NAA directs GST Officers to collect evidence against suppliers denying GST Rate Cut benefits to Recipient on COVID-19 essentials [Read Circular]

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The National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA) directs GST officers to collect evidence against suppliers denying GST Rate Cut benefits to the Recipient on COVID-19 essentials.

The NAA Secretary, A.K.Goel highlighted the recent amendments affected by the Government of India vide Notification dated 14/06/2021 wherein the rates of tax have been reduced and benefit of the input tax credit has been permitted in respect of supplies of goods and services and to state that Section 171 of the CGST Act 2017 envisages that the benefit of tax-rate reduction and/or Input Tax Credit should be mandatorily passed on by the suppliers to recipients of the Goods and/or Services.

The suppliers are, therefore, required to commensurately reduce the prices of each of the supplies of Goods and Services made by them so that the benefit of the reduction in tax rates and/ or of input tax credits is passed on to the recipients/consumers.

“I have been further directed to request you to take all possible steps envisaged under the GST Laws to ensure that the legislative intent of Section 171 of the CGST Act is complied with and to issue appropriate directions to your officers to take action as mandated under Section 171 of the CGST Act and wherever required, to utilise the powers conferred vide provisions of Section 67 (12) of the CGST Act for collection of evidence which may be required to take action against errant suppliers of various goods and services,” the NAA Secretary in the office Memorandum said.

The NAA directed all Principal Commissioners/Commissioners of CGST through Chief Commissioners, CGST; all CCTS of States/ Union Territories; all Members of the Standing Committee on Anti-Profiteering. 4. All Members of the State-level Screening Committees of all States/ Union Territories; DGAP; and Website of the National Anti-Profiteering Authority to take up the complaints filed by common consumers on priority and to forward the same to the Anti-Profiteering apparatus as provided in Rule 123 of the CGST Rules, 2017, i.e. the State-level Screening Committees and the Standing Committee on Anti-Profiteering.

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