Form GST ITC-01 Offline Tool
Form GST ITC-01 Offline Tool
A registered individual who is entitled to claim a credit of input tax under Section 18(1) of the CGST Act of 2017, can claim such credit by filing a declaration as Form GST ITC-01. This credit may be availed for inputs held in stock, semi-finished or finished goods carried in stock or capital goods under certain conditions. In this article, we look at the procedure for filing Form GST ITC-01 using the GST offline tool in detail.
Form GST ITC-01
As stated in Section 18(1) of the CGST Act of 2017, a registered individual may claim input tax credit by filing the form GST ITC-01 as a declaration. For inputs in stock in finished, semi-finished or capital goods, input tax credit may be availed as mentioned below:
- For once during the lifetime of the taxpayer, on the day before the date of registration, the taxpayer may claim ITC under clause (a) or clause (b) of subsection (1) of Section 18.
- During the fiscal year, on the day before the day from when the taxpayer is liable to pay tax under Section 9, to claim as per clause (c) of sub-section (1) of Section 18.
- The claims, as stated in clause (D0 of sub-section(1) of Section 18, supplies made by a registered taxpayer from a day before the daye is liable for the tax.
The significant features for filing FORM GST ITC-01 using the offline utility are as follows.
- Preparation of the ITC-01 form and completing the details with no requirement of an internet connection.
- Majority of the data entry and business validations come inbuilt with the offline utility and therefore, reducing errors upon upload to the GST Portal.
The offline tools for Form GST ITC-01 work best on Windows 7 and above that works Microsoft Excel 2007 and above.
Downloading and Installing the Offline Tool
The Form GST ITC-01 Offline Tool needs to be downloaded only once and may require regular updates as released by the GST Portal. Ensure to recheck the version of the software before downloading the file from the Portal. The following steps have to follow to download and install the FORM GST ITC-01 Offline Tool.
Step 1: Visit the official webpage of the GST Portal by clicking here.
Step 2: After the home page is loaded completely, click on the Downloads option. Under the Offline Tools section, click on the ITC01 Offline Tool.
Downloading the Form GST ITC-01 Offline Tool takes about 2 to 3 minutes depending on the speed of the internet connection.
Step 3: Click on the Download icon after the Form GST ITC-01 Offline Tool page is loaded.
Step 4: Form GST ITC-01 Offline Tool is downloaded into the system’s Downloads folder.
Step 5: After ensuring that the file is uncorrupted, the files need to be unzipped and saved in the required location on the system.
Step 6: The unzipped folder would consist of the ITC_01_Offline_v1.0 file as a Microsoft Excel sheet. Along with the Excel file, other files such as Readme and Release notes files would be included.
Step 7: Open the ITC_01_Offline_v1.0.xls file.
Note: The Excel worksheet template would contain three significant worksheets to help in filing the form.
- Help Instructions: This sheet consists of an introduction to the offline tool along with other helpful instruction.
- Import_Export_file: This file helps to import data from a file or import and edit an existing JSON file. This may be used to generate a JSON file from the data entered in Sheet 3 and Sheet 4.
- Sec_18_1_A or Sec_18_1_B or Sec_18_1_C or Sec_18_1_D: This worksheet is populated according to the drop-down menu in the Clain Made Under field provided in the Import_Export_File worksheet.
Preparing the FORM GST ITC-01 Return
To prepare the Form GST ITC-01 Return, the following steps have to be performed in order.
- Enter the details in the Sec_18_A worksheet of Form GST ITC-01 Offline Tool.
- Generate JSON file using the Generate File to Upload icon and save the JSON file on the system.
- Upload the generated JSON on the GST Portal. Review the information uploaded, submit, sign and file returns on the GST Portal.
Below are the actions explained in detail for ease.
Entering the details
Step 1: Open the FORM GST ITC-01 Excel sheet based offline tool and navigate to the worksheet named as Import_Export_file.
Step 2: In the GSTIN field, enter the appropriate GSTIN.
