Reversal Of Input Tax Credit- Conditions And Eligibility


Date: 19 Sep 2022

Reversal of Input Tax Credit 


Input Tax Credit is one of the significant features of GST. ITC is applied to every transaction conducted under GST. Understanding how to claim an input tax credit, when to claim one, what cannot be claimed, etc., is crucial for a registered person. Incorrect input tax credit claims may result in fines, interest, and taxes.


What is Input Tax Credit?

The tax that a person already paid at the time of the purchase of goods or services and which is eligible as a deduction from the tax due is referred to as an input tax credit. ITC is a system that guarantees to prevent tax cascading. Simply put, levying tax on tax is what cascading taxes means.


Reversal of Input Tax Credit in GST

We are aware that everyone who is a registered taxpayer is qualified to claim the ITC.  However, under GST, the ITC claims are reversed concerning certain circumstances. The idea of ITC reversal states that the taxpayer who previously qualified for the credit advantage must now pay due production tax. By shifting him back into reverse, the credit granted to the taxpayer is no longer eligible for a claim. Under the reversal decree, the taxpayer must also pay the interest fees.


Conditions for ITC Reversal in GST

The conditions under which ITC Reversals are required are as follows:

  1. If the recipient fails to pay the decided amount to the supplier. The ITC reversal is required within 180 days from the date of the invoice. 

  2. The GST amount of the purchased capital goods has been claimed as depreciation under the Income Tax Act.

  3. An exempt supply has been made using inputs utilising the calculation for common credits below regularly (monthly or annually). If inputs are only utilised to create exempt supplies, they must be reversed as soon as it is discovered that a claim has been made.

  4. Some inputs utilised to manufacture supplies were later used for non-commercial or personal reasons. The reversal is required to utilise the regular calculation for common credits (monthly or annually). 

  5. On the cancelling of GST registration, ITC reversal shall be claimed. 

  6. Reversal of 50% of ITC by banks and other financial institutions subject to particular regulations. The reversal must be claimed when filing regular returns.

  7. On blocked credits, ITC has been accessed. The reversal should be claimed while submitting regular returns up until the deadline for submitting yearly returns.

  8. Inputs used in products that were distributed as samples for free. The reversal is accessible when the regular returns for the month in which those free samples were distributed were filed.

  9. It is possible to claim reversal for inputs used in goods that were stolen, lost, or otherwise damaged when the regular returns for the month in which the loss had occurred were filed.


Eligibility for ITC Returns in GST

A registered taxpayer is eligible to claim ITC returns once the following prerequisites are fulfilled:

  • Payment to the supplier of goods and services is made within 180 days of the invoice issuance.

  • Capital goods and inputs are not used for personal benefit.

  • Exempted supplies must not be provided using inputs or capital goods.

  • The GST returns are filed on time.


How to Calculate ITC?

Let's consider an example to understand better how the input tax credit is calculated.

For Rs. 500, Mr Sharma, a steel manufacturer, purchased raw steel to make steel plates and glasses. He spent another Rs. 100 on more raw materials. Assume that the GST for steel is 18%, and the GST for the other raw materials is 28%. As a result, the business invested Rs. 90 in raw steel and Rs. 28 in other raw materials. Mr Sharma spent a total of Rs. 118 on input tax.

Mr Sharma chooses to sell his goods at Rs. 800 plus GST after considering the cost of producing the steel plates and glasses utilising the other raw materials. Mr Sharma will generate an invoice for Rs. 944 on the steel plates and glasses if the tax on a steel utensil is 18%, making the tax on his goods Rs. 144.

Therefore, Mr Sharma pays the distributor Rs. 144 in GST for each sale. He paid Rs. 118 in GST when he bought his input raw materials. He can now deposit the Rs. 26 difference with the government after subtracting the INR 118 he paid toward input GST from the Rs. 144 GST. Retailers and distributors charge GST and are eligible for the Input Tax Credit at all subsequent levels.


