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Pre-filled GST return form soon: GSTN CEO Prakash Kumar

Pre-filled GST return form soon: GSTN CEO Prakash Kumar

GST-registered businesses will soon get pre-filled Return form, GSTR-3B, GST Network Chief Executive Officer Prakash Kumar said on Monday.

“We are moving towards providing taxpayers with a pre-filled GSTR-3B form so that they can pay their taxes at ease. To start with, an option to edit the form would be provided to allow businesses to make past adjustments etc,” Kumar told PTI.

GSTN, which handles the IT backbone for Goods and Services Tax (GST) has already started providing tax liability data based on sales return GSTR-1 of the taxpayer to be used in his tax payment form GSTR-3B in pdf form.

It is also providing taxpayers auto-generated invoice-wise input tax credit (ITC) statements based on information furnished by the suppliers of the taxpayer.

Kumar said this essentially means that the taxpayer can know how much ITC is available for the month.

Currently, the liability and ITC are being provided as separate pdf documents.
After two months, these two sets of data will automatically start flowing in GSTR-3B return, Kumar added.

This is the first step towards connecting GSTR-1 which has business-to-business (B2B) invoice data along with data on exports, business-to-consumer (B2C) supplies etc and GSTR-3B, he said.

The move is expected to ease taxpayer hassle of copy-pasting various numbers from sales return form GSTR-1 to GSTR-3B.

“These functionalities have been done for monthly filers of GSTR-1 and functionality for quarterly filers will be introduced in due course,” Kumar said.

GSTN has over 1.26 crore registered taxpayers, out of which 1.07 crore are required to file GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B. Of the, 1.07 crore taxpayers, around 58 lakh file GSTR-1 on monthly basis, whereas remaining file at quarterly frequency.

However, all 1.07 crore taxpayers has to file a monthly tax return, GSTR-3B.

Source: Money-Control.

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GSTN enables Reconciliation Tool for matching GSTR-2B with Purchase Register

GSTN enables Reconciliation Tool for matching GSTR-2B with Purchase Register

The Goods and Services Tax Network ( GSTN ) has enabled the Reconciliation Tool for matching GSTR-2B (Auto-Drafted ITC Statement) with Purchase Register.

The GSTN has issued detailed advisory on using Matching Offline Tool
Matching Offline Tool v1.0

The Matching Offline Tool can be used to:
• View GSTR-2B (Auto-drafted Input tax credit (ITC) statement)
• Match GSTR-2B with Purchase register

To install the tool, please download, extract the zip file and run the Download

Your downloaded (Matching_Offline_Tool) zip file contains:
• GSTR2B_Matching_Tool_v1.0.exe (Application)
• Purchase Register Excel Template
• Readme
• User Manual
• Change History

Important!
• Before you extract and run the downloaded file, ensure that the file is not corrupted. How do I know that my file is not corrupt? Click here to know more.
• Go through the Readme document before you begin installation.
• Double-click on GSTR2B_Matching_Tool_v1.0.exe to install the offline tool.

What’s new v1.0(Released on 13/09/2020)
• Downloading the auto-drafted input tax credit (ITC) statement – GSTR-2B from the dashboard at GST Portal and opening the same in the Offline Tool for viewing.
• Importing the purchase register in the Offline Tool for matching with GSTR-2B downloaded from the GST Portal. Taxpayers will have to use Excel/csv template provided with the tool to prepare their purchase register and import the same in this Offline Tool.
• Comparing the auto-drafted ITC statement – GSTR-2B, downloaded from the portal and the purchase register using the ‘Matching’ tab provided in the tool to identify documents which are fully matched, partially matched or not matched.
System Requirement

To use the tool efficiently, ensure that you have the following installed on your system:

• Operating system Windows 7 or above. The tool does not work on Linux and Mac.
• Browser: You need one of these browsers installed on your system:
• Internet Explorer 10+
• Google Chrome 7+
• Firefox 45+
• Microsoft Excel 2007 & above
• Alternatively, for any below versions, the tool will open in a default browser.
• Before installation of Offline tool, ensure that you have 200 MB of free disk space in your local machine

Source: TaxScan.

