy said.

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