When there is a mismatch between the sales reported in GSTR-1 and the tax liability calculated in GSTR-3B, it can create a discrepancy in the amount of tax paid to the government. This situation can arise due to various reasons, such as a mistake in reporting, a delay in receiving payment, or an error in calculating the tax liability.
If the sales reported in GSTR-1 are higher than the tax liability calculated in GSTR-3B, it may indicate that the business has not paid the full amount of tax that is due. In such cases, the taxpayer should ensure that the correct tax liability is paid to the government to avoid any penalties or fines.
If the sales reported in GSTR-1 are lower than the tax liability calculated in GSTR-3B, it may indicate that the taxpayer has overpaid the tax. In such cases, the taxpayer may claim a refund for the excess tax paid, subject to the relevant rules and regulations.
To rectify the mismatch between GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B, the taxpayer should identify the reason for the discrepancy and take appropriate measures to correct it. This may involve revising the GSTR-1 or GSTR-3B return or making a supplementary return, as applicable.
It's important to note that any discrepancies in the returns filed can lead to an audit by the tax authorities, which may result in penalties or fines. Therefore, businesses should ensure that they accurately report their sales and tax liability in their GST returns and promptly rectify any discrepancies that arise.
Section 16 of the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Act, 2017 pertains to the eligibility and conditions for taking input tax credit (ITC) under GST. The section was amended with effect from January 1, 2022, to introduce some changes to the provisions related to ITC.
The following are some of the key changes introduced in Section 16 of the CGST Act, 2017, with effect from January 1, 2022:
Time limit for availing ITC: As per the amended provisions, the time limit for availing ITC in respect of invoices or debit notes relating to the previous financial year has been reduced from the earlier date of September of the following financial year to the due date of furnishing of the return under section 39 for the month of September following the end of the financial year to which the invoice or debit note pertains, or the filing of the relevant annual return, whichever is earlier.
Reversal of ITC in case of non-payment: The amended provisions require the recipient of goods or services to reverse ITC availed earlier in case the payment for the same has not been made to the supplier within 180 days from the date of the invoice. However, the recipient can re-avail the ITC on payment of the consideration and the tax thereon to the supplier within a prescribed time limit.
Conditions for claiming ITC: The amended provisions have specified that a taxpayer can claim ITC only if the supplier has furnished the relevant details of the outward supplies made by them in their GSTR-1 return and the same has been communicated to the recipient in their GSTR-2A return. The recipient can claim provisional credit in case the details have not been furnished by the supplier or if there is a mismatch between the details furnished by the supplier and those furnished by the recipient.
Prohibition on claiming ITC for self-invoiced supplies: The amended provisions prohibit a recipient from claiming ITC on invoices or debit notes issued by them, instead of the supplier, for the supply of goods or services.
These changes were introduced with the objective of promoting greater compliance and transparency in the availing of ITC under GST, and to prevent the misuse of the credit system.
The Government of India has proposed to introduce certain amendments to Sections 37 and 39 of the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Act, 2017, with effect from October 1, 2022. The proposed amendments are intended to simplify the GST return filing process and improve compliance under the GST regime.
The following are some of the key amendments proposed to Sections 37 and 39 of the CGST Act, 2017:
Quarterly filing of GSTR-1 for small taxpayers: The amendment proposes to allow small taxpayers having an aggregate turnover of up to INR 5 crores in the preceding financial year to file their GSTR-1 on a quarterly basis instead of monthly.
Provisional filing of GSTR-3B: The amendment proposes to enable taxpayers to file their GSTR-3B returns on a provisional basis, subject to payment of a minimum amount of tax. The provisional credit can be claimed based on the details uploaded by the supplier in their GSTR-1 or GSTR-5 return.
Auto-population of ITC details in GSTR-3B: The amendment proposes to allow the auto-population of input tax credit (ITC) details in the GSTR-3B return based on the details uploaded by the supplier in their GSTR-1 or GSTR-5 return.
Scrapping of GSTR-1A: The amendment proposes to do away with the GSTR-1A form, which was earlier used to auto-populate details in GSTR-1 based on the details furnished by the supplier.
Applicability of Section 16(4): The amendment proposes to clarify that the provisions of Section 16(4) of the CGST Act, which require the reversal of ITC in case of non-payment of consideration within 180 days, will not apply to cases where the taxpayer has paid the tax on a provisional basis under Section 39(1) of the Act.
These amendments are expected to reduce the compliance burden on small taxpayers and simplify the return filing process, while also promoting greater compliance with the GST regime.
FORM GSTR-2B is an auto-drafted document that provides input tax credit (ITC) details to registered taxpayers in a given tax period. It is generated by the GSTN portal based on the details furnished by the suppliers in their GSTR-1, GSTR-5, and GSTR-6 returns.
The Government of India has proposed to introduce certain changes to FORM GSTR-2B with effect from October 1, 2022. The proposed changes are aimed at improving the accuracy and completeness of the ITC details furnished in the form, as well as reducing the compliance burden on taxpayers.
The following are some of the key changes proposed to FORM GSTR-2B:
Automatic reconciliation of ITC: The amendment proposes to enable the automatic reconciliation of ITC details furnished in FORM GSTR-2B with the details furnished by the suppliers in their GSTR-1, GSTR-5, and GSTR-6 returns. This will help to reduce errors and discrepancies in the ITC details furnished by taxpayers.
Provisional ITC: The amendment proposes to allow taxpayers to claim provisional ITC based on the details furnished by the supplier in their GSTR-1, GSTR-5, and GSTR-6 returns. This will help to improve cash flows for taxpayers and reduce the compliance burden.
Changes in the format of the form: The amendment proposes to introduce certain changes in the format of FORM GSTR-2B, including the addition of a new column to capture the tax rate and amount of tax payable on goods or services received.
Availability of the form: The amendment proposes to make FORM GSTR-2B available for taxpayers on a monthly basis, instead of the current quarterly basis.
These changes are expected to improve the accuracy and completeness of the ITC details furnished by taxpayers, as well as reduce the compliance burden on taxpayers by enabling the automatic reconciliation of ITC details.