Alert to Taxpayers on fake messages on GST Refund 03/05/2020

Attention Taxpayers!
Safeguard yourself from fake messages on GST Refunds
It has been observed that some fraudulent messages are being circulated on WhatsApp, Email and SMS, claiming to process GST refund. It clearly shows that some miscreants have started to take undue advantage of Covid-19 crisis, by sending out fake messages with phishing links. One such link takes to a portal claimed to have been developed by GSTN. The same is fake and Government has notified only as the common portal, under the GST Laws.

Through such links, the taxpayers are asked to fill important information such as- Personal details, Address, Refund Details and KYC Verification, which may not just cause financial losses to the taxpayer but also enable such unscrupulous elements to steal their personal data for mala fide intentions.

Please be informed that GST refunds can be claimed through GST portal only. Any other source, portal with similar interface, message claiming to process GST refunds are fraudulent. Please also note that GST Network does not ask personal information, refund details and KYC verification through email, WhatsApp or SMS or through any other website.

Taxpayers are advised to remain cautious against such messages and use GST portal for refund application or any other GST related activity.

Do’s and Don’ts regarding Refund applications

Do’s Don’ts
Use only GST portal for claiming refunds Do not reply to any message claiming to process GST refunds
For any information on claiming GST refund, checking status of the refund application read
Do not open any link or attachment in the message
Remember that GST Network never call detailed personal information and refund details on email, WhatsApp or SMS Never fill any personal detail and other information on any platform other than GST portal for claiming refunds
Stay updated with News & Update section of for any official and authorized information Do not call at the number mentioned in the message
In case of any query of confusion, please call GST helpdesk 1800-103-4786. Do not trust information from any source other than the GST portal which uses similar portal names and interface

Tracking GST Refund Application Status on the GST Portal and PFMS portal 28/03/2020

1. The functionality to track the status of refund application has been available on the GST portal. By utilising this functionality, the taxpayers can know the stage at which the refund application is pending with the tax-officer/ taxpayer.

2. A tax officer can issue payment order only after Public Financial Management System (PFMS) has validated the bank account mentioned in the refund application (RFD-01). Similarly, final disbursement of refund amount sanctioned by the tax officer happens only after (PFMS) has validated the bank account mentioned in the payment order (RFD-05). Thus, validation of bank account takes place at two stages. However, the exact detailed status of bank account validation is not available on the GST Portal.

3. The Public Financial Management System (PFMS) of the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) has made available a central portal to track the status of bank account validation and disbursal of refund amount. By visiting the PFMS portal at the taxpayer can track the status of bank account validation.

4. This advisory is being issued for the benefit of the taxpayers in order to make them aware of the ways in which they can track the status of their refund applications on both the Portals.

5. To download the detailed advisory, clickhere

Section 15 of the Integrated Goods and Services Act, 2017 (IGST Act) Refund of integrated tax paid on supply of goods to tourist leaving India

The integrated tax paid by tourist leaving India on any supply of goods taken out of India by him shall be refunded in such manner and subject to such conditions and safeguards as may be prescribed.

Explanation.––For the purposes of this section, the term “tourist” means a person not normally resident in India, who enters India for a stay of not more than six months for legitimate non-immigrant purposes.