Understanding Supplier Liability and Recipient Rights

- CA. Deepanshu Soni

Understanding Supplier Liability and Recipient Rights

    In a recent legal ruling that has significant implications for tax matters, the Hon’ble Calcutta High Court delivered a noteworthy judgment in the case of Fairdeal Metals Ltd. v. Assistant Commissioner of Revenue, State Tax, Bureau of Investigation (NB). This ruling, arising from Writ Petition Application No. 170 of 2024 dated February 01, 2024, addresses the contentious issue of whether recipients can be held liable for circulating bogus invoices supplied by their suppliers.

    The crux of the judgment lies in the court's assertion that recipients cannot be held responsible for the actions of their suppliers, particularly when the supplier has been granted registration by the GST authority and has paid the requisite taxes. The court emphasized that if there were any deficiencies on the part of the supplier, registration should not have been issued in the first place. Once registration has been granted and taxes have been duly paid, any allegations against the supplier lose merit.

    In the specific case of Fairdeal Metals Ltd., the petitioner, it was highlighted that they were not connected to any of the allegations leveled against the supplier, M/s Navaraj Trading Company. Despite discrepancies found in the GST returns of the supplier, the petitioner could not be held responsible for availing the wrong Input Tax Credit (ITC) due to bogus invoices circulated by the supplier.

    Delving into the facts of the case, it was revealed that the supplier had recently obtained registration under the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (CGST Act) in the State of Assam. However, certain discrepancies were noted regarding the legal occupancy of the supplier's place of business, as required under the tax laws.

    Despite a Show Cause Notice (SCN) being issued to the petitioner, alleging irregularities in the supplier's GST returns and transportation of goods, the court ruled in favor of the petitioner. The judgment underscored the importance of adhering to legal requirements and due process, particularly when imposing tax penalties and liabilities.

    This ruling by the Hon’ble Calcutta High Court sets a precedent for similar cases, providing clarity on the rights of recipients and the liabilities of suppliers in the realm of taxation. It serves as a reminder of the importance of compliance with tax regulations and the need for thorough documentation to substantiate legal claims.

    In conclusion, the judgment stands as a testament to the principles of justice and fairness in taxation matters. It reaffirms the rights of recipients while upholding the accountability of suppliers, thus ensuring a balanced and equitable tax system.

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