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CAIT seeks extension of last date to file GST annual return to October 31

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), Traders’ body asked the finance ministry to extend the last date for filing annual GST return.

It was demanded to give extension by two months i.e. from the last date to file the return August 31 to October 31.

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Highlighting the problem while filing return in a letter to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said prescribed Form GSTR 9 for filing annual return “is still very complicated”.

GSTR 9 is an annual return to be filed yearly by taxpayers registered under GST.

It consists of details regarding the outward and inward supplies made or received under different tax heads.

Other problems according to it are:

  • Several information sought in the Forms are new and in spite of best efforts traders are finding it difficult to comply with the same.
  • Further, the GST portal is not working efficiently preventing the traders from uploading the Form, said CAIT National President B C Bhartia.
  • Disruption of internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, and floods in several parts of the country as a reason for extension of deadline for filing the return to October 31.

Due to the complicated forms, every taxpayers are facing doubts of even filing details of mandatory fields.

Hence, the CAIT also said the GSTR 9 Form should be simplified to the extent that even an ordinary trader may be able to file the return himself.

Author: Niranjan Reddy

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