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GSTN issues Advisory on Auto-population of E-Invoice details into GSTR-1

GSTN issues Advisory on Auto-population of E-Invoice details into GSTR-1

The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has issued an advisory on Auto-population of E-Invoice details into GSTR-1.

From 1-10-2020, certain notified taxpayers have been issuing invoices after obtaining Invoice Reference Number (IRN) from Invoice Registration Portal (IRP) (commonly referred as ‘e-invoices’).

From 1-1-2021, the taxpayers with aggregate turnover above Rs. 100 Cr. had also started reporting invoices to IRP.

Details from the reported e-invoices are being auto-populated in respective tables of GSTR-1. Update on the same was last published on 30/12/2020.

A detailed advisory regarding methodology of auto-population of e-invoice details into GSTR-1 is already published on GSTR-1 dashboard.

It is observed that, while pulling the e-invoice data for the month of December, 2020 into GSTR-1, details of some invoices were not populated into GSTR-1. This inadvertent gap is being rectified on priority and details of those invoices will be pushed to GSTR-1 shortly.

However, taxpayers should not wait for the same and advised to proceed with preparation and filing of GSTR-1 for the month of December, 2020 (before the due date), based on actual data as per their records.

As already noted in the afore-mentioned advisory, the taxpayers may modify/delete only those documents where the details auto-populated from e-invoices are not as per the actual documents issued.

Otherwise, the details of e-invoices auto-populated in GSTR-1 can be edited/deleted by the taxpayer. However, in such cases, the ‘Source’, ‘IRN’ and ‘IRN date’ fields will be reset to blank in respective tables of GSTR-1 and accordingly won’t get reflected in GSTR-2A/2B/4A/6A also. Such edited documents will be treated as if they were not auto-populated but uploaded separately by taxpayer.

Other than the details auto-populated from e-invoices, taxpayers are required to add details of any other supplies made, in respective tables of GSTR-1.

An additional facility of consolidated excel download of all documents auto-populated from e-invoices is available in GSTR-1 dashboard. This file includes details of cancelled documents also.

However, any subsequent modifications made to the auto-populated documents (in GSTR-1 tables) would not be reflected in this excel file.

Source: TaxScan.

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GST E-Invoice System completed 3 months; Enabled more than 37000 Taxpayers to Generate more than 1680 Lakh IRNs

GST E-Invoice System completed 3 months; Enabled more than 37000 Taxpayers to Generate more than 1680 Lakh IRNs

GST e-invoice system, the game-changer in the GST system, has completed a journey of three months and has facilitated the smooth transition of the taxpayers to the new platform. It has enabled more than 37000 taxpayers to generate more than 1680 Lakh Invoice Reference Numbers (IRNs), during the last three months from the NIC developed e-Invoice system.

Starting with 495 lakhs during October 2020, the generation of e-Invoice has increased to 589 lakhs in November 2020 and 603 Lakhs in December 2020. Interestingly the e-way bill generation from the NIC (National Informatics Centre) developed e-way bill system is also highest from September to December 2020 compared to the same months of previous years.

The response of the system is good and the generation of IRNs is hassle-free during this period. However, there have been common errors such as repeated requests on the same document number, simultaneous requests on the same document number, requests with validation or calculation errors, etc.

Proactive measures are taken by the NIC Help desk, including communication with taxpayers about the issues through mails and telephonic calls and suggestion of corrective measures, has facilitated in bringing the errors down. NIC has also started sending daily updates to the generators of IRN about the number and value of the IRN generated by him/her.

The Government has reduced the aggregate turnover cut off to Rs. 100 Crores per annum for the generation of IRN by the taxpayers from 1st January 2021. NIC has already enabled the API and offline tool based sites for these taxpayers. NIC is also geared up with adequate infrastructure to handle the generation of e-invoices from these taxpayers from 1st January 2021. NIC portal facilitates the big taxpayers, whose turnover is more than Rs. 500 Crores, to enable direct API access to their suppliers and clients from their systems.

Keeping the requirements of small taxpayers in view, NIC has developed the offline Excel-based IRN preparation and printing tool, called a NIC-GePP tool for the small taxpayers. This application will allow the taxpayers to enter the invoice details, prepare the file to upload on the NIC IRN portal, download the IRN with QR code, and print the e-invoice with QR code.

Source: TaxScan.


