Letter of Undertaking

Letter of Undertaking

LUT in GST: Full form/meaning is Letter of Undertaking. It is prescribed to be furnished in the form GST RFD 11 under rule 96 A, whereby the exporter declares that he or she will fulfill all the requirement that is prescribed under GST while exporting without making IGST payment.

GST LUT is to be submitted by all GST registered goods and service exporters. The exporters who have been prosecuted for any offense and the tax evasions exceeding Rs 250 lakhs under CGST Act or the Integrated Goods and Service Act, 2017 or any existing laws are not eligible to file the GST LUT. In such cases, they would have to furnish an Export bond.

Letter of Undertaking
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Documents Required for LUT under GST

An LUT can be submitted by any individual who is registered under GST provided he has not been executed in case of tax evasion exceeding Rs.250 lakh or any other offense.

  • LUT cover letter - request for acceptance - duly signed by an authorized person
  • Copy of GST registration
  • PAN card of the entity
  • KYC of the authorized person/signatory
  • GST RFD11 form
  • Copy of the IEC code
  • Canceled Cheque
  • Authorized letter

Who can use Letter of Undertaking (LUT)?

Any registered taxpayer who is into exporting goods and services can make use of Letter of Undertaking. Any person who has been prosecuted for tax evasion for an amount of Rs. 250 lakh or above are ineligible.

The validity of such LUT's is for one year, and an exporter is required to furnish a fresh LUT for each financial year. If the conditions mentioned in the LUTs are not satisfied within the specified time limit, then the privileges will be revoked, and the exporter will have to furnish bonds.

Other assesses should furnish bonds if the export is being made without the payment of IGST. LUTs / Bonds can be used for:

  • Zero-rated supply to SEZ without payment of IGST
  • Export of goods to a country outside India without the payment of IGST.
  • It is providing services to a client in a country outside India without paying IGST.

Export Bond for GST

Entities that are not eligible to submit a Letter of Undertaking based on the conditions mentioned will have to furnish an export bond and a bank guarantee. The applicant needs to cover the amount of tax involved in the export based on estimated tax liability self-assessment.

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

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

Process for Filing LUT in GST

Check the furnishing and jurisdiction requirements. If a bond is to be filed, additional documents relating to the bank guarantee must be prepared.

Prepare necessary documents for Bonds. Following documents are to be filed for bonds:

  • Form RFD-11
  • Bond on stamp paper
  • Bank guarantee
  • Authority letter
  • Other supporting documents

A duplicate copy should be prepared along with an official document.

The next step is to submit the documents to the department and get the same verified by a relevant officer to avoid any rejection.

After filing the document, a signed letter shall be issued by the officer acknowledging the same.