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Guide to Download GSTR 2A in Excel

Updated on :  

08 min read.

GSTR-2A reflects all the purchases made by a taxpayer during a particular period, as filed by its suppliers. The details appearing in GSTR-2A are auto-populated from the GSTR-1 filed by all the suppliers of a taxpayer. Currently, a taxpayer can download GSTR-2A month-wise only.

The GST registered businesses must reconcile GSTR-2A and the purchase data to claim the maximum eligible Input Tax Credit (ITC). A taxpayer has to reconcile the downloaded GSTR-2A data with their purchase data manually, which is time-consuming. Instead, using a recon software or tool will make this task easier. 

Latest Update

28th May 2021
CGST Rule 36(4) to cumulatively apply for April, May and June 2021 while filing GSTR-3B of June 2021.

1st May 2021
The CGST Rule 36(4) restricting provisional ITC claims to 5% of GSTR-2B in GSTR-3B is relaxed for April 2021. The taxpayer can apply this rule cumulatively for both April and May while GSTR-3B for May 2021.

1st February 2021
Budget 2021 update: Section 16 amended to allow taxpayers’ claim of the input tax credit based on GSTR-2A and GSTR-2B. Henceforth, the input tax credit on invoice or debit note may be availed only when the details of such invoice or debit note have been furnished by the supplier in the statement of outward supplies and such details have been communicated to the recipient of such invoice or debit note.

Step-by-step process to download GSTR-2A in excel format 

Step 1: Log in to the GST portal with your username and password.

Login Page to GSTN

Step 2: After logging, select ‘Returns Dashboard’ as shown below.

Return Dashboard after GST login

Step 3: Select the month & financial year for which you want to download GSTR-2A in excel. Click on the ‘Download’ tab appearing in the ‘Auto Drafted details’ box.

Select month and year after GST login

Step 4: On the screen that appears, click on the button- ‘Generate excel file to download’ to download the file in excel format. 

Offline download for GSTR 2A in GST portal

Alternatively, click on the button “Generate JSON file to download” to download the file in JSON format. Once you select this option, the portal will take around 20 mins to process your request for GSTR-2A in excel.

Step 5: Once processed, you will see a link ‘Click here to download Excel – File 1’ right below the button ‘Generate excel file to download’. Click on this to download the file.

Excel for GSTR 2A available for download in GST portal

Step 6: The requested file will be downloaded from the portal in a zipped folder. Make sure that your system has .rar,.zip software to unzip the file. Lastly, unzip the excel file to use GSTR-2A data.

GSTR 2A in Excel downloaded

How does ClearTax help?

ClearTax GST software comes with an inbuilt feature of advanced reconciliation, enabling you to download GSTR-2A data across different months or for an entire year in a single click. It has the intelligence to auto-identify matches between purchase registers and GSTR-2A to suggest matches. You can define your own customer matching rules and error tolerance to identify ‘invoice match’. Also, you can eliminate filing errors and save your money with our GST platform that is 3x faster and detects 100% ITC with AI-powered reconciliations.

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