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Applicant is not entitled to ITC of GST paid on replacement of existing Lift/Elevator, in its premises.

Input Tax Credit The applicant, seeking an advance ruling in respect of the following questions.

Whether the Applicant - a Co-operative Housing Society paying Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Maintenance Charges collected from its Members, shall be entitled to claim Input Tax Credit of GST paid on replacement of existing lift/ elevator at its own premises to the vendor registered under the Goods and Services Tax Act for manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of lift/ elevator?; and

Whether the Input Tax credit, if available; is not covered under blocked credits under the Goods and Services Tax Act?

Explanation to Section 17(5) is very clear. ITC is available for “plant and machinery”. Plant and machinery means apparatus, equipment, and machinery fixed to earth by foundation or structural support that are used for making outward supply of goods or services or both and includes such foundation and structural supports but excludes - Land, building or any other civil structures.

The lift, after erection and installation is an immovable property because it becomes a part of an immovable property i.e a building. In other words it is to be considered as an integral part of the building itself. It is not a separate part of the building. When any person speaks of such a building, he also includes the lifts as an integral part of the building, like storage water tanks, etc.

To summarize, Manufacture, Supply, Installation and Commissioning of Lifts/Elevators is in the nature of Works Contract activity which results in creation of an immovable property. Hence in view of the above discussions and Explanation to Section 17 of the CGST Act, we are of the opinion that the applicant is not entitled to ITC of GST paid on replacement of existing Lift/Elevator, in its premises. — Las Palmas Co-Operative Housing Society Ltd., In Re… [2020] 20 TAXLOK.COM 074 (AAR-Maharashtra)