GSTN asks Businesses to download Proposed GST Return Documents


The Goods and Services Tax Network ( GSTN ) has asked the taxpayers to download the new revised GST returns documents.

“Proposed Return documents, as approved by the competent authority, can now be downloaded from the Download section of the GST Portal. This is to enable various stakeholders in adapting their systems to make them compatible with the proposed return format and business processes,” GSTN said in a statement.

A few days ago, the Central Government has notified the new GST returns applicable from 1st April 2019 under which the businesses can report invoices on a continuous basis.

As per the recommendation of the GST Council, the new revised GST returns would be implemented on a pilot basis from April 1, 2019, and would be mandated across the country from July.

The new and revised return format would obviate the need to furnish returns under the family of GSTR-1, GSTR-2, and GSTR-3, but the annual return GSTR-9 might continue, experts said. Earlier, the GSTR-2 and GSTR-3, i.e., purchase and input-output returns had been suspended by the GST Council due to its complex form structure.

The new return formats — named “normal”, “sahaj” and “sugam” — would make the compliance process simpler for the smallest of businesses wherein taxpayers up to a turnover of Rs 5 crore would have an option to file any of the three forms.

The new revised GST returns would help the department to curb GST evasion since it enables to match the invoices of the seller and the purchaser. But at the same time, it is likely to increase clerical and administrative work for businesses. The HSN-wise details need to be provided at the invoice level rather than the summary level. In addition, while details at 4-digit HSN codes are required in the current format, the new format would need those details at the 6-digit HSN level.