GST Return Filing

In India, Every Organizations registered under GST must file their GST returns with a frequency that aligns with their business operations - monthly, quarterly, or yearly. This requirement might seem daunting, but with the online assistance of GST professionals from IndiaFilings, navigating through the necessary processes can be straightforward. Taxpayers must adhere to the designated deadlines for their GST submissions, as these returns are crucial for the Indian government to ascertain the nation's tax obligations.

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What is GST Return?

A GST Return is a detailed statement that captures all the financial transactions of a person registered under GST, reflecting revenues and expenditures. It is a mandatory submission for every holder of GSTIN to the tax authorities, allowing them to determine the net tax liability with precision.

The GST return filing encompasses several critical elements:

  • Purchases: It records in detail the purchases the taxpayer has made.
  • Sales: It provides a comprehensive log of the taxpayer's sales activities.
  • Output GST (On Sales): It notes the GST charged on the taxpayer's sales.
  • Input Tax Credit (GST Paid on Purchases): It lists the GST paid on purchases, which is eligible to be deducted from the GST owed on sales.

For those seeking guidance on GST return filing or support with managing their GST compliance, IndiaFilings offers GST software designed to streamline the process.

Who Should File GST Returns?

GST returns must be filed by any business or individual registered under the GST regime. This obligation applies to entities whose annual aggregate turnover surpasses the specified threshold, which is set by the tax authorities and may differ for various classifications of taxpayers, such as standard taxpayers and those opting for the composition scheme.

How Many Returns are there under GST?

Within the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system, 13 returns cater to different facets of a taxpayer's financial dealings. It's important to recognize that not all taxpayers must file every type of return; the specific returns that need to be filed depend on the taxpayer's category and the particulars of their GST registration.

Below is a snapshot of the 13 GST returns:

  • GSTR-1: Filed for disclosing details of outward supplies, essentially the sales.
  • GSTR-3B: A summarised return that outlines both sales and purchases, inclusive of tax payments.
  • GSTR-4: Applicable to those under the Composition Scheme, summarizing turnover and corresponding tax.
  • GSTR-5: For non-resident taxpayers conducting taxable transactions in India.
  • GSTR-5A: For providers of online information and database access or retrieval services.
  • GSTR-6: Used by Input Service Distributors for detailing input tax credit distribution.
  • GSTR-7: For entities required to deduct TDS under GST.
  • GSTR-8: To be filed by e-commerce operators reporting transactions on their platform.
  • GSTR-9: An annual comprehensive return summarizing all periodical filings over the fiscal year.
  • GSTR-10: The final return upon cancellation or surrender of GST registration.
  • GSTR-11: For those with a Unique Identity Number, claiming refunds on their purchases.
  • CMP-08: A quarterly statement for Composition Scheme taxpayers detailing tax liability.
  • ITC-04: For manufacturers to declare details about goods dispatched to and received from a job worker.

Additionally, there are return-related statements for input tax credits:

  • GSTR-2A (dynamic): Offers a real-time perspective of inward supplies as suppliers report.
  • GSTR-2B (static): Provides a fixed snapshot of inward supplies based on the suppliers' filings.

For small taxpayers enrolled in the Quarterly Return Monthly Payment (QRMP) scheme, the Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF) permits the declaration of B2B sales during the first two months of a quarter. Nonetheless, these taxpayers are obligated to remit taxes monthly using Form PMT-06.

GSTR-1 (Return for Outward Supplies)

GSTR-1 is the mandatory return for businesses to detail their outward supplies of goods and services. This encompasses all sales-related invoices and adjustment notes for the given tax period. Every regular taxpayer under GST, including those classified as casual taxable persons, is obligated to file GSTR-1.

Submission Deadlines

  • Monthly: Due on the 11th of the subsequent month for businesses whose yearly turnover exceeds Rs. 5 crore or for those not enrolled in the QRMP scheme.
  • Quarterly: Due on the 13th of the month after the quarter's end for businesses participating in the QRMP scheme.

GSTR-2A (Dynamic Read-Only Return)

GSTR-2A is a dynamic, read-only return for the recipients or purchasers of goods and services, capturing details of all incoming supplies from registered GST vendors within a tax period. The information in GSTR-2A is filled automatically from the GSTR-1 returns of suppliers and the Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF) data for those in the QRMP scheme.