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Good news for Taxpayers: Delinking of Credit Note/Debit Note with Original Invoice has been implemented on the GSTN portal

Good news for Taxpayers: Delinking of Credit Note/Debit Note with Original Invoice has been implemented on the GSTN portal

The De-linking of original invoices and credit and debit notes are incorporated on the GSTN portal. The same was amended vide CGST amendment Act, 2018 with the effect of February 1, 2019. However, the same is incorporated on September 14, 2020, on the portal.

After more than one and a half years of the amendment in Section 34 of the Central Goods and Services Act, 2017, Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) has finally enabled the facility to report consolidated credit or debit notes under GST in GSTR-1.

Section 34 of the Central Goods and Services Act, 2017, which deals with Credit/Debit notes under GST law, wherein a registered person has to issue two or more different credit or debit notes in respect of the multiple tax invoices raised in a financial year under GST.

For instance, Mr. X has issued five tax invoices in the month of September 2020, there are sale returns against these invoices for which he has to issue a credit note under GST.

The issue is whether Mr. X has to issue five different credit notes or he can issue a consolidated credit note for these 5 tax invoices.
Before the amendment under Section 34 Mr. X has to issue 5 credit notes, however, after the amendment, he may issue one consolidated credit note for 5 tax invoices in that particular financial year.

Before the coming up of this facility on the GSTN portal, a registered person needs to furnish the “Original date and number of the tax invoice” in order to report credit or debit note issued under GST in his GSTR-1.

The taxpayers especially selling through online platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, etc. claim this task to issue different credit or debit notes for different tax invoices under GST law a cumbersome compliance as they need to spend more time, money, and effort to maintain the records of credit or debit notes with meagre amounts.

After the facility to issue a consolidated/single credit note, against one or more tax invoices raised in a financial year, implemented on the GST portal, one can easily interpret that the GST portal does not ask for “original date and number of the tax invoice” as credit or debit note is delinked from original invoice on the common portal which in turn helps the taxpayers to report single credit or debit note in respect of the multiple tax invoices raised in one financial year in their GSTR-1.

However, despite the above amendment in the CGST Act, 2017, the GSTN portal did not have a functionality to link multiple invoices with a single credit note/debit note.

In this regard, the much-awaited de-linking of original invoices and credit/debit notes has now been allowed on the GSTN portal.

Source: TaxScan.

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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 Network starts providing auto-drafted input tax credit statement to taxpayers

GST Network starts providing auto-drafted input tax credit statement to taxpayers

Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN), the information technology backbone provider for GST introduced new return filing form which has auto-populated input tax credit.

The new form – GSTR 2B – has been activated for July 2020, and will be available for each month on the 12th day of the succeeding month.

“It is expected that GSTR-2B will help in reduction in time taken for preparing return, minimising errors, assist reconciliation & simplify compliance relating to filing of returns,” GSTN said in a statement Saturday.

The GSTR-2B will contain information on import of goods from the ICEGATE system, will have summary statement on all the ITC available and non-available under each section and have document level details of all invoices, credit notes, debit notes etc.

GSTR-2B will be generated for every registered person on the basis of information furnished by his suppliers in their respective GSTR-1, GSTR-5 (non resident taxable person) and GSTR-6 (input service distributor).

However, GSTN has clarified that GSTR-2B for the month of July has been made available on the common portal on trial basis, and feedback has been sought from taxpayers.

Abhishek Jain, Tax Partner, EY said, “There were discussions on these linkages from a long time and were awaited by both industry and Government. These linkages would definitely aid the Government in checking tax evasion and also help industry in verifying the credits proposed to be availed by them”.

