One of readers Manish Mittal from Sonipat Haryana with ARN – 86024 wrote to us with this problem.
To avail the benefits of input credit, I took the GST registration last year despite the fact that my annual income is less than Rs.20 lakh. However, I came across an article published in Cafemutual on temporary relaxation given to IFAs under reverse charge mechanism and steps to follow to cancel the GST registration. I have applied for the cancellation in December 2017 and it is pending with the authority.
However, I have paid GST amount of Rs.87,768 so far. I would like to understand how I could get refund of this money.
Manish Mittal, Sonipat, Haryana
ARN - 86027.
GST norms do not allow assesses to get refund on the paid GST. However, if you have forgotten to avail input credit while filing your GST returns, you can get refund to the extent of input credits. In this case, you have to file revised GST returns to get the refund within six months of the filing the original returns.
However, many assesses pay GST after factoring in input credits.
On your cancellation request, you should check the status of cancellation application with the local nodal officer. It is better to pay your GST amount before applying for GST cancellation.
While a few experts believe that distributors will have to pay all pending GST before the date of application, others believe that distributors will have to pay GST until March 2018 to cancel their GST registration.
If you have requested for GST registration and paid all pending GST, follow this process to get it done.
- Login to ‘GST Portal’ using your log-in ID
- Click on ‘Submit Grievance’
- Select the category as ‘Others’ from the drop down
- Post your grievance as ‘GSTIN cancellation pending’
It is a good practice to ask for acknowledgement from the nodal officer at the time of applying for cancellation. By doing this, you put the onus of cancelling GST registration on the nodal agency. As a result, they would ensure that your GST registration gets cancelled on time.
Note: We have written this article based on the inputs from tax experts and operational heads of a few fund houses and R&T agents. We intend to clarify your doubts on GST. This does not tantamount to be a tax advice of any nature or a recommendation. Please take advice from a qualified tax advisor for your guidance.