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bank a/c details in GST

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Functionality to check and update bank account details.

29/07/2021

How to add bank account in GST registration details.

A functionality to check status of bank account details update for the taxpayers who have taken new registration at GST Portal but have not yet furnished the same, has been introduced, in view of Rule 10A of the CGST Rules 2017. Such taxpayers are required to update their Bank Account Details within 45 days of the first login henceforth.

The taxpayers may login and update Bank Account details through Non-core amendment in the manner as specified in the below table. In case the taxpayers who had not updated bank account after registration and are also failed to update within 45 days of their first login henceforth, the system will prompt and force them to comply with the requirements.


Login to the taxpayer portalGo to ‘Services’Click on ‘Registration’Click on the tab ‘Amendment of Registration Non-Core Fields’Select tab ‘Bank Accounts’Add details of Bank Account (Account No., IFSC, Address, Bank Account type)Click on the verification tab, select authorized signatory, enter a placeSign application using DSC, E-sign or EVC

Note:
After completion of Bank Account update, a success message will appear on the screen, and the acknowledgment will be sent at the registered email and mobile phone. 

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GST exempt on exam fees

CBIC has clarified vide its circular dated 17th June 2021 that GST is exempt on exam fees in respect of exams conducted by central board or state boards. This includes conduct of entrance examination for admission to educational institutions.

Operative part of their circular is reproduced below:

(i) GST is exempt on services provided by Central or State Boards ( including the boards such as NBE – National Board of Examinations) by way of conduct of examination for the students, including conduct of entrance examination for admission to educational institution [under S. No. 66 (aa) of notif No. 12/2017-CT(R)]. Therefore, GST shall not apply to any fee or any amount charged by such Boards for conduct of such examinations including entrance examinations.
(ii) GST is also exempt on input services relating to admission to, or conduct of examination, such as online testing service, result publication, printing of notification for examination, admit card and questions papers etc, when
provided to such Boards [under S. No. 66 (b) (iv) of notif No. 12/2017-CT(R)].
(iii) GST at the rate of 18% applies to other services provided by such Boards, namely of providing accreditation to an institution or to a professional (accreditation fee or registration fee such as fee for FMGE screening test ) so as to authorise them to provide their respective services.

Copy of the circular can be found at the below site

https://www.cbic.gov.in/htdocs-cbec/gst/cgst-circ-idx-2017

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GST council recommendations

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1722578

The 43rd GST Council met under the Chairmanship of Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman through video conferencing here today. The meeting was also attended by Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Shri Anurag Thakur besides Finance Ministers of States & UTs and senior officers of the Ministry of Finance & States/ UTs.

The GST Council has made the following recommendations relating to changes in GST rates on supply of goods and services and changes related to GST law and procedure:

COVID-19 RELIEF                                                                                                   

  • As a COVID-19 relief measure, a number of specified COVID-19 related goods such as medical oxygen, oxygen concentrators and other oxygen storage and transportation equipment, certain diagnostic markers test kits and COVID-19 vaccines, etc., have been recommended for full exemption from IGST, even if imported on payment basis, for donating to the government or on recommendation of state authority to any relief agency. This exemption shall be valid upto 31.08.2021. Hitherto, IGST exemption was applicable only when these goods were imported “free of cost” for free distribution. The same will also be extended till 31.8.2021. It may be mentioned that these goods are already exempted from Basic Customs duty. Further in view of rising Black Fungus cases, the above exemption from IGST has been extended to Amphotericin B.

Further relief in individual item of COVID-19 after Group of Ministers (GoM) submits report on 8th June 2021

  • As regards individual items, it was decided to constitute a Group of Ministers (GoM) to go into the need for further relief to COVID-19 related individual items immediately. The GOM shall give its report by 08.06.2021.