“Auto-population of ITC based on new report GSTR-2B may impact the working capital of businesses to a great extent. Businesses would appreciate it if instead of making numerous changes on a piecemeal basis, tax authorities come with a list of comprehensive changes in one go finalized after suitable trade participation,” said Rajat Mohan, senior partner at AMRG Associates.

Meanwhile, two new tables have been inserted in GSTR-2A for displaying details of import of goods from overseas and inward supplies made from special economic zones (SEZ) units or developers.

The insertion will enable taxpayers to self-reconcile the taxes paid and the taxes reflected in the system online. taxpayers can view their bill of entries data which is received by the GST System (GSTN) from ICEGATE System (Customs). This has been enabled on trial basis for feedback.

Source: Economic-Times.

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GSTN enables functionality to help GST payers on ITC eligibility

GSTN enables functionality to help GST payers on ITC eligibility

GST Network has enabled a functionality to help GST payers know their input tax credit (ITC) eligibility in their Annual Return, making it more convenient to file GSTR-9.

So far, the GST system used to compute eligible ITC based on suppliers’ sales return GSTR-1, but the break-up at the invoice level was not provided.

Taxpayers used to raise a query on the computation of ITC.

In a statement, Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), which handles the technology backbone of GST, said that to bring the entire computation to taxpayers by way of showing each invoice filed by the suppliers and showing eligibility against each, this functionality has been developed.

“GSTN has rolled out an important functionality today which will help GST taxpayers know their exact eligibility of ITC flowing in their Annual Return and thereby filing the annual return, i.e. GSTR-9 more conveniently,” GSTN said in the statement.

For this functionality, a new tab ‘Download Table-8A details’ has been introduced on the GSTR-9 dashboard of the GST portal from Financial Year 2018-19 onwards, it added.

Source: Live-Mint.

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GSTR 1 and 3B to be linked to determine input tax credit and liability

GSTR 1 and 3B to be linked to determine input tax credit and liability

In an effort to plug goods and services tax (GST) evasion and frauds and ease compliance, the existing GST return filing system is being enhanced to have an in-built invoice matching system to determine input tax credit and liability. The returns will be auto-populated to minimize errors, ease reconciliation and simplify compliance.

The group of ministers (GoM) on Information Technology (IT) led by Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi took stock of the preparedness and the timelines in a meeting held on Friday.

The load handling capacity of GST Network (GSTN) has also been enhanced to 300,000 taxpayers at one point of time as against 150,000 taxpayers earlier to avoid glitches during peak hours.

A dedicated team of 60 tech persons has been set up to expeditiously deliver functional changes to the GST System under ‘Returns Enhancement and Advancement Project’ (REAP), which started in April.

Being developed as an alternative to the earlier proposed simplified return system that was put in abeyance in March, the new approach revolves around advancing and enhancing the existing return filing system to ensure ease of taxpayers. It is divided in five teams and various components are being developed.

“The new features in the existing return system will not only bring ease to taxpayers by way of auto-population of returns, but will also fix the drawback in the current system with respect to invoicing matching and determination of input tax credit and liability. The functionality will be ready by September and will be rolled out after approval from the GST Council,” Modi told Business Standard.

Taxpayers with a turnover of less that Rs 5 crore will also be allowed to file summary returns (GSTR 3B) on a quarterly basis, likely from November. Around 70 per cent taxpayers are likely to get covered under the quarterly return filing system.

In the current system, taxpayers are required to file GSTR-1 for outward supplies and GSTR-3B, which is summary return for sales and input tax credit and GSTR 2A, which is a purchase-related tax return. GSTR 2A is automatically generated for each business by the GST portal. When a seller files his GSTR-1, the information is captured in GSTR 2A.

But GSTR 1 and 3B are not linked, hence different values can be filed. The two returns will now be linked to get a system generated liability and a functionality is being developed for auto-populating valued from GSTR 1 and 3B.

