categories of refunds for Exporters from both
Central and State Governments totaling Rs 38,000 crores were
sanctioned during two Special Drive
Refund Fortnight organized during March and May this year, Minister of State
for Commerce C R Choudhry informed the Rajya Sabha on July 19th
written reply to the Rajya Sabha, the minister said In order to sort out the
problems being faced by the exporters for refund claims of GST two ‘Special
Drive Refund Fortnight’ were organized from 15.3.2018 to 29.3.2018 and from
31.5.2018 to 16.6.2018.
result, most of the claims filed till 30.04.2018 have been sanctioned. IGST
refunds amounting to Rs. 21,142 crore and RFD-01A refunds totalling Rs 16,920
crore has been sanctioned by CBIC and State Governments as on 16.06.2018.
Government has also taken other measures to expedite the
refund of GST to exporters which include certain common errors hindering
disbursal of Integrated Goods and
Services Tax (IGST) refund and solutions thereof, permitting
manual intervention for corrections in figures by customs officers.
Moving a step ahead for the ease of exporters, in case of refund of
IGST where there is a mis-match of invoice details as filed in the Shipping
Bill and GST Returns cases, an alternate mechanism with officer’s interface has
been developed and circulated.
The Central Board of
Indirect Taxes and Customs(CBIC) has directed Custom Houses to open a
dedicated cell and e-mail address for the purpose of facilitating the pending
IGST refund cases, in order to ensure smooth operation of the prescribed
procedure and clearing the backlog of refunds of IGST paid on export of goods.
The Custom Houses have been directed to give wide publicity to this
step. Over a period of time various pro-active measures have been taken in
consultation with GSTN, IT wing of customs and field formations, as a result of
which most of the errors have been rectified and IGST refunds have been