OTHER RELIEFS ON GOODS

  • To support the LympahticFilarisis (an endemic) elimination programme being conducted in collaboration with WHO, the GST rate on Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) tablets has been recommended for reduction to 5% (from 12%).
  • Certain clarifications/clarificatory amendments have been recommended in relation to GST rates. Major ones are, –
    • Leviability of IGST on repair value of goods re-imported after repairs
    • GST rate of 12% to apply on parts of sprinklers/ drip irrigation systems falling under tariff heading 8424 (nozzle/laterals) to apply even if these goods are sold separately.

SERVICES

  • To clarify those services supplied to an educational institution including anganwadi(which provide pre-school education also), by way of serving of food including mid- day meals under any midday meals scheme, sponsored by Government is exempt from levy of GST irrespective of funding of such supplies from government grants or corporate donations.
  • To clarify these services provided by way of examination including entrance examination, where fee is charged for such examinations, by National Board of Examination (NBE), or similar Central or StateEducational Boards, and input services relating thereto are exempt from GST.
  • To make appropriate changes in the relevant notification for an explicit provision to make it clear that land owner promoters could utilize credit of GST charged to them by developer promoters in respect of suchapartments that are subsequently sold by the land promotor and on which GST is paid. The developer promotor shall be allowed to pay GST relating to such apartments any time before or at the time of issuance of completion certificate.
  • To extend the same dispensation as provided to MRO units of aviation sector to MRO units of ships/vessels so as to provide level playing field to domestic shipping MROs vis a vis foreign MROs and accordingly, –
  • GST on MRO services in respect of ships/vessels shall be reduced to 5% (from 18%).
  • PoS of B2B supply of MRO Services in respect of ships/ vessels would be location of recipient of service
  • To clarify that supply of service by way of milling of wheat/paddy  into flour (fortified with minerals etc. by millers or otherwise )/rice to Government/ local authority etc.for distribution of such flour or rice under PDS is exempt from GST if the value of goods in such composite supply does not exceed 25%. Otherwise, such services would attract GST at the rate of 5% if supplied to any person registered in GST, including a person registered for payment of TDS.
  • To clarify that GST is payable on annuity payments received as deferred payment for construction of road. Benefit of the exemption is for such annuities which are paid for the service by way of access to a road or a bridge.
  • To clarify those services supplied to a Government Entity by way of construction of a rope-way attract GST at the rate of 18%.
  • To clarify that services supplied by Govt. to its undertaking/PSU by way of guaranteeing loans taken by such entity from banks and financial institutions is exempt from GST.

MEASURES FOR TRADE FACILITATION:

  1. Amnesty Scheme to provide relief to taxpayers regarding late fee for pending returns:

To provide relief to the taxpayers, late fee for non-furnishing FORM GSTR-3B for the tax periods from July, 2017 to April, 2021 has been reduced / waived as under: –

  1. late fee capped to a maximum of Rs 500/- (Rs. 250/- each for CGST & SGST) per return for taxpayers, who did not have any tax liability for the said tax periods;
  2. late fee capped to a maximum of Rs 1000/- (Rs. 500/- each for CGST & SGST) per return for other taxpayers;

The reduced rate of late fee would apply if GSTR-3B returns for these tax periods are furnished between 01.06.2021 to 31.08.2021.

  1. Rationalization of late fee imposed under section 47 of the CGST Act:

To reduce burden of late fee on smaller taxpayers, the upper cap of late fee is being rationalized to align late fee with tax liability/ turnover of the taxpayers, as follows:

A. The late fee for delay in furnishing of FORM GSTR-3B and FORM GSTR-1 to be capped, per return, as below:

(i)   For taxpayers having nil tax liability in GSTR-3B or nil outward supplies in GSTR-1, the late fee to be capped at Rs 500 (Rs 250 CGST + Rs 250 SGST)

(ii)  For other taxpayers:

      1. For taxpayers having Annual Aggregate Turnover (AATO) in preceding year upto Rs 1.5 crore, late fee to be capped to a maximum of Rs 2000 (1000 CGST+1000 SGST);
      2. For taxpayers having AATO in preceding year between Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 5 crore, late fee to be capped to a maximum of Rs 5000 (2500 CGST+2500 SGST);
      3. For taxpayers having AATO in preceding year above Rs 5 crores, late fee to be capped to a maximum of Rs 10000 (5000 CGST+5000 SGST).