GSTR-2B (Static Read-Only Return)

Introduced in August 2020, GSTR-2B is a static read-only return that provides consistent ITC information sourced from the previous month's GSTR-1 filings. It supports purchasers in matching their ITC claims for each tax period, advising on necessary actions for each listed invoice, including any need for reversals, ineligibility, or application of the reverse charge.

GSTR-2 (Deferred Return)

GSTR-2, an editable return, is presently deferred and was meant for registered purchasers to declare their inward supply of goods and services for a tax period. Initially planned to be auto-filled from GSTR-2A, its filing has been on hold since September 2017.

GSTR-3 (Deferred Return)

GSTR-3, a suspended monthly summary return for regular taxpayers, compiled concise figures of both outward and inward supplies, input tax credits, tax liabilities, and tax payments. It was automatically generated from GSTR-1 and GSTR-2 filings but has been deferred since September 2017.

GSTR-3B (Consolidated Return)

GSTR-3B, a monthly summary declaration for normal taxpayers, summarizes outward supplies, input tax credits, and tax dues. Before submitting GSTR-3B, it is critical to reconcile sales and ITC details with GSTR-1 and GSTR-2B records.

Submission Deadlines

  • Monthly: Due by the 20th of the month following the reporting month for taxpayers with an annual turnover above Rs. 5 crore.
  • Quarterly: Due by the 22nd of the month following the quarter for 'X' category states and by the 24th for 'Y' category states for taxpayers with a turnover of up to Rs. 5 crore in the QRMP scheme.

GSTR-4 (Return for Composition Scheme Taxpayers)

GSTR-4 is the yearly return for those under the Composition Scheme, due by April 30th of the subsequent financial year. GSTR-4 has replaced the prior quarterly submissions, with taxpayers now submitting a simplified challan via Form CMP-08 by the 18th following each quarter's end

Under the Composition Scheme, businesses with goods turnover up to Rs. 1.5 crores may pay tax at a predetermined rate on their turnover. Service providers with a turnover of up to Rs. 50 lakh can opt for a similar benefit

GSTR-5 (Return for Non-Resident Foreign Taxpayers)

GSTR-5, required by non-resident foreign taxpayers engaged in business in India, details their outward and inward transactions, adjustments, tax liabilities, and payments, with submissions due by the 20th of each month

GSTR-5A (Return for OIDAR Service Providers)

GSTR-5A is the monthly summary for providers of Online Information and Database Access or Retrieval Services, due by the 20th of every month.

GSTR-6 (Return for Input Service Distributors)

Input Service Distributors must file GSTR-6 monthly, reporting the ITC received and allocated, including detailed documentation related to the distribution of credits, by the 13th of each month.

GSTR-7 (TDS Return)

Entities must deduct TDS under GST file GSTR-7 monthly, documenting TDS deducted, due and paid amounts, and any TDS refunds, with filings due by the 10th of the subsequent month.

GSTR-8 (Return for E-commerce Operators)

E-commerce operators under GST must submit GSTR-8 monthly, recording the supplies made and tax collected at source, due by the 10th of the following month.

GSTR-9 (Annual Return)

All GST-registered taxpayers must file GSTR-9 annually, summarizing their outward and inward supply details, taxes due, and paid. The due date is December 31st of the year after the

Due dates for various types of GST returns

GST Return Type of Taxpayer Due Date
GSTR-1 Regular Taxpayer Monthly: 11th of the following month

Quarterly: 13th of the month following the quarter
GSTR-2A (Auto-generated) All Taxpayers Auto-generated, utilized for reconciliation purposes
GSTR-3B Regular Taxpayer Monthly: 20th of the following month
GSTR-4 Composition Scheme Dealer Annually: 30th of April following the end of the financial year
GSTR-5 Non-Resident Foreign Taxpayer 20th of the following month
GSTR-6 Input Service Distributor 13th of the following month
GSTR-7 Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) 10th of the following month
GSTR-8 E-commerce Operator 10th of the following month
GSTR-9 Regular Taxpayer (Annual) 31st December of the following financial year
GSTR-9C Regular Taxpayer (Annual) Filed along with GSTR-9, by 31st December of the following financial year

