Even as the last date to file GST annual return and reconciliation statements is just around the corner, there aren’t many taxpayers who have been able to work around the “systemic/policy” issues in the filing process so far.
While the last date to file annual return and reconciliation statements in GSTR-9, GSTR-9A, and GSTR-9C is August 31, 2019, “the available data shows that till August 3 only 14,85,863 GSTR-9 returns have been filed while all non-composition taxpayers are required to file the said annual return,” Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) Chairman Pranab K. Das wrote in a letter to all Principal Chief Commissioners and Chief Commissioners of Central Tax.
Moreover, 4,33,148 GSTR-9A returns and 11,334 GSTR-9C returns filed till August 3 is also “sub-optimal,” Das wrote in the letter. Following the poor rate of return filed due to problems faced by taxpayers in the filing process, Das has directed the commissioners to organise outreach initiatives to help taxpayers with the filing and guide them wherever required in the remaining three weeks.