22 Nov 2019Posted By: Mudit Handa

GST Department launches Electronic GST Refund Portal

Undoubtedly, the GST authority has left no stones unturned in raising the ease of doing well by introducing a large number of relaxations for the general taxpayers as well as the traders who are having GST registration. The GST department has ensured this by the way of simplifying the GST return filing procedure, and most recently the Annual GST return filing procedure in Form GSTR-9. For long, one of the toughest challenges before the government was the automation of the GST refund process. The GST department has now introduced the Electronic Refund Processing and Single Disbursement procedure. 

This mechanism will now make disbursement of the GST refunds to the Refund applicants having GST registration, faster like never before!

This is indeed a sign of huge relief for the taxpayers after a long wait of almost a year, for the speedy electronic GST refunds procedure. Surely, this is going to ease and accelerate the process of GST refunds.


1. What is all about Electronic Refund Processing & Single Disbursement?

The Electronic Refund Processing and Single Disbursement is the newly introduced mechanism for making the entire procedure for GST refunds fully electronic. 

In this mechanism, all the steps of submission of refund applications by the taxpayers having GST registration, as well as the processing of those applications shall be undertaken digitally by the GST department. It has now been made functional after several amendments in the existing GST refund mechanism, which was hitherto manual.

This will simplify the refund procedure for the taxpayers having the GST registration.

2. How has the Electronic Refund Process been introduced?

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued a Master Circular notifying about the introduction of the procedure for electronic submission & processing of GST refund applications.

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3. When was the Electronic Refund Process made effective?

The new Electronic GST Refund Process has been made effective from 26th September 2019. As per the circular, the GST e-Refund process has been made applicable for the refund application filed through Form GST RFD 01 with effect from September 26, 2019.

4. What if the refund application file before 26th September 2019?

However, for all the refund applications filed on the GST portal before 26th September 2019, the new e-Refund process shall not apply. The provisions of the previous Circulars shall apply for all those cases. The processing of those refund applications shall continue to be done manually only.

5. Which stages of the e-refund process shall now be done digitally?

Recently, the GST refund electronic application process was introduced at the 31st GST council meeting. Now the further stages of processing of refund application, are made digitalized. These are as follows:

  • Issuance of acknowledgment of the refund application, 
  • Issuance of the deficiency memo, 
  • The passing of the provisional/final order, 
  • Payment advice.

Surely, this will definitely smoothen the whole process of the GST refund disbursement.


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