GSTR-3B vs GSTR-2A is an important exercise that businesses must not miss out. It helps businesses claim the full Input tax credit (ITC) and also reverse any excess ITC claimed. In turn, the reconciliation before filing GSTR-3B will help avoid any potential demand notices from the tax authorities.
Form GSTR – 3B is a monthly summary return filed by the taxpayer by the 20th of the next month. Taxpayers are allowed to take the input tax credit (ITC) based on the details declared by the taxpayer in Table 4 of Form GSTR – 3B:
Form GSTR – 2A is an auto-populated form generated in the recipient’s login, covering all the outward supplies (Form GSTR – 1) declared by his suppliers.
When the supplier files GSTR – 1 in any particular month disclosing his sales, the corresponding details are captured in GSTR – 2A of the recipient.
While the filing of Form GSTR – 2 has been kept in abeyance, it is still important under the GST framework for the taxpayers to reconcile the ITC claimed in Form GSTR – 3B and Form GSTR – 2A.
GSTR – 3B is a summary return. Hence, the amount of ITC available as disclosed in Table 4(a) must match with tax details disclosed in Form GSTR – 2A.
It is important to reconcile Form GSTR – 3B and Form GSTR – 2A on account of the following reasons:
Reconciliation at the time of filing of Annual return:
Even at the time of filing an Annual return in Form GSTR – 9, reconciliation of ITC as per GSTR – 3B and GSTR – 2A is required to be done in Table 6 and Table 8 across months.
The details disclosed in Form GSTR – 2A and Form GSTR – 3B may not reconcile on account of the following reasons:
In the cases mentioned above, the figures will not reconcile as no corresponding Form GSTR – 1 is filed by the supplier or the ITC is being claimed at a later date.
After considering the situations mentioned above, if any discrepancies are found in Form GSTR – 2A and GSTR -3B leading to any excess ITC claimed by the recipient, the same must be paid by the taxpayer along with interest.
It is, therefore, necessary that this reconcile exercise is done on a regular basis to ensure that only bonafide input tax credit is claimed.
ClearTax GST offers easy import and download of GST data for preparation of GST returns.
It provides various options for a user to ingest data to prepare the GSTR-1, GSTR-3B or GSTR-4 in under minutes. Options like excel ingestion or direct integration with ERP are available for importing sales or purchase data onto the ClearTax GST software.
The best part is, you have to import the sales data for GSTR-1 just once. Based on this, the software auto-populates the details into GSTR-3B in a click of a button. Thus, one can avoid errors and ensure 100% accuracy in reporting of data with minimal manual intervention.
ClearTax GST also provides useful insights under the REPORTS section so you can speed through the journey of GST compliance in a hassle-free way!
One such report that helps you compare GSTR-2A with GSTR-3B is the ‘GSTR-3B vs GSTR-2A ITC Comparison Report’
This report helps you compare the ITC reported in GSTR-3B by you with the ITC reflected on the GSTR-2A.
Further, you can compare the data month-wise or for every financial year. You can also compare data at GSTIN level or cumulatively at PAN level.
GSTR-3B vs GSTR-2A ITC Comparison Report can be generated as follows:
1. Choose Financial Year
Select the financial year for which you want the report to be generated.
2. Generate Report
If the GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B are both filed using Cleartax GST, then the report is displayed for your use. But if you have not used the software before, just click on the button ‘Refresh Data from GSTN’ appearing on the right-hand side of the report section’GSTIN level’. The yearly return data from GSTN will be fetched after verification via an OTP based on login credentials.
3. Download Report
Notice the difference displayed in the reports section. Click on link ‘Download report as excel’ to use and share the report offline in excel form.