Penalty for Late Filing GST Returns

If you submit GST returns late, you could face penalties and interest charges. Businesses should submit on time to avoid these costs. Here's what you need to know about late GST returns:

  • Filing Returns is Required: Every registered taxpayer has to file GST returns regularly, even if there's no business activity.
  • Delays Lead to More Delays: If you miss a filing deadline, you can't file for the next period until you've filed for the previous one. This can lead to a pile-up of late returns.
  • Penalties for Late Filing: If you file GSTR-1 late, for example, you'll get a penalty that shows up when you file GSTR-3B.
  • Interest on Late Tax Payments: If you owe taxes and pay late, you'll be charged 18% interest per year on the amount you owe, starting from the day after the due date until you pay
  • Late Filing Fees: The law sets the late filing fee at Rs. 100 per day for each CGST and SGST, with a maximum of Rs. 5,000.
  • Annual Return Late Fees: For yearly returns like GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C, the late fee is capped at 0.25% of your turnover in your state or UT unless the government provides relief or changes the fees.

How do you file the GST returns?

IndiaFilings is a leading business service platform in India; we offer end-to-end GST services. We have helped thousands of business owners to get GST registration, as well as file GST returns.

Outsource GST Compliance to IndiaFilings

Outsource your GST compliance to IndiaFilings to ease your compliance burden and focus your efforts on growing your business. With IndiaFilings, your GST compliance will be maintained on the LEDGERS GST platform, providing you access to live business data - anywhere, anytime. LEDGERS can also seamlessly sync and work with other online and offline applications you regularly use

When GST return filing is outsourced to IndiaFilings, a dedicated GST advisor is assigned to the business.

This dedicated advisor would reach out to you every month and collect the necessary information, prepare the GST returns, and help in filing the GST returns.

Benefits of choosing IndiaFilings for the GST returns

Dedicated GST Advisor

A relationship manager with experience in the sector that you operate in will guide you through the process of GST registration and filing. They will help with specific tasks such as uploading invoices and also ensure that your filing is taken care of on time.

Reminder to file GST returns

Our platform ensures that you get timely reminders well in advance of the deadline beyond which penalty will be applicable. In addition to this, your GST advisor will remind you periodically so that no deadlines are missed.

Monthly GST Status reports

Monthly reports detailing the status of GST return filing, including GSTR- 3B and the way forward, will be shared with the clients by the GST advisors.

GST returns by LEDGERS

GST returns are prepared by LEDGERS- the GST software so that it is error-free and filed on time without hassles.

Standard accounting and cloud records

All of your financial transactions and invoices will be recorded in LEDGERS by accountants so that the filing of all your returns, including ITR, TDS, and GST, is seamless and cost-effective.


In addition to the GST advisor support, LEDGERS GST Software will be provided to the client for GST invoicing, payments, returns filing, and accounting.

Some of the features of LEDGERS are:

  • Customer management
  • Supplier management
  • GST Invoicing
  • Estimate issuance & tracking
  • Accounts receivables tracking
  • Purchase register
  • Payments tracking
  • Payables management
  • Automated GST return filing (GSTR-1, GSTR-3B)
  • Automatic Input Tax credit reconciliation
  • GST E-way bill generation & management
  • ICICI bank integration

Ensure your business stays compliant and avoids penalties by filing your GST returns on time with IndiaFilings. Talk to our experts today to start and experience hassle-free filing with expert assistance every step of the way.

GST Return Filing FAQ's

What is GST Return?

A GST Return is a mandatory legal document that all GST-registered businesses must submit. It comprises detailed information about a business’s income and expenses. This document is essential for tax authorities to calculate the taxpayer's net tax liability.

Who Should File GST Returns?

GST Returns must be filed by any business or individual registered under GST in India. This requirement is particularly applicable to those whose annual turnover exceeds a certain threshold set by the tax authorities.

How Many Returns are there under GST?

The GST framework includes 13 different types of returns, catering to various aspects of a taxpayer's financial transactions. However, not every taxpayer is required to file all these returns; it depends on their business category and GST registration details.

What is GSTR-1?

