Updates in Forms GSTR-1, GSTR-3B and Matching Offline Tool for Taxpayers in QRMP Scheme

With effect from 1st January, 2021, all taxpayers with Annual Aggregate Turnover up to Rs 5 Crore have been given an option to file their Form GSTR-1 Statement and Form GSTR-3B return on a quarterly basis. They also have an option to file B2B invoice details in Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF) for months 1 and 2 (eg. Jan and Feb) of the quarter in order to pass on the credit, whereas the remaining invoices have to be declared in the Quarterly Form GSTR-1 of Month 3 (e.g. March).

Have you Reconciled Your Books with GST Returns? If Not, This News is For You!

Department has issued below circular prescribing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be followed in case of suspension of GST Registration due to discrepancy between “GST payable and actual GST paid”. To protect yourself from this type of notice or suspension of registration, please reconcile your books with all GST Returns and pay short-fall in tax with interest. Remember that if you have not filed your GSTR-9/9C for relevant year, the details as available in GSTR-1/ GSTR-3B/ GSTR-2A will be final.

Attention: Proposed Amendments in the CGST Act, 2017 in the Budget 2021-22 for which Strong Representation is Required Immediately

(1.) Insertion of Sub-section (12) in Section 75: As per the proposed amendment in section 75, if any registered person uploaded invoices in GSTR-1 and forget to amend/ remove them/ upload credit note issued against that invoice till the specified date but paid tax as per net output, then this will be deemed as self-assessment tax and recovery provisions will enforced on that registered person without any show cause notice.

Don’t Forget to Avail the Benefit of QRMP Scheme in GST before 31 January, 2021

Government has launched Quarterly Return Monthly Payment (QRMP) Scheme in GST in order to accomplish the target of Ease of Compliance and Ease of Doing Business. To avail the benefit of this scheme, government has notified due dates, after which we can avail this scheme in next quarter. So, for the quarter January- March, 2020, the due date to opt QRMP Scheme is 31st January, 2021.

GST Return and Type of GST Return

A return is a document including details of income which a taxpayer is
required to file with the tax authorities. This can help tax authorities to
calculate tax liability.
Under GST, a registered dealer has to file GST returns that include:
• Purchases
• Sales
• Output GST (On sales)
• Input tax credit (GST paid on purchases)
To file GST returns sales and purchase invoices are required. In the GST
regime any Regular business has to file two monthly returns and one annual
return. This amounts to 26 returns in a year.
The number of GST filings vary for Quarterly GSTR-1 filers. The number of
GST filings online for them is 17 in a year.
There are separate returns required to be filed by special cases such
as Composition dealers whose number of GST filings is 5 in a year.

Recent GST Updates and Amendments

1.Restriction on availing ITC – Rule 36(4)
➢ ITC can be availed only up to 105% of GSTR 2A, as against 110% earlier. Now, the
ceiling of 105% to be computed on invoices uploaded & returns furnished + invoices
furnished by quarterly taxpayer.
➢ Violation of the above could lead to suspension of registration
2.Restriction on use of ITC – Rule 86(B)
ITC in credit ledger can be used only to pay 99% of output tax liability. It is applicable to
taxpayers having monthly taxable supply exceeding Rs. 50 lacs.
Not applicable to the following taxpayers
➢ Paid Income tax exceeding Rs. One lac in each of the last two financial years
➢ Claimed refund of more than Rs. 1 lac on zero rated supplies or inverted duty
structure in the preceding financial year
➢ Discharged tax liability cumulatively in cash in excess of 1% in the current
financial year
➢ Govt. department, PSU, local authority or statutory body