Also, return form GSTR 2B will be introduced for availing input tax credit, which will plug leakages and frauds. In the current system, the input tax credit claimed on self-declaration basis, resulting in a mismatch many a times. Under the new system, GSTR 2B will be generated on the basis of GSTR 1 filed between two due dates by counter-party suppliers, for availing credit in GSTR 3B in a month. “GSTR 2A will suggest exact credit to be claimed to taxpayers in GSTR 3B,” said Modi.

The earlier proposed new return system requiring fewer details, was earlier expected to be introduced from October last year, but was postponed to April 1, 2020, but was eventually put on hold in March in view of lack of IT preparedness.

“Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani was of the view in March that instead of giving a new instrument, we can enhance the capability of the existing system. It will not cause pain to the taxpayers in terms of adaptability,” said Modi.

Source: Business-Standard.

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GST Portal restores GST Returns data for the year 2017

GST Portal restores GST Returns data for the year 2017

The Goods and Services Tax ( GST ) Portal has restored the GST Returns data for the year 2017.

In a statement published in GST Portal said that, Facility to view, file and download returns of the period July 2017 has been restored on the portal. The functionality to enable taxpayers for filing revocation application again, in view of ROD order No.01/2020 has been implemented w.e.f. 6thAug, 2020

A couple days back taxpayers were unable to view, file or download returns on the GST Portal for the year 2017.

The professionals and taxpayers had lodged complaints for lost data of the year 2017.
Recently, the twitter handle of GSTN it had clarified that the facility to view, file, and download returns from the period July 2017 will shortly be restored.

Source: Taxscan.

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GST Network makes annual returns available online for composition dealers

GST Network makes annual returns available online for composition dealers

The GST Network (GSTN) has made the annual returns for composition tax payers available on the GST portal. Composition dealers are those with the annual turnover of Rs 1.5 crore and who opt for a flat tax rate in GST, but without input tax credit.

This will enable 1.7 million composition dealers to file their returns on an annual basis with effect from 2019-20. Prior to this period, the composition tax payers were required to file their returns every quarter. From 2019-20, only a statement is required to be filed in the relevant form.

The deadline for filing annual returns for the composition dealers for 2019-20 has been extended to August 31 this year.

Source: Business-Standard.

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GSTN issues Statistical Report on 3 years of GST implementation

GSTN issues Statistical Report on 3 years of GST implementation

The Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) releases a Statistical Report on completion of 3 years of GST Implementation.

The report highlights the key statistics regarding registration trend from April 2018 to June 2020; active taxpayers as on June 30, 2020; month-wise returns filed since July 2017; GSTR-1 return filing trend from July 2017 to May 2020; GSTR-3B filing compliance as on June 30, 2020; and Invoice Count as per Turnover Slab.

The report in relation to payment highlights from April 2018 to March 2019 and from April 2019 to March 2020; it further highlights the Contribution to GST Revenue from different Constitutions of Business.
The report in relation to refunds highlights the Data Transmission to Customs for Refund of IGST Paid on Export of Goods from June 2019 till June 2020; and Online Refund Status as on June 30, 2020.

The report in relation to E-way Bills highlights the E-way bill Statistics from April 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020; E-way bill generation from April 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020; modes of E-way Bill Generation; E-way bill Statistics during COVID-19 Pandemic; and upward Movement in E-way Bill Generation from 3rd week of April.

The report further highlighted the GSTN Outreach Initiatives which included Tax Officials and Stakeholders Training during 2019-20 and GSTNs YouTube Channel 2017-2020.

The GSTN introduced a GST Interactive Technical Assistant named Chatbot on 26th June 2020. GITA is loaded with pre-drafted responses to the queries asked by taxpayers on common topics, such as- Payment, E-way bill, Registration, Refunds, and Returns, etc. The Chatbot works on Artificial Intelligence (AI) based technology. This 24×7 facility is available on the GST portal for mobile users too.

The report further included the Social Media Statistics; Services like helpdesk; Number of Officers Using GST Back Office; Taxpayer Helpdesk; and Taxpayer Assistance.

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Source: TaxScan.

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