GST Credit can be used for making payment of taxes under old laws : CESTAT

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GST Credit can be used for making payment of taxes under old laws : CESTAT

CESTAT Bangalore has ordered in matter of M/s. Dell International Services India Pvt. Ltd. v/s Commissioner of Central Tax that GST Credit can be utilized for making payment of taxes and deposits under erst while laws (i.e Service Tax , Excise Etc.)

GST Credit can be used for making payment of taxes under old laws : CESTAT

The Extract of Judgement is given below for reference :

The Registry has raised the objection that the appellant is required to pay 7.5%/10% of the duty/tax and file proof of the same. In reply to the defect raised by the Registry, the appellant vide their letter dated 15.11.2018 addressed to Assistant Registrar submitted that the appellant has already reversed 7.5% of the duty demanded (i.e 7.5% of Rs. 47,74,29,969=Rs. 3,58,07,247) through Central Goods and Service Tax Credit and have indicated the same in Column 4B(2) of GSTR-3B filed for the month of August 2018. The appellant has also filed a letter dated 03.10.2018 addressed to Assistant Commissioner informing the fact of payment of such pre-deposit through CGST Credit and indicating the same in their GSTR-3B for the month of August 2018. The applicant has also enclosed letter dated 03.10.2018 along with GSTR-3B filed for the month of August and also submitted the Circular No. 58/32/2018-GST dated 04.09.2018 and also Circular No. 42/16/2018-GST dated 13.04.2018 and submitted that the Circular very clearly states that the arrears of Central Excise duty, Service Tax or wrongly availed cenvat credit under the existing law is permissible to be paid through the utilization of amounts available in the electronic credit ledger. Learned counsel further submitted that they have paid 7.5% and the objection raised by the Registry is not tenable.

2. After considering the submission of the learned counsel, we find that the appellants have reversed 7.5% of the duty demand through the CGST Credit and the same is indicated in the Column 4B(2) of the GSTR-3B filed for the month of August 2018. The learned AR also accepted the legal position that mandatory pre-deposit can be made through the CGST Credit. In view of this fact, we are of the opinion that the objection raised by the Registry is not tenable and therefore, we set aside the objection and direct the Registry to take the appeal on record and list the same for final disposal in due course.

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