GST Return Filing - an Overview

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an indirect tax levied on the supply of goods and services in India. Every taxpayer registered under GST has to file GST returns. These returns are used to calculate the tax liability by the government. GST is an evolving system of taxation and the government keeps updating the rules and regulations around it. So, it is important to stay up-to-date to be able to file your returns correctly. Our GST return filing service helps taxpayers like you to get it done easily. Our professionals will take care of the filings so you don't have to worry about staying up-to-date with laws or watching due dates.

GST Returns - Types and Due Dates

GST Returns Purpose

GSTR1 Tax return for outward supplies made (contains the details of the interstate as well as intrastate B2B and B2C sales including purchases under reverse charge and inter-state stock transfers made during the tax period). If Form GSTR-1 is filed late post the due date), the late fee will be auto-populated and collected in the next open return in Form GSTR-3B. From January 1, 2022, taxpayers will not be permitted to file Form GSTR-1 if they have not filed Form GSTR-3B in the preceding month.

GSTR1A An amendment form that is used to correct the GSTR-1 document including any mismatches between the GSTR-1 of a taxpayer and the GSTR-2 of his/her customers. This can be filed between 15 and 17 of the following month.

GSTR2 Monthly return for inward supplies received (contains taxpayer info, period of return and final invoice-level purchase information related to the tax period, listed separately for goods and services).

GSTR2A An auto-drafted tax return for purchases and inward supplies made by a taxpayer is automatically compiled by the GSTN based on the information present within the GSTR-1 of his/her suppliers.

GSTR2B GSTR 2B is an auto-drafted document that will act as an Input Tax Credit (ITC) statement for taxpayers. The GST Council states that GSTR 2B will help in cutting down the time taken to file returns, minimise errors, ease reconciliation and simplify compliance.

GSTR3 Consolidated monthly tax return (contains The taxpayer's basic information (name, GSTIN, etc), period to which the return pertains, turnover details, final aggregate-level inward and outward supply details, tax liability under CGST, SGST, IGST, and additional tax (+1% tax), details about your ITC, cash, and liability ledgers, details of other payments such as interests, penalties, and fees).

GSTR3A Tax notice issued by the tax authority to a defaulter who has failed to file monthly GST returns on time.

GSTR3B Temporary consolidated summary return of inward and outward supplies that the Government of India has introduced as relaxation for businesses that have recently transitioned to GST. Hence, in the months of July and August 2017, the tax payments will be based on a simple return called the GSTR-3B instead.

GSTR4 Quarterly return for compounding vendors (It contains the total value of supply made during the period covered by the return, along with the details of the tax paid at the compounding rate (not more than 1% of aggregate turnover) for the period along with invoice-wise details for inward supplies if they are either imports or purchased from normal taxpayers).

GSTR4A Quarterly purchase-related tax return for composition dealers. It's automatically generated by the GSTN portal based on the information furnished in the GSTR-1, GSTR-5, and GSTR-7 of your suppliers.

GSTR5 Variable return for Non-resident foreign taxpayers (It contains the details of the taxpayer, period of return and invoice details of all goods and services sold and purchased (this also includes imports) by the taxpayer on Indian soil for the registered period/month).

GSTR6 Monthly return for ISDs (This return contains the details of the taxpayer's basic information (name, GSTIN, etc), period to which the return pertains, invoice-level supply details from the GSTR-1 of counter-parties, invoice details, including the GSTIN of the taxpayer receiving the credit, separate ISD ledger containing the opening ITC balance for the period, credit for ITC services received, debit for ITC reversed or distributed, and closing balance).

GSTR7 Monthly return for TDS transactions (This return contains the taxpayer's basic information (name, GSTIN, etc), period to which the return pertains, supplier's GSTIN, invoices against which the tax has been deducted (categorized under the major tax heads – SGST, CGST, and IGST), and details of any other payments such as interests and penalties).

GSTR8 Monthly return for e-commerce operators (It contains the taxpayer's basic information (name, GSTIN, etc), the period to which the return pertains, details of supplies made to customers through the e-commerce portal by both registered taxable persons and unregistered persons, customers' basic information (whether or not they are registered taxpayers), the amount of tax collected at source, tax payable, and tax paid).

GSTR9 Annual consolidated tax return (It contains the taxpayer's income and expenditure in detail. these are then regrouped according to the monthly returns filed by the taxpayer).

GSTR9A Annual composition return form that has to be filed by every taxpayer who is enrolled in the composition scheme.

GSTR9B Annual return form that has to be filed by e-commerce operators who collect tax at the source.

