Central Excise Circular No. 858/16/2007-CX dated
Clarification regarding Circular No. 845/03/2007-CX
I am directed to invite your attention to Board's
circular No. 845/03/2007-CX dated 01.02.2007. In para-2 of the said circular, it
was clarified that non-availment of credit on inputs is a precondition for
availing exemption under notification No.30/2004-CE dated 09.07.2004, and if
manufacturers avail input tax credit, they would be ineligible for exemption
under this notification. Reversal of credit at a later date would not make them
eligible for this exemption. The Hon'ble Supreme Court in the case of CCE,
Mumbai-I Vs. M/s. Bombay Dyeing Ltd, [2007-TIOL-141-SC-CX] has discussed this
issue. References have been received to re-examine the said circular in light of
the decision the Supreme Court.
2. The matter has been examined. In para-8 of the above- referred Supreme Court
decision, it has been held that even when credit is taken, if the entry is
reversed before utilization, it would amount to not taking credit. Accordingly,
it has been ruled that in such cases, the benefit of the notification cannot be
denied. This judgment is given in the context of erstwhile notification
No.14/2002-CE, which is similar to notification No. 30/2004-CE dated 9.7.2004.
Both the notifications deal with textile articles falling under chapters 50 to
63 of the Central Excise Tariff. Further, all goods falling under Chapters 50 to
63 of the Tariff are covered under rule 6(3)(a) of the CENVAT Credit Rules,
2004, which stipulates that if CENVAT Credit is taken on inputs used in the
manufacture of exempted goods falling under these Chapters, then the
manufacturer shall reverse the credit so taken.
3. In view of the above, it is clarified that para- 2 of the said circular
stands amended to the extent that in case, credit taken on inputs used in the
manufacture of the said goods cleared under notification No.14/2002-CE or
notification No. 30/2004-CE, has been reversed before utilization, it would
amount to credit not having been taken.
4. The field formations may be suitably informed.
5. Hindi version will follow.
Under Secretary to the Government of India
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