Duty drawbacks under GST

In GST regime, duty drawback may lose relevance as there would be seamless
credit at each stage of value addition and better transparency. Even if duty
drawback is continued to offset the impact of basic customs duty component, which is non-creditable tax, the drawback rate could be very less. This could impact largely, those assesses who are dependent on duty drawbacks for
achieving good margin / profit.

No amendments have been made to the drawback provisions (Section 74 or
Section 75) under Customs Act 1962 in the GST regime. Hence, the drawback
scheme will continue in terms of both section 74 and section 75. Option of All
Industry Rate (AIR) as well as Brand Rate under Section 75 shall also continue.
Drawback under Section 74 will refund Customs duties as well as Integrated Tax
and Compensation Cess paid on imported goods which are re-exported.

At present Duty Drawback Scheme under Section 75 neutralises Customs duty,
Central excise duty and Service Tax chargeable on any imported materials or
excisable materials used or taxable services used as input services in the
manufacture of export goods. Under GST regime, Drawback under Section 75
shall be limited to Customs duties on imported inputs and Central Excise duty on items specified in Fourth Schedule to Central Excise Act 1944 (specified petroleum products, tobacco etc.) used as inputs or fuel for captive power generation.

A transition period of three months is also being provided from date of
implementation of GST i.e. 1.7.2017. During this period, existing duty drawback scheme under Section 75 shall continue.

For exports during this period, exporters can claim higher rate of duty drawback (composite AIR) subject to conditions that no input tax credit of CGST/IGST is claimed, no refund of IGST paid on export goods is claimed and no CENVAT credit is carried forward. A declaration from exporter and certificate from jurisdictional GST officer in this regard has been prescribed in the notification related to AIRs. This will prevent double availment of
neutralization of input taxes. Similarly, the exporter can claim brand rate for
Customs, Central Excise duties and Service Tax during this period.
Exporters also have the option of claiming only the Customs portion of AIR and
claim refund/ITC under GST laws. All Industry Rates for the transition period shall be notified in due course of time.�


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