Calculating ITC Reversal under Rule 42

Rule 42 applies to the reversal of input services. The first step in calculating input tax reversal under this rule is to distinguish the individual credits that are not claimable from the total ITC. A few variables that are used during the process that aid in the calculation are T, T1, T2, and T3, where,

  • T represents the overall input tax-paid credit on goods and services.

  • T1 is the particular credit given to inputs meant for non-commercial use.

  • T2 is the amount of input tax charged on materials used to make illegal exempt supplies.

  • T3 is the amount of input tax that section 75 considers to be "blocked credits."

The next step is calculating the common credit and deducting T1, T2, and T3 from the entire ITC. The equation for it is: 

C1 = T - (T1+T2+T3)

This will derive T4, a credit specifically for input services or inputs utilised to create taxable supply only.  This group of products comprises zero-rated exports and deliveries to special economic zones. 

Taking the difference between C1 and T4 will result in Common Credit, represented by the letter C2. This is based on the assumption that the inputs were utilised partially for a taxable supply and partially for non-business reasons. Thus, 

C2 = C1 - T4

The amount of ITC to be reversed from the common credit mentioned above can then be calculated as follows:

The ITC that can be attributed to exempt supplies that are derived from the common credit is computed as follows,

D1 = (E÷F) × C2 


E denotes the total value of exempt supplies received during the tax period. 

F denotes the entire revenue generated by the registered person in the state over the tax year.

The next step is calculating D2,  which is related to non-business uses and represents 5% of the C2 carbon credit.

D2 = 5% of C2

Further, to calculate C3, which is the eligible ITC derived from the common credit, which is denoted as,

C3 = C2 - (D1 + D2)

The ITC that needs to be reversed will be determined using the calculations from D1 and D2.

For instance, let's think about the following scenario for Kerala supplies in June 2022:

ITC (T) total = Rs 2,00,00

Personal usage inputs (T1) = Rs 9500

Exempt supply (T2) inputs = Rs 15,000

Block credits (T3) = Rs 6000 

Taxable supply inputs (T4) = Rs 1,20,000

The total exempt supply value (E) is less than = Rs 2,30,000

Kerala's total annual revenue (F) = Rs 4,00,000

Thus using C1 = T - (T1 + T2 + T3),

C1 = Rs 1,69,500

The common credit C2 = C1 - T4


C2 = Rs 49,500


D1 = (E÷F) × C2 

D1 = 28,462.5 

D2 = 5% of C2

D2 = 1423.125


C3 = C2 - (D1 + D2)

C3 = Rs 19,614.38

Thus you arrive at the ultimate value to be reversed. 


Calculating ITC Reversal under Rule 43

Capital goods are the subject of rule 43's ITC reversal computation. However, before beginning the process, the first step is to determine whether the ITC meets the following requirements:

  • Capital goods used for non-business purposes or for making exempt external supplies are covered by the ITC.

  • ITC on capital items utilised in the production of non-exempt supplies.

While the reporting period is based on the supply made in a specific month, the useful life of capital items is assumed to be five years. Therefore, the first step in performing the operations is to divide the credit by 60 to determine the ITC attributable to one month.

Here, common credit is denoted as "Tc," which, when divided by 60, yields "Tm," which is the amount of ITC attributed to the tax period.

"Tr" represents the total Tm of the capital goods.

The common credit for exempt suppliers, denoted by the symbol "Te," is calculated as follows,

Te = ( E÷ F ) × Tr

Where E denotes the total value of the exempt supply,

Total turnover, the registered person's status, is denoted by the letter F.

Te is, therefore, the calculated ITC reversal amount for capital items.

Throughout the useful life of the relevant capital goods, the sum Te and the applicable interest must be added to the output tax liability of each tax period.


Calculating ITC Reversal under Rule 44A

Suppose a registered person's registration is revoked for whatever reason, or they opt to pay tax using the composition system. In that case, this provision is intended to reverse the ITC they previously earned.