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E-invoicing under GST pick up speed, posts 17% growth in November

E-invoicing under GST pick up speed, posts 17% growth in November

E-invoicing under goods and services tax (GST), overcoming early hiccups, picked up pace right in the second month of its roll-out, with bill generation posting 17 per cent growth in November over the previous month. This paves the way for the second phase of e-invoicing, which is to make it mandatory for entities with a turnover of Rs 100 crore and more from January 1 and the rest from April 1 for business-to-business transactions.

The e-invoicing system is now mandatory for entities with a turnover of Rs 500 crore and more. About 56 million invoice reference numbers (IRNs), or e-invoices, were generated in November against 48 million in October, reflecting economic demand revival.

Days ahead of Diwali, 3.26 million IRNs were generated on November 6, the highest since the rollout on October 1.

Daily invoice generation has now improved to 2.5-2.7 million per day compared to an average of 1.5 million a day in October.

“There are almost no complaints. This is because these are large firms with sound tech systems. We are prepared to roll out the next phase from January 1,” said a government official. The system is aimed at bringing in more transparency in sales reporting, minimising errors and mismatches, automating data entry work, and improving compliance. It will help prevent tax evasion once it is made mandatory for small and medium firms.

With close to 20,000 GSTINs (GST identification numbers) in the Rs 500 crore and above category already there, another 90,000 GSTINs are estimated get added on January 1. E-invoicing testing for these entities started on November 15.

The e-invoice data started auto-populating the GSTR 1 or the sales return form from Friday. “The e-invoicing system will do away with the need for separate e-way bills,” said the official.

Abhishek Jain, tax partner, said firms with a turnover of Rs 500 crore and more, with small initial hiccups, smoothly adopted mandate, and this was evident from the increased number of IRN generation. While in the medium run, this mechanism will replace the existing e-way bill system, the Centre is hoping to dispense with filing GST returns for MSMEs.

Source: Business-Standard.


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Monthly GST filing will not be necessary after e-invoice system is in place: Finance secretary

Monthly GST filing will not be necessary after e-invoice system is in place: Finance secretary

In a major relief to businesses, the government plans to do away with monthly filing of Goods and Services Tax (GST) returns after the electronic invoice (e-invoice) is fully operationalised, which will not only reduce compliance burden but also check tax evasion, finance secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey said.

“GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B will ultimately be phased out, once we fully operationalise the electronic invoice (e-invoice),” he said. In the normal course, the two GST returns (GSTRs) means 24 returns filed by GST registered entities every month. The GSTR-1 is a return indicating sales or outward supplies made during the month and the GSTR-3B is the summary return indicating supplies made, input tax credit availed and tax payment made for the month.

E-invoicing is already under implementation in phases. It will be mandatory for all from the next financial year as part of the government’s ongoing efforts towards ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and ‘Honouring the Honest’. Once put into operation, both e-way bill system and filing of certain GST returns (GSTR) would be eventually be withdrawn, said Pandey, who is also the revenue secretary.

The government has already announced a roadmap to implement e-invoices. Currently e-invoicing is mandatory for companies with turnover of Rs500 crore or more. From January 1, 2021 it will be compulsory for companies having turnover of over Rs100 crore, and from April 1, 2020 it will be mandatory for all.

“Actually our objective is, once you have an electronic invoice it should ultimately do away with your e-way bills, and also eventually do away with GST returns because from the e-invoice itself your returns can be generated. Then, at the end of the month the taxpayer has to simply validate his return and make the payment of taxes,” the finance secretary said.

The government on October 1 introduced the e-invoicing system for businesses with an annual turnover of over Rs500 crore, which replaces the physical invoice and allows buyers and sellers to have real time information of the invoices. Eventually, e-invoice will auto-populate GST returns and businesses will not be required to generate e-way bills.

To be sure, the introduction of e-invoicing system was initially scheduled from April 1, 2020, but it was postponed to October 1 because of the sudden outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

The finance secretary said “The e-invoice system will lead to a massive reduction in compliance and at the same time it will be good for industry, good for the taxpayers and very difficult for the fraudsters.”

The government, which has launched a major drive against GST frauds, believes that e-invoicing system will instantly eliminate fake invoices, currently rampant to fraudulently claim input tax credit (ITC).

“Rationalisation in the number of returns would really aid businesses by reducing the compliance burdens, which have significantly increased in the GST regime, especially for the service sector. Any method of auto-population of data in the monthly returns, with a facility for businesses to amend the data, would also go a long way in improving the ease of doing business,” MS Mani, partner at consulting firm, said.

