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How To Find The Complete Record Of Your Business’ GST Filings Online

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GST: Five things to do before you file annual returns under GST

In March 2017, the parliament of India passed The Goods and Service Tax Act and levied GST as an indirect tax. This tax is imposed on every value addition. It is mandatory for every company, individual and LLP, which is registered under this act to furnish details of purchases, sales, and the tax paid by filing GST returns with the administrative authorities.

GST registration is mandatory for the business entities with a turnover of more than Rs. 40 lacs (Rs 10 lacs for NE and hill states). But registration under the GST Act is mandatory for certain business categories.

The GST payers can now check and verify the last return filing status of their suppliers on the Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) portal. GSTN, in a statement, said that new functionality had been launched in the GST portal where the taxpayer can view the status of the previous ten returns filed in the pre-login search taxpayer menu.

The taxpayer can search the GST number by entering the business name or initial letters in the name of the business. Following steps are needed for GST number search by name:

  1. Enter the name of the business
  2. Enter at least a minimum ten characters for searching GST number information of the business entity
  3. Find out the most relevant search result that appears once initials of the State and business name are entered

Once the taxpayer inserts the GST identification number (GSTIN) in the system, the details like status (active or cancelled), legal name, jurisdiction office are displayed on the screen.

On submission of the return, a registered taxpayer receives an Application Reference Number (ARN), which is useful in tracking the application status. For monitoring the return status, the following steps are necessary:

  1. Access the GSTN portal URL for the GST home page
  2. Log in to the GST portal using valid credentials
  3. Then, click on the Services>Returns>Track Return Status command

When ARN is available, the following steps are required:

  1. Select ARN option
  2. Insert ARN mentioned in the email address when the taxpayer received it while submitting the return
  3. Click on the Search button
  4. The screen will display the return application

In the case of the Return Filing Period, the following steps are necessary –

  1. Select the Return Filing Period option
  2. With the help of the calendar, select the Submission period
  3. Click on the Search button
  4. The screen will display the return application

In the case of status, the following steps are necessary –

  1. Select the Status option
  2. Then select the Status of the Return from the drop-down list
  3. Click on the Search button
  4. The screen will display the return application

Checking GST Return Status of the Suppliers

Checking the GST return status of the supplier plays a crucial role in ensuring whether the supplier is honest and maintains proper GST compliance. The following steps are necessary to track the return status –

  1. Access the GST portal URL for the GST home page
  2. Click on the Search taxpayer> search using GSTIN or UIN
  3. Insert the GSTIN or UIN
  4. Type the characters that can be viewed on the screen
  5. Click on the search button
  6. GSTIN Validity status details will be displayed on the screen and option Show file table
  7. Click on the Show file option
  8. GST return filing status of the supplier can be viewed for the last six months based on the GSTIN or UIN

Meaning of Various Return Application Status Types

  • TO BE FILED:  Return due, not yet filed.
  • SUBMITTED BUT NOT FILED: Return validated, but filing is still pending
  • FILED – VALID:  Return filed
  • FILED – INVALID: Return filed, but either tax is not paid or short paid.

Checking GSTR1 filing status: Supplier’s GSTR1 can be viewed with the help of following steps –

  1. Access the GST portal URL for the GST home page
  2. Click on the Search taxpayer> search using GSTIN or UIN
  3. Insert the GSTIN or UIN
  4. Type the characters that can be viewed on the screen
  5. Click on the search button
  6. GSTIN Validity status details will be displayed on the screen and option Show file table
  7. Click on the Show file table option
  8. GST return filing status of the supplier can be viewed for the last six months based on the GSTIN or UIN

Checking GSTR 3B filing status: Supplier’s GSTR 3B can be viewed with the help of following steps –

  1. Access the GST portal URL for the GST home page
  2. Click on the Search taxpayer> search using GSTIN or UIN
  3. Insert the GSTIN or UIN
  4. Type the characters that can be viewed on the screen
  5. Click on the search button
  6. GSTIN Validity status details will be displayed on the screen and option Show File Table
  7. Click on the Show File Table option
  8. GST return filing status of the supplier can be viewed for the last six months based on the GSTIN or UIN