The Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) has made available the new Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF) functionality on the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Portal.
The Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF) is a facility where quarterly GSTR-1 filers can choose to upload their invoices every month. A quarterly GSTR-1 filer is a small taxpayer with a turnover of up to Rs.1.5 crore.
The registered persons opting for the Scheme would be required to furnish the details of an outward supply in FORM GSTR-1 quarterly as per rule 59 of the CGST Rule. For each of the first and second months of a quarter, such a registered person will have the optional facility Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF) to furnish the details of such outward supplies to a registered person, as he may consider necessary, between the 1st day of the succeeding month till the 13th day of the succeeding month.
The said details of outward supplies shall, however, not exceed the value of Rs. 50 lakh each month. The facility of furnishing details of invoices in IFF has been provided so as to allow details of such supplies to be duly reflected in the FORM GSTR-2A and FORM GSTR-2B of the concerned recipient.
There are various advantages attached to IFF namely buyers of goods from small taxpayers can claim ITC every month; the facility allows the monthly reconciliation of data and makes return filing easier; small taxpayers can increase their business by providing faster ITC claims and eases the compliance burden by reducing the volume of invoices to be uploaded at the end of the quarter.
The IFF is a facility similar to Form GSTR-1, and it allows filing of details of B2B invoices in following tables only.
The option to upload details in IFF can be availed till 13th of the subsequent month. Any invoices remaining to be furnished, can be filed using the IFF in the subsequent month IFF or in the quarterly Form GSTR-1. For e.g. for Apr-June qtr., B2B invoices for the month of April (M1) can be filed in IFF by a taxpayer till 13th May. Any IFF which is not filed till the due date of 13th of the subsequent month will expire.
Overall, this is a good move to help both small taxpayers and buyers from small taxpayers. This facility will indirectly help small taxpayers to enhance their business by providing faster ITC claims to their buyers.
However, this will increase compliance costs for them. Hence, one has to make a comparison between the benefit of opting for IFF and the cost involved. It is good to opt-in for this facility if a small taxpayer raises large volumes of B2B invoices when compared to B2C invoices in a quarter.
The end date for furnishing details of supplies of Goods or Services is February 13, 2021.
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