GST Input tax credit not available on Demo vehicle capitalized in books
THE AUTHORITY FOR ADVANCE RUIING
BRIEF FACTS OF THE CASE –
1. The application has been filed u/s 97 of MP GST Act 2017 and CGST Act 2017 (hereinafter referred to as the SGST Act and CGST Act) by the M/s Khatwani Sales and Services LLP.
2. We Khatwani Sales and Services LLP GST No. 23AAUFKI834EIZE are authorised dealer of KIA for sales & services of vehicles.
3. We are filing GST Advance ruling seeking “Whether Input tax credit on the Motor vehicle purchased for demo purpose can be availed.”
4. Applicant purchases the vehicles from the supplier against tax invoices after paying tax and captializes the demo vehicles in the books of accounts.
5. We are of the view that in accordance with the submission. The demo vehicles which are used in the course or furtherance of business, may therefore, be entitled for Input Tax Credit (ITC).
DEPARTMENT VIEW POINT
The Joint Commissioner (Tech). CGST & Central Excise Hqrs. Jabalpur vide letter F.No IV(16)02/Misc.Corres/Hq./JBP/Tech/2020-21/1562 dated 09.07.2020 submitted the view that the input tax credit on the motor vehicle purchased for demo purpose can not be availed as the same is hit by barring provisions of clause (a) of sub-section (5) of Section 15 of the CGST Act, 2017.
SOME OF THE DISCUSSION AND FINDINGS-
1. We have carefully considered the submissions made by the applicant.
2. The Applicant is an authorised dealer of KIA for sales & services of their motor vehicles. Applicant purchases demo vehicles from the supplier against tax invoices after paying tax, and capitalizes the said demo vehicles in his books of accounts.
According to the Applicant, Demo Vehicles are used for furtherance of business and are used for imparting training about the features of the vehicle and training on driving such vehicles to the prospective buyer, and the same are used for test drive of the similar vehicle model which will generate taxable revenue and help the applicant in furtherance of their business.
The Applicant submitted that every model of the car is used for demonstration for a limited period and is usually replaced every two years or 40000 kms or up to continuation of model, whichever is earlier.
It is also submitted that the vehicles used for demo purpose are sold in subsequent year at WDV. The Applicant also submitted that they will abide with the provisions of Section 18(6) of GST Act at the time of sale of the Demo Vehicle.
The Applicant declared that they will not claim depreciation on tax component of the captialized Demo Vehicles.
3. From the submissions made by the applicant, we observe that the Applicant has relied upon the provisions of sec. 17(5)(a) which were in fact applicable prior to Amendment Act, 2018.
Now w.e.f. 1.2.19 the provisions of Sec. 17(5) reads as under :
“(5) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) of Sec. 16 and sub-section (1) of Sec. 18 input tax credit shall not be available in respect of the following namely :-
(a) motor vehicles for transportation of persons having approved seating capacity of not more than thirteen persons (including the driver), except when they are used for making the following taxable supplies, namely :
(A) further supply of such motor vehicles; or
(B) transportation of passengers; or
(C) imparting training on driving such motor vehicles”
We do appreciate that as a dealer in motor vehicle, the applicant is required to have demo vehicles for providing trial run to customers and to enable them to understand the features of the vehicle. Thus, the Demo Vehicle are essential for promoting the sale of motor vehicles. But, that is not relevant for deciding eligibility of Input Tax Credit on Demo Vehicles.
The provisions of Sec. 17(5) are exception to Sec. 16. This is very clear from the initial para of Sec. 17(5) which says – “Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) of Sec.16…..”
Therefore, for deciding the eligibility of Input tax credit on Demo Vehicles, the provisions of Section 17(5)(a) of GST Act, 2017 are relevant which debars the applicant from making Input tax credit except in the situations described in Clause (A), (b) and (C).
THE QUESTION AND RULING AS FOLLOWS :
Whether Input Tax Credit on the Demo Vehicle purchased can be availed as the same will be captialized in books.
Considering the Arguments and submissions made by the Applicant in respect of the Question raised before this authority, it is ruled that the Applicant is not eligible for Input Tax Credit on Demo vehicles purchased for futherance of business. In view of barring provisions of clause (a) of sub-section (5) of Section 17 of CGST Act, 2017 as they are not of the exceptions given in clause (A), (B), (C) of Sec. 17(5)(a).
The ruling is valid subject to the provisions under Section 103(2) untill and unless declared void under Section 104(1) of the GST Act.