7 Surprisingly New Features on the GST Portal that you must know!
Goods & Services Tax is indeed a progressive tax reform that has led the nation much ahead of many others. The GST council implements various provisions for time to time in order to address the problems of traders and merchants having GST registration. Moreover, it frequently upgrades the Common portal (i.e. GST portal) in order to address technical glitches that pose hindrance in important processes like GST return filing procedure.
Very recently, the GST department has made 7 notable changes in the GST portal. These changes have been done to remove complications in various aspects such as GST return filing, E-waybill generation, Input Tax Credit and refund application.
So, let us have a look at them.â€‹
#1. Quarterly GST Return filers can file monthly Refund applications
#2. Taxpayer can now utilize TDS/TCS Credit.
#3. Taxpayers can import data from the E-way bill for GST Return filing.
#4. Bank account details not required for GST registration.
#5. Composition taxpayers can now reply to Show Cause Notice for withdrawal.
#6. GSTR-1 of 2017-18 can be amended until March 2019.
#7. Appeals can be filed by the taxpayer online.
Now. we shall discuss them in detail-
Let us begin with a piece of good news for the taxpayers!
- Those having GST registration, opting for GST paid on a quarterly basis need not wait for the quarterly application for GST refund.
- Now they can file the GST refund application on monthly basis. This will surely save time.
- Moreover, this will help to circulate the working capital flow in a business, just as the taxpayer need not wait until the quarter-end for a refund.
- However, such taxpayers would need to compulsorily file their quarterly GSTR-1 return for filing their refund application. This will enhance the compliance level.
Another good news is that now, a new window has been added on the common portal to claim TDS/TCS credits under GST.
The taxpayers having GST registration as tax deductors or collectors u/s 51 & 52 of CGST Act 2017, can now accept or reject the TDS/TCS input tax credit while GST return filing.
Thereafter their TDS/TCS credits shall be carried forward to electronic cash ledger. Hence, they can be used for further GST liabilities.
Surprisingly, E-way bill portal and the GST portal have now been integrated.
- This simply means that taxpayers can now import their data from for their E-way bill such as the B2B & B2C (large) invoices as well as the HSN-wise summary of the outward supplies, and use them to file GSTR-1.
- This will truly save time & effort and will avoid repetitive data-entry.
Very importantly, now there is no compulsion to furnish the bank account details at the time of GST registration.
- This is also applicable for NRTP (non-resident taxpayers) who require GST registration.
- Earlier, entering bank account details was a mandatory requirement for GST registration.
- However, the bank account details can be later updated, that is during the first login to GST portal.
- This will save the time of the new businesses who are in the process of opening their bank accounts. They can now simultaneously proceed with GST registration. The GST registration certificate shall be obtained without the bank details.
Those taxpayers having GST registration under composition scheme, and are going for compulsory migration from the composition scheme, can now simply reply to show cause notices (SCN).
In case of proceedings against a taxpayer having GST registration in composition scheme, such taxpayer can now easily reply to SCN on GST portal.
The option of amendment of GSTR-1 details for FY 2017-18 was closed after the September 2018 GST return filing due date.
- Now, this facility has been reopened while filing GSTR-1 returns for the months of January to March 2019.
- Besides, the Input tax credit of FY 2017-18 unclaimed till September 2018, can now be claimed till March 2019.
- This is a remedy for those taxpayers who made errors in any past GST invoice in the past or missed out any input credit. They can now claim them while GST return filing.
- Now, the B2B invoices of FY 2017-18 can also be amended.
A taxpayer can now file an appeal against an order by an appellate authority, or against GST advanced ruling on the common portal.
- He can also file an application for rectification of an error in an order passed with the appellate authority.
- If the appellate authority fails to timely issue a final acknowledgement, a system generated final acknowledgement will be automatically issued. This will show the remark- “subject to validation of certified copies”.
- This will simplify the process of filing appeals and will help in tracking their status.
Hence, GST portal has now become even more user-friendly for the taxpayers.
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