Since the benefit derived by the Respondent on account of additional ITC in the post-GST period from 01.07.2017 to 30.06.2019 was not passed on by him to his homebuyers, the Respondent has violated provisions of Section 171 (1) of CGST Act 2017
Anti-profiteering— The brief facts of the case are that the DGAP had received a reference from the Standing Committee on Anti-Profiteering to conduct a detailed investigation in respect of a complaint filed by Applicant No. 1 before the Standing Committee on Anti-profiteering, stating therein that he had purchased a flat in the project “Suncity Avenue-102”, Sector-102, Gurgaon, Haryana from the Respondent, and that the Respondent had not passed on the benefit of input tax credit to him by way of commensurate reduction in price in terms of Section 171 of the CGST Act, 2017.
Held that— It is revealed from the submissions of the Respondent that he has not passed on interest @18% on the profiteered amount to his homebuyers, including Applicant No. 1 and the 20 homebuyers who are yet to receive the commensurate benefit. Hence, in line with the provisions of Section 171 (1) of the CGST Act, 2017 read with Rule 133 (3) (b) of the CGST Rules, 2017, we order that the applicable interest shall be paid by the Respondent to his homebuyers from the date of receipt of the additional amount of consideration in the hands of the Respondent till the amount is paid to each buyer, as the Respondent has used this amount in his business. Accordingly, the DGAP is directed to ensure that the interest, at the applicable rate, is paid to the eligible home buyers and submit his report confirming payment of the interest within three months of this Order. In case the interest is not paid the same shall be recovered by the concerned CGST/SGST Commissioner and paid to the eligible buyers.