The Finance Ministry has extended the last date for filing annual GST (Goods and Services Tax) returns for the financial year 2020 to March 31, 2021.
Earlier, the due date was 31 December. There has been a demand to extend the date for two reasons: first, the pandemic, and second, the fixed date of annual return for FY19 is December 31.
The main two annual returns are GSTR 9 and 9C. GSTR-9 is the annual return filed by each GST registered taxpayer irrespective of their turnover. GSTR-9C is a reconciliation statement submitted by GST registered taxpayers to whom GST audit applies, it is the business of taxpayers whose turnover is more than ₹ 2 crore.
It may be noted that filing of annual return (FORM GSTR-9 / GSTR-9A) for 2018-19 is optional for taxpayers whose total turnover was less than ₹ 2 crore. Filing of reconciliation details in FORM 9C for 2018-19 is also optional for taxpayers to conduct a total business up to ₹ 5 crores.
The late fee for not filing GSTR 9 within the due date is ₹ 100 per day, per act. This means that late fees of under 100 under CGST and SG 100 under SGST will be applicable in case of delay. Thus, the total liability default is ₹200 per day. This is a maximum of 0.25 percent of the taxpayer's business in the respective state or union territory. However, there is no late fee at IGST.