CBIC CLARIFICATION ON REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS FILED DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN PERIOD

NOTICE NO : CBEC-20/06/11/2020-GST

CBIC CLARIFICATION ON REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS FILED DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN PERIOD

Subsection (10) of section 25 of the CGST Act, 2017 read with rule 9 of CGST Rules. 2017. provides for deemed approval of application or registration after a period of three working days. if the proper officer fails to take any action on the said application within the said period of three working days.

2. Strong apprehensions had been raised on possible mis-use of the deeming provisions during the COVID lock down period, where either the central/ state tax  offices are closed or are functioning with skeletal staff. Since the lockdown applied across all  establishment Including those belonging to the Government (Central and state), during the lockdown period there being no ‘working days’, it had been decided that the deemed approval of application of registration would not be granted on the portal with effect from 25th March. 2020. Accordingly, deemed approvals had been held up. However, since the lockdown is over in most of the areas and office are open since 1st June, 2020 as informed in the video conference by Member GST on 26th June,2020, deemed approvals have been granted for all those application pending as on 30.06.2020, which had not been processed till 15th July 2020.

3. It has been further decided that the application received thereafter which remain pending as on 28.07.2020 shall he deemed approved on 31.07.2020 and the 3 days deemed approval of application of registration would be resumed from 01st August,2020. Accordingly, it is requested that all the pending application of registration be disposed of, on or before 30th July, 2020 as a special drive. In this regard necessary administrative instructions may please be issued to all the proper officers under your jurisdiction to liquidate the pending applications before the deemed approval of registration gets resumed. You may also monitor them on a daily basis till 28.07.2020, so that the pendency is liquidated.

4. It is also noticed that during the lock down period also, a few, registration applications have been deemed approved on the portal because of technical glitches. GSTN has been requested to forward the list of such GSTIN’s who got deemed approval during the lockdown to the jurisdictional officers. In such cases. where ever required, proper officers may get the physical verification of business premises done.

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