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Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF) allows small taxpayers to upload their invoices every month. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) had notified the Invoice Furnishing Facility on 10.11.2020 via notification number 82 /2020-Central Tax.
6th January 2021
IFF is LIVE on GST portal. Sorting out the B2B documents for IFF reporting becomes essential to pass tax credits to buyers but may get cumbersome. The GSTN’s advisory stated that the option to upload details in IFF can be used till 13th of the next month. Any invoices left out to be reported can be filed using the IFF in the consequent month IFF or directly on the quarterly Form GSTR-1.
Navigate to Returns > Services > Returns Dashboard > File Returns > Select FY and month > click on the ‘SEARCH’ button to file the IFF forms. For more details about the steps, read our article on ‘Steps to file IFF’.
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The last date to opt in or out of the QRMP scheme for small GST taxpayers is 31st January 2021 for the quarter of Jan-Mar 2021.
The Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF) is a facility where quarterly GSTR-1 filers can choose to upload their Business-to-business (B2B) invoices every month, currently under the QRMP scheme only. It is governed by Rule 59(2) of the CGST Rules, available to regular taxpayers having an annual aggregate turnover of up to Rs.5 crore. One should keep the following points in mind before utilising the IFF:
Small taxpayers opting into the QRMP scheme filing their GSTR-1 returns every quarter can utilise the Invoice Furnishing Facility. It is important to note that if a taxpayer does not opt to upload invoice details through the IFF, he/she has to upload all the invoice details for the three months of the quarter in the GSTR-1 return.
The taxpayers whose aggregate turnover is less than Rs.5 crore in the preceding financial year can file their GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B every quarter by opting into the QRMP scheme. This is allowed to reduce the compliance burden on small taxpayers. However, this creates problems for taxpayers who make purchases from QRMP taxpayers in claiming Input Tax Credit (ITC).
For example, when a buyer purchases goods from a QRMP taxpayer during a quarter, the buyer might have to wait until the end of the quarter to claim ITC. The reason for the same is that a small taxpayer can upload the invoices and complete the GSTR-1 filing only after the quarter is completed. This process would cause a delay in claiming ITC as the buyer can claim full ITC only when the invoice appears in his/her GSTR-2B.
Hence, the IFF has been introduced under the QRMP scheme to remove these hardships allowing the QRMP taxpayers to upload selective or all B2B invoices on the GST portal using IFF for the first two months of the quarter. In turn, it helps the buyers in claiming ITC without any delay.
The following details are to be submitted by the small taxpayers if they opt for Invoice Furnishing Facility:
It is important to note that the taxpayer should upload all B2C invoices of the quarter while filing quarterly GSTR-1.
As the Invoice Furnishing Facility is optional for the taxpayers under the QRMP scheme, the GST portal gave a timeline to opt-in or out of the scheme, i.e. it was 31st January 2021 for the quarter January-March 2021. Once the small taxpayers stayed in the scheme, the GST portal has provided this facility for the first two months of the quarter only. The B2B invoices should be uploaded in IFF from 1st to the 13th of the month subsequent to the relevant month (being only first two months of the quarter). The QRMP taxpayers can follow the step-by-step guide to use IFF on the GST portal on our article named “Steps to file IFF on GST portal”
ClearTax GST software has smart features to comply under the QRMP scheme easily and faster, as follows:
This is a good move to help both small taxpayers and buyers from small taxpayers. This facility will indirectly help small taxpayers to enhance their business by providing faster ITC claims to their buyers. However, this may increase the compliance costs for them. Further, the data must be segregated as B2B and non-B2B transactions for reporting on the IFF. Once the invoices are uploaded and filed on IFF, it gets auto-populated into the quarterly GSTR-1, making it non-editable or not deletable.
Hence, one has to make a comparison between the benefit of opting for IFF and the cost involved. It is good to opt-in for this facility if the QRMP taxpayer raises comparatively larger volumes of B2B invoices than B2C invoices in a quarter. Further, the impact on business relation with their registered customers must be understood well.