Issue SCN Under GST in Time Bound Manner: Delhi Government

GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL CAPITAL TERRITORY OF DELHI

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE & TAXES (POLICY BRANCH)

VYAPAR BHAWAN, I.P.ESTATE, NEW DELHI-110002

No. F. 3(409)/GST/policy/2021/1054-1058 Dated: 04/03/2022

To,

(i) All Special/Additional/Joint Commissioners

(ii) All Ward In charges

Subject- Issuance of SCNs in time bound manner- regarding.

The Instruction No. 02/2021-22/GST-Investigational regarding issuance of SCNs in time bound manner issued by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes was circulated vide policy branch letter No. F.3 (409)/GST/Policy/2021/883-841 dated 30.11.2021.

2.) The last date for filing the Annual Returns for the FYs of 2017-18, 2018-19 & 2019-20 is already over as per details below-

F.Y. 2017-18: 05th & 7th February, 2020 (Notification No. 06/2020- Central Tax dated 03.02.2020)

F.Y. 2018-19: 31st December, 2020 (Notification No. 80/2020- Central Tax dated 28.10.2020)

F.Y. 2019-20: 31st March, 2021 (Notification No. 04/2021- Central Tax dated 28.02.2021)

3.) Sub-section (2) & sub-section (10) of the Section 73 of the Delhi Goods & Services (DGST) Act, 2017 states that:

(2) The proper officer shall issue the notice under sub-section (1) at least three months prior to the time limit specified in Sub-section (10) for issuance for order.

(10) The proper officer shall issue the order under sub-section (9) within three years from the due date for furnishing Of annual return for the financial year to which the tax not paid or short paid or input lax credit wrongly availed or utilized relates to or within three years from the dale of erroneous refund.

4.) Section 73 of DGST Act, 2017 provides that the adjudication order will he issued within three years from the due date of filing of annual return for the year to which the discrepancy is noticed. The section also provides that the show cause notices is required to be issued at least three month prior to the time limit.

5.) As per sub-section (2) sub-section (10) of the section 74 of the Delhi Goods & Services

(2) The proper officer shall issue the notice under sub-section (1) at least six months prior 10 the time limit specified in sub-section (10) for issuance of order.

(10) The proper officer shall issue the order under sub-section (9) within a period five years from the due date for furnishing of annual return for the financial year to which the tax not paid or short paid or input tax credit wrongly availed or utilized relates to or within five rears, from the date of erroneous refund.

6.) Further, Section 74 of DGST Act, 2017 provides that in cases of tax not paid or short paid or erroneously refunded or input tax credit wrongly availed or utilized, for reasons of fraud or willful mis-statement or suppression of facts , the adjudication order will be issued within five years from the due date of filing of annual return for the year to which the discrepancy is noticed. Further, the show cause notice is required to be issued at least six months prior to the time limit.

7.) In view of the legal provisions as above if the SCNs are issued in close proximity of the end dates/last dates, it may leave very little time with the adjudicating authority to pass orders within stipulated period mentioned in sub-section (10) of Section 73/ Section 74.

8.) In view of the above position, all ward-in-charges are encouraged to issue SCNs in all such cases above it is deemed necessary, as per Section 73 and Section 74 of the Delhi Goods and Services Act, 2017. Further, all the zonal-in-charges arc requested to take stock of the cases which warrant issuance of SCNs and take appropriate action to ensure completion of the proceedings in a time bound manner.

(ANAND KUMAR TIWARI)

SPECIAL COMMISSIONER (POLICY)

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