Burden of proof for genuineness of transaction while claiming ITC is on Registered Person – Karnataka VAT Tribunal
Friends sharing with you an important Judgment of Karnataka VAT regarding Disallowing of ‘Input Tax Credit‘ #ITC on purchase turnover where the Department challenged the genuineness of purchases of goods.
Relevant Sections of Karnataka VAT’2003:
Facts of the Case:
Reassessments were concluded for Apr’10 to Mar’11 by disallowing the claim of the input tax credit.
Apart from creating additional demand of tax the Authority has also levied, penalty and imposed interest.
Feeling aggrieved by the said orders, the appellant filed appeals before the Tribunal.
Assessee contented that the copies of the invoices produced by the appellant are genuine and the authorities have failed to disapprove the same. No enquiry with regard to the genuineness of the invoices issued by the above dealers.
Assessee said that the burden lies on the Department to disapprove the claim made by the appellant. It is sufficient for the appellant to file a list of such purchases and produce the copy of invoices.
The assessee further said that merely because selling dealers have not declared the sales turnover and have not paid the tax, the appellant should not be penalised.
Department said that appellant is unable to produce evidences like:
Therefore, ITC claim rejected
Burden of Proof lies on Assessee if he wishes to claim ITC, not on the Department.
As the Appellant is unable to prove the genuineness of the transaction, ITC cannot be allowed.
Title: Surana Industries Ltd vs State of Karnataka
Citation: Sales Tax Appeal No. 2680 to 2687 of 2012
Authority: Karnataka Appellate Tribunal, Bangalore
Compiled by: Abhishek Raja Ram
Learning from this decision:
The onus to prove genuineness of the transaction lies on the Person claiming ITC. If the claim is not substantiated with any document or if any document is found missing then Department has the right to disallow ITC.
As the Department is rejecting ITC claims due to Bogus or Fake ITC, it is recommended to keep all necessary documentary evidence ready while availing ITC. There should be monthly reconciliation of ITC with documents so that if something is missing that can be collected timely.