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E-Ledgers under GST: Electronic Cash, Credit and Liability Ledger

By Annapoorna


Updated on: Jan 12th, 2022


7 min read

e-Ledger is an electronic form of passbook for GST. These e-ledgers are available to all GST registrants on the GST portal.  The e-ledgers contains details of the following: 

  • Amount of GST deposited in cash to government in electronic cash ledger
  • Balance of Input Tax Credit available (ITC) in electronic credit ledger 
  • Manner of Setoff of GST liability and balance liability (if any) electronic liability ledger 

Here is our guide on How to access the e-ledgers on GST Portal. The balances of these ledgers are also available on ClearTax GST Software while filing their GST Returns.

What is an Electronic Cash Ledger?

This is like an e-wallet. Any GST payment made in cash or through a bank reflects in the Electronic Cash Ledger. After deduction of Input Tax Credit (ITC) any balance tax liability has to be paid using balance in Electronic Cash Ledger. For example- Mr. A has a GST on sales of Rs 50,000. He also has an Input Tax Credit on purchases of Rs 35,000. The balance of his Electronic Cash Ledger is Nil.

GST on Sales
Input Tax Credit (ITC)
GST Liability to be paid

The GST liability of Rs. 15,000 has to be paid in the form of cash/bank payment. Mr. A will deposit Rs 15,000. This will be shown in the Electronic Cash Ledger of Mr.A. The balance of the ledger will be utilised for payment of GST. This payment will reflect in Mr.A’s Electronic Cash Ledger as shown below:

E-Ledgers under GST

Balance in Electronic Cash Ledger is utilized for payment of GST liability. When offsetting GST liability this is how it reflects on the GST Portal.

E-Ledgers under GST

What is an Electronic Credit Ledger?

All eligible Input Tax Credit that is claimed by a registered dealer in the GST returns (GSTR-2 or GSTR-3B) reflects in Electronic Cash Ledger. Credit in Electronic Cash Ledger can be used only for payment of tax. This means that the balance of Electronic Credit Ledger cannot be utilised for payment of interest, penalty or late fees. Interest and Penalty can be paid only through actual cash payment. Specific order and restrictions for utilizing ITC (IGST, CGST, SGST) for payment of GST liability:

  • Credit of IGST can be utilised against all any tax liability in this order – IGST, CGST or SGST/UTGST.
  • Credit of CGST cannot be utilised for payment of SGST. It can be set-off in the following order – CGST, IGST.
  • Credit of SGST/UTGST cannot be utilised for payment of CGST. SGST can be set-off in the following order – SGST/UTGST, IGST.

  Let’s take the above example. Mr. A has an ITC of Rs 35000. The breakup of ITC is-

  • IGST – Rs. 18,000
  • CGST – Rs. 7,000
  • SGST – Rs. 10,000

The IGST Liability is Rs 30,000. The IGST credit of Rs 18,000 will be entirely used to set off this liability. The balance IGST is paid in cash of Rs 12,000 which reflects in the Electronic Cash Ledger. 

In case of CGST the credit of Rs. 7,000 will be set off against liability of Rs. 10,000 and CGST of Rs. 3,000 has to be paid. The SGST payable is equal to the credit of SGST available. This means no SGST has to be paid by Mr. A.

E-Ledgers under GST

On offsetting credit here is how the adjustments will reflect on the GST Portal-

E-Ledgers under GST

What is the Electronic Liability Ledger?

This ledger has details of GST liability. The ledger contains the total GST liability and the manner in which it has been paid – in cash or through credit. In the example stated above the manner in which the GST liability is set off can be seen in the Electronic Liability Register. Here is how the Electronic Liability Ledger looks in the GST Portal-

E-Ledgers under GST

Basic understanding of these e-ledgers is important. You can access these e-ledgers through the GST portal. 

The balance of e-ledgers can also be imported on ClearTax GST Software when filing GSTR-3B.

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e-Ledger is an electronic form of passbook for GST, containing details on cash deposited, input tax credit balance, and manner of setoff. Electronic Cash Ledger is like an e-wallet for cash payments. Electronic Credit Ledger reflects claimed tax credit. Electronic Liability Ledger details GST liability and payments. These ledgers can be accessed on the GST portal or ClearTax GST Software.

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