Step 3: Select the option from the SEZ Unit/ Developer drop-down menu which would contain a Yes/ No choice.
Step 4: Select the appropriate claim section from the Claim Made Under the drop-down menu.
Step 5: Complete the Date of grant of registration according to the claim section 18(1)(a) selected.
Step 6: Complete the details in each field of the worksheet Sec_18_1_A. Section 18(1)(a) is applicable for taxpayers who have requested for registration within 30 days of becoming liable and can be filed only once.
Step 7: After all the details are completed, click on the Validate Sheet icon to validate the worksheet.
In the case of a successful validation
Step 8: The Sheet Validation error(s) column would show that the row is validated.
In the case of an unsuccessful validation:
Step 8: A error message would pop up indicating that the errors are displayed in the cells highlighted in red. Select the OK icon to continue further.
Step 9: Once all the errors are cleared and corrected, click on the Validate Sheet icon to validate the worksheet again. The Sheet Validation Error(s) column would show that the row is validated.
Generate the JSON file
Step 10: After successful validation, navigate to the Import_Export_file worksheet. For this, the Next icon may also be clicked to navigate.
Step 11: Click on the Generate File to Upload to generate the JSON to upload on the GST Portal.
Step 12: A message indicating that the process may take some time is displayed. Click on the OK icon to continue.
Step 13: A confirmation message indicating the JSON file has been exported successfully would be displayed. Click on the OK icon to continue further.
The JSON would be generated only if the worksheet has been validated successfully.
Step 14: Save the generated JSON file on the system in the preferred location.
Upload the JSON on the GST Portal
Step 15: Log on to the official GST Portal.
Step 16: After the home page is displayed, select the Services option. Under the same, pick the Returns option and then the ITC Forms command.
Step 17: After the GST ITC Forms page is displayed, click on the GST ITC-01 option and select the Prepare Offline option.
Step 18: Select the Claim Made Under option from the drop-down menu and click on the Proceed icon.
Step 19: The Offline Upload page for the Form GST ITC-01 would be displayed. After which, the Choose File icon should be selected.
Step 20: Browse and select the JSON file that was generated and click on the Upload icon.
Step 21: The JSON file that was uploaded would be validated and processed. After a successful validation and processing, the information entered would be gathered and displayed as a summary. In case the validation fails due to errors, the same would be shown on the GST Portal.
Open downloaded error file
If the uploaded JSON file fails validation on the portal, an Error File will be created on the online portal for those records which failed specifically. The error file would be available in a hyperlink as shown below on the upload offline page in the portal. Initially, the Status in the Upload History would be displayed as In-Progress.
After the Status is displayed as Processed or Processed with Error, the following steps should be performed.
Step 1: In case of an error, the Error Report column would display a link to Generate Error Report.
Step 2: Click on the Generate Error Report link to generate the file.
Step 3: Once the report is generated, select the Download Error Report link to download the error report.
Note: The generation of the error report may take some time.
Step 4: The error report is downloaded in a zip file and saved on the system.
Step 5: Unzip and extract all the files from the downloaded folder.
Step 6: Save the extracted documents in the preferred location on the system.
Step 7: The unzipped folder would contain a JSON file.
Step 8: Open the ITC-01 Offline Tool and navigate to the Import_Export_file. Under the section of Error File Handling, click on the Open Downloaded ITC-01 JSON/ Error File icon.
Step 9: A dialogue box to navigate to the extracted error file would open. Select the error file and click on the Open icon.
Step 10: A successful message would be displayed. Click on the OK icon to proceed further.
Step 11: Navigate to the worksheet using the Next icon and ensure that all the records from the files have been successfully opened in the tool.
Step 12: Correct the errors mentioned in the column indicated as GST Portal Validation Errors in all the sheets.
Step 13: After the necessary corrections are made, click on the Validate Sheet icon to validate the sheets.
Step 14: After successful validation, generate the JSON file as previously mentioned in this article.