GST Return Filing2024-04-24T13:52:07+05:30

Online GST Return Filing

Every business registered under GST has to file monthly/quarterly/annual returns to GST Department intimating information about the sales, purchases, tax collected, and tax paid through the GST portal.

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    What is GST Return Filing?

    GST return is a document that furnishes information about total sales and purchases made by a person or business entity during the reporting period and the amount of tax paid on purchases (input tax) and tax collected on sales (output tax) during such period.

    The difference between tax collected and input tax credit availed is the amount of GST required to be paid when filing a GST Return. It is filed electronically on the GST Portal maintained by the Government.

    Every GST-registered person (irrespective of his turnover or transactions) has to mandatory file GST Returns periodically. A Business entity having more than Rs. 5 crores annual aggregate turnover has to file monthly GST returns (Form GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B) and annual returns (Form GSTR-9 and GSTR- 9C), whereas a business entity with turnover less than Rs. 5 crores may file the return on Quarterly basis and make payment of tax every month (known as QRMP Scheme) along with Annual Return. In addition, a business entity that has not done any kind of transaction shall also file NIL GST returns every month/quarter, as the case may be.

    Moreover, GST Returns should be generally filed under the guidance of a professional who shall have a good understanding of the GST Laws to avoid penalties and fines.

    Advantages Of GST Return Filing

    • Avoid Heavy Penalty

      Every person or business entity registered under GST must mandatorily comply with GST return filings. Filing of GST Returns on time will help a person to avoid heavy penalties.

    • Claim of Input Tax Credit (ITC)

      Under the GST mechanism, a registered business entity can claim an input tax credit of GST paid on purchase and can utilize the same for payment of taxes due on the supply of goods or services. However, a taxpayer can claim an Input Tax Credit (ITC) only after the person who collected the GST amount has properly filed the returns.

    • Builds good credibility

      A Business entity that files GST returns has better credibility and reliability amongst the purchaser, supplier, consumers, banks, financial institutions, etc. In addition, it benefits the enterprise by attracting more business and obtaining loans.

    • Necessary for GST refunds

      Specific business entities such as Exporters or suppliers to SEZ may get the refund of GST paid at the time of export supply. However, to claim this refund amount, the taxpayer has to file GST Returns for the reporting period disclosing such export transactions.

    • Seamless generation of E-way bills

      A business entity that intends to supply goods and has not filed GST returns for 2 or more consecutive periods shall not be allowed to generate an E-way bill. Therefore, filing regular GST returns is necessary for logistic purpose and seamless generation of E-way bills.

    What is the Due Date for Filing GST Returns?

    The following are the due dates for filing different GST returns –

    Return FormPurpose of ReturnDue Date for Filing Return
    GSTR-1Return with details of Outward Supplies of Goods or Services i.e., Sales TransactionsTo be filed monthly by normal Taxpayer  –  by 11th of next month
    For Taxpayer under QRMP Scheme (Quarterly) – 13th of the month succeeding the Quarter
    GSTR-3BA Summary Return which contains details of inward supplies (purchase) and outward supplies (sales) along with input tax credit declared and payment of taxTo be filed monthly by normal Taxpayer – by the 20th of the next month
    For Taxpayers under the QRMP Scheme (Quarterly) –
    Category X States* – 22nd of the month next to the quarter
    Category Y States* – 24th of the month next to the quarter
    GSTR-9Annual return for a Normal Taxpayer (Optional for Taxpayer having Turnover Rs. 2 crore)31st December of next financial year
    GSTR-9CReconciliation of Annual return (Optional for Taxpayer having  Turnover Rs. 5 crore)31st December of next financial year
    CMP-08Statement-cum-Challan to make a tax payment by a taxpayer registered under the Composition SchemeFiled Quarterly – 18th of the month succeeding the quarter.
    GSTR-4Return filed by a taxpayer registered under the Composition SchemeFiled Annually – 30th April of next financial year.

    *Category X State Includes States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the Union territories of Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep

    *Category Y State Includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha, the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Chandigarh and Delhi

    What does Our GST Return Filing Package Includes?

    • Consultation on transactions and GST Filing process

    • Filing of GST Returns

    • Payment of Tax Challan on behalf of Applicant

    • Input Tax Credit (ITC) Reconciliation

    • Acknowledgment of Return Filed

    • Timely reminder for GST returns every month

    GST Return Filing Process in India

    • Collection of required documents

      In the very first step, the applicant has to send us the required documents such as sale/purchase invoices, debit notes, credit notes, etc. as per the checklist. Then, we will verify the documents provided and proceed toward the return filing part.

    • Preparation for GST Returns

      Once we receive and verify the transactions and documents, we shall prepare a draft report on the tax liability and eligible input tax credit. Then, our GST Advisor will discuss and consult with you before filing the GST Return.

    • Filing of Returns and Payment of Tax (GST)

      After computation of the GST amount, we shall file the return on the GST Portal and make the payment of respective tax Challan (if any) to the Government. Then,  an acknowledgment will be generated and sent to the email address of the applicant.

    Documents Required for GST Return Filing

    • GSTIN and GST Certificate

    • GST Portal Login Credentials

    • Details of Transaction in the reporting period such as invoices for sale, purchase, debit notes, credit notes etc.

    • Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) of Authorized Person

    Consequences of Non-Filing of GST Returns

    Payment of Late Fee

    If any person or business entity fails to furnish GST returns within the prescribed time, then a late fee of Rs 100 per day to a maximum amount of Rs. 5000 shall be paid to the Central Government. An equal amount of late fee is also paid to the respective State Government.

    However, the Government has reduced the penalty to Rs. 50 per day (In case of regular return) and Rs. 20 per day (In case of Nil Returns)

    Defaulter Notice in Form GSTR-3A

    If a person or business entity doesn’t file GST returns within the prescribed due date, then a defaulter notice will be sent in Form GSTR-3A reminding the taxpayer to file returns within a period of 15 days of such notice.

    Cancellation of Registration

    A business entity’s registration and GSTIN may be canceled by a GST Officer if he fails to furnish returns for 6 consecutive months or in case a composition taxpayer fails to furnish returns for 3 consecutive tax periods.

    Payment of Interest

    If a person or business entity fails to file returns that involve payment of tax, it would attract interest @ 18% per annum for the period during which the tax amount remains unpaid.


    Who is required to file GST returns?2021-10-08T22:19:12+05:30

    Every person registered under GST is required to file returns under the GST law. If any person or business entity has not made any business transaction in a month, then too, it is required to file a NIL return.

    I have taken voluntary GST Registration and my turnover is less than Rs. 40 lakhs (In case of goods) or Rs. 20 lakhs (In case of services), do I still need to file GST Returns?2021-10-08T22:18:01+05:30

    Yes, any person who gets registered under GST shall file periodical returns as a normal taxpayer, irrespective of his turnover or transactions. If any person or business entity has not made any business transaction in a month, then too, it is required to file a NIL return.

    Who is eligible to file GST returns on a quarterly basis?2021-10-08T22:17:39+05:30

    All persons whose aggregate annual turnover (PAN-based) is up to Rs. 5 Crore in the current financial year and the preceding financial year (if applicable) are eligible to file GST Returns on a quarterly basis under the QRMP scheme. Also, dealers registered under Composition scheme are required to pay tax on quarterly basis and file returns on annual basis.

    What is Quarterly Returns with Monthly Payment (QRMP) Scheme?2021-10-08T22:17:17+05:30

    Quarterly Returns with Monthly Payment (QRMP) Scheme is for specific eligible taxpayers to file their Form GSTR-1 and Form GSTR-3B returns on quarterly basis, while paying their tax dues on monthly basis through a Challan.

    What is Form GSTR-1?2021-10-08T22:16:24+05:30

    Form GSTR-1 is a monthly Statement of Outward Supplies (Sales) to be filed by all normal and casual registered taxpayers making outward supplies of goods and services. This form has to be filed monthly by all persons, but if your turnover during the previous or current financial year is upto Rs. 1.5 Crore then it can be filed on quarterly basis.

    What is Form GSTR-3B?2021-10-08T22:15:59+05:30

    Form GSTR-3B is a simplified summary return, and the purpose of the return is for taxpayers to declare their summary GST liabilities for a particular tax period and discharge these liabilities. This form has to be filed monthly by all person, but if you have opted for QRMP Scheme then it can be filed on quarterly basis.

    Who can file NIL Form GSTR-3B?2023-09-21T16:14:41+05:30

    NIL Form GSTR-3B can be filed by a person or business entity if such person satisfies all these conditions:

    • He has NOT made any Outward Supply (Sale) and
    • He does NOT have any reverse-charge liability
    • His intention is not to avail of any Input tax credit, and
    • He carries no Liability for that specific Tax Period.
    What is Form GSTR-2A?2021-10-08T22:14:44+05:30

    Form GSTR-2A is a system generated Statement of Inward Supplies (Purchases) for a recipient. It is generated in the below scenarios:

    • When the supplier uploads the B2B transaction details in their Form GSTR-1/GSTR-5
    • ISD details will be auto-populated on submission of Form GSTR-6 by their Input Service Distributor
    • TDS & TCS details will be auto-populated on filing of Form GSTR-7 & 8 respectively by the counterparty.
    • Auto-population of Import of goods from overseas, on bill of entry, as received from ICEGATE Portal of Indian Customs.
    How should a person under composition scheme file GST Returns?2021-10-08T22:14:20+05:30

    The composition scheme is an alternative method of payment of tax by small taxpayers whose turnover is up to Rs. 1.5 crore (Rs. 75 lakhs in case of few specified states). Service providers may also opt for  composition scheme where his total turnover limit is upto Rs. 50 lakhs. Such person is required to pay tax on quarterly basis in a challan-cum-statement (Form CMP-08) and file an annual return in Form GSTR-4.

    What is the Composition Scheme for Service Providers?2021-10-08T22:13:40+05:30

    The composition scheme for service providers gives an option to taxpayers having aggregate annual turnover up to Rs. 50 lakhs to pay tax at a nominal rate of 6% (3% CGST + 3% SGST).

    Can I make any corrections or changes to the GST returns once it is filed?2021-10-08T22:11:58+05:30

    No, you cannot make any corrections or changes to the GST return once filed, it has to be corrected in the subsequent returns.

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