Clarifications on Miscellaneous issues related to SEZ

Raju Choudhary

Administrator
Staff member
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Clarifications on Miscellaneous issues related to SEZ. Whether the benefit of zero rated supply can be allowed to all procurements by a SEZ developer or a SEZ unit such as event management services, hotel and accommodation services, consumables etc.?

"Zero rated supplies" means supplies of goods or services or both to a SEZ developer or a SEZ unit. Sec. 16(1) of IGST Act

Section 16(3) of the IGST Act provides for refund to a registered person making zero rated supplies under bond/LUT or on payment of IGST, subject to such conditions, safeguards and procedure as may be prescribed.

Further, as per the second proviso to rule 89(1) of the CGST Rules, 2017 in respect of supplies to a SEZ developer or a SEZ unit, the application for refund shall be filed by the:

  • (a) supplier of goods after such goods have been admitted in full in the SEZ for authorised operations, as endorsed by the specified officer of the Zone;
  • (b) supplier of services along with such evidences regarding receipt of services for authorised operations as endorsed by the specified officer of the Zone.
A conjoint reading of the above legal provisions reveals that the supplies to a SEZ developer or a SEZ unit shall be zero rated and the supplier shall be eligible for refund of unutilized ITC or IGST paid, as the case may be, only if such supplies have been received by the SEZ developer or SEZ unit for authorized operations. An endorsement to this effect shall have to be issued by the specified officer of the Zone.

Therefore, subject to the provisions of section 17(5) of the CGST Act, if event management services, hotel, accommodation services, consumables etc. are received by a SEZ developer or a SEZ unit for authorised operations, as endorsed by the specified officer of the Zone, the benefit of zero rated supply shall be available in such cases to the supplier.
 
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