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This article will help you understand whether a dealer with ZERO outward supplies is required to file GSTR 1 return and how to file a NIL GSTR 1 return.

Read our Guide on Filing Nil GSTR 1 Return on GST Portal

Should a dealer with Zero sales file GSTR 1?

A dealer has to file GSTR 1 even if he has no business activity in a month i.e. no sales in a month

In case of no outward supplies, a dealer has to file a Nil GSTR 1

How to file Nil GSTR 1?

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to file Nil GSTR 1 on GST Portal –

Step 1 – Login on GST Portal 



Step 2 – Go to Services. In the drop down select Returns Dashboard.



Step 3 – Select month and year of filing from the drop-down.



Step 4 – Click on Prepare Online under GSTR 1 tile.



Step 5 – Enter details of Aggregate Turnover for Financial Year 2016-17 (i.e. for the period 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017). Also Aggregate Turnover for the period 1st April 2017 to 30th June 2017 has to be provided.



Step 6 – Under GSTR 1 –  Others click on 7 – B2C (Others) tile.



Step 7 – Click on ‘Add Details’.



Step 8 – Choose POS (Place of Supply) from the drop down and enter 0.00 (ZERO) in other fields. Click on Save.



Step 9 – Once saved you can see the details entered by you in a table. Click on Back.



Step 10 – Click on Generate GSTR 1 Summary



Step 11 – Select the check box and click on Preview.



Step 12 – Click on Submit. You can file your return by either using DSC or using EVC. Based on the choice click on File GSTR 1 with DSC or File GSTR 1 with EVC and file your Nil GSTR 1.

Nil GSTR 1

Once the return is filed an Acknowledgement will be displayed stating that the return has been filed.

If you have transactions in a month and want to file GSTR 1 you can read our article Guide on GSTR 1 filing on GST Portal.

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