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Every registered person is allowed to take tax credit for input tax.

Meaning of input tax credit

“Input tax” in relation to a registered person, means the central tax , state tax , or union territory tax charged on any supply of goods or services or both made to him, it does not include the tax paid under the composition levy.

“Input tax credit” means the credit given on input tax.

What are conditions for claiming input tax credit?

Sec 16 of CGST act provides some conditions, input tax credit can only be claimed after fulfilling these conditions:

  • The said goods or services or both are used or intended to be used in the course or in the furtherance of business.
  • Possession of tax paying document:  Registered person is in possession of tax paying document such as tax invoice or debit note or a bill of entry or such other tax paying documents.
  • Receipt of goods or services:  Registered person has received the goods / services. Goods that have been received by an agent of such person or by any other person on behalf or direction of registered person, it will also be considered to be receipt of goods.

Conditions for claiming input tax credit under GST

  • Tax charged actually paid to government: The tax charged in respect of such supply has been actually paid to the government by the supplier either in cash or through utilization of input tax credit.
  • Payment is not made within a period of 180 days from the date of invoice: If registered person has not made the payment to the supplier, even in that case tax credit is not allowed.
  • Goods received in lots or installment: In this case tax credit shall be allowed only when last installment has been received.
  • No ITC if depreciation is claimed on tax component of capital asset: If depreciation has been claimed on value of capital assets along with tax components, the input tax credit on said component shall not be allowed and if registered person has taken  tax credit of input tax it shall not be added to cost of capital assets.
  • Furnishing of return: ITC cannot be availed after the due date of filing return for September month of next financial year or on furnishing the relevant annual return whichever is earlier.

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