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How to File Nil GST Return

Filing NIL GST Return on GST Portal

Filing NIL GST Return – In Less than One Minute

GST return has to be filed by everyone having GST registration irrespective of business turnover or profitability in a month. Hence, even if there were no invoices issued during a month, the taxpayer must login to the GST Portal and submit a NIL return. If NIL return is not filed, a penalty of Rs.100 per day is applicable until the filing is complete. Hence, all taxpayer having GST registration must submit NIL GST return before the deadline. The due dates for GST returns are as follows:

GST Return Filing Due Dates
GST Return Filing Due Dates

Is nil return required under GST?

Yes, all taxpayers having GST registration are required to file GST returns on the 10th, 15th and 20th of each month. Even if there was no business activity or transaction during a month, the taxpayer must still log in to the GST portal and file NIL GST return to avoid penalty.

Do I have to file Nil GSTR3B return?

GSTR-3B return must be filed for the months of July and August 2017 by all taxpayers having GST registration. Even those businesses that had no business or transaction during the month of July and August 2017 must file nil GSTR-3B return.

Do I have to file Nil GSTR-1 return?

Yes, nil GSTR-1 return must be filed by all regular taxpayers having GST registration even if there were no sales transaction in a month. If GSTR-1 return is not filed, a per day penalty of Rs.100 will be applicable.

Procedure for filing nil GSTR1 return.

In GSTR-1 return, the taxpayer provides information about all sales transactions in the previous month and upload invoices issued to the GSTN portal. If the taxpayer did not make any sales, then the taxpayer must still log in to the GST Portal, submit that no transactions were done, e-sign and file GSTR-1 return.

Do I have to file nil GSTR-2 return?

Yes, nil GSTR-2 return must be filed by a taxpayer even if there were no purchase transactions in a month. If GSTR-2 return is not filed, a per day penalty of Rs.100 will be applicable.

While filing GSRT-2 return, most of the information is auto-populated based on the GSTR-1 return filed by all other taxpayers. Hence, if there were no purchases, the auto-populated form of GSTR-2 would show no transaction. The taxpayer can verify GSTR-2, e-sign and submit a nil GSTR-2 return easily.

Do I have to file nil GSTR-3 return?

Yes, nil GSTR-3 return must be filed by a taxpayer even if there were no business activity in a month. If GSTR-3 return is not filed, a per day penalty of Rs.100 will be applicable. Since, most of  GSTR-3 return is auto-populated, filing of nil GSTR-3 return would be very easy. The taxpayer would have to login to the GST Portal, verify the amount of tax payable, if any, e-sign and submit the GSTR-3 return.

Procedure for Filing NIL GSTR-3B Return

A nil GSTR-3B return can be filed very easily in a matter of minutes through the GST portal directly. Hence, any person having GST registration should file nil return before the due date without fail to avoid the penalty.

Step 1: Login to GST Portal

Login to your GST account through the GST Portal. Click on Return Dashboard.

Select GST Return Dashboard
Select GST Return Dashboard

Step 2: Select the month of filing

GSTR-3B return must be filed only for the months of July and August. Hence, select July or August from the drop down and click on continue.

Select GST Return Month and Click Search
Select GST Return Month and Click Search

Step 2: Select the month of filing

GSTR-3B return must be filed only for the months of July and August. Hence, select July or August from the drop down and click on continue.

Step 3: Select prepare GSTR-3B return

Click on prepare online in the section titled Monthly Return – GSTR3B.

Click Prepare GSTR-3B Return Online
Click Prepare GSTR-3B Return Online

Step 4: Ensure that all fields are nil in the return

If all fields are nil in the GSTR3B return summary, click on save. You can save the GSTR3B returns multiple times during the preparation time to save your progress.

Click on Save GSTR-3B Return
Click on Save GSTR-3B Return

Step 5: Preview and Submit GSTR3B Return

Once the GSTR3B return is prepared and saved, click on Preview and Submit GSTR3B.

Submit GSTR3B Return
Submit GSTR3B Return

Step 5: Accept the return summary

Once the GSTR3B return is submitted, a window will ask for final confirmation. Click on confirm and submit to file the GSTR3B return. Once the button is clicked, the taxpayer will not be able to change any of the information submitted.

Confirm GSTR-3B Filing
Confirm GSTR-3B Filing

Step 6: Digitally sign the GSTR3B return

Once the GSTR3B return is submitted, click on the agree check box and digitally sign the GSTR3B return to complete the nil GST return filing.

Accept and Submit GSTR3B Return
Accept and Submit GSTR3B Return

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