GST woes: Exporters allege no duty drawback refund from states

State governments have effectively stopped paying tax refunds under the duty drawback scheme (DDS), compounding their liquidity issues, say exporters.Since the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime was introduced on July 1, they allege, getting refunds for the state component of the levy have become very difficult under the DDS, with the requisite mechanism not in place."While it is still possible to get states to pay for their share of refunds under the Integrated GST, those refunds which are to be paid fully by them are not materialising," said Ajay Sahai, director-general of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations. The problem was across the country, he added.DDS seeks to rebate the duty or tax chargeable on any imported or excisable material or input services used in the manufacture of export goods. Customs and Union excise duties in respect of inputs and service tax in respect of input services are neutralised under the scheme.The Central Board of Excise and Customs, which ...

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