GST Returns Filing
How To File GST Return Online In India?
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What is a GST return?
1.4 Crore businesses have obtained GST registration since its inception in July 2017. All entities obtaining GST registration are required to file the GST returns every month. GST return is a document that contains details of the income that a taxpayer is required to file. This is used to calculate the tax liability i.e., the amount of tax payable by the business.
The returns are to be filed irrespective of business activity, sales, profitability and other criteria. A dormant business that has not issued any invoice is also required to file its GST returns.
GST Return Filing
Registered entities are required to file 2 monthly returns and 1 annual return, for a total of 26 returns in a year.
Entities have to file the GSTR-3B return every month providing details of sales and purchases made in a month. In addition to the GSTR-3B return, businesses registered under GST must file GSTR-1 returns. GSTR-1 return must be filed every month by businesses having annual revenue of over Rs.1.5 crores.
In case a business has a yearly revenue of less than Rs.1.5 crores, GST returns should be filed every quarter. Annual GST returns must also be filed by all entities in addition to the above.
Penalty for late filing
Penalties and cancellation of the GST registration will result if an entity fails to file GST returns on time. In-case of non-compliance for more than six months consecutively, the entity would be unable to obtain another registration in addition to cancellation- until all the penalties are paid back in full.
The penalties for entities having no turnover is different when compared to entities having a certain turnover. NIL returns must be filed in case of no turnover and failure to do so will result in a penalty of Rs. 20 per day.
Established businesses will be levied with a penalty of Rs. 50 per day for the period of late-filing. A penalty of Rs. 50 per day will be applicable for late GSTR-3B return and Rs.50 per for GSTR-1 return. In total, a penalty of more than Rs.3000 per month would be incurred. In addition to the above late filing fees, the entity would also have to pay interest at the rate of 18% on GST payment remitted late.
Composition Scheme Filing
All entities registered under the composition scheme are required to file form GSTR-4A every quarter through the GST portal or through a GST facilitation centre.
GST returns for those enrolled under the composition scheme is due on the 18th of the month every quarter. Hence, GST return filing for the composition scheme would be due on April 18th, July 18th, October 18th and January 18th.
The returns filed must include details of the following:
- Inter-State and intra-State inward supplies received from registered and unregistered persons
- Consolidated details of outward supplies
Even if an entity opted for the composition scheme starting April of that year, it must continue filing monthly GST returns until September of the same year.
Composition Scheme - Due dates
While filing the GST composition returns, the taxpayer is also required to pay all liabilities towards tax, interest, penalty, fees or any other amount payable under GST.
GST composition tax is levied at the following rates:
- Manufacturers, other than manufacturers of such goods as may be notified by the Government – 1%.
- Suppliers making supplies – 2.5%
- Any other supplier eligible for composition levy – 0.5%
It's important to note that any taxpayer who has opted for the GST composition scheme will not be eligible to avail input tax credit on receipt of invoices or debit notes from the supplier for the period prior to opting for the composition scheme.
GST Return Filing Process
When an engagement is received, a dedicated GST advisor will be assigned to the business. The advisor would contact you each month, collect the necessary information, prepare the GST return and help you file the same.
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