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IGST – Full Form, Meaning and Applicability

The full form of “IGST” is Integrated Goods and Service Tax, and therefore the legalities regarding IGST are mentioned within the IGST Act 2017. The Central Government imposes IGST on all inter-state state supplies, including both goods and services.

Under IGST, the supplying State gives the credit of SGST utilized in payment of IGST to the Center while the recipient will avail credit of IGST while disclosing his output tax liability in his State. The Center will transfer the credit of IGST used in the amount of SGST to the importing State.

The GST data is transferred to the Central Agency, which will function as a clearing-house instrument, verify the cases and inform the governments to move the funds.

What is IGST?

IGST (Integrated Goods and Services Tax) refers to the tax imposed under this Act on the supply of any goods or services or both for inter-state exchange or trade. For this reason, the following supplies also fall under the purview of IGST:

  • Goods or services or both are imported into Indian territory.
  • Export of goods or services or both.
  • Supplies to or from SEZs (Special Economic Zones).
  • Supplies made to international tourists.

Origin and Commencement of IGST Act

The Act is understood as the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (abbreviation- IGST), which was passed to command, gather and deliver IGST in India.

This Act has been implemented to the whole of India, i.e., including the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Features of IGST Act 2017

The essential elements of the IGST Act 2017:

  • Carry on uninterrupted ITC chain on inter-state exchanges.
  • No prerequisite to pay tax upfront for the inter-state vendor or purchaser.
  • Refunds cannot be claimed for taxes paid in the trading State, as ITC is spent during tax payment.
  • Self-assessment model.
  • The IGST Model can make Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Consumer (B2C) exchanges efficient and effective.

How to track IGST refund Status?

Where a taxpayer desires to trace the IGST refund status, they need to follow the below-mentioned steps:

Step 1: Log in to the GST portal and fill in the valid information.

Step 2: Go to Services on the same page, click on the Refunds and choose the track status option from the drop-down menu bar.

Step 3: Choose the Financial Year and Month from the pull-down list.

Step 4: Hit the SEARCH button.

Step 5: The taxpayer will be redirected to a new page showing the result of the same.

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