The Central government has extended the deadline for filing the annual return of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for 2019-20 by two months after businesses and tax authorities demanded respite on grounds of complexities in agreement and disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, government officials said. In this article, we will discuss File GSTR-9 & GSTR-9C.
Notification for File GSTR-9 & GSTR-9C
The Central Government has issued the notification for GST Taxpayers whose Aggregate Annual Turnover for the FY 19-20 is more than Rs. 5 crores! File your Annual Return along with Reconciliation statement GSTR-9C before February 28, 2021. The deadline to file a GST Return Filing for the previous fiscal has also extended from December 31, 2020, to February 28, 2021. Because of the hurdles faced by taxpayers in meeting the statutory and regulatory compliances due to the pandemic. The government also increased deadlines for filing personal income tax returns by 10 days and about one-and-a-half months for audit cases.
Also, the deadline to file annual returns [GSTR 9 and 9C] has been stretched a couple of times for various reasons such as complexities in the form and filing. For GSTPs and businesses both, the last one year has been a confusing and complex period, trying to explain the intricate GSTR-9 form, while tallying their monthly and quarterly filed returns with their books of accounts.
Further Notification by CBIC
Further, the extension of the deadline will enable more time for businesses and tax practitioners to overcome the hurdles in filing returns, officials stated. Also, pointed at some of the challenges such as the mismatch between input tax credit (ITC) arriving in the GSTR 2A—a purchase-related tax return that has automatically generated—and tax credit auto-filled in the GSTR-9.
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