No. The taxpayer cannot claim a refund of the balance available in the E-Credit Ledger. The balance can be utilized to pay tax liability under GST. The balance cannot be used for paying interest, late fee, penalty etc.
Refund of balance in e-credit ledger can be claimed in the following cases:
- If Input Tax Credit has been accumulated due to the export of goods and/or services
- If Input Tax Credit has been accumulated due to the rate of tax on outward supplies being lower than inward supplies
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