GST Return Filing

Who are required to file GST Return?

All entities obtaining GST registration are required to file their GST returns every month. GST return is a document which contains details of the turnover 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 which 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 an annual turnover of over INR 1.5 crores.

In case a business has a yearly turnover 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.

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.

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%

Its 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.

Some of the advantages of outsourcing your GST return filing to Advice House are given below.

  • Dedicated GST advisor
  • GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B return filing
  • Input Tax Credit reconciliation
  • Full stack accounting and cloud storage of records for easy retrieval and usage
  • Monthly accounts report

The average time taken to file a GST return is about 1 – 3 working days, subject to the government processing time and client document submission.