B. The late fee for delay in furnishing of FORM GSTR-4 by composition taxpayers to be capped to Rs 500 (Rs 250 CGST + Rs 250 SGST) per return, if tax liability is nil in the return, and Rs 2000 (Rs 1000 CGST + Rs 1000 SGST) per return for others.

C. Late fee payable for delayed furnishing of FORM GSTR-7 to be reduced to Rs.50/- per day (Rs. 25 CGST + Rs 25 SGST) and to be capped to a maximum of Rs 2000/- (Rs. 1,000 CGST + Rs 1,000 SGST) per return.

All the above proposals to be made applicable for prospective tax periods.

3. COVID-19 related relief measures for taxpayers:

In addition to the relief measures already provided to the taxpayers vide the notifications issued on 01.05.2021, the following further relaxations are being provided to the taxpayers:

  1. For small taxpayers (aggregate turnover upto Rs. 5 crore)
  1. March & April 2021 tax periods:
  1. For May 2021 tax period:
  2. For large taxpayers (aggregate turnover more than Rs. 5 crore)
  1. A lower rate of interest @ 9% for first 15 days after the due date of filing return in FORM GSTR-3B for the tax period May, 2021.
  2. Waiver of late fee for delay in furnishing returns in FORM GSTR-3B for the tax period May, 2021 for 15 days from the due date of furnishing FORM GSTR-3B.

C.  Certain other COVID-19 related relaxations to be provided, such as

    1. Extension of due date of filing GSTR-1/ IFF for the month of May 2021 by 15 days.
    2. Extension of due date of filing GSTR-4 for FY 2020-21 to 31.07.2021.
    3. Extension of due date of filing ITC-04 for QE March 2021 to 30.06.2021.
    4. Cumulative application of rule 36(4) for availing ITC for tax periods April, May and June, 2021 in the return for the period June, 2021.
    5. Allowing filing of returns by companies using Electronic Verification Code (EVC), instead of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) till 31.08.2021.

D.  Relaxations under section 168A of the CGST Act: Time limit for completion of various actions, by any authority or by any person, under the GST Act, which falls during the period from 15th April, 2021 to 29th June, 2021, to be extended upto 30th June, 2021, subject to some exceptions.

[Wherever the timelines for actions have been extended by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the same would apply]

  1. Simplification of Annual Return for Financial Year 2020-21:
  1. Amendments in section 35 and 44 of CGST Act made through Finance Act, 2021 to be notified. This would ease the compliance requirement in furnishing reconciliation statement in FORM GSTR-9C, as taxpayers would be able to self-certify the reconciliation statement, instead of getting it certified by chartered accountants. This change will apply for Annual Return for FY 2020-21.
  2. The filing of annual return in FORM GSTR-9 / 9A for FY 2020-21 to be optional for taxpayers having aggregate annual turnover upto Rs 2 Crore;
  3. The reconciliation statement in FORM GSTR-9C for the FY 2020-21 will be required to be filed by taxpayers with annual aggregate turnover above Rs 5 Crore.
  1. Retrospective amendment in section 50 of the CGST Act with effect from 01.07.2017, providing for payment of interest on net cash basis, to be notified at the earliest.

OTHER MEASURES     

  1. GST Council recommended amendments in certain provisions of the Act so as to make the present system of GSTR-1/3B return filing as the default return filing system in GST.

