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How to prepare FORM GST ANX-1 Offline using the prototype ANX-1 Offline Tool

Updated on: Jul 21st, 2021


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Latest Update as on 14th March 2020
The new GST return system will be implemented from October 2020. The present return filing system (GSTR-1, 2A & 3B) will continue until September 2020. *Subject to CBIC notification

Update as on 20th September 2019
As per the decision taken at the 37th GST Council Meeting, the new GST return system for all taxpayers and for all forms will be implemented from April 2020.

Previously, GST-registered taxpayers had to file two monthly returns GSTR-3B and GSTR-1, however, under the New GST Return System, there will be one main return FORM GST RET-1, and two annexures, FORM GST ANX-1 and FORM GST ANX-2. FORM GST ANX- is the annexure of outward supplies, imports and inward supplies attracting reverse charge. FORM GST ANX-2 is the annexure of inward supplies.

What is the New Return Prototype?

The new web-based prototype is a demo of the proposed Offline Tools of the new return. It will help taxpayers familiarize themselves with what the new Tool will look like once it gets implemented. It will also help the GSTN to get feedback on the user interface and functionalities. It has the following characteristics:

  • It is an interactive prototype which will allow the users to navigate through its pages and use various functionalities such as invoice upload, upload of purchase register for matching with a system created inward supplies, etc.
  • It contains a specimen of the screen which will be made available in the actual Offline Tool.
  • It is a web-based Prototype to view the working of Offline Tool by taxpayers while filling their return in proposed Form GST ANX-1 and GST ANX-2.
  • The values entered in the prototype screens may not match with calculated summary shown in summary screens as the prototype does not perform any arithmetic calculations.

What is the Purpose of the New Return Prototype?

The new returns were introduced as a prototype in order to get feedback from the users. The taxpayers can use the prototype and provide suggestions about matching facility for invoice mismatch with purchase register and various other functionalities. These suggestions and feedback will help the Government to introduce user-friendly Form for the taxpayers. 

How to prepare GST ANX-1 offline?

This prototype is prepared for monthly taxpayers however the features would remain the same for quarterly taxpayers. Below are the detailed steps for preparing Form GST ANX-1 offline: Step 1: Navigate and Login – 

  • A user needs to navigate to and click Proceed to Prototype. 
  • Click Manage Profile> Add Profile 
  • A user then needs to input GSTIN and click the Add button. Once the Profile is created a user can modify the same.
  • After adding the profile select the GSTIN and then add Financial Year and Tax Period and then click on Proceed.  
prototype login

Step 2: Open the Home Screen of the Offline Tool and fill details – A screen will pop-up with various functionalities available in the Offline Tool. The user shall click on Prepare Offline in order to fill in the details for GST ANX-1.

prototype anx-1

Note: Open downloaded JSON file and Open Error JSON file option for download and import ANX-1 JSON file from the GST portal is not available in this prototype. 

Step 3: Import data using excel or CSV files – A user can get the data auto-populated in the various tables of the return by clicking on import data from Excel or CSV file. However, this functionality is not available for use in this prototype.

Step 4: View Summary – Click View Summary to view the imported data. Then select the document type such as invoice from the drop-down menu to view the summary of imported details. The entries populated in the table are for viewing only and no new entries can be made as the summary will not get updated as new data is not saved.

prototype anx-1

Step 5: Prepare table wise details– Select the Table for which the user wants to view, edit or enter the details. There will be below Tables in the drop-down menu:  

Sr. No.Table
13A- Supplies to unregistered persons/consumers (B2C)
23B- Supplies to registered persons (B2B)
33C and 3D- Exports with/without payment of tax
43E and 3F- Supplies to SEZ with/without payment of tax
53G- Deemed exports
63H- Inward supplies attracting reverse charge
73I- Import of services
83J- Import of goods
93K- Import of goods from SEZ/developers
103L- Missing documents
114- Supplies made through e-commerce operators
123BA- Amendment regular-registered persons(B2BA)
133BAO- Amendment others-registered persons
143EA and 3FA- Amendment Supplies to SEZ with/without payment of tax
153GA- Amendment Deemed Exports
  • Enter the details of relevant documents in the table by clicking Add Document.
  • Click Table Summary to get the summary of the respective Table.
  • Then in the Add documents field select the applicable check-boxes
  1. Differential percentage of tax rate
  2. Supply covered under sec. 7 of IGST Act
  • Based on the selection relevant field get displayed. Enter the data and click Save Document.
  • A user can click on Documents Added section to review all the details in the Table. (Note: Sorting/Edit/Delete Feature is not available in this prototype)
prototype anx-1

Step 6: View draft return – Click the VIEW DRAFT RETURN to view draft Return FORM GST RET-1. Offline tool will auto fill the details in this draft return, based on the details imported to various tables and these details will be non- editable.

Note: This feature is Not available in this Prototype.  

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The new GST return system will be implemented from October 2020. Taxpayers will now file one main return FORM GST RET-1, and two annexures, FORM GST ANX-1 and FORM GST ANX-2. A prototype of the system has been created for taxpayers' feedback. It will help them get familiar with the system's functionalities like invoice upload and data import. The aim is to make the new return system user-friendly.

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