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The GST New Return Offline Tool has been launched, on a trial basis, for users to familiarise themselves with the return forms, which have been introduced under the New GST Return system. Currently, only the annexures under the main return i.e. GST ANX-1 and GST ANX-2 are available – both on the online portal as well as offline.
14th March 2020*
The new GST return system will be implemented from October 2020.
The present return filing system (GSTR-1, 2A & 3B) will continue until September 2020.
*Subject to CBIC notification
Currently, the GST new return offline tool has been introduced with the following components-
After the trial period, the data that has been reported in both – GST ANX-1 and GST ANX-2 – will be fully erased. In addition, no liability will arise to a taxpayer based on the data submitted during the trial period.
Step 1: Visit the GST Portal and go to the ‘Downloads’ section, click on ‘Offline Tools’ and then click on ‘GST New Return Offline Tool (Beta)’ under the options available.
Step 2: An option to download the tool will be highlighted. Click on ‘Download’.
A confirmation box will open, click on ‘Proceed’. A zip folder will start downloading on your system.
Step 3: Extract the files from the zipped folder. One of the files, titled ‘GSTNewReturnsOffline_beta.exe’ will be available, which is the offline tool. Double-click on the same to open it.
Step 4: A message to install the tool will pop-up on the screen. Select the folder where you intend to install the tool, and then click on ‘next’.
Step 5: Click on ‘install’ for the installation to begin.
Step 6: Once the tool has been installed, click on ‘finish’.
Open the tool by double-clicking on it. Note: As the GST New Return Offline Tool may get updated over time, it is necessary for a user to always be using the latest version of the tool.