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GSTR-2B for April 2021

update from GST portal

Rule-60(7) of CGST Rules-2017 prescribes for generation of auto-drafted statement containing the details of input tax credit in FORM GSTR-2B for counter-party recipients. As per Rule-60(8) of CGST Rules-2017, FORM GSTR-2B shall be made available to the recipients after the Due date of filing GSTR-1/IFF by the suppliers. Notification No. 12/2021-CT and 13/2021-CT, both dated 1st May 2021 extend the Due date of GSTR-1 and IFF for April 2021, to 26th and 28th May 2021, respectively. Consequently, GSTR-2B for April 2021 will be generated after the Due dates, on 29th May 2021.

Taxpayers willing to file FORM GSTR-3B for April 2021 before GSTR-2B generation may do so on self-assessment basis. Notification No. 13/2021-CT dated 01.05.2021 prescribes a cumulative limit under Rule-36(4) for ITC claimed in periods April & May 2021

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extension in GST due dates

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Extension in dates of various GST Compliances for GST Taxpayers

04/05/2021

Government has extended the dates of various compliances by Taxpayers under GST, through Central Tax Notification Nos. 10/202111/202112/2021113/202114/2021, all dated 1st May, 2021. The details are summarized below:

F. Filing of Form ITC-04: The due date for filing of Form GST ITC-04 (to be filed by Principal/Manufacturer for goods sent/received/supplied from Job Worker) for the quarter Jan-March, 2021, (due date 25th April, 2021) has been extended till 31st May, 2021

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GST relaxations – covid

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Waiver of interest and late fee to normal taxpayers (filing return on monthly or quarterly basis) and composition taxpayers, for the tax periods of March and April, 2021

04/05/2021

Government has granted waiver from payment of interest and/or late fee to normal (Monthly / Quarterly) & composition taxpayers for the tax periods of March and April, 2021, through Central Tax Notification Nos. 08/2021 and 09/2021, both dated 1st May, 2021. The details are summarized below:

Relaxations in filing Form CMP-08 for Composition Taxpayers : For Quarter of Jan-March, 2021, instead of 18th April, 2021, Composition Taxpayers can now file their quarterly return in Form CMP-08, without interest up to 3rd May, 2021, with 9% reduced interest between 4th May to 18th May, 2021, and with 18% interest from 19th May, 2021 onwards.

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GST relaxations – covid

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1715502

In view of the challenges faced by taxpayers in meeting the statutory and regulatory compliances under Goods & Services Tax (GST) law due to the outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has issued notifications, all dated 1st May, 2021, providing various relief measures for taxpayers. These measures are explained below: 

1.      Reduction in rate of interest: 

Concessional rates of interest in lieu of the normal rate of interest of 18% per annum for delayed tax payments have been prescribed in the following cases.

a.      For registered persons having aggregate turnover above Rs. 5 crore: A lower rate of interest of 9 per cent for the first 15 days from the due date of payment of tax and 18 per cent thereafter, for the tax payable for tax periods March 2021 and April 2021, payable in April 2021 and May 2021 respectively, has been notified.

b.      For registered persons having aggregate turnover upto Rs. 5 crore: Nil rate of interest for the first 15 days from the due date of payment of tax, 9 per cent for the next 15 days, and 18 per cent thereafter, for both normal taxpayers and those under QRMP scheme, for the tax payable for the periods March 2021 and April 2021, payable in April 2021 and May 2021 respectively, has been notified.

c.       For registered persons who have opted to pay tax under the Composition scheme: NIL rate of interest for first 15 days from the due date of payment of tax and 9 per cent for the next 15 days, and 18 per cent thereafter has been notified for the tax payable for the quarter ending 31st March, 2021, payable in April 2021.

