GST Returns

The GST regime introduces the following changes:

  • The GST regime requires all businesses to mandatorily file monthly returns along with the requisite quarterly or annual returns. Even businesses which now file returns quarterly or half-yearly (such as returns for service tax etc.) now need to file returns every month.
  • There will now be ‘3 compliance events every month’ compared to 1 event today. This means, businesses will now need to comply with the requirements of filing GSTR- 1, GSTR-2 and GSTR- 3 (as mentioned below) as against filing 1 return today.
  • The first compliance event (filing GSTR-1) has a due date of 10th of the subsequent month as against the deadline of 20th in the current VAT regime.
  • Composition scheme will no longer be a favorable option since returns need to be filed quarterly and the details in those returns need to be filed relating to purchases, though sales would be lump sum like earlier. Another big deterrent in the scheme would be non availability of input credit to the chain below which would increase the selling price for the composite dealers. This would mean that businesses would reduce their purchases from these dealers.

Regular Dealer:Monthly Filing

  • GSTR-1: Upload all sale invoices (By 10th)
  • GSTR-2: Accept the auto-populated counterparty sales as your purchase, and add any missing purchases (By 15th)
  • GSTR-3: Submit the auto-populated GSTR-3 by 20th

Composition Dealer: Quarterly filing

  • GSTR-4: Submit by 18th after quarter-end
    • GSTR-8: Annual Return for both Regular and Composition by 31st Dec of subsequent year. Know More