The different types of GST return

With WrkPlan, you can easily file your GSTR1, GSTR 3B, and GSTR9 and also track all your other returns and their due dates for hassle-free tax settlement.


This is a monthly return that records all outbound supplies of goods and services, and shows detailed reports on sales transactions, debit and credit notes, and revised invoices. It shows the sales transactions of the business for that month only. GST-registered taxpayers must file this return within 10 days after the month’s end, with possible extensions granted by the commissioner.


This is a document populated with supplier details from GSTR-1 for verification. Recipients can accept, reject, modify, or keep pending invoices using this information. Changes are made by the recipient in GSTR-2. This document is accessible to all registered taxpayers under GST for return filing. Discrepancies can be corrected in GSTR-2 by the recipient between the 11th and 15th of the following month.


The static return, essential for recipients of goods and services, has been presented monthly since August 2020. It contains consistent ITC data spanning a significant historical period,accessible from the previous month’s GSTR-1 filing date to the current month’s filing. Released on the 12th of each month, it allows ample time for GSTR-3B filing.


The GSTR-3B form simplifies monthly supply summaries, allowing GST taxpayers to declare their liabilities. It helps ensure timely tax payments, avoiding penalties. Both suppliers and recipients must file separately to prevent delays. Even those with zero tax liability must file it. The deadline is the 20th of the next month, with an option for NIL return if no transactions occur.


The GSTR-4 is a quarterly form for taxpayers enrolled in the Composition Scheme, applicable to those with a turnover of up to Rs. 1.5 crores. It requires a fixed-rate tax payment and returns filing every quarter, aiming to ease compliance for smaller taxpayers. The deadline for GSTR-4 is the 18th of the filing month, such as April 18, 2023, for the January to March 2023 quarter.


This is a monthly return that all non-resident taxpayers must file. One must provide the following details to submit this return:

  • Inward supplies
  • Outward supplies
  • If any, interest, penalties, or fees
  • Tax payable or tax paid or
  • Any amount payable under the law.

(*Note that this is the only return that the non-resident needs to file. Hence, there are no other returns required to be filed by any non-resident taxpayer. The GSTR-5 return needs to be filed on the 20th of every month under the GSTIN that the taxpayer is registered.)


The GST mandates that Online Information and Database Access or Retrieval Services (OIDAR) providers file a summary return of their outward taxable supplies and the corresponding tax payable. This return, known as GSTR-5A, must be filed by the 20th of every month.


This is a monthly return filed by Input Service Distributors (ISD), detailing input tax credits received and distributed, along with issued documents and distribution methods. It must be filed by the 13th of each month.


This is a monthly return that is filed to deduct TDS, under the GST system. It will have the details of the TDS deducted, TDS liability payable and paid, and TDS refund claimed. The due date for this return is the 10th of every month.


This is a monthly return to be filed by the e-commerce operators who are responsible for collecting tax at source. It has the details of all the supplies through the e-commerce platform and the TCS collected. The GSTR-8 return is to be filed by the 10th of every month.


The GSTR-9 is an annual return filed by GST-registered taxpayers. It summarizes outward and inward supplies, including details of taxes paid, for CGST, SGST, and IGST. It consolidates monthly and quarterly returns for the financial year. All GST-registered taxpayers must file GSTR-9, except those under specific categories such as the composition scheme, input service distributors, casual taxable persons, individuals paying taxes under section 51 of the CGST act, and non-resident taxable persons.


This is presently a suspended annual return that was required to be filed by the composition taxpayers. It had an accumulation of all the quarterly returns that were filed during the financial year. From the time GSTR-4 was introduced, this return was shelved.


GSTR-9C is a certified statement reconciling accounts with GSTR-9, filed by taxpayers with over Rs. 5 crores in annual revenue. It shares the same due date as GSTR-9 and is required for each GSTIN, allowing multiple filings under one PAN.


This is the final return, also called the return for canceled or surrendered registrations, which must be filed within three months of the cancellation date or order.


This is required for individuals with a Unique Identification Number (UIN) to claim GST refunds on purchases made in India. It provides information on received supplies and claimed refunds

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