GST Return Filing

GST implementation is set to go-live in 2017, completely overhauling India’s indirect tax system. Under the new GST regime, GST registration would be required for all enterprises involved in the buying or selling or delivery of services exceeding Rs.10 lakhs a year in north-eastern and hill states, while the limit is Rs.20 lakhs for rest of India. All entities having GST registration would be required to file GST returns. GST return filing would be mandatory for all GST registered entities irrespective of if there was any activity / sale during the return filing period.

GST registration holder would have to file GSTR-1 (details of outward supplies) on the 10th of each month, GSTR-2 (details of inward supplies) on the 15th of each month and GSTR-3 (monthly return) on the 20th of each month. Compounding taxpayers would be required to file GSTR-4 every quarter, on 18th of the month next to the quarter. Finally, annual GST return must be filed by all GST registered entities on/before the 31st of December.

AK JHA & CO. is the leading business services platform in India, offering a variety of services like GST return filing, GST registration, trademark registration, company registration and more. AK JHA & CO. can help you file GST returns in India. The average time taken to file a GST return is about 5 – 10 working days, subject to government processing time and client document submission. Get a free consultation on GST return filing by scheduling an appointment with an AK JHA & CO. Advisor.

Advantages of GST Return Filing

Subsuming of Taxes

subsumes various other taxes like Central Sales Tax, Additional Customs Duty, Purchase Tax, Luxury Tax, etc., Hence, under GST, many of the taxes in existence today would be subsumed and made into one tax. This would make tax collection and compliance easy for businesses across the country.

Lower Taxes

Currently in some states under the VAT regime, businesses are required to comply with VAT regulations once they cross an annual turnover of Rs.5 lakhs. Under GST regime, GST liability accrues only if an entity crosses an annual turnover of Rs.10 lakhs in northeast or hill states, whereas for rest of India, the threshold is set at Rs.20 lakhs.

Ease of Doing Business

Currently, many businesses like restaurants, computer sales and services businesses have to comply with both VAT and Service Tax regulations. This creates a compliance burden on the business, as they have to calculate taxes for the transaction based on different rates for different items. Under GST, the distinction between goods and services will be gone – making doing business easy.

Larger Tax Base

GST is expected to increase the tax base in India significantly. Hence, the overall tax liability for businesses is expected to reduce overtime, as more and more businesses become compliant. Further, GST will use the latest in technology, including data from Aadhaar database, PAN database, etc., to make GST registration and GST return filing process, as seamless as possible.

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