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GSTR-3B is a monthly return. All regular taxpayers need to file this return till September 2020. You can file your return on GST Portal.
There are some inconveniences while filing from GST Portal as given below.

  • Copy paste of values is not allowed.
  • Chances of error are increased as manual entry of values has to be made.
  • GST liability is calculated after submitting the return.

ClearTax GST helps taxpayers file their returns conveniently and error-free.

Latest Updates on GSTR-3B

As on 21st April 2020

Companies and LLPs registered under GST can now also choose Electronic Verification Code (EVC) as an option to file their GSTR-3B return, instead of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC). Given below is the screenshot for reference.

GSTR-3B EVC Company

As on 3rd April 2020

The late fee for filing GSTR-3B for the months of February, March, and April 2020 has been waived off, if the return is filed within specified dates of June-July 2020. Interest at 9% p.a. for delayed GST payment shall apply only for taxpayers with annual aggregate turnover more than Rs 5 crore in the last financial year, if they file GSTR-3B beyond fifteen days from the original due dates but within the specified dates of June-July 2020. Thereafter, every taxpayer must bare the late fee and interest at 18% p.a. for any late filing of GSTR-3B.

The GSTR-3B filing for the month of May 2020 has been extended from 20th, 22nd and 24th of June 2020 up to 27th of June, 12th and 14th of July 2020 respectively.

For more details about the dates notified, read our article on the relief measures announced for COVID-19.

As on 23rd March 2020

GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B have been notified for the months April 2020 till September 2020.

As on 3rd February 2020

The filing of return in GSTR-3B for the return periods January 2020, February 2020 and March 2020 is now notified in a staggered manner only for those with last year’s annual turnover upto Rs 5 crore.

22nd of the next month: Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana or Andhra Pradesh or the Union territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.

24th of the next month:Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand or Odisha or the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Chandigarh and Delhi.

The due date remains the same for the rest of the taxpayers.


Here is the ClearTax Advantage if you file your GSTR-3B using ClearTax GST Software:

  • Auto-filling of return on GST portal based on the sales and purchase details provided by you. This means no manual entries, no chances of error.
  • Calculation of GST liability before submitting the return.
  • Desktop App that allows one-click import of sales and purchase data from Tally for GSTR-3B filing without navigating out of the App.


Here is a step-by-step guide to filing GSTR-3B on GST Portal:

Step 1 – Login to GST Portal.

Step 2 – Go to ‘Services’ > ‘Returns’ > ‘Returns Dashboard’.



Step 3 – This displays the ‘File Returns’ page. Select the ‘Financial Year’ & ‘Return Filing Period’ for which you want to file the return from the drop-down list. Click the ‘SEARCH’ button.



Step 4 – On ‘Monthly Return GSTR-3B’ tile, click the ‘PREPARE ONLINE’ button.



Step 5 -Answer a list of questions and click on ‘NEXT’.

For filing ‘Nil’ return, select yes in the first question. Thereafter, complete the filing by following step 10. For an easier way to file a ‘Nil’ GSTR-3B within 30 seconds, use ClearTax GST desktop app.

In any other case, answer all the questions as ‘Yes/No’. Accordingly, the respective tables/fields shall be made available while entering information in the next step.


Step 6 -Enter values in each tile displayed as may be applicable.

You need to enter totals under each head. Fill in Interest and Late Fees, if applicable.
One or more of the following information is required to be entered in the tiles while filing GSTR-3B return:

  1. Summary details of outward supplies and inward supplies liable to reverse charge with taxes.
    GSTR 3B

  3. Details of inter-State supplies made to unregistered persons, composition taxable persons and UIN holders and taxes, out of sales entered at sl. no. 1 above to be entered according to the place of supply.
    GSTR 3B

  5. Summary details of eligible input tax credit claimed, input tax credit reversed and ineligible input tax credits.
    GSTR 3B

  7. Summary details of exempt, Nil and Non-GST inward supplies as either intra-state or inter-state supply.
    GSTR 3B

  9. Details of Interest and Late fee under each tax head -IGST, CGST, SGST/UTGST and Cess. The late fee is system-computed based on the number of days passed after the due date of filing.
    GSTR 3B

Note: You can click on ‘ADD’ or ‘DELETE’ to make modifications in the respective tiles. Once data is entered on a tile, click on ‘CONFIRM’.
Step 7 – Click the ‘SAVE GSTR-3B’ button at the bottom of the page after all details are added.

You can also click on ‘SAVE GSTR3B’ button on the GSTR-3B main page to save the data entered at any stage and come back later for edits. A message is displayed on the top of the page confirming that data is successfully saved.

Step 8 – Once all the details are saved, ‘SUBMIT’ button at the bottom of the page is enabled. Click the ‘SUBMIT’ button to submit the finalized GSTR-3B return.

A success message is displayed at the top of the page. Once you submit the form, the added data is frozen. No changes in any fields can be made after this. The ITC and Liability ledger will also get updated on submission.

Status of the GSRT- 3B will be changed to ‘Submitted’.


Step 9 – Scroll down the page. You can view the draft GSTR-3B return by clicking on ‘PREVIEW DRAFT GSTR-3B’. You will also see that the ‘Payment of Tax’ tile is enabled after successful submission of the return.

To pay the taxes and offset the liability, perform the following steps:

  • Click the ‘Payment of Tax’ tile.
  • Tax liabilities as declared in the return along with the credits, get updated in the ledgers, and are reflected in the ‘Tax payable’ column of the payment section. Credits get updated in the credit ledger and the updated balance is seen when hovering on the specific headings in the payment section.


  • Click the ‘CHECK BALANCE’ button to view the balance of cash and credit. This functionality enables the taxpayers to check the balance before making the payment for the respective minor heads.


  • Click the ‘OK’ button to go back to the previous page.


  1. Provide the amount of credit to be utilised from the available credit (in the separate heads) to pay off the liabilities.

  3. While providing the inputs please ensure the utilization principles for credit are adhered to, otherwise, the system will not allow for the offset of liability.

  5. Click the ‘OFFSET LIABILITY’ button to pay off the liabilities. A confirmation message is displayed. Click the ‘OK’ button.

  7. If cash balance in Electronic Cash Ledger is less than the amount needed to offset the liabilities, click on the ‘CREATE CHALLAN’ button.
    GSTR 3B

  9. If cash balance in Electronic Cash Ledger is more than the amount needed to offset the liabilities, click on the ‘MAKE PAYMENT/POST CREDIT TO LEDGER’ button.
    GSTR 3B

  11. If cash balance in Electronic Cash Ledger is more than the amount needed to offset the liabilities, but due to ITC utilisation principle, offset is not allowed, then click on the ‘MAKE PAYMENT/POST CREDIT TO LEDGER’ button.
    GSTR 3B

For more details on the steps to make GST payment, read our article on ‘How to make GST payment online?’

Step 10 – Select the checkbox for declaration. From the ‘Authorised Signatory’ drop-down list, select the authorized signatory. Click the ‘FILE GSTR-3B WITH DSC’ or ‘FILE GSTR-3B WITH EVC’ button.



Step 11 – Click the ‘PROCEED’ button.



On successful filing, a message is displayed. Click the ‘OK’ button.



The status of GSTR-3B return will now have changed to ‘Filed’. You can click the ‘VIEW GSRT-3B’ button to view the GSRT-3B return.



To know the step by step process of filing GSTR-3B on the GST portal, check out this video.


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