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DRC-03: Procedure to Pay Additional Tax and its Applicability

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DRC-03 in GST

Implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India marked a significant milestone in the country’s tax landscape. GST replaced the complex and fragmented tax structure with a unified and streamlined system. This overhaul aimed to make taxation more efficient and transparent, benefiting both the government and taxpayers. However, despite the simplification and digitization of the tax process, there are situations where individuals and businesses may discover discrepancies in their tax returns. This is where the Demand and Recovery Forms, particularly DRC-03, play a pivotal role.

DRC-03, often referred to as the ‘Demand and Recovery Forms,’ serves as a crucial tool for addressing these discrepancies and ensuring compliance with the GST law. This blog will delve into the nuances of DRC-03, shedding light on its purpose, when to use it, and the steps involved in making voluntary tax payments through this form.

When Should You Use DRC-03 to Make Payment?

DRC-03 is a valuable tool for making voluntary tax payments in various situations:

Audit/Reconciliation Statement: One common scenario for using DRC-03 is when a GST auditor discovers underpayments of taxes, interests, or penalties. Additionally, suppose the auditor finds that you have claimed more input tax credit than you were entitled to for the reviewed year, and the deadline for correcting the mistake in GST returns has passed. In that case, you should use DRC-03 to make a voluntary payment.

Investigation: If you are under criminal investigation for failing to pay taxes that you should have, making a voluntary tax payment through DRC-03 can help resolve the issue.

Annual Returns: Before filing yearly returns, it is standard practice for taxpayers to reconcile their accounts and finances for the previous year. If you discover discrepancies such as underpaid taxes, interest, penalties, or failure to pay penalties for misreporting taxable supplies, DRC-03 can be used to rectify the tax shortfall.

Mismatch of Liability (GSTR 1 – GSTR 3B): If you receive a notice indicating a discrepancy between your GSTR 1 and GSTR 3B, you can use DRC-03 to compensate for the difference.

Response to a Show Cause Notice: If you receive a Show Cause notice, you can use DRC-03 to pay the required tax along with interest. It is crucial to make this payment within 30 days from the notice’s issuance date.

Mismatch of Input Tax Credit (ITC – GSTR 2A/2B – GSTR 3B): If you receive a notification that you have claimed an excess tax credit in your GSTR-3B compared to your GSTR-2B, you can use DRC-03 when depositing surplus ITC claims.

Prerequisites for Using DRC-03

The prerequisites for using a DRC-03 form in the context of voluntary or involuntary tax payments are critical to understanding when and how this form can be utilized effectively. Let’s elaborate on the specific prerequisites, focusing on the timing related to the issuance of a Show Cause notice:

Timing of DRC-03 Usage: The timing of when you can use a DRC-03 form is crucial, and it primarily revolves around the issuance of a Show Cause notice. Here are the key points to consider:

Before Show Cause Notice Issuance: One of the prerequisites for utilizing a DRC-03 form is that you can use it at any time before the issuance of a Show Cause notice. A Show Cause notice is a formal communication from the tax authorities, typically sent to taxpayers when they are suspected of non-compliance or discrepancies in their tax filings. This notice outlines the alleged violations and requires the taxpayer to provide an explanation or rectify the issues.

Within the Month of Show Cause Notice Issuance: The second important aspect to consider is that you can also use DRC-03 within the month in which the Show Cause notice is issued. This means that if you receive a Show Cause notice, you have a limited window of opportunity to address the tax issues raised in the notice using the DRC-03 form.

Flexibility and Response Time: The flexibility to use DRC-03 both before and within the month of Show Cause notice issuance provides taxpayers with the opportunity to proactively address discrepancies or errors in their tax filings. This is advantageous because it allows taxpayers to rectify issues before formal legal actions or penalties are imposed.

Timely Compliance: The timely utilization of DRC-03 ensures that taxpayers can maintain compliance with tax regulations and avoid escalating legal actions or penalties. It reflects a willingness to rectify mistakes and cooperate with tax authorities, which can be beneficial in resolving tax-related issues amicably.