The ITC should be reversed and calculated proportionately to the bills on which credit was requested for inputs maintained in stock or contained within semi-finished or finished goods that are kept in stock. ITC will be given if the registered person switches to the composition scheme or cancels their registration.

The pro-rata ITC for the capital goods will be decided. Because of this, the ITC for the asset's remaining useful life must be reversed upon cancellation of registration or switching to the composition system.

The balance transitional ITC for gold bars was reversed as of July 1st, 2017. This rule applies to ITC claims made under the transitional provisions of the CGST Act. As of July 1, 2017, the taxpayer could only claim a maximum of 1/6 of the credit for gold bars or gold jewellery held by them. This clause states that at the time of delivery of either the gold bar or the gold jewellery made from the raw gold bars, a complete 5/6th of a credit line must be repaid.


Reporting Reversal of ITC under GST

GSTR-3B and GSTR-9 are required to report ITC reversal of GST returns.


Reporting ITC Reversal in GSTR-3B

The ITC reversal amount must be calculated by the taxpayer and entered in GSTR-3B Table 4B. Two types of ITC reversals must be reported:

  • The ITC attributable to non-business or exempt items must be determined per rules 42 and 43 of CGST/SGST Rules and recorded in this section. As a result, this form is not pre-populated.

  • "Others," where it is necessary to disclose an ITC reversal caused by other circumstances.



Reporting ITC Reversal in GSTR-9

Likewise, information on ITC reversed for the entire year must be included in the annual return GSTR-9. Where possible, information is automatically filled in depending on the information provided in the monthly GSTR 3B form; however, the taxpayer may make changes as necessary.


Reversal of ITC Provisions

Only if the supplier has included information on the tax invoice or debit note in Form GSTR-1, mirroring it in the recipient's Form GSTR-2B, is the recipient eligible for an input tax credit.

In other words, if the supplier has not provided Form GSTR-1, the input tax credit will not be recorded in Form GSTR-2B, and the recipient will not be allowed to use the input tax credit.

  • The CGST Act, 2017, Section 16 Subsection (2) Clause (aa):

Only if the supplier has included information on the tax invoice or debit note in Form GSTR-1, reflecting it in the recipient's form GSTR-2B, is the recipient eligible for an input tax credit. In other words, if the supplier has not provided Form GSTR-1, the input tax credit will not be recorded in Form GSTR-2B, and the recipient will not be allowed to use the input tax credit.

  • The Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017's Section 16(2)(b a):

Under the provisions of section 16(2)(b a), for instance, the receiver is only allowed to claim input tax credits that are not restricted (i.e., not ruled ineligible) as a result of the six circumstances listed under section 38 sub-section (2).  It's interesting to note that each of the six scenarios that render an input tax credit inadmissible in the hands of the recipient entirely depends on the supplier's proper compliance.

  • The Central Goods and Services Tax Act of 2017's Section 16(2)(c) :

The supplier must have deposited the tax to the government either through an electronic cash ledger or an electronic credit ledger for the recipient to be eligible for the input tax credit. The purchaser will not be qualified to claim the input tax credit if the supplier fails to pay the tax, even if the buyer has dutifully paid the tax to the supplier.

  • The claim of ITC and temporary acceptance under Section 41 of the CGST

The Finance Act of 2022 replaces the entirety of Section 41's provisions for using the input tax credit. According to the new rules, the recipient must reverse the input tax credit if the supplier doesn't pay the tax. Additionally, interest must be added to the ITC reversal.

  • Blocking of Credit, Rule 86A of the CGST:

One of the terms states that if the supplier is discovered to be nonexistent, the recipient will not be eligible for the input tax credit.



It is beneficial to keep the credit for earlier-used inputs so that it is added to the output tax liability. Thus, it would effectively invalidate any prior claims of credit. And last, the interest in ITC reversal varies depending on the reversal executed. 

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