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Case Name : Jud Cements Ltd. & Anr. Vs Commissioner of Central Goods, Service Tax & Central Excise (Meghalaya High Court)
Appeal Number : WP (C) No. 344/2021
Date of Judgement/Order : 07/12/2021
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Courts : All High Courts

Jud Cements Ltd. & Anr. Vs Commissioner of Central Goods, Service Tax & Central Excise (Meghalaya High Court)

The Hon’ble Meghalaya High Court in JUD Cements Ltd. & Anr. v. the Commissioner, CGST, Shillong [WP (C) No. 344/2021 dated December 7, 2021] held that adjustment of Input Tax Credit (ITC) with tax dues to be paid off by the assessee in 24 equal or nearly equal monthly installments on account of the orders passed in the pending appeals and on account of ITC, if any, against the last installment. Further held that, the assessee will also be liable to pay interest on reducing balance basis on the tax due component of the amount less any adjustment on account of appellate orders or ITC.

Facts:

This petition has been filed by JUD Cements Ltd. (“the Petitioner”) for adjustment of ITC with tax dues to be paid by the Petitioner in installments amounting to INR 43,49,50,071/- as per the letter issued by the Revenue Department (“the Respondent”), that has been accepted by the Petitioner subject to the conclusion of the appeals, on account of the appeals pending for the period of 2017-18.

Held:

The Hon’ble Meghalaya High Court in WP (C) No. 344/2021 dated December 7, 2021 held as under:

Held that, the entire amount of INR 43,49,50,071/- should be paid off by the Petitioner in 24 equal or nearly equal monthly installments beginning December 15, 2021 and payable by the 15th day of the 23 succeeding months and the adjustment on account of the orders passed in the pending appeals and on account of ITC, if any, will be only against the last installment.

Further held that, the balance amount then due will become automatically payable on default of payment of any installment by the Petitioner within the time permitted, and it will be open to the CGST authorities to proceed for realization in accordance with law.

Stated that, the Petitioner would be liable to pay interest on reducing balance basis on the tax due component of the amount of INR 43,49,50,071/-, less any adjustment on account of appellate orders or ITC to be calculated after the completion of payment of last installment in terms of this order and the entire interest component will be payable within 60 days of the last scheduled date for payment of installments.

Clarified that, the interest that is required to be paid and after the completion of the installments payment will be calculated on reducing balance basis in respect of the tax due component and not in any respect of the penalty or interest already added into the figure of INR 43,49,50,071/-. Further, the Petitioner will continue to pay the current GST dues without seeking any concession on account of the payment.

Directed the Respondent, to annul the order cancelling the GST registration of the Petitioner and to restore the access the portal and all other facilities as in any normal case, upon the first installment payment made. Further clarified that, it will be open to the Respondent to cancel the registration within 15 days of any default in payment and deny access of the portal within 7 days of any such default, unless rectified before the relevant measure is taken.

FULL TEXT OF THE JUDGMENT/ORDER OF MEGHALAYA HIGH COURT

At the behest of the Court, the parties have agreed in principle to the form of the order, but have left the modalities to be worked out by the Court.

2. The appellants accept the figures indicated in the letter dated December 3, 2021 issued by the Assistant Commissioner, CGST, Shillong, Division – II to the Assistant Commissioner (LAW), CGST, Shillong Commissionerate. However, the appellants submit that the figures indicated are subject to adjustment upon the conclusion of the appeals now pending for the period of 2017-18.

3. It is also submitted on behalf of the appellants that the input tax credit due to the appellant assesse has been overlooked on account of non-payment of the tax due. It is accepted on the part of the CGST authorities that upon the payment of the tax due, the assesse may be entitled to input tax credit. The parties agree that such credit may be adjusted with the last installment of payments in terms of this order, subject to the assesse establishing its entitlement in accordance with law.

4. The total amount due as per the said letter of December 3, 2021 comes to a staggering Rs. 43,49,50,071/- and the appellants seek to pay off such amount, subject to the adjustment on account of the appeals and ITC, in 24 monthly installments.

5. The entire amount of Rs. 43,49,50,071/- should be paid off by the appellants in 24 equal or nearly equal monthly installments beginning December 15, 2021 and payable by the 15th day of the 23 succeeding months.

6. The adjustment on account of the orders passed in the appeals referred to above and on account of ITC, if any, will be only against the last installment.

Assessee allowed to adjust tax dues payable in 24 monthly installments with ITC against last installment

7. In default of payment of any installment within the time permitted, the balance amount then due will become automatically payable and it will be open to the CGST authorities to proceed for realization thereof in accordance with law.

8. The appellant assesse will also be liable to pay interest on reducing balance basis on the tax due component of the amount of Rs. 43,49,50,071/-, less any adjustment on account of appellate orders or ITC. Such amount will be calculated after the completion of payment of last installment in terms of this order and the entire interest component will be payable within 60 days of the last scheduled date for payment of installments in terms of this order.

9. It is made clear that the interest that is required to be paid by this order and after the completion of the installments payment in terms of this order will be calculated on reducing balance basis in respect of the tax due component and not in any respect of the penalty or interest already added into the figure of Rs. 43,49,50,071/-.

10. It is made clear that the appellant assesse will continue to pay the current GST dues without seeking any concession on account of the payment in terms of this order.

11. Immediately upon the first installment payment being made in terms of this order, the order cancelling the GST registration of the appellant assesse dated February 10, 2021 will stand annulled and the respondent authorities should immediately restore the assesse’s access to the relevant portal and all other facilities as in any normal case. However, it will be open to the respondent authorities to cancel the registration within 15 days of any default in payment in terms of this order and also deny access to the portal within seven days of any such default, unless rectified before the relevant measure is taken.

12. Let a copy of the letter dated December 3, 2021 be retained in the records.

13. WP (C) No. 344 of 2021 is disposed of as above.

14. There will be no order as to costs.

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