Govt allows staggered filing of GSTR-3B returns

The finance ministry has allowed GST taxpayers to file their GSTR-3B returns in a staggered manner, as part of the measures to ease difficulties faced by trade and industry in filing of returns.

An official release said the government has decided to introduce several measures to ease the process of filing GST returns. 
T present, the last date of filing GSTR-3B returns for every taxpayer is 20th of every month. From now on, the last date for filing of GSTR-3B for the taxpayers having annual turnover of Rs5 crore and above in the previous financial year would be 20th of the month. Thus, around 8 lakh regular taxpayers would have the last date of GSTR-3B filing as 20th of every month without late fees.
The taxpayers having annual turnover below Rs5 crore in previous financial year will be divided further in two categories. The tax filers from 15 States/ UTs, ie, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, will now be having the last date of filing GSTR-3B returns as 22nd of the month without late fees. This category would have around 4.9 million GSTR-3B filers who would now have 22nd of every month as their last date for filing GSTR-3B returns.
For the remaining 4.6 million taxpayers from the 22 States/UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, Laddakh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha having annual turnover below Rs5 crore in previous financial year will now have the last date of filing GSTR-3B as 24th of the month without late fees.
The finance ministry said necessary notification in this regard would be issued later by the competent authority.
The finance ministry further stated that it has also taken note of difficulties and concerns expressed by the taxpayers regarding filing of GSTR-3B and other returns. The matter has been discussed by the GSTN with Infosys, the Managed Service Provider, which has come out with the solution to de-stress the process as a temporary but immediate measure. For further improving the performance of GSTN filing portal on permanent basis, several technological measures are being worked out with Infosys and will be in place by April 2020.