Rule 88D for GST discrepancies between GSTR-2B and GSTR-3B

In this article we will discuss about new Rule 88D, To ensure accurate input tax credit claims, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has taken a significant step by introducing Rule 88D through Notification No. 38/2023-Central tax dated 04.08.2022. This new rule aims to streamline the process of claiming input tax credit and rectify any discrepancies between GSTR-2B and GSTR-3B, enhancing compliance and transparency for taxpayers.

Understanding Rule 88D:

Under Rule 88D, the GST portal will now compare the Input Tax Credit (ITC) available in GSTR-2B with the ITC availed in GSTR-3B. If the ITC availed in GSTR-3B exceeds the ITC available in GSTR-2B by the prescribed amount and percentage recommended by the council, the taxpayer will receive an electronic intimation of the difference through Part A of Form DRC-01C. The taxpayer will also receive a copy of the intimation via email.

Compliance Options under Rule 88D:

Upon receiving the intimation, the taxpayer has two options to comply:

  1. Pay the Excess Credit: The taxpayer can pay the amount equal to the excess input tax credit availed in GSTR-3B along with interest under section 50 through FORM GST DRC-03.
  2. Provide Explanation: Alternatively, the taxpayer can respond within 7 days by providing reasons for the difference in Part B of FORM GST DRC-01C on the common portal.

If the taxpayer decides to settle the excess input tax credit, they should provide the relevant information in Part B of Form DRC-01C through the common portal. Alternatively, if the taxpayer chooses to explain the discrepancy, they must do so within the designated 7-day timeframe, also in Part B of Form DRC-01C.

Significance and Implications of Rule 88D:

The implementation of Rule 88D by CBIC carries great importance for both taxpayers and the GST system. The rule focuses on comparing ITC data from GSTR-2B and GSTR-3B to detect and correct any inconsistencies, ensuring that rightful input tax credit claims are made accurately. This initiative enhances transparency and streamlines the tax credit process, effectively reducing the possibility of erroneous claims.

With prompt intimation and two compliance choices, taxpayers gain the ability to swiftly rectify any discrepancies. This timely approach promotes responsible tax reporting and upholds the credibility of the GST system.


The implementation of Rule 88D by CBIC marks a crucial milestone in the journey towards a more transparent and efficient GST regime. By addressing discrepancies in input tax credit claims, this new rule promotes compliance and instills confidence in the taxation system.

It is crucial for taxpayers to reconcile their Input Tax Credit (ITC) claims in GSTR-3B with the ITC available in GSTR-2B. Any discrepancies should be promptly addressed to avoid penalties and adverse actions from tax authorities. Staying informed and compliant with GST regulations is essential for smooth tax operations.

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