GSTR9C Audit form that needs to be filed by every taxpayer who is liable to get their annual reports audited when their aggregate turnover exceeds Rs. 2 crores in a financial year.

GSTR10 Final GST returns before cancelling GST registration (This final return is to be filed when terminating business activities permanently/cancelling GST registration. It will contain the details of all supplies, liabilities, tax collected, tax payable, etc).

GSTR11 Variable tax return for taxpayers with UIN (It contains the details of purchases made by foreign embassies and diplomatic missions for self-consumption during a particular month).

Steps to file GST Returns Online

The government has been making strides towards innovation and automation and has instituted facilities for the online filing of GST returns on the government's GST portal, through the Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN).

Step 1: Go to the GST portal - Step 2: Obtain a 15-digit GSTIN (GST Identification Number), which is issued based on your state code and PAN

Step 3: Upload the relevant invoices on the GST portal. An invoice reference number against each invoice will be allotted to you

Step 4: Once all the invoices, inward returns, outward returns, and cumulative monthly returns are uploaded, verify all the data you have inputted and file your returns.

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Types of GST Return Application Status Tracking

The status of the GST return application depends upon the performance of the obligation, and the status available would make the taxpayer aware of their filing.

FILED-VALID: When the return is being filed by the registered taxpayer and has fulfilled all the requirements

FILED-INVALID: When the tax is partly or fully remains unremitted

TO BE FILED: Return is due but has not been filed

SUBMITTED BUT NOT VALID: In cases where the return has been validated but the filing is pending.

Ways to Check GST Returns Status

Through Application Reference Number (ARN)

By selecting the Return Filing Period or

By selecting the Status Option.

When Tracking Through ARN

When submitting the tax return, taxpayers are allotted a unique number called an ARN number which helps in tracking the status of the tax return which is to be done every month. Steps to view the status through ARN are:

Step 1: Visit the official GST portal and log in to your user portal by filing down the required credentials or entering the valid details

Step 2: Click of the Services>Returns>Track Return status

Step 3: Enter the ARN number which been sent to the registered e-mail address of the taxpayer and click on the search command.

On clicking on the search option, there would be a full display of the return application status which will be having all the relevant details.

When Tracking through Return Filling Period

Step 1: Visit the official GST portal and log in to your user portal by filing down the required credentials or entering the valid details

Step 2: Click of the Services>Returns>Track Return status

Step 3: Click on the Return Filling period and enter the dates with the help of the calendar available. Click on the search option

On clicking on the search option all the relevant details would be displayed on the screen.

When Tracking Through the Status

Step 1: Visit the official GST portal and select the search taxpayer option.

Step 2: You will see GSTIN/UIN option, enter your GSTIN ID and fill in the exact captcha code and then click on the search command. Captcha Code will appear only when you will enter your GSTIN ID.

Once all of the information is submitted, the page will display all of the relevant information about the company, including the legal name, jurisdiction, date of registration, GSTIN/UIN status, and data from all recent GST returns filed under various sub-headings.

Steps to Download GST Returns Online

Here is a step by step guide on how to download the GST returns online:

Step 1: Enter your login details and click on 'Login'

Step 2: Click on 'File Returns'

Step 3: Select year and month, then click on 'Search'

Step 4: Click on 'View GSTR 1'

Step 5: Next click on 'Preview'

Step 6: Save in folder and right-click to show in folder.

Benefits of GST Return Filing

GST eliminates cascading effect

Earlier there were many instances where tax on tax was paid for a single transaction. As GST did away with several other taxes like central excise duty, service tax, customs duty, and state-level value-added tax, you no longer are subjected to paying tax on tax. This saves you money.

Higher threshold

The threshold for GST is aggregate turnover exceeding 40 lakhs for sale of goods and aggregate turnover exceeding 20 lakhs for sale of services. This means small businesses falling below this threshold limit are not subject to GST.

Easier for startups and e-commerce businesses

The GST system has made it easier for startups and e-commerce companies to manage their taxes. E-commerce particularly suffered from different tax laws across different states which are now eradicated by GST.

More organised system

Before GST the tax filing system was disorganised. Now, all taxes are paid online and major hassles that were a part of tax filing have been eliminated in the process of introducing GST.

Documents Required

  • Invoices issued to persons with GSTIN or B2B invoices.
  • Invoices issued to persons without GSTIN or B2C invoices. This needs to be submitted only when its total value is above 2.5 lakhs.
  • A consolidation of inter-state sales.
  • HSN-wise summary of all goods sold.
  • Any other debit or credit notes or advance receipts.
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