Chartered accountant, Sunil Kumar said, “E-invoicing system auto-populates e-invoice data submitted by taxpayer over Invoice Registration Portal to GSTN [GST Network] portal which eventually helps in auto generation of GST returns.”

“Entry of invoices and access to the invoices data on real time basis, will leave less scope for invoice manipulation, thereby reducing the instances of fake invoice and tax invasion. E-invoicing system invites strong IT infrastructure,” he added.

According to experts, this reform will lead to massive reduction in compliance burden as a company having business operations in 25 states have to file both GSTR-1 and GSTR-2B separately in 25 jurisdictions, every month. “If an entity operates in 25 states, it has to file 50 returns per month, hence 600 monthly returns in a year,” Mani said. This is in addition to the two annual returns – GSTR-9 and 9C to be filed for each registration, he added.

Source: Hindustan-Times.

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GST e-invoicing mandatory from January 1, 2021, if turnover exceeds Rs 100 cr

GST e-invoicing mandatory from January 1, 2021, if turnover exceeds Rs 100 cr

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on Tuesday notified that GST e-invoicing will be mandatory for any firm whose turnover exceeds Rs 100 crore from January 1, 2021. The limit set earlier was a turnover of Rs 500 crore.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-rule (4) of rule 48 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017, the Government, on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following further amendments in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), No. 13/2020 – Central Tax, dated the 21st March, 2020, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide number G.S.R. 196(E), dated 21st March, 2020, namely:-

In the said notification, in the first paragraph, with effect from the 1st day of January, 2021, for the words ‘five hundred crore rupees’, the words ‘one hundred crore rupees’ shall be substituted,” said the notification.

The changes will bring a large number of medium enterprises under the ambit of e-invoicing. It is expected that it will be made available to all taxpayers for B2B transactions from 1st April 2021.

“Inclusion of dealers with turnover between INR 100-500 Cr, within the E-invoicing gamut, is another step towards formalisation of the economy. There could be some initial hiccups in implementation, albeit, in the long run the same is likely to result in more transparency, better tax administration and automation of tax compliance and filings,” said Harpreet Singh, Partner, Indírect taxes, KPMG India.

The electronic invoicing system for business to business transactions was implemented on a mandatory basis for companies with turnover above Rs 500 crore from October 1.

Source: Economic-Times.

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GST e-invoice system: 495 lakh e-invoices generated on NIC portal

GST e-invoice system: 495 lakh e-invoices generated on NIC portal

Ministry of Electronics & IT has said that over 495 lakh GST e-invoices were generated on the NIC portal by 27,400 tax payers within the first month of introduction.

“Path breaking e-invoice initiative which completed one month on the 31st October, is poised to revolutionize the way businesses interact with each other. According to NIC, within the first month of introduction itself, more than 495 Lakh e-invoices were generated on the NIC portal by 27,400 tax payers. The e-invoice system, the game changer in the GST system, was launched on 1st October, 2020 for the businesses with aggregate turnover of more than Rs. 500 Crores in the financial year,” an official release said.

It will be yet another milestone in India’s journey in enhancing ease of doing business. The data captured by the Invoice Registration Portal will flow seamlessly to GSTR1 return of the tax payer in GST Common Portal (gst.gov.in), thus reducing the compliance burden, the release said.

Starting with 8.4 Lakh e-invoices on 1st October, 2020, the usage has gradually picked up and 31st October, 2020 saw generation of as many as 35 lakh e-invoices in a single day. This coupled with generation of 641 Lakh e-way bills during the month of October, 2020, (by far the highest in a month during two and half years of journey of e-way bill system), establishes the robustness of the system. As per the feedback received from the tax payers, the response of the system is good and generation of IRNs is hassle-free. Proactive communication by NIC Help desk with tax payers has helped them in finetuning their systems to reduce the errors.

Currently, there are three modes of generations of IRN in NIC system. First is the direct API interface of ERP system of tax payer with NIC system. Second is the API interface of ERP system of the tax payer through GSP with NIC system. Third is using the offline tool for bulk uploading of invoices and generating IRNs. Around 15% of the tax payers are using the offline tool for the IRN generations and 85% are integrating through API.

The Government is planning to reduce the aggregate turnover cut off to Rs 100 Crores for generation of IRN by the tax payers in coming days. NIC has already enabled the API and offline tool based trial sites for these tax payers and geared up with the required infrastructure to handle the generation of e-invoices from these tax payers.

