GST return filing is completely an online process in India. GST filing is very easy and quick process. However, it is necessary that returns are filed correctly and error-free to ensure that GST credit can be passed onto the next stage. All you need is GST website login credentials to get started. Once your GST registration is done, GST return filing is mandatory. Non-filing of the same will cause heavy penalties.
All registered persons under GST are required to file various returns. Main returns to be filed are GSTR-3B (which is a monthly summary) and GSTR 1 (details of outward supplies).
GSTR 3B is to be filed every month by 20th. However, the government has recently introduced new due dates for filing the form GSTR 3B. According to which the 20th of subsequent month would be the due date for the taxpayers whose turnover is above INR 5 crores and for the taxpayers whose turnover is below INR 5 crores, the due date for GSTR 3B would be 22nd for some states and 24th for the remaining states.
GSTR 1 is to be filed on a monthly or quarterly basis, depending on the turnover. It is to be filed on 10th of every month or quarter, as the case may be.
Finally, an annual GST return GSTR 9 must be filed by all GST registered entities on/before the 31st of December.
GSTR 4 is to be filed if you have opted for composition scheme. The registered entities will be required to file GST returns even if the entity has not done any business during any period.
Additionally there’s yearly GSTR 9C to be filed, which is GST Annual Audit. It is a reconciliation statement which needs to be certified by practising Chartered Accountants.