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How to claim refund of excess balance in electronic cash ledger?

Businesses have been protesting ever since the implementation of the new indirect tax reform i.e. GST. Due to the uncertainty in new tax reform, many traders had paid wrong tax amounts by mistake. This article talks about the new facility has been started by the government on its GSTN portal, under which the taxpayers who paid excess tax money by mistake, can now transfer the money back to their bank accounts. Also the step by step guide to claim such refund has been given to help our readers.

Previously, there was no option to alter the returns at GSTN Network. Now, the government says that if any of the traders had paid an extra amount of tax by mistake while filing returns, the money will be returned to them. This facility has started online from 29th November. With just one click, the money will be transferred directly to the bank account of the particular taxpayer.

To get back their excess tax money, businesses will be required to log on to GSTN portal by using their GSTN registered numbers and then they can apply for returning of the excess money. The money will automatically be credited to the concerned bank account.

The refund application on the GSTN Portal is available for Refund of Excess Balance in Electronic Cash Ledger. So, If you wrongly paid GST amount under wrong head or by any other manner, there was no possibility earlier under GST to set off or refund that amount. For example: Tax paid under interest head or interest paid under fees or penalty head or paid SGST amount wrongly under the head of CGST but now you can make an application for refund of excess balance shown in electronic cash ledger , and after that make another challan for right payment.

Follow the below mentioned simple steps to claim the Refund of Excess Balance in Electronic Cash Ledger:-

  1. Login on GST portal
  2. Go to services
  3. Click on Refund
  4. Click on Application for Refund
  5. Select the Refund type as Refund of Excess Balance in Electronic Cash Ledger
  6. Click on CREATE button

This is the screenshot of how it appears on the GSTN Portal.

refund-of-excess-balance-in-electronic-ledger

Comments 49

j r kota

December 8, 2017

No sir, it is not working. it is repeatedly flashing the message “system error” and unable to file the refund claim. It is stopping at the ” save” stage. pl help

CA Ruchika Tulsyan

December 8, 2017

It’s working. Share your Mail ID, i will send you screenshots.

ankur gawade

December 18, 2017

gst refund kitne din me bank me crdit ho jayga

Ramana

December 23, 2017

It’s is showing system error madam

Vinoth kumar

December 24, 2017

Pls send me screen shot i have paid wrongly in cgst

Deepak Mendon

January 12, 2018

Even im also getting system failure message.
please help..

AZEEZ

February 5, 2018

are really get the refund to your bank a/c, I was waiting from one month RFD-01 filed 4th Jan

GEETHA

February 15, 2018

GST RFD

Senthil Kumar

February 21, 2018

For claiming excess gst paid

Naresh Kumar Aggarwal

December 8, 2017

What it is time limit of getting the refund. I applied on 30/11/2017 but till date i.e. 08/12/2017 not received it

Jitendra Vaswani

December 8, 2017

I also not recd. till date filed on 30 nov 17. On helpdesk call also they are not clarifying about the time limit for completion of refund process

Karthik

December 11, 2017

Guys. Once you recd pls update here

Deepak Gupta

December 14, 2017

Supposed to be within 15 days of filing the claim. Let us hope!!!!

GEETHA

December 19, 2017

What it is time limit of getting the refund. I applied on 07/12/2017 but till date i.e. 19/12/2017 not received it

Shivam

January 27, 2018

I have not received refund till now .. anyone has an idea about on it ? I applied for refund on 18-12-2018

NEHEMIAH

February 20, 2018

YOU NEED TO SUBMIT THE APPLICATION(APPLIED ONLINE) ALONG WITH CORRESPONDING CHALLAN AND YOUR GSTN REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE TO TAX ADMINISTRATION AT YOUR CIRCLE.

Dhimant Shah

February 9, 2018

It’s a manual procedure.
E-mail for further details.

AATIF

December 22, 2017

i am also getting a system error message

naidu

December 26, 2017

min 60 days

Akhilesh

December 26, 2017

GST Refund Kitne Din me bank me Credit ho jayega

vicky

January 3, 2018

I am Also getting the system error msg

Murtaza Chhatriwala

January 11, 2018

We have also not recd applied on 07/12/2017 but till date i.e. 11/01/2018 refund not received. can any one give the helpdesk numebr

CA Ruchika Tulsyan

January 11, 2018

0120-4888999

Anup Kumar Garg

January 17, 2018

GST Helpline say to visit Sales TAX Office of your zone with Refund ARN letter genrtated and get approval from some sales tax offers. So that claim can be credited in our account.
What kind of Digitalization is this?????????
GST is again taking taxpayer to offices for manual processes…………..not expected from GST………….

Ppiyush

January 18, 2018

Again pay bribe to that corrupt sales tax officer

Sujay Ponnachath

February 1, 2018

Even that does not work. I tried. It seems the state govt is yet to get the circular on how to process the refund. Also gst office have no idea

sunil

April 21, 2018

Agree with you.
Is this real Digitization ?
I have paid Wrong Challan Paid Cess Instead of SGST.
cant set off with other heads & now need to fill online form then need to take all necessary document to zonal office ( Typical Govt Attitude of Employee )
Need to be adjust cash ledger amounts with any head IGST/CGST/SGST/CESS/Int/Fees etc.
Very hectic work to get refund.
Just one mistake & you are finish

Jayant Kunte

July 21, 2018

Yes Sunilji same case with us. We paid 1,44,000.00 by mistake to Cess head instead of SGST/CGST. Have completed all the formalities including online and manual procedures for refund.

