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GST Return Filing

In India, Every Organizations registered under GST must file their GST returns with a frequency that aligns with their business operations – monthly, quarterly, or yearly. This requirement might seem daunting, but with the online assistance of GST professionals from FintechFilings, navigating through the necessary processes can be straightforward. Taxpayers must adhere to the designated deadlines for their GST submissions, as these returns are crucial for the Indian government to ascertain the nation’s tax obligations.

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A GST Return is a detailed statement that captures all the financial transactions of a person registered under GST, reflecting revenues and expenditures. It is a mandatory submission for every holder of GSTIN to the tax authorities, allowing them to determine the net tax liability with precision.

The GST return filing encompasses several critical elements:

  • Purchases: It records in detail the purchases the taxpayer has made.
  • Sales: It provides a comprehensive log of the taxpayer’s sales activities.
  • Output GST (On Sales): It notes the GST charged on the taxpayer’s sales.
  • Input Tax Credit (GST Paid on Purchases): It lists the GST paid on purchases, which is eligible to be deducted from the GST owed on sales.

For those seeking guidance on GST return filing or support with managing their GST compliance, FintechFilings offers GST software designed to streamline the process.

GST returns must be filed by any business or individual registered under the GST regime. This obligation applies to entities whose annual aggregate turnover surpasses the specified threshold, which is set by the tax authorities and may differ for various classifications of taxpayers, such as standard taxpayers and those opting for the composition scheme.

Within the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system, 13 returns cater to different facets of a taxpayer’s financial dealings. It’s important to recognize that not all taxpayers must file every type of return; the specific returns that need to be filed depend on the taxpayer’s category and the particulars of their GST registration.

Below is a snapshot of the 13 GST returns:

  • GSTR-1: Filed for disclosing details of outward supplies, essentially the sales.
  • GSTR-3B: A summarised return that outlines both sales and purchases, inclusive of tax payments.
  • GSTR-4: Applicable to those under the Composition Scheme, summarizing turnover and corresponding tax.
  • GSTR-5: For non-resident taxpayers conducting taxable transactions in India.
  • GSTR-5A: For providers of online information and database access or retrieval services.
  • GSTR-6: Used by Input Service Distributors for detailing input tax credit distribution.
  • GSTR-7: For entities required to deduct TDS under GST.
  • GSTR-8: To be filed by e-commerce operators reporting transactions on their platform.
  • GSTR-9: An annual comprehensive return summarizing all periodical filings over the fiscal year.
  • GSTR-10: The final return upon cancellation or surrender of GST registration.
  • GSTR-11: For those with a Unique Identity Number, claiming refunds on their purchases.
  • CMP-08: A quarterly statement for Composition Scheme taxpayers detailing tax liability.
  • ITC-04: For manufacturers to declare details about goods dispatched to and received from a job worker.

Additionally, there are return-related statements for input tax credits:

  • GSTR-2A (dynamic): Offers a real-time perspective of inward supplies as suppliers report.
  • GSTR-2B (static): Provides a fixed snapshot of inward supplies based on the suppliers’ filings.

For small taxpayers enrolled in the Quarterly Return Monthly Payment (QRMP) scheme, the Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF) permits the declaration of B2B sales during the first two months of a quarter. Nonetheless, these taxpayers are obligated to remit taxes monthly using Form PMT-06.

GSTR-1 is the mandatory return for businesses to detail their outward supplies of goods and services. This encompasses all sales-related invoices and adjustment notes for the given tax period. Every regular taxpayer under GST, including those classified as casual taxable persons, is obligated to file GSTR-1.

Submission Deadlines

  • Monthly: Due on the 11th of the subsequent month for businesses whose yearly turnover exceeds Rs. 5 crore or for those not enrolled in the QRMP scheme.
  • Quarterly: Due on the 13th of the month after the quarter’s end for businesses participating in the QRMP scheme.

GSTR-2A is a dynamic, read-only return for the recipients or purchasers of goods and services, capturing details of all incoming supplies from registered GST vendors within a tax period. The information in GSTR-2A is filled automatically from the GSTR-1 returns of suppliers and the Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF) data for those in the QRMP scheme.

Introduced in August 2020, GSTR-2B is a static read-only return that provides consistent ITC information sourced from the previous month’s GSTR-1 filings. It supports purchasers in matching their ITC claims for each tax period, advising on necessary actions for each listed invoice, including any need for reversals, ineligibility, or application of the reverse charge.

GSTR-2, an editable return, is presently deferred and was meant for registered purchasers to declare their inward supply of goods and services for a tax period. Initially planned to be auto-filled from GSTR-2A, its filing has been on hold since September 2017.

GSTR-3, a suspended monthly summary return for regular taxpayers, compiled concise figures of both outward and inward supplies, input tax credits, tax liabilities, and tax payments. It was automatically generated from GSTR-1 and GSTR-2 filings but has been deferred since September 2017.

GSTR-3B, a monthly summary declaration for normal taxpayers, summarizes outward supplies, input tax credits, and tax dues. Before submitting GSTR-3B, it is critical to reconcile sales and ITC details with GSTR-1 and GSTR-2B records.

  • Monthly: Due by the 20th of the month following the reporting month for taxpayers with an annual turnover above Rs. 5 crore.
  • Quarterly: Due by the 22nd of the month following the quarter for ‘X’ category states and by the 24th for ‘Y’ category states for taxpayers with a turnover of up to Rs. 5 crore in the QRMP scheme.