 2.      Waiver of late fee

 a.      For registered persons having aggregate turnover above Rs. 5 crore: Late fee waived for 15 days in respect of returns in FORM GSTR-3B furnished beyond the due date for tax periods March, 2021 and April, 2021, due in the April 2021 and May 2021 respectively;

b.      For registered persons having aggregate turnover upto Rs. 5 crore: Late fee waived for 30 days in respect of the returns in FORM GSTR-3B furnished beyond the due date for tax periods March, 2021 and April, 2021 (for taxpayers filing monthly returns) due in April 2021 and May 2021 respectively / and for period Jan-March, 2021 (for taxpayers filing quarterly returns under QRMP scheme) due in April 2021. 

3.      Extension of due date of filing GSTR-1, IFF, GSTR-4 and ITC-04 

a.      Due date of filing FORM GSTR-1 and IFF for the month of April (due in May) has been extended by 15 days.

b.      Due date of filing FORM GSTR-4 for FY 2020-21 has been extended from 30th April, 2021 to 31st May, 2021.

c.       Due date of furnishing FORM ITC-04 for Jan-March, 2021 quarter has been extended from 25th April, 2021 to 31st May, 2021. 

4.      Certain amendments in CGST Rules

a.      Relaxation in availment of ITC: Rule 36(4) i.e. 105% cap on availment of ITC in FORM GSTR-3B to be applicable on cumulative basis for period April and May 2021, to be applied in the return for tax period May 2021. Otherwise, rule 36(4) is applicable for each tax period.

b.      The filing of GSTR-3B and GSTR-1/ IFF by companies using electronic verification code has already been enabled for the period from the 27.04.2021 to 31.05.2021. 

5.      Extension in statutory time limits under section 168A of the CGST Act: Time limit for completion of various actions, by any authority or by any person, under the GST Act, which falls during the period from 15th April, 2021 to 30th May, 2021, has been extended upto 31st May, 2021, subject to some exceptions as specified in the notification.

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GSTR-9

update from CBIC twitter handle

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e-invoicing for B2B

update from CBIC twitter handle

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composition scheme

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Opting-in for Composition Scheme for Financial year 2021-22

24/03/2021

  1. How to opt-in for Composition Scheme:
    • The eligible registered taxpayers, who want to opt-in for composition scheme for the FY 2021-22, need to file FORM GST CMP-02 application, on or before 31st March, 2021, post login on GST portal. The taxpayers may navigate as follows:
  2. Once Form GST CMP-02 application is filed, the composition scheme will be available to the taxpayer, w.e.f. 1st April 2021.
  3. The taxpayers already opted in for composition scheme earlier are not required to opt in again for FY 2021-2022.
  4. Taxpayers who were regular taxpayers in previous FY, but are opting-in for composition scheme for 2021-22, must file Form GST ITC-03 for reversal of ITC on stocks of inputs, semi-finished goods and finished goods available with them, within 60 days from the effective date of opting in.
  5. Who is eligible for opting-in for Composition Scheme:– Following Normal taxpayers, who don’t want to avail ITC facility, may opt for this scheme:
    • having aggregate turnover (at PAN level) upto Rs. 1.5 Crore in the previous FY.
    • having aggregate turnover (at PAN level) upto Rs. 75 lakh in the previous FY and who are registered in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura & Uttarakhand.
    • supplying services and/or mixed supplies having aggregate turnover of previous FY upto Rs. 50 lakhs.
  6. Who is not eligible for opting in composition scheme:
    • Suppliers of the goods/services who are not liable to pay tax under GST
    • Inter-State outward suppliers of goods/services
    • Taxpayers supplying goods through e-commerce operators who are required to collect tax under sec 52
    • The manufacturers of notified goods like Ice cream and other edible ice, whether or not containing cocoa, tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes, Pan Masala & Aerated water

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HSN Code

update from CBIC twitter handle

One more round of compliance for the tax payers from the new financial year in India.

By the way I am already mentioning the 6 digit HSN Code in all my tax invoices from 1st July, 2017 onwards, so don’t know what has changed.

That is ease of doing business for you.