Preventing Legal Proceedings: By addressing tax discrepancies through DRC-03 before the issuance of a Show Cause notice or within the stipulated time frame, taxpayers can often prevent or mitigate the need for more formal and potentially costly legal proceedings.

The specific prerequisites related to the timing of DRC-03 usage emphasize the importance of timely action in addressing tax discrepancies. Whether it’s addressing unintentional errors in tax returns or responding to Show Cause notices, the ability to use DRC-03 both before and within the month of notice issuance provides a valuable tool for taxpayers to maintain compliance, rectify mistakes, and cooperate with tax authorities effectively. 

How to File a DRC-03 Form?

Filing a DRC-03 form involves a few simple steps:

Scenario 1: The taxpayer did not make payments and does not have a Provisional Receipt Number (PRN).

  • Log in to the GST portal online.
  • Navigate to ‘User Services’ and click on ‘My Applications.’
  • Select ‘Intimation of Voluntary Payment – DR-03’ under ‘Application Type’ and choose ‘New Application.’
  • If paying due to a Show Cause notice, manually enter your SCN Number. Choose a date of issuance within 30 days from the date of payment.
  • If making a voluntary payment, the date will be auto-populated.
  • Select the relevant Section for payment, the fiscal year, and the tax period dates.
  • Add payment information, including penalties and interests.
  • Click ‘Continue to Pay’ and provide the required details on the payment page.
  • Once the confirmation message displays the amount of cash and Input Tax Credit (ITC) used for the payment, click ‘OK’ to create a PRN and receive a payment success message.

Scenario 2: The taxpayer has a PRN but has not used it and requests payment within 30 minutes of PRN generation.

  • Follow the same steps as in Scenario 1.
  • Select ‘Intimation of Voluntary Payment – DR-03’ under ‘Application Type.’
  • Indicate that you have made the payment (select ‘Yes’) and enter your PRN.
  • Click on ‘get payment details’ to auto-populate the data as per the payment made.
  • Choose the ‘Preview’ option for viewing the draft DRC-03 and then apply normally.

Scenario 3: The taxpayer has generated a PRN but has not used it and requests payment 30 minutes after PRN generation.

In Scenario 2, since the PRN (Payment Reference Number) has expired, you’ll need to manually enter payment details. Start by accessing the payment portal and providing your payment information, including your card number, expiry date, CVV, and billing address. Confirm the payment to complete the transaction securely.

What Happens After You File a DRC-03?

The post-filing process of a DRC-03 application is crucial to understand. After submission, the application typically enters the “Pending Tax Officer Approval” stage, signifying review by the Tax Officer. When correctly filed, a taxpayer receives an acknowledgement in the form of GST Form DRC-04, confirming the acceptance of their Voluntary Payment request. This acknowledgement is a pivotal milestone, demonstrating the tax authorities’ recognition of compliance and rectification efforts.

Maintaining a record of GST Form DRC-04 is vital, serving as evidence of tax compliance and issue resolution. Notably, taxpayers can file additional DRC-03 forms while awaiting acknowledgement, emphasizing the importance of ongoing compliance. This enables the proactive resolution of multiple tax-related issues and prevents the accumulation of penalties, demonstrating a commitment to cooperation with tax authorities.

In conclusion, the post-filing process with DRC-03 involves waiting for acknowledgement through GST Form DRC-04. It validates compliance and issue resolution efforts, while the flexibility to file more DRC-03 forms highlights the significance of ongoing compliance and proactive issue resolution, fostering a positive relationship with tax authorities.


Ensuring the accurate and timely filing of your GST returns is not just a legal obligation; it’s a fundamental administrative responsibility for individuals and businesses in India. When circumstances necessitate voluntary tax payments or corrections in your GST returns, a clear understanding of the DRC-03 form is essential.

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