GSTR-4 is the yearly return for those under the Composition Scheme, due by April 30th of the subsequent financial year. GSTR-4 has replaced the prior quarterly submissions, with taxpayers now submitting a simplified challan via Form CMP-08 by the 18th following each quarter’s end

Under the Composition Scheme, businesses with goods turnover up to Rs. 1.5 crores may pay tax at a predetermined rate on their turnover. Service providers with a turnover of up to Rs. 50 lakh can opt for a similar benefit

GSTR-5, required by non-resident foreign taxpayers engaged in business in India, details their outward and inward transactions, adjustments, tax liabilities, and payments, with submissions due by the 20th of each month

GSTR-5A is the monthly summary for providers of Online Information and Database Access or Retrieval Services, due by the 20th of every month.

Input Service Distributors must file GSTR-6 monthly, reporting the ITC received and allocated, including detailed documentation related to the distribution of credits, by the 13th of each month.

Entities must deduct TDS under GST file GSTR-7 monthly, documenting TDS deducted, due and paid amounts, and any TDS refunds, with filings due by the 10th of the subsequent month.

E-commerce operators under GST must submit GSTR-8 monthly, recording the supplies made and tax collected at source, due by the 10th of the following month.

All GST-registered taxpayers must file GSTR-9 annually, summarizing their outward and inward supply details, taxes due, and paid. The due date is December 31st of the year after the

GST Return Type of Taxpayer Due Date
GSTR-1 Regular Taxpayer Monthly: 11th of the following month

Quarterly: 13th of the month following the quarter

GSTR-2A (Auto-generated) All Taxpayers Auto-generated, utilized for reconciliation purposes
GSTR-3B Regular Taxpayer Monthly: 20th of the following month
GSTR-4 Composition Scheme Dealer Annually: 30th of April following the end of the financial year
GSTR-5 Non-Resident Foreign Taxpayer 20th of the following month
GSTR-6 Input Service Distributor 13th of the following month
GSTR-7 Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) 10th of the following month
GSTR-8 E-commerce Operator 10th of the following month
GSTR-9 Regular Taxpayer (Annual) 31st December of the following financial year
GSTR-9C Regular Taxpayer (Annual) Filed along with GSTR-9, by 31st December of the following financial year

If you submit GST returns late, you could face penalties and interest charges. Businesses should submit on time to avoid these costs. Here’s what you need to know about late GST returns:

  • Filing Returns is Required: Every registered taxpayer has to file GST returns regularly, even if there’s no business activity.
  • Delays Lead to More Delays: If you miss a filing deadline, you can’t file for the next period until you’ve filed for the previous one. This can lead to a pile-up of late returns.
  • Penalties for Late Filing: If you file GSTR-1 late, for example, you’ll get a penalty that shows up when you file GSTR-3B.
  • Interest on Late Tax Payments: If you owe taxes and pay late, you’ll be charged 18% interest per year on the amount you owe, starting from the day after the due date until you pay
  • Late Filing Fees: The law sets the late filing fee at Rs. 100 per day for each CGST and SGST, with a maximum of Rs. 5,000.
  • Annual Return Late Fees: For yearly returns like GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C, the late fee is capped at 0.25% of your turnover in your state or UT unless the government provides relief or changes the fees.

FintechFilings is a leading business service platform in India; we offer end-to-end GST services. We have helped thousands of business owners to get GST registration, as well as file GST returns.

Outsource your GST compliance to FintechFilings to ease your compliance burden and focus your efforts on growing your business. With FintechFilings, your GST compliance will be maintained on the LEDGERS GST platform, providing you access to live business data – anywhere, anytime. LEDGERS can also seamlessly sync and work with other online and offline applications you regularly use

When GST return filing is outsourced to FintechFilings, a dedicated GST advisor is assigned to the business.

This dedicated advisor would reach out to you every month and collect the necessary information, prepare the GST returns, and help in filing the GST returns.

Dedicated GST Advisor

A relationship manager with experience in the sector that you operate in will guide you through the process of GST registration and filing. They will help with specific tasks such as uploading invoices and also ensure that your filing is taken care of on time.

Reminder to file GST returns

Our platform ensures that you get timely reminders well in advance of the deadline beyond which penalty will be applicable. In addition to this, your GST advisor will remind you periodically so that no deadlines are missed.

Monthly GST Status reports

Monthly reports detailing the status of GST return filing, including GSTR- 3B and the way forward, will be shared with the clients by the GST advisors.

GST returns by LEDGERS

GST returns are prepared by LEDGERS- the GST software so that it is error-free and filed on time without hassles.

Standard accounting and cloud records

All of your financial transactions and invoices will be recorded in LEDGERS by accountants so that the filing of all your returns, including ITR, TDS, and GST, is seamless and cost-effective.

In addition to the GST advisor support, LEDGERS GST Software will be provided to the client for GST invoicing, payments, returns filing, and accounting.

Some of the features of LEDGERS are:

  • Customer management
  • Supplier management
  • GST Invoicing
  • Estimate issuance & tracking
  • Accounts receivables tracking
  • Purchase register
  • Payments tracking
  • Payables management
  • Automated GST return filing (GSTR-1, GSTR-3B)
  • Automatic Input Tax credit reconciliation
  • GST E-way bill generation & management
  • ICICI bank integration

Ensure your business stays compliant and avoids penalties by filing your GST returns on time with FintechFilings. Talk to our experts today to start and experience hassle-free filing with expert assistance every step of the way

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