Relevant dates for submission of a refund application
The application for refund is required to be filed within six months from the date of payment of duty and interest and in case of any import made by an individual for his personal use or by Government or by an educational, research or charitable institution or hospital, application for refund is to be filed within one year from the date of payment of duty and interest. However, the limitation of one year or six months, as the case may be, does not apply where any duty and interest has been paid under protest. Normally, the time limit of six months or one year is computed from the date of payment of duty, however, in following situations, such time limit is computed differently:
In case of goods which are exempt from payment of duty by an ad-hoc exemption order issued under sub-section (2) of section 25 of the Act, the limitation of one year or six months, as the case may be, is to be computed from the date of issue of such order;
Where any duty is paid provisionally under section 18 of the Act, the limitation of one year or six months, as the case may be, is to be computed from the date of adjustment of duty after the final assessment thereof;
The date of payment of any duty and interest in relation to a person,
other than the importer shall be the date of purchase of goods; by such person.