Export Bond for GST

Export Bond for GST & Letter of Undertaking

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Export Bond for GST & Letter of Undertaking

Entities involved in export of goods having GST registration are allowed to export goods without payment of IGST by furnishing an export bond or Letter of Undertaking (LUT) in Form GST RFD-11. In this article, we look at this procedure in detail.

Letter of Undertaking (LUT) for Exports under GST

According to the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017 any registered person exporting goods without payment of integrated tax is required to furnish a bond or a Letter of Undertaking (LUT) in FORM GST RFD-11. The following types of persons registered under GST will be allowed to submit a letter of undertaking and undertake export transactions.

  • Status holder as specified in the Foreign Trade Policy; or
  • Entities that have received the due foreign inward remittances amounting to a minimum of 10% of the export turnover, which should not be less than one crore rupees, in the preceding financial year, and he has not been prosecuted for any offence under the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (12 of 2017) or under any of the existing laws in case where the amount of tax evaded exceeds two hundred and fifty lakh rupees.

Letter of Undertaking will be valid for a period of twelve months from the date of submission. If the exporter fails to comply with the conditions of the Letter of Undertaking, the privileges could be revoked and the exporter would be required to furnish a bond. All exporters are required to submit letter of undertaking or export bond under the new format specified under GST on or before 31st July 2017.

GST Letter of Undertaking Format

The following letter of undertaking format can be adopted by exporters under GST:

GST Letter of Undertaking Format
GST Letter of Undertaking Format

Export Bond for GST

Entities not eligible to submit Letter of Undertaking as per the conditions mentioned above would have to furnish an export bond along with bank guarantee. The bond should cover the amount of tax involved in the export based on estimated tax liability as assessed by the exporter himself. Export bond should be furnished on non-judicial stamp paper of the value as applicable in the State in which the bond is being furnished.

Also, exporters can furnish a running bond, so that export bond need not be executed for each and every export transaction. However, if the outstanding tax liability on exports exceeds the bond amount at any time, then the exporter must furnish a fresh bond to cover the additional liability.

Export bonds and letter of undertaking can be submitted to the jurisdictional Deputy Commissioner or Assistant Commissioner of the concerned jurisdiction. However, once FORM RFD-11 is made live on the GST Portal, the document can be submitted online.

GST Export Bond Format

GST Export Bond Format
GST Export Bond Format

Bank Guarantee for Export Bond

A bank guarantee can be mandated along with export bond. The value of bank guarantee should normally not exceed 15% of the bond amount. However, based on the track record of the exporter, the bank guarantee required to be submitted with export bond can be waived off by the jurisdictional GST Commissioner.

 

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