Government rolls out facility of filing of Nil GST return through SMS

Government rolls out facility of filing of Nil GST return through SMS

In a bid to make compliance easier for taxpayers, the Government on Monday allowed filing of Nil GST monthly return in FORM GSTR-3B through SMS.

This would substantially improve ease of GST compliance for over 22 lakh registered taxpayers who had to otherwise log into their account on the common portal and then file their returns every month.

Now, these taxpayers with NIL liability need not log on to the GST Portal and may file their NIL returns through a SMS. According to a statement, the functionality of filing Nil FORM GSTR-3B through SMS has been made available on the GSTN portal with immediate effect.

The status of the returns so filed can be tracked on the GST Portal by logging in to GSTIN account and navigating to Services>Returns>Track Return Status. The procedure to file Nil returns by SMS is as follows: –

“This is a good move by the Government to ease the compliance burden for taxpayers with nil liability. India ranks a lowly 115 out of around 190 countries in ease of paying taxes, and such initiatives are definitely needed to make the compliances easy, less time consuming and in line with global best practices,” said Harpreet Singh, Partner, KPMG India.

Similarly, MS Mani, Partner, Deloitte India says, “Filing Nil returns through an SMS would significantly help smaller businesses as they can now focus on businesses revival.”

Source: Economic-Times.

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