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GSTR-3B: Due Date, Late Fee, Format, Return Filing, Eligibility, Rules

By Annapoorna


Updated on: Apr 12th, 2024


16 min read

GSTR-3B is the summary return that taxpayers must file regularly to show details of sales, ITC claims, tax liability, refunds, etc recorded on their GSTIN. This article gives a comprehensive overview of GSTR-3B and its applicability. Clear provides an end-to-end GSTR-3B filing solution with advanced features for automating sales and ITC reconciliations, maximising ITC claims, Table-4 reporting, ITC offset, vendor communication and filing. Continue reading to know more about GSTR 3B.

What is GSTR 3B?

GSTR-3B is a self-declared summary GST return filed every month (quarterly for the QRMP scheme). Taxpayers need to report the summary figures of sales, ITC claimed, and net tax payable in GSTR-3B.
  • A separate GSTR-3B must be filed for every GSTIN
  • The GST liability must be paid on or before the date of filing GSTR-3B, earlier of its due date
  • The GSTR-3B once filed cannot be revised
  • Even in case of a zero liability, GSTR-3B must be compulsorily filed

Who should file GSTR 3B?

Every person who is registered under GST must file GSTR-3B.

However, the following registrants do not have to file GSTR-3B
  • Taxpayers registered under the Composition Scheme
  • Input service distributors
  • Non-resident suppliers of OIDAR service
  • Non-resident taxable persons
GSTR-3B Late Fee & Penalty

Late Fee & Penalty for GSTR-3B

A late fee is charged for filing GSTR-3B of a tax period after the due date. It is levied as follows:

  • Rs. 50 per day of delay
  • Rs. 20 per day of delay for taxpayers having nil tax liability for the month

In case the GST dues are not paid within the due date, interest at 18% per annum is payable on the amount of outstanding tax to be paid.

Due Dates for GSTR-3B Filing

  • Up to December 2019: The due date is 20th of the subsequent month
  • January 2020 onwards: The due dates have been staggered. It is either 20th of every month or 22nd/24th of the month following every quarter, for monthly and quarterly filers (as provided in the below image)*
  • Taxpayers opting for the QRMP scheme from 1st January 2021: The due date is 22nd or 24th of the month following every quarter, as per the State/UT of the principal place of business (list of States/UT given in the image).GSTR-3B due date & turnover limit

*To know about the current due dates for GSTR-3B, visit our page on GST Calendar

The following are essential points to note:

  • Taxpayers must ensure to pay taxes and file GSTR-3B within the deadline.
  • The late filing of GSTR-3B attracts a late fee and interest at 18% per annum.
  • In case the tax was paid within the due date but the GSTR-3B was filed after the deadline, both late fees and interest will apply.
  • Taxpayers (including those not opting for the QRMP Scheme) filing quarterly GSTR-1 returns must still pay tax and file GSTR-3B every month.

GSTR-3B vs GSTR-2A & GSTR-2B: Comparison

Reconciliation of GSTR-2A (real-time update of ITC) and GSTR-2B (ITC statement for the month) with GSTR-3B is needed to:
  • Avoid notices due to excess input tax credit claims in GSTR-3B
  • Be informed if any genuine input tax credit is missed out on
  • Nudge the supplier to upload the invoice details in the GSTR-1, if not uploaded
  • Stay GST compliant and improve the GST compliance rating!

Know more about GSTR-2B to reconcile & claim accurate ITC before filing GSTR-3B

Read more on how to compare GSTR-3B vs GSTR-2A easily!

GSTR-3B vs GSTR-1: Comparison

Reconciliation of GSTR-1 with GSTR-3B is needed to:
  • Avoid interest & penalties due to the short payment of tax
  • Know if any invoice is missed out on or duplicated
  • Allow the recipient to claim an accurate input tax credit based on his GSTR-2A & GSTR-2B
  • Stay GST compliant and improve the GST compliance rating!

Read more on how to compare GSTR-3B vs GSTR-1 easily!

How to File GSTR-3B on Clear GST Software?

The advanced Clear GST solution provides an end-to-end filing of GSTR-3B at a PAN level across multiple GSTINs. It also provides its users with a smart error correction UI at every stage - upon importing of data, reconciliation/review, uploading prepared data onto the GSTN, and filing with the GSTN, for a quick, hassle-free, and accurate GSTR-3B filing experience.

With the advanced, enterprise-grade ClearGST solution, you can ensure a notice-free and compliant business! Here’re some exclusive features for GSTR-3B you must not miss exploring on the platform-

  • PAN-level, end-to-end GSTR-3B filing reduces time spent on filing by over 70%.
  • Enjoy a single file import of all docs for preparing sales and purchase data.
  • Proactively address errors with our smart error correction on UI, such as the ingestion duplicate warning layer, mismatch in tax rate vs tax amount, and invalid customer GSTINs.
  • Pre-upload GSTR-3B validations such as GSTR-1 vs GSTR-3B validation, past GSTR-3B validation, and GSTR-2B vs purchase reconciliation checks.
  • Comprehensive reporting dashboard for GSTR-1 vs GSTR-3B vs SR & GSTR-2B vs GSTR-3B vs PR.
  • Claim only accurate ITC with Table 4 automation as per the latest GSTR-3B and ITC claim norms.

Below is an overview of steps to file GSTR-3B on Clear GST solution-

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Frequently Asked Questions

I have no sales or purchase in a month. Should I still file GSTR-3B?

Yes, GSTR-3B has to be filed by every registered person even if there are no transactions in a month.

Should I provide invoice-wise details on the return?

Only consolidated numbers are required in GSTR-3B. Invoice-wise breakup is not required.

What is the difference between GSTR-1 & GSTR-3B?

You have to report all the sales detail in GSTR-1, whereas you have to report summarised figures of sales, ITC claimed, and net tax payable in GSTR-3B return.

What is the difference between GSTR-3 & GSTR-3B?

Initially, the government planned to implement the GSTR-3 return as an auto-populated return based on GSTR-1 & GSTR-2 data. However, the government kept GSTR-3 on hold due to implementation issues and replaced it with GSTR-3B, a self-declared summary return.

I have 2 GST Identification numbers. One in Delhi and the other in Assam. Can I file 1 GSTR-3B for both registrations?

No. GSTR-3B has to be filed for every GSTIN separately. The returns cannot be clubbed.

Can I file the GSTR-3B return using the ClearTax GST Software?

You can prepare and file GSTR-3B with EVC and DSC on the ClearTax GST Software, without going to any other portal. If you are a Tally user, you can import data from Tally into ClearTax with a single click through Tally Connector, to prepare and file GSTR-3B easily.

Will there be any invoice matching in GSTR-3B?

Invoice matching is not done in GSTR-3B. This is a summarised self-declaration return.

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GSTR-3B is a summary GST return filed monthly by registered taxpayers. Clear provides an end-to-end filing solution for GSTR-3B, including features for automation and reconciliation. It is crucial to file GSTR-3B on time to avoid penalties and interest. Reconciliation with GSTR-2A, GSTR-2B, and GSTR-1 is necessary for accurate ITC claims. Clear's GST software offers advanced features for error correction and efficient filing experience.

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