Filing Your Annual Returns – Things to Keep in Mind
As most of you are aware, the last date for filing the annual return in Form GSTR 9 is 30th June 2019. Both traders, as well as industry stakeholders, have raised certain queries with respect to the filing of this annual return, which we will attempt to clarify in this blog:
- Information contained in Form GSTR 2A as on 1st May 2019 shall be auto-populated in Table 8A of Form GSTR 9.
- Input Tax Credit on inward supplies shall be declared from April 2018 to March 2019 in Table 8C of Form GSTR 9.
- Particulars of the transactions for FY 2017-18 declared in returns between April 2018 to March 2019 shall be declared in Part V of Form GSTR 9. Such particulars may contain details of amendments furnished in Table 10 and Table 11 of Form GSTR 1.
- It may be noted that irrespective of when the supply was declared in Form GSTR 1, the principle of declaring a supply in Part II or Part V is essentially driven by – when was tax paid through Form GSTR 3B in respect of such supplies. If the tax on such a supply was paid through Form GSTR 3B between July 2017 to March 2018 then such a supply shall be declared in Part II and if the tax was paid through Form GSTR 3B between April 2018 to March 2019 then such a supply shall be declared in Part V of Form GSTR 9.
- Any additional outward supply which was not declared by the registered person in Form GSTR 1 and Form GSTR 3B shall be declared in Part II of the Form GSTR 9. Such additional liability shall be computed in Part IV and the gap between the “tax payable” and “paid through cash” column of Form GSTR 9 shall be paid through Form DRC 03.
- Many taxpayers have reported a mismatch between auto-populated data and the actual entry in their books of accounts or returns. One common challenge reported by taxpayer is in Table 4 of Form GSTR 9 where details may have been missed in Form GSTR 1, but the tax was already paid in Form GSTR 3B and therefore taxpayers see a mismatch between auto-populated data and data in Form GSTR 3B. It may be noted that auto-population is a functionality provided to taxpayers for facilitation purposes, taxpayers shall report the data as per their books of account or returns filed during the financial year.
- Many taxpayers have represented that Table 8 has no row to fill in credit of IGST paid at the time of import of goods but availed in the return of April 2018 to March 2019. Due to this, there are apprehensions that credit which was availed between April 2018 to March 2019 but not reported in the annual return may lapse. For this entry, taxpayers are advised to fill in their entire credit availed on import of goods from July 2017 to March 2019 in Table 6(E) of Form GSTR 9 itself.
- Payments made through Form DRC 03 for any supplies relating to period between July 2017 to March 2018 will not be accounted for in Form GSTR 9 but shall be reported during reconciliation in Form GSTR 9C.
In addition to these clarifications, the GST Council has requested all taxpayers to file their Annual Returns at the earliest to avoid any last-minute rush.
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Author: Pramit Pratim GhoshPramit, who has been with Tally since May 2012, is an integral part of the digital content team. As a member of Tally’s GST centre of excellence, he has written blogs on GST law, impact and opinions - for customer, tax practitioner and student audiences, as well as on generic themes such as - automation, accounting, inventory, business efficiency - for business owners.
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