Circular No. 181/13/2022-GST
F. No. CBIC-20021/4/2022
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs
GST Policy Wing
New Delhi, Dated the 10th November, 2022
The Principal Chief Commissioners/ Chief Commissioners/ Principal Commissioners/
Commissioners of Central Tax (All)
The Principal Directors General/ Directors General (All)
Subject: Clarification on refund related issues-reg.
Attention is invited to sub-section (3) of section 54 of CGST Act, 2017, which
provides for the refund of unutilized input tax credit in cases where credit is accumulated on
account of rate of tax of inputs being higher than the rate of tax on output supplies i.e. on
account of inverted duty structure. Sub-rule (5) of rule 89 of CGST Rules, 2017 prescribes
the formula for grant of refund in cases of inverted duty structure. Vide Notification No.
14/2022-Central Tax dated 05.07.2022, amendment has been made in the formula prescribed
under sub-rule (5) of rule 89 of the CGST Rules, 2017. Further, vide Notification No.
09/2022-Central Tax (Rate) dated 13.07.2022, which has been made effective from
18.07.2022, the restriction has been placed on refund of unutilised input tax credit on account
of inverted duty structure in case of supply of certain goods falling under chapter 15 and 27.
2. Representations have been received from the trade and the field formations seeking
clarification on various issues pertaining to the implementation of the above notifications. In
order to clarify the issues and to ensure uniformity in the implementation of the provisions of
law across the field formations, the Board, in exercise of its powers conferred by section 168
(1) of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (hereinafter referred to as “CGST Act”),
hereby clarifies the issues as under:
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