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Central Goods and Services Tax (Fourth Amendment) Rules, 2018 notified

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs

Notification No. 21/2018 – Central Tax

New Delhi, the 18th April, 2018

G.S.R……(E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by section 164 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (12 of 2017), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017, namely:-

(1) These rules may be called the Central Goods and Services Tax (Fourth Amendment) Rules, 2018.

(2) Save as otherwise provided, they shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017, –

(i) in rule 89, for sub-rule (5), the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“(5). In the case of refund on account of inverted duty structure, refund of input tax credit shall be granted as per the following formula:-

Maximum Refund Amount = {(Turnover of inverted rated supply of goods and services) x Net ITC ÷ Adjusted Total Turnover} – tax payable on such inverted rated supply of goods and services.

Explanation:- For the purposes of this sub-rule, the expressions –

(a) “Net ITC” shall mean input tax credit availed on inputs during the relevant period other than the input tax credit availed for which refund is claimed under sub-rules (4A) or (4B) or both; and

(b) “Adjusted Total turnover” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in sub-rule (4).”;

(ii) for rule 97, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

“97. Consumer Welfare Fund.

(1) All amounts of duty/central tax/ integrated tax /Union territory tax/cess and income from investment along with other monies specified in sub-section (2) of section 12C of the Central Excise Act, 1944 (1 of 1944), section 57 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (12 of 2017) read with section 20 of the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (13 of 2017), section 21 of the Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (14 of 2017) and section 12 of the Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Act, 2017 (15 of 2017) shall be credited to the Fund:

Provided that an amount equivalent to fifty per cent. of the amount of integrated tax determined under sub-section (5) of section 54 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, read with section 20 of the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, shall be deposited in the Fund.

(2) Where any amount, having been credited to the Fund, is ordered or directed to be paid to any claimant by the proper officer, appellate authority or court, the same shall be paid from the Fund.

(3) Accounts of the Fund maintained by the Central Government shall be subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

(4) The Government shall, by an order, constitute a Standing Committee (hereinafter referred to as the „Committee‟) with a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, a Member Secretary and such other members as it may deem fit and the Committee shall make recommendations for proper utilisation of the money credited to the Fund for welfare of the consumers.

(5) (a) The Committee shall meet as and when necessary, generally four times in a year;

(b) the Committee shall meet at such time and place as the Chairman, or in his absence, the Vice-Chairman of the Committee may deem fit;

(c) the meeting of the Committee shall be presided over by the Chairman, or in his absence, by the Vice-Chairman;

(d) the meeting of the Committee shall be called, after giving at least ten days‟ notice in writing to every member; (e) the notice of the meeting of the Committee shall specify the place, date and hour of the meeting and shall contain statement of business to be transacted thereat;

(f) no proceeding of the Committee shall be valid, unless it is presided over by the Chairman or Vice-Chairman and attended by a minimum of three other members.

(6) The Committee shall have powers –

(a) to require any applicant to get registered with any authority as the Central Government may specify;

(b) to require any applicant to produce before it, or before a duly authorised officer of the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, such books, accounts, documents, instruments, or commodities in custody and control of the applicant, as may be necessary for proper evaluation of the application;

(c) to require any applicant to allow entry and inspection of any premises, from which activities claimed to be for the welfare of consumers are stated to becarried on, to a duly authorised officer of the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be;

(d) to get the accounts of the applicants audited, for ensuring proper utilisation of the grant;

(e) to require any applicant, in case of any default, or suppression of material information on his part, to refund in lump-sum along with accrued interest, the sanctioned grant to the Committee, and to be subject to prosecution under the Act;

(f) to recover any sum due from any applicant in accordance with the provisions of the Act;

(g) to require any applicant, or class of applicants to submit a periodical report, indicating proper utilisation of the grant;

(h) to reject an application placed before it on account of factual inconsistency, or inaccuracy in material particulars;

(i) to recommend minimum financial assistance, by way of grant to an applicant, having regard to his financial status, and importance and utility of the nature of activity under pursuit, after ensuring that the financial assistance provided shall not be misutilised;

(j) to identify beneficial and safe sectors, where investments out of Fund may be made, and make recommendations, accordingly;

(k) to relax the conditions required for the period of engagement in consumer welfare activities of an applicant;

(l) to make guidelines for the management, and administration of the Fund.

To read whole notification: Read here 

[F. No.349/58/2017-GST (Pt.)]

(Mohit Tewari)

Under Secretary to the Government of India

Note:- The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide notification No. 3/2017-Central Tax, dated the 19th June, 2017, published vide number G.S.R 610 (E), dated the 19th June, 2017 and last amended vide notification No. 14/2018-Central Tax, dated the 23rd March, 2018, published vide number G.S.R 266 (E), dated the 23rd March, 2018.

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