Updates to the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017

Amendment Introduction: CGST (Third Amendment) Rules, 2020 enacted under section 164 of the CGST Act, 2017. Effective from the date of publication in the Official Gazette, except where specified otherwise.

Aadhaar Authentication: Applicants must undergo Aadhaar authentication for registration, effective April 1, 2020. Non-compliance requires physical verification of the principal place of business.

Physical Verification: If Aadhaar authentication fails, physical verification is mandated within 60 days of application. Verification reports must be uploaded in FORM GST REG-30.

Changes in Refund Rules: Detailed changes in rules related to refund procedures, including cash refunds and credit re-crediting. Provisions for recovery of refunds if export proceeds are not realized within specified timeframes.

Input Tax Credit (ITC) Updates: Clarity provided on input tax credit for capital goods and common credit computation. Useful life of capital goods considered as five years from the invoice date.

Other Amendments: Clarifications on notification benefits and recovery processes. Modifications to forms and declarations for compliance.

Effective Date: Rules effective from the date of publication in the Official Gazette, unless stated otherwise. Pramod Kumar, Director, Government of India