Declare mismatch in GST returns form in annual returns: Finance Ministry to Businesses

The Union Ministry of Finance has said that businesses need to mention any mismatch in Goods and Services Tax (GST) monthly sales return and outward supply details  in the annual return form and due taxes should be paid.

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The Ministry while giving clarification on annual returns and reconciliation statement said that it has received queries from businesses asking whether the primary source of data for the filing of the annual return and the reconciliation statement should be GSTR-1, GSTR-3B or books of accounts.

GSTR-1 form defines an account of details of outward supplies and GSTR-3B  form,  the summaries of all transactions are declared and payments are made.

The ministry further said that “information in form GSTR-1, GSTR-3B, and books of accounts should be synchronous and the values should match across different forms and the books of accounts.
If the same does not match, there can be broadly two scenarios, either tax was not paid to the government or tax was paid in excess.”

“In the first case, the same shall be declared in the annual return and tax should be paid, and in the latter, all information may be declared in the annual return and refund (if eligible) may be applied through Form GST RFD-01A,” the ministry added.

Further, no input tax credit can be reversed or availed through the annual return. If taxpayers find themselves liable for reversing any (Input Tax Credit )ITC, they may do the same through Form GST DRC-03 separately, it added.

It also said if a taxpayer has not paid, short paid or has erroneously obtained/ been granted a refund or has wrongly availed or utilised ITC then before the service of a notice by any tax authority, the taxpayer may pay the amount of tax with interest. In such cases, no penalty will be levied on such taxpayer.

“Therefore, in cases where some information has not been furnished in the statement of outward supplies in Form GSTR-1 or in the regular returns in Form GSTR-3B, such taxpayers may pay the tax with interest through Form GST DRC-03 at any time. In fact, the annual return provides an additional opportunity for such taxpayers to declare the summary of supply against which payment of tax is made,” it added.

GSTR-9 is the annual return form for normal taxpayers, GSTR-9A is for composition taxpayers, while GSTR-9C is a reconciliation statement. The last date for filing an annual return in August-end.

(With inputs from an English daily)

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