Keeping requirements of small tax payers in view, who need to prepare 5-10 B2B invoices in a day, NIC is also developing an offline Excel based IRN preparation and IRN printing tool which will allow them to enter the invoice details, prepare the file to upload on NIC IRN portal, download the IRN with QR code and print the e-invoice with QR code.

Presently, the generation of IRN using API interface is allowed for businesses with aggregate turnover more than Rs 500 crores, GSPs and shortlisted ERPs. Now, direct access will be extended to the tax payers using E-way Bill API interface. Generally, the big businesses will enable their suppliers and clients to use their ERP/SAP systems for generation of invoices. Therefore, it has been decided to facilitate them to enable their suppliers and clients to use their integration channels.

Source: Zee-News

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GST e-invoicing for all B2B transactions from April 1, 2021: Finance Secretary

GST e-invoicing for all B2B transactions from April 1, 2021: Finance Secretary

The government will roll out the electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) system for all business-to-business (B2B) transactions under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime from April 1 next year that will replace physical invoices, finance secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey said.

The government introduced the e-invoicing system on October 1, 2020 for businesses with an annual turnover over Rs 500 crore. “By January 1, 2021, it will be available to taxpayers with an annual turnover over Rs 100 crore,” he said.

“It is a great step forward as e-invoicing has many advantages both for the business and the tax administration. Buyers and sellers will be able to have realtime information of the invoices. It replaces the physical invoice and will soon replace the existing e-way bill system and taxpayers will not have to generate separate e-way bills,” he said.

Pandey said the e-invoicing system may eventually dispense with the present system of filing GST returns for smaller businesses and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) because e-invoice will pre-populate returns for such businesses and they will be required to simply pay the taxes.

“The returns will be automatically generated for all supplies for which e-invoices have been issued,” he said after reviewing the progress of the e-invoicing system that was introduced on October 1 for businesses with an annual turnover of over Rs 500 crore. The meeting was attended by senior officials from the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the GST Network (GSTN).

After review of the progress in the last seven days, Pandey said the implementation of e-invoicing is getting progressively robust. “This is the beginning of a new chapter of the ease of doing business and paying taxes in India. From the first to the seventh day Invoice Reference Number (IRN) generation has grown by 163% and have touched the count of 13.69 lakh IRNs on the seventh day, i.e., on October 7,” he said.

“As e-invoicing is an exceedingly progressive system, we expect that it will also have other major advantages of improving the payment cycle for the industry and give boost to invoice based lending to MSMEs,” he said.
India has been able to build and develop this massive e-invoice system in GST in just seven to eight months, he said. According to a note prepared by GSTN, between October 1 and October 7 more than 69.5 lakh IRNs were generated by over 71 thousand users.

“On the very first day of e-invoicing system, more than 8.40 lakh IRNs were generated by 8,453 users while on October 7 about 13.69 lakh IRNs were generated by 14,100 users, it said.

To be sure, the introduction of e-invoicing system was initially scheduled from April 1, 2020, but it was postponed to October 1 because of the suddent outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. In order to make the system gradually adjust to the e- invoicing system, it was prescribed that the taxpayers having aggregate turnover of Rs. 500 crore and above only would be required to issue e-invoice from October 1.

Source: Hindustan-Times.

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GST e-invoicing to start from Oct 1, as planned: GSTN CEO

GST e-invoicing to start from Oct 1, as planned: GSTN CEO

The plan to introduce the e-invoicing regime from October 1 will not be postponed. This was revealed by GST Network (GSTN) CEO Prakash Kumar at Friday’s BusinessLine Knowledge Series webinar on ‘GST: Is it Really Good and Simple?’

While large companies are ready for this change, small and medium enterprises are not. This had raised hope that the new regime would be postponed.
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Kumar also said the GSTN, the IT backbone of the indirect tax system, will, from November, auto-populate the GSTR-3B returns of taxpayers. “The aim is, from November month returns filed in December, GSTR-3B will be auto-populated. First, we are doing this for monthly tax filers. The entire tax-paying community will be covered after that,” he explained.

Over one crore assesses are eligible to file GSTR 3B returns every month, which shows how much tax has been paid actually after deducting the Input Tax Credit (ITC). GSTR-1 is a monthly return (it can also be filed quarterly) on the outward supply statement and shows the quantum of liability. It is alleged that some assesses over-report ITC, which in turn results in lower tax payment.

