Getting Notice for Reversal of genuinely availed Input Tax Credit? Here's what to do Next!


Getting Notice for Reversal of genuinely availed Input Tax Credit? Here's what to do Next!
Apr, 2021
By Vikash Dhanania


Ever received a Notice for the reversal of Input Tax Credit even when you had availed it after paying the amount to the Seller?

Heard of such scenarios and wondering what to do in such cases?

Read the article to know why this is an unfair practice, and you can protect yourself by citing the appropriate rules and documents.

We are sharing a Court Ruling and a Press Release by CBIC that clearly explains the processes.

Understanding the Court Case

The case we discuss is 2021-VIL-308-MAD, IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT MADRAS.

In this particular case, the buyer had paid the due amount of Tax to the Seller, but the Seller did not deposit the same amount to the Govt.

The buyer availed Input Tax Credit on the said amount, thinking that the Seller has paid the amount, but that was not the case. The Department then made efforts to recover the ITC amount directly from the buyer.

The Court ruled against the order asking for the Tax recovery from the buyer stating the Department's approach was wrong and that the Department should have initiated action against the Seller.

The Press Release by the CBIC

In a Press Release dated 4th of May, 2018, CBIC clearly talked about No automatic reversal of credit.

The fourth point of the Press Release stated that there shall not be any automatic reversal of input tax credit from buyer on non-payment of Tax by the Seller.

The recovery shall be made from the Seller. However, the authorities do have the power to demand the Tax from the buyer but only in exceptional situations like missing dealer, closure of business by supplier or supplier not having adequate assets etc.

The first approach should always be to demand and collect the Tax from the Seller of goods/services.

But I still face such issues; what to do?

It has been seen in numerous cases that the Department issues a notice directly to the buyer without trying to collect the Tax from the Seller.

If you also face such a situation, you can counter question the Officer about the proper procedure and request the Department to issue the notice to the Seller instead.

But make sure that you do this politely and professionally, as the biggest reasons for litigation and Tax problems are actually the wrong ways of communicating and presenting yourself in front of the Officer.

With the proper citing of the appropriate Court Rulings and Press Releases like the ones we discussed, the complete process of getting the notice reversed becomes way easier!


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