The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) notified the extension of Sanction for pending IGST refund claims where the records have not been transmitted to ICEGATE due to GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B mismatch error. 

The Board has received several representations in respect of IGST refunds which are pending due to mis-match of data between GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B. 

The resolution to the problem was provided by the Board, as an interim measure, vide Circular No. 12/2018-Cus dated May 29, 2018 read with Circular No. 25/2019-Cus dated August 27, 2019 in respect of Shipping Bills filed upto March 31, 2019. 

The CBIC said that the IGST refunds relatable to the Shipping Bills filed after 31.03.2019 having mismatch error between GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B could not be processed. 

It was noted that a substantial number of IGST refunds are stuck due to above error as functionality to amend GSTR-3B return is not available so far, there is a need to extend the facility as provided vide above Circular No. 12/2018-Cus dated May 29, 2018 and 25/20199-Cus dated August 27, 2019 in respect of the Shipping Bills filed after March 31, 2019 as well. 

The CBIC has decided that the solution provided in the Circular 12/2018-Customs read with Circular No. 25/2019-Customs would be applicable with the necessary changes for the Shipping Bills filed during the financial year 2019-20 and 2020-21 i.e. in respect of all Shipping Bills filed/ to be filed upto March 31, 2021. 

The CBIC stated that the corresponding CA certificate evidencing that there is no discrepancy between the IGST amount refunded on exports in terms of this Circular and the actual IGST amount paid on exports of goods for the period April 2019 to March 2020 and April 2020 to March 2021 shall be furnished by 31st March, 2021 and 30th October 2021, respectively. 

“The concerned Customs Zones shall provide the list of GSTINs, who have availed benefit under Para 3A & 3B of said circular and yet have not submitted the CA certificate to the Board by the 15th April 2021 for the IGST refunds relatable to financial year 2019-20 and by 15th November, 2021 for financial year 2020-21,” the CBIC said.