GSTN recently started to generate GSTR-3B based on the GSTR-1 filed, Kumar said, adding that for two months PDF documents would be given to taxpayers so that people can check and inform the authorities of any error in the process or computation of tax or the ITC.

Source:thehindubusinessline

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GST Network issues FAQs on einvoicing scheme ahead of Oct 1 launch

GST Network issues FAQs on einvoicing scheme ahead of Oct 1 launch

E-invoicing will not be applicable for business-to-consumer supplies or import bills of entries, while special economic zone units, banking companies, insurers, goods transport agencies and passenger transport companies will be exempt from issuing them.

The GST Network issued clarifications through frequently asked questions on Monday, ahead of the October 1 launch of the scheme for businesses with more than Rs 500 crore turnover. The scheme will introduce a standard invoicing standard for all companies.

“Businesses will continue to issue invoices as they are doing now. Necessary changes on account of e-invoicing requirement to enable reporting of invoices to Invoice Registration Portals (IRP) and obtain Invoice Reference Number (IRN), will be made by ERP or accounting and billing software providers in their respective software,” the IT backbone provider of GST said.

Businesses will need to get the updated version having this facility, GTSN clarified. A dedicated mobile app to scan and verify validity of e-invoice quick response (QR) code will be provided by the government.

“These FAQs not only clarify the key doubts of the industry on the subject matter, but also throw light on the modus-operandi of e-invoicing system,” said Abhishek Jain, tax partner .

E-invoices will be needed for business to business transactions, for exports, credit and debit notes. Suppliers of services by way of admission to exhibition of cinematograph films in multiplex screens will also need e-invoicing.

E-invoicing will enable auto-reporting of invoices into GST return, auto-generation of e-way bills, facilitate standardisation and inter-operability leading to reduction of disputes among transacting parties, improve payment cycles, reduction of processing costs and thereby greatly improving overall business efficiency.

Source: Economic-Times.

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GST e-invoicing for businesses with Rs 500-cr turnover from Oct 1

GST e-invoicing for businesses with Rs 500-cr turnover from Oct 1

The government will notify a new GST e-invoice scheme under which businesses with turnover of Rs 500 crore and above will generate all invoices on a centralised government portal starting October 1, an official said on Thursday. Earlier, the turnover threshold for businesses was set at Rs 100 crore.

CBIC Principal Commissioner (GST) Yogendra Garg said the existing Goods and Services Tax (GST) return filing system would be improved further by incorporating the features proposed in the new system.

“Yesterday, the GST Implementation Committee has recommended that we will go ahead with October 1 deadline (for e-invoice)… To begin with we will not do it for Rs 100 crore and above, as we had notified. We will soon come out with a notification to make it Rs 500 crore from October 1 and as they stabilise, we will bring a date for Rs 100 crore turnover people,” Garg said at an Assocham event here.

The new turnover threshold would be notified by next week, he added.

The e-invoice was aimed at curbing GST evasion through issue of fake invoices. Besides, it would make the returns filing process simpler for businesses as invoice data would already be captured by a centralised portal.

In November last year, the government had said that from April 1 electronic invoice (e-invoice) would be mandatory for businesses with turnover of Rs 100 crore. Later in March 2020, the GST Council extended the implementation date to October 1.

The Council also exempted insurance, banking, financial instituions, NBFCs and passenger transport service from issuing e-invoice.

It had also decided to introduce the new GST returns filing system in phases between October 2020 and January 2021.

Garg said in the last 3 years of GST, there has not been a single month which saw returns being filed by all the businesses registered under GST.

About 70-80 per cent of GST registered businesses file returns within the due date.

“2019-20 has been a year of consolidation of compliance requirement…. We took a call that instead of introducing the new return system which we had promised, we will carry out improvement in the existing return system and take it closer to what we had promised in the new return system to make the certainty of credit,” he said.

Garg said the GST administration is working on a proposal to make a system available to businesses about how much input tax credit (ITC) is available with a taxpayer.

“The endeavour is to make life simpler for taxpayer. The vision for 4th year of GST is compliance burden gets reduced and e-invoice would help in this,” he said.

With regard to GST audits, Garg said central tax officers have been training state officers on the audit experience, some of the states had some good strategies which we are working on.

“To the extent possible these arre not going to be physical audits, these are more going to be desk audits,” he added.

Source: Economic-Times.

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