GSTR-1 is a monthly or quarterly return for reporting details of a business's outward supplies, i.e., sales. For businesses with an annual turnover above Rs. 5 crore, it is filed monthly by the 11th of the subsequent month. For others, it's filed quarterly by the 13th of the month following the quarter.

What is GSTR-3B?

GSTR-3B is a monthly summary return that consolidates information on outward supplies, input tax credit claims, and tax payments. It's due by the 20th of the following month for businesses with an annual turnover above Rs. 5 crore.

What is GSTR-4?

GSTR-4 is filed annually by taxpayers enrolled under the Composition Scheme. This return summarizes the turnover and corresponding tax for the year and is due by April 30th of the subsequent financial year.

What is GSTR-5?

GSTR-5 is a monthly return filed by non-resident foreign taxpayers who conduct taxable transactions in India. It includes details of both outward and inward supplies and is due by the 20th of each month.

What is the Penalty for Late Filing of GST Returns?

Late filing of GST Returns attracts penalties and interest. The late filing fee is Rs. 100 per day per act (CGST and SGST), capped at Rs. 5,000. Additionally, late tax payments incur an 18% per annum interest charge.

How to File GST Returns?

GST Returns can be filed online through platforms like IndiaFilings, which offers tools like LEDGERS GST software for seamless filing.

What are the Benefits of Filing GST Returns with IndiaFilings?

Filing with IndiaFilings offers benefits like a dedicated GST advisor, timely reminders, monthly status reports, and error-free filing using LEDGERS GST software.

What is the Composition Scheme in GST?

The Composition Scheme is for small taxpayers, allowing them to pay GST at a fixed rate on their turnover instead of the standard rate.

What is GSTR-2A and GSTR-2B?

GSTR-2A and GSTR-2B are read-only returns that provide details of inward supplies. GSTR-2A is dynamic and updates real-time, while GSTR-2B offers a fixed monthly snapshot.

What Happens if I Miss Filing a GST Return?

Missing a GST return filing deadline leads to penalties and can prevent filing subsequent returns until the missed ones are submitted. File GST returns easily through IndiaFilings.

What Features Does LEDGERS GST Software Offer?

LEDGERS GST Software provides features for comprehensive GST compliance, including invoicing, tracking, automated return filing, and e-way bill management.

Can I File GST Returns Myself?

Yes, individuals can file GST returns themselves using online platforms. However, for compliance and accuracy, professional assistance or specialized software is recommended. File easiy through IndiaFilings.

What is GSTR-9?

GSTR-9 is an annual return summarizing all periodic GST filings for the year. It must be filed by December 31st of the following financial year.

What is GSTR-6?

GSTR-6 is a monthly return filed by Input Service Distributors, detailing the input tax credits received and distributed.

Who Can Opt for the Quarterly Return Monthly Payment (QRMP) Scheme?

The QRMP scheme is available to small taxpayers, allowing them to file quarterly returns while making monthly tax payments.

What is the Due Date for GSTR-7?

GSTR-7, which is the return for entities required to deduct TDS under GST, must be filed by the 10th of the month following the tax period.

What Support Does IndiaFilings Provide for GST Return Filing?

IndiaFilings offers comprehensive support for GST compliance, including registration, return filing, dedicated advisors, and access to LEDGERS GST software for efficient and accurate GST management.

How will the service be delivered?

You will have a dedicated GST Accountant assigned to your business. Each month, the Accountant will collect all the information and file your GST returns.

How will the information or documents be collected?

You can send us the information through email in any platform or upload the information. We also accept soft copy of invoices and purchase data.

What returns will be filed?

We will file GSTR-3B return and GSTR-1 return for regular taxpayers registered under GST. For composition dealers, we will assist in filing GSTR-4 return.

What will be my responsibility?

You will only be responsible for providing the information or documents required to prepare your GST return. Once we have prepared the filing, you can verify the calculation and confirm the filing.

Will IndiaFilings provide support for GST input tax credit?

Yes, we will provide you input tax credit reconciliation. You can use the same to verify the input tax credit receivable for your business.

Will IndiaFilings provide support for GST refund?

Yes, for clients who subscribe to our GST return filing annual package, we provide support for GST refund processing.

Will you provide support for GST payment?

Yes, for clients who subscribe to our GST return filing package, we provide support for GST payment challan generation

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