Finance ministry points out flaws in filling of GST refunds by embassies
The finance ministry Friday asked foreign diplomatic missions or UN organisations to correctly mention the 'place of supply' of services in their GST return forms to enable quick processing of the refund.
The GST Act provides for allotting a Unique Identification Number (UIN) to consulates, embassies and UN organisations to enable them to claim refund of the GST paid.
However, it has come to the notice of the revenue authorities that many UIN entities while filling invoice data have been reporting their 'place of supply' as the state where they are registered instead of the 'place of supply' as reflected in the invoice.
Giving example, the ministry said it was observed that embassies registered in Delhi have been consistently declaring their 'place of supply' as New Delhi even on hotel service consumed in the state of Maharashtra.
"It is advised that while reporting the 'place of supply' and charging of CGST / SGST or IGST on an invoice, the details shall be exactly as per the details mentioned in the invoice issued by the supplier of goods or services. Wrong reporting of invoice level data in Form GSTR-11 or in the statement of the invoice submitted may lead to delay in processing/rejection of refund claims," the ministry said.
It said that one of the conditions for claiming the refund by these entities is to file invoice level data in their return form GSTR-11 on the common portal.
Form GSTR-11 mandates reporting 'Place of Supply' for every invoice on which refund is applied for.
However, many UIN entities while filling invoice data have been reporting their place of supply as the State where they are registered instead of the place of supply as reflected in the invoice, the ministry said.
(With inputs from agencies.)