The concerned officer is asking 15% bribe which we do not want to give. Now he says refunds can go only to the accounts in nationalized banks. Is it true? I think he is making a fool of us. I have not heard of such foolish rules as our Income Tax refunds get credited in this cooperative bank.

The digitization is an eye wash and they have left enough space for corruption.

rahul

January 20, 2018

yes what type of digitalization is this

Ppiyush

January 22, 2018

Anybody receive do gst refund

Ankit

February 1, 2018

Anybody received refund .?

CA SUMANTA KUMAR DASGUPTA

January 29, 2018

JOINT COMM. AND ASST. COMM. EZRA STREET CHARGE,KOLKATA ASKING FOR 1.DECLARATION FORM 2.UNDERTAKING IN STAMP PAPER 3.GSTR-1 AND GSTR-3B 4.SUMMARY OF CASH LEDGER 5. PROCESSED ARN RECEIPT FOR REFUND FROM EXCESS CASH LEDGER FOR GIVING CREDIT IN BANK ACCOUNT
GOI IS VIOLATING CONSTITUNAL RIGHT AND MAKING “UNJUST ENRICHMENT” BY WITHHOLDING REFUND BY EITHER NOT CREDITING IN BANK THE REFUND OF EXCESS CASH LEDGER BALANCE OF THE ASSESSEE OR NOT PAYING ‘INTEREST’

Tejash

March 1, 2018

There is a whole list of documents required by mumbai commissionerate too even for refund of excess cash in vash register.. for such cases after filing RFD1A online there should be no requirement to go to gst officer… List of documents for excess cash refund include rfd1a printout plus refund acknowledgement plus gstr3b plus excess paid challan copy plus correct paid challan copy plus cancelled cheque plus UNDERTAKING…. HORRIBLE PROCEDURE..
Entire purpose of online application is defeated…**sigh**

A Saha

February 8, 2018

Refund of GST is in process and many people have started getting refund. contact GST Bhawan, Rajdanga.

Anshuman

February 13, 2018

The whole system of electronic fund return is not useful if one has to run to the gst offices. GST helpline says to contact your local jurisdiction officer with relevant details

vinod

February 17, 2018

what are the documents required for GSTrefund

kaniananth

February 20, 2018

The Refund Procedure is Long Process…
Government to pay tax Within Second.
But Refund ??

BHARAT SATPAL

February 27, 2018

HOW MANY DAYS THE REFUND IS IN THE BANK ACCOUNT. I SUBMITTED APPLICATION ON “08 JANUARY 2018” AMOUNT DEBITED FROM EC LEDGER SAME TIME BUT STILL NOT GET IN BANK ACCOUNT.

CA Ruchika Tulsyan

February 28, 2018

According to GST Provision within 60 days your refund is initiated

Devaraj

May 16, 2018

But i have submitted application on ”02 feb. 2018″ still not credit into the bank account.

abhishek jain

April 27, 2018

Same Problem here also

vijay

March 7, 2018

ALTHOUGH ARN NO. HAS BEEN GENERATED ON 30/11/2017 FOR REFUND OF EXCESS AMOUNT LYING IN ELECTRONIC CASH LEDGER THE AMOUNT HAS NOT YET BEEN CREDITED IN MY CURRENT ACCOUNT.
I REQUEST THE GST COUNCIL TO FIND A SOLUTION AT THE EARLIEST FOR REFUND

Naren Bansal

April 3, 2018

Electronic cash ledger amount is undisputed money that is credited to ecash ledger. Hence no such documents should ask by department. It is not tax refund, it is cash refund credited in ledger.

Umrao singh

April 15, 2018

You are right 3Band paid challan ate sufficient

SD

June 20, 2018

Is the refund available for all GST registered companies or only for exporters

Ritesh

July 11, 2018

Hi, I have Tax Liability of Rs. 26,070 but GST paid on Advances against Supply of Services is Rs. 2,00,000. Can I claim refund of such excess amount paid.

PRADIP KUMAR DAS

July 14, 2018

WHEN IT IS CONFIRMED BY GST ELEC CASH LEDGER THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED AMOUNT THEN WHY THEY ARE ASKING TO DEPOSIT OTHER DOCUMENTS EXCEPT REFUND APPLN. EVERY THING SHOULD ON LINE NOT TO RUN HERE AND THERE PERSONALLY.

PRADIP KUMAR DAS

July 14, 2018

VERY GOOD

rajeev

July 19, 2018

i have wrongly paid IGST instead of SGST, as i have no IGST liability i have applied for refund in december 17.after 3 month i have got an email to submit the physical docs to the jurisdictional office. it took one month for me to find out who is my jurisdictional office in mumbai and submit the physical docs. now no idea when the refund will come.
This is very lengthy procedure. Such a big punishment for a small mistake ? my money rs.125000 is held up for almost one year ……your all transaction history is available in online why a physical procedure ?
now this case will check and pass by Central Tax and then will go to State Tax dept.? Ridiculous system of online.