COVID-19: GST Compliance Relief Measures and Clarifications:

Various measures announced by the Government for providing relief to the taxpayers in view of spread of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19):

  1. The due dates for furnishing FORM GSTR-3B for the months of February, March and April, 2020 has not been extended through any of the notifications.
  1. However, as per notification No. 31/2020- Central Tax, dated 03.04.2020, NIL rate of interest for first 15 days after the due date of filing return in FORM GSTR-3B and reduced rate of interest @ 9% thereafter has been notified for those registered persons whose aggregate turnover in the preceding financial year is above Rs. 5 Crore. For those registered persons having turnover up to Rs. 5 Crore in the preceding financial year, NIL rate of interest has also been notified.
  1. Further, vide notification as per the notification No. 32/2020- Central Tax, dated 03.04.2020, Government has waived the late fees for delay in furnishing the return in FORM GSTR-3B for the months of February, March and April, 2020.
  1. The lower rate of interest and waiver of late fee would be available only if due tax has paid by filing return in FORM GSTR-3B by the date(s) as specified in the Notification.
  1. Amendment in the CGST Rules so as to allow taxpayers opting for the Composition Scheme for the financial year 2020-21 to file their option in FORM CMP-02 till 30th June, 2020 and to allow cumulative application of the condition in rule 36(4) for the months of February, 2020 to August, 2020 in the return for tax period of September, 2020.
  1. A lower rate of interest of NIL for first 15 days after the due date of filing return in FORM GSTR-3B and @ 9% thereafter is notified for those registered persons having aggregate turnover above Rs. 5 Crore and NIL rate of interest has notified for those registered persons having aggregate turnover below Rs. 5 Crore in the preceding financial year, for the tax periods of February, 2020 to April, 2020. This lower rate of interest shall be subject to condition that due tax is paid by filing return in FORM GSTR-3B by the date(s) as specified in the Notification.
  1. Notification under section 128 of CGST Act for waiver of late fee for delay in furnishing returns in FORM GSTR-3B for the tax periods of February, 2020 to April, 2020 provided the return in FORM GSTR-3B by the date as specified in the Notification.
  1. Notification under section 128 of CGST Act for waiver of late fee for delay in furnishing the statement of outward supplies in FORM GSTR-1 for taxpayers for the tax periods March, 2020 to May, 2020 and for quarter ending 31st March 2020 if the same has furnished on or before 30th day of June, 2020.
  1. Extension of due date of furnishing statement, containing the details of payment of self-assessed tax in FORM GST CMP08 for the quarter ending 31st March, 2020 till the 7th day of July, 2020 and filing FORM GSTR-4 for the financial year ending 31st March, 2020 till the 15th day of July, 2020.
  1. Notification under section 168A of CGST Act for extending due date of compliance which falls during the period from the 20th day of March, 2020 to the 29th day of June, to 30th day of June, 2020.

Click Here to read the full clarification issued by the Government for GST compliance under Covid-19.

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