NAA finds P&G and Gillette India guilty for not passing GST Reduction to Customers to tune of Rs. 243 cr [Read Order]

NAA finds P&G and Gillette India guilty for not passing GST Reduction to Customers to tune of Rs. 243 cr [Read Order]

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The National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) has found that M/s Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Gillette India allegedly profiteered over Rs. 243 crores by not passing the GST reduction benefits to customers.

The Applicant alleged that the Respondents, M/s Procter & Gamble (P&G), and Gillette India had not passed on the benefit of reduction in the rate of GST from 28% to 18% w.e.f. 15.11.2017 to the recipients by way of commensurate reduction in the prices of the products being sold by them in terms of Section 171 of the CGST Act, 2017.

The DGAP had also stated that the base prices of 1383 goods had been increased by the Respondents after the rate of tax was reduced on P&G and Gillette India  them and hence, the Respondents had contravened the provisions of Section 171(1) of the CGST Act, 2017. The DGAP had further reported that the Respondents had profiteered an amount of Rs. 2,43,93,90,580 by denying the benefit of tax reduction to their customers.

The NAA headed by Chairman B.N.Sharma stated that the confirmed amount of tax benefit that the companies P&G Home Products, P&G Hygiene and Health Care, and Gillette India not passed on to consumers was  Rs.181.51 crore,  Rs.2 crore and  Rs.57.99 crore, respectively.

The NAA ordered the companies to reduce the price of the products and deposit half of the profiteered amount to the central consumer welfare fund and rest to the state, along with an interest. The profiteered amount has to be deposited within three months from the date of passing of the order.

“However, perusal of the provisions of Section 171 (3A) under which penalty has been prescribed for the above violation shows that it has been inserted in the CGST Act, 2017 w.e.f. 01.01.2020 vide Section 112 of the Finance Act, 2019 and it was not in operation during the period from 15.11.2017 to 30.09.2018 when the Respondents had committed the above violation and hence, the penalty prescribed under Section 171 (3A) cannot be imposed on the Respondents retrospectively. Accordingly, notice for imposition of penalty is not required to be issued to the Respondents,” the NAA said.

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