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GST Registration cannot be cancelled with retrospective effect mechanically: Delhi High Court

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Though GST Registration can be cancelled retrospectively if officer deems it fit to do so, but officer's satisfaction cannot be subjective, it must be based on some objective criteria.

Merely, because a taxpayer has not filed the returns for some period does not mean that the taxpayer’s registration is required to be cancelled with retrospective date also covering the period when the returns were filed and the taxpayer was compliant.

- High Court

Petitioner has filed this petition against retrospective cancellation of his GST registration by the department.

Vide Show Cause Notice, petitioner was called upon to show cause as to why the registration be not cancelled for the following reason:-

“Collects any amount representing the tax but fails to pay the same to the account of the Central/State Government beyond a period of three months from the date on which such payment becomes due”

Show Cause Notice was issued to the Petitioner seeking to cancel its registration. However, the Show Cause Notice also does not put the petitioner to notice that the registration is liable to be cancelled retrospectively. Accordingly, the petitioner had no opportunity to even object to the retrospective cancellation of the registration.

Further, the impugned order passed on the Show Cause Notice does not give any reasons for cancellation. It, however, states that the registration is liable to be cancelled for the following reason “whereas no reply to the show cause notice has been submitted”. However, the said order in itself is contradictory. The order states reference to your reply dated 15.12.2021 in response to the notice to show cause dated 04.09.2021” and the reason stated for the cancellation is “whereas no reply to notice show cause has been submitted”. The order further states that effective date of cancellation of registration is 01.07.2017 i.e., a retrospective date.

Neither the show cause notice, nor the order spell out the reasons for retrospective cancellation. In fact, in our view, order does not qualify as an order of cancellation of registration. On one h.......
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