GST: India Changes Tax Return Filing Procedure

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

The Indian government has decided that for the first two months of Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation, the tax would be payable based on a simple return (Form GSTR-3B) containing summary of outward and inward supplies which will be submitted before 20th of the succeeding month.

According to a government statement released Sunday, the decision has been taken to ensure smooth rollout of GST and taking into account the concerns expressed by the trade and industry regarding filing of the returns in GST regime.

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However, the invoice-wise details in regular GSTR – 1 would have to be filed for the month of July and August, 2017 as per the timelines given below –



GSTR – 1

GSTR – 2 (auto populated from GSTR-1)

July, 2017

20th August

1st – 5th September*

6th – 10th September

August, 2017

20th September

16th – 20th September

21st  – 25th September

*Facility for uploading of outward supplies for July, 2017 will be available from 15th July, 2017.

No late fees and penalty would be levied for the interim period. This is intended to provide a sense of comfort to the taxpayers and give them an elbow room to attune themselves with the requirements of the changed system, the statement said.

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