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Only about 15% of taxpayers have filed GST Returns

CBIC Chairman Pranab K Das wrote a letter about the statistics of return filed to all Principal Chief Commissioners and Chief Commissioners of Central Tax. Where it was mentioned that till 3rd August, only 14,85,863 GSTR-9 has been filed, while all non-composition taxpayers are supposed to file annual returns.

This number of taxpayers needed to file GST annual return stands at over one crore. Similarly, the status of filing GSTR-9A stands at 4,33,148 and GSTR-9C at 11,334. About 12 lakh registered taxpayers are required to get their accounts audited and filed under GSTR-9C. 

It was noticed that due to complex filing process and numerous data requirement, very few taxpayers have been able to comply with the filing process. 

Similarly, HSN-wise purchase summary is another requirement which was not required at the time of monthly GST return, but is now required to be furnished.

However, GST Council should immediately look into these valid concerns of the GST payers and make the GST Annual Return and Audit process Good and Simple.

The last date to file GSTR 9, GSTR-9A and GSTR-9C is August 31, 2019, but the dismal figures has prompted Das to get the tax Commissioners to help out with the process and expedite the return filing process. 

The CBIC chariman directed that, wherever required, they should be guided through the various steps of the return filing process. Towards this end, I request you to organize outreach initiatives in your zones to help the taxpayers file their returns in time commissionerate level as well as Division level.

Author: Niranjan Reddy

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