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form GSTR-3B

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Due dates for filing of Form GSTR-3B from the Tax Period of January, 2021

16/03/2021

1. Government of India, Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), CBIC, vide Notification No 82/2020 – Central Tax, dated 10th Nov., 2020, has revised Rule 61 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017, to provide for staggered filing of Form GSTR-3B, for the tax periods from January, 2021, onwards, as under:

This has been bought about under the QRMP scheme (i.e quarterly returns monthly payment) by which assessees are allowed to pay their tax monthly but file their returns quarterly.

But actually its a bummer of a scheme, because filing of form GSTR-3B post payment of the monthly tax actually used to take only 2 additional minutes. So what ease of doing business govt. has achieved by this move, God only knows.

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Payment of Tax by Fixed Sum Method under QRMP Scheme – GST

03/02/2021

  1. W.e.f. 1st January, 2021, following two options are available to the Taxpayers who are under Quarterly Returns and Monthly Payment of Tax (QRMP) Scheme for tax payment for first 02 months of a quarter:
  1. Fixed Sum Method: Portal can generate a pre-filled challan in Form GST PMT-06 based on his past record.
    1. Self-Assessment Method: The Tax due is to be paid on actual supplies after deducting the Input Tax Credit available.
  • In fixed sum method, the 35% Challan can be generated by selecting the Reason For Challan>Monthly Payment for Quarterly Return> 35% Challan which is in turn calculated as per following situation:
  1. 35% of amount paid as tax from Electronic Cash Ledger in their preceding quarter GSTR 3B return, if it was furnished on quarterly basis; or
    1. 100% of the amount paid as tax from Electronic Cash Ledger in their GSTR-3B return for the last month of the immediately preceding quarter, if it was furnished on monthly basis.
  • It is to note that , for the months of Jan and Feb, 2021, in Q4 of 2020-21, the auto-populated challan generated under 35% Challan would contain 100% of the tax liability discharged from Electronic Cash Ledger for the month of December, 2020 (and not 35%). [Reason: Till December 2020, all taxpayers were filing GSTR-3B return on a monthly basis.]
  • From April, 2021 onwards, the pattern as suggested at Para 2 (a) and (b) would follow.
  • It is noteworthy, that the taxpayers are not required to deposit any amount for the first 02 months of a quarter, if:
  1. Balance in Electronic Cash Ledger / Electronic Credit Ledger is sufficient for tax due for the first/ second month of the quarter; or
    1. There is NIL tax liability

This whole scheme seems to be quite complicated. I did’nt understand a word of it, although it applies to me squarely. Strange it is that no matter how much the tax authorities try to simplify things, it becomes more complicated. This happens because they look at the things from their world point of view. It would be better if the planners place themselves in the seat of the assessee and look at the situation from their world view.

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auto population of e-invoice details

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Auto-population of e-invoice details into GSTR-1

01/02/2021

  1. Certain notified taxpayers have been issuing invoices after obtaining Invoice Reference Number (IRN) from Invoice Registration Portal (IRP) (commonly referred as ‘e-invoices’). Details from the reported e-invoices are being auto-populated in respective tables of GSTR-1. Update on the same was last published on last published on 11/1/2021.
  2. In the above update, it was informed that while pulling the e-invoice data into GST System, details of some invoices were not getting populated into GSTR-1. Troubleshooting has been done and efforts to correct this inadvertent gap are still on. Complete data pull is likely to take some more time.

    Hence, taxpayers are hereby advised not to wait for the complete auto-population, and instead proceed with preparation and filing of GSTR-1 (by the due date), based on actual data as per their records.

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GST due dates for Dec 2020

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Due dates for filing of Form GSTR-3B for the Tax Period of December, 2020

13/01/2021

1. Government of India, Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), CBIC, vide Notification No. 82/2020 – Central Tax, dated 10th Nov., 2020, has inserted sub rule 6 in Rule 61 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017, to provide for staggered filing of Form GSTR-3B, for the tax period of December, 2020 as under:

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