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[Updated version of the Notification No. 16/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated the 28th June, 2017 as amended upto 14th Nov, 2017]
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Revenue)
New Delhi, the 28th June, 2017
G.S.R (E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by section 55 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (12 of 2017), the Central Government hereby specifies,-
(i) United Nations or a specified international organization; and
(ii) Foreign diplomatic mission or consular post in India, or diplomatic agents or career consular officers posted therein,
for the purposes of the said section subject to the following conditions:-
(a) United Nations or a specified international organization shall be entitled to claim refund of central tax paid on the supplies of goods or services or both received by them subject to a certificate from United Nations or that specified international organization that the goods and services have been used or are intended to be used for official use of the United Nations or the specified international organization.
(b) Foreign diplomatic mission or consular post in India, or diplomatic agents or career consular officers posted therein shall be entitled to claim refund of central tax paid on the supplies of goods or services or both received by them subject to, –
(i) that the foreign diplomatic mission or consular post in India, or diplomatic agents or career consular officers posted therein, are entitled to refund of central tax, as stipulated in the certificate issued by the Protocol Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, based on the principle of reciprocity;
(ii) that in case of supply of services, the head of the foreign diplomatic mission or consular post, or any person of such mission or post authorized by him, shall furnish an undertaking in original, signed by him or the authorized person, stating that the supply of services received are for official purpose of the said foreign diplomatic mission or consular post; or for personal use of the said diplomatic agent or career consular officer or members of his/her family;
(iii) that in case of supply of goods, concerned diplomatic mission or consulate or an officer duly authorized by him will produce a certificate that,±
(I) the goods have been put to use, or are in the use, as the case may be, of the mission or consulate;
(II) the goods will not be supplied further or otherwise disposed of before the expiry of three years from the date of receipt of the goods; and
(III) in the event of non-compliance of clause (I), the diplomatic or consular mission will pay back the refund amount paid to them;
(iv) in case the Protocol Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, after having issued a certificate to any foreign diplomatic mission or consular post in India, decides to withdraw the same subsequently, it shall communicate the withdrawal of such certificate to the foreign diplomatic mission or consular post;
(v) the refund of the whole of the central tax granted to the foreign diplomatic mission or consular post in India for official purpose or for the personal use or use of their family members shall not be available from the date of withdrawal of such certificate.
Explanation. – For the purposes of this notification, unless the context otherwise requires,“specified international organization” means an international organization declared by the Central Government in pursuance of section 3 of the United Nations (Privileges and Immunities Act) 1947 (46 of 1947), to which the provisions of the Schedule to the said Act apply.
2. This notification shall come into force with effect from the 1st day of July, 2017
[F. No. 334/1/2017-TRU]
Under Secretary to the Government of India