Section 15: “Tax Refund to Tourist Leaving India” (IGST Act, 2017)
Provisions under Section 15 of the Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) Act, 2017 relating to “Refund of Integrated Tax Paid on Supply of Goods to International Tourist Leaving India”, are as under:
The integrated tax paid by tourist leaving India on any supply of goods taken out of India by him shall be refunded in such manner and subject to such conditions and safeguards as may be prescribed.
Explanation: For the purposes of this section, the term “tourist” means a person not normally resident in India, who enters India for a stay of not more than six months for legitimate non-immigrant purposes.
The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) Act, 2017 was notified by Govt. on 12 April, 2017 and CBIC has notified the commencement date for various Sections/ Provisions thereof from time to time. Subsequently, Govt. has notified the Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) (Amendment) Act, 2018 on 30 Aug. 2018. However, commencement date of amended provisions of various Sections is to be separately notified by CBIC, except where specifically mentioned in the IGST Amendment Act, 2018 itself.