Deadline for filing GSTR-2 for July extended to 30 November

The government has extended the last date for filing of GSTR-2 for July 2017 to 30 November while the deadline for filing GSTR-3 for July 2017 has been extended to 11 December 2017

The last date for filing of GSTR-2 for the month of July, 2017 was 31 October 2017.

''The competent authority has approved the extension of filing of GSTR-2 for July 2017 to 30 November 2017, for facilitation of businesses and all taxpayers,'' a finance ministry release said.

The last date for filing of GSTR-3 for the month of July 2017 was 10 November 2017.

The government will soon come out with a notification in this regard, the finance ministry release stated. The decision will facilitate about 3.08 million taxpayers in filing GSTR-2 for July2017, it added.

GSTR-2, or purchase returns, have to be matched with GSTR-1 which is the sales return.

The last date for filing of GSTR-1 for July was 1 October. Over 4.65 million entities had filed July GSTR-1 returns.

Businesses have been complaining of problems in matching invoices, while filing GSTR-2 on the GSTN portal. This is the first month of filing GSTR-2. The extension of last date for filing will act as a breather for them as well as GSTN which can further streamline the utilities on the portal.

The group of ministers under Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi had last week flagged issues faced by taxpayers in filing GSTR-2 and asked Infosys and GST Network to streamline the system. Till Saturday, about 1.2 million businesses had filed GSTR-2 returns for the month of July.