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GST Return Filing

GST Filing

Last Updated 31st Oct 2020

  • The process of compiling complete details of each transaction and the applicable GST on it to submit it to the GST authorities is called the GST return filing.
  • The payment under the GST filing is based on details like total sales, total purchases, GST paid by customers (Output GST) and GST paid by businesses (Input GST).
  • GST return filing payments can be made online via NEFT, RTGS or mobile banking.
  • The GST e-file process is quick, hassle-free and convenient.
  • The last day for filing GST for the fiscal year 2018-2019 has been extended to up to June 2020.

How to File GST Return?

The Goods and services tax is an indirect tax that is charged on different goods and services offered to customers. The GST is ultimately charged from consumers; however, it is the business enterprises or suppliers offering the goods and services that submit the GST to the concerned authorities. This process of remitting the tax to the Government is called the GST return filing. GST return filing is based on information such as total sales, total purchases, GST paid by customers (Output GST) and GST paid by businesses (Input GST). These are used to derive the amount of GST that a business unit needs to pay as part of the GST return filing. The GST filing can be done easily through the GST e-file process, which is convenient and time-saving. To know how to file GST return, follow the below-mentioned steps.

Step by Step Guide to File GST Returns Online

  • Go to the official GST online portal (
  • If you are not already registered, enter details like your state code and PAN number to get a fifteen digit GST identification number.
  • If you're already registered, you can proceed by directly entering the identification number.
  • After the registration process, find the 'Services' button on the GST portal. Under 'Services' click on the option 'Return dashboard'.
  • AS you click on 'Return Dashboard', a drop-down menu appears. Here fill in the financial year and period for which you wish to file the GST return.
  • Proceed, by entering the type of return you wish to file, such as GST1, GST 2, GST 3, GST 9A, etc. and thereby click on 'Prepare online'.
  • Enter the required details such as the invoice amount and the late fee fine, if applicable and click on 'Save'.
  • As you 'save' the required information, a success message appears on the screen.
  • On successful saving of the information, click on 'Submit' to file the GST return. On successful submission of the information, the status of your GST return changes to 'Submitted'.
  • Scroll down, and find the 'Payment of tax' file. The file shows details of the cash and credit balance available on your GST account. To clear off the liabilities, one can use the previous credits, if available.
  • For making a payment for the GST return filing choose the option 'offset liability' and click on 'ok' to confirm the same.
  • On confirming this, a declaration box appears. Check in the declaration box and select an authorised signatory form the drop-down menu.
  • Further, click on 'File Form with DSC' to file in the form with Digital signature certificate or 'File Form with EVC' to file the form with Electronic verification code.
  • After signing the declaration, make the GST return payment via NEFT, RTGS or mobile banking. One can also make a payment by generating a challan for the same.

Ensure making the GST return filing as per the deadlines decided by the authorities, since failing to do the same can impose late fee fines on your GST bills. Usually, the last date to fill the GST return is the end of the financial year that is at the end of month March. However, keeping in view the current situations, due to Covid-19, the finance ministry had extended the date for filing the GST returns for the fiscal year 2018- 2019 to up to the last week of June 2020.


What is GST return filing?

GST return filing is based on information such as total sales, total payments, Output GST and Input GST. Based on this information, the authorities calculate the tax liability that an individual is bound to pay to the Government. The payment of the GST tax for the supply of goods and services is called the GST return filing.

What is the due date for filing the GST returns?

This year the due date for filing GST returns had been extended up to last week of June 2020.

Who can file GST returns?

GST returns can be filled by suppliers of all goods and services that are covered under GST. Apart from that, GST returns can be filled by regular taxpayers, composition dealers, e-commerce operators, non-resident taxpayers and Input service distributors, amongst others.

How do I file GST every month?

You can file GST every month by submitting the GST type GSTR-1 or GSTR-3B. You can fill in your monthly GST bill via the online process, on the basis of outward supplies of goods and services and input tax credit.

Our News - Oct 2020
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  • 2020-08-31 : SBI reported three ways for bridging States GST revenue shortfall
    State Bank of India proposed three options for states to raise resources to bridge the shortfall in GST revenue from the Centre. This can be done by the Reserve Bank monetising the state governments debts, enlargement of Ways and Means Advances (WMA), or taking recourse to the National Small Savings Fund.
  • 2020-08-28 : Centre proposed 2 borrowing options before States to meet GST compensation shortfall
    Centre proposed 2 borrowing options before States to meet GST compensation shortfall due to COVID 19. The options are RBI will open a special window for the shortfall or facilitate borrowing through the open market.
  • 2020-08-24 : Exemption limit for GST increased to Rs 40 lakh from Rs 20 lakh
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