GSTR 9 :Annual Return Filing, Format, Eligibility & Rules

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GSTR-9 & 9c Due Date Extended to 30th Nov 2019
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What is GSTR-9 annual return?

GSTR 9 is an annual return to be filed yearly by taxpayers registered under GST. Points to note:

  • It consists of details regarding the outward and inward supplies made/received during the relevant previous year under different tax heads i.e. CGST, SGST & IGST and HSN codes.
  • It is a consolidation of all the monthly/quarterly returns (GSTR-1, GSTR-2A, GSTR-3B) filed in that year. Though complex, this return helps in extensive reconciliation of data for 100% transparent disclosures.



Who should file GSTR-9, the annual return?

All taxpayers/taxable persons registered under GST must file their GSTR 9. However, the following are NOT required to file GSTR 9:

GSTR-9 filing for businesses with turnover up to Rs 2 crore made optional for FY 17-18 and FY 18-19*.
*As per the decision taken in 37th GST Council meeting held on 20th September 2019. Subject to the notification.



Due Date, late fee and penalty

The due date to file GSTR-9 is further extended to November 30, 2019.

  • The late fees for not filing the GSTR 9 within the due date is Rs 100 per day, per act. That means late fees of Rs 100 under CGST and Rs 100 under SGST will be applicable in case of delay.
  • Thus, the total liability is Rs 200 per day of default. This is subject to a maximum of 0.25% of the taxpayer’s turnover in the relevant state or union territory. However, there is no late fee on IGST yet.



What are the details required to be filled in the GSTR-9?

GSTR-9 is divided into 6 parts and 19 sections. Each part asks for details that are easily available from your previously filed returns and books of accounts.

  • Broadly, this form asks for disclosure of annual sales, bifurcating it between the cases that are subject to tax and not subject to tax.
  • On the purchase side, the annual value of inward supplies and ITC availed thereon is to be revealed.
  • Furthermore, these purchases have to be classified as inputs, input services, and capital goods. Details of ITC that needs to be reversed due to ineligibility is to be entered.



Why you must file GST Annual Return through ClearTax?

To make annual return filing easier and error-free, ClearTax GSTR 9 solution comes with a host of features like –

  • One-click download of GSTR 1, 2A, and 3B data for all 21 months
  • Auto-filling of all tables of GSTR-9 including Tables 6-8, 10, 11 and 17
  • A simple 19-point checklist to identify potential errors
  • In-built audit trail at an invoice level for each entry
  • Directly import the data into ClearTax with the superfast Tally plug-in.
  • Auto-compute outward HSN summary from sales books to fill Table-17
  • Invoice-level reconciliation of GSTR-1 with books of accounts
  • One-click GSTR-9 data upload to GSTN and filing with advanced Cleartax Assistant for GSTR-9

How to file GSTR-9 on ClearTax GST Software?

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FAQs on GSTR-9
  • Can I revise GSTR-9 which has been filed?
    No. Currently, GSTR-9 does not allow for any revision after filing.
  • I got my registration cancelled in the financial year say FY 2017-18. Can I file GSTR-9?
    Yes, the annual return needs to be filed even if the taxpayer has got his registration canceled during the mentioned financial year.
  • Should one file form GSTR-9 return at the entity level or GSTIN level?
    Form GSTR-9 return is required to be filed at the GSTIN level i.e. for each registration. If a taxpayer has obtained multiple GST registrations, under the same PAN, whether in the same state or different states, he/she is required to file annual return for each registration separately, where the GSTIN was registered as a normal taxpayer for some time during the financial year or for the whole of the financial year.
  • Should I match my input GST with 2A before filing GSTR 9?
    Yes, you must reconcile GSTR-2A for FY 2017-18 data with the input tax credit accounted in your books of accounts till March 2019 for FY 2017-18 data before filing GSTR-9.
  • Do we have to file monthly GSTR 9 return after receiving the cancellation order even the final return is pending?
    As per the Legal provision of Section 44(1) of CGST Act, every registered person shall be required to file GSTR-9. Hence, even if the status of the taxpayer is not registered as on 31st of March 2018 but he was registered between July-17 to March-18, he will be required to file GSTR-9 providing details for the period during which he was registered. Similarly, if a taxpayer had applied for cancellation of registration but the application was pending as on 31st of March 2018, he shall be required to file GSTR-9.

For more FAQs on GSTR-9, click here.

To learn more about the different types of returns, deadlines and the frequency of filing, read our article on GST Returns.

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