September’s GST Return Is Your Last Chance of Correction – Be Cautious!

GST September Return Last Chance to do Corrections

Since the implementation of GST w.e.f 1st July 2017 it has witnessed plethora of changes whether it is scheme changes, rate changes, procedural changes and changes in relation to tax administration. Now since we have have entered in first week of October, 2018 so this coming 10th October/ 20th October are the due dates for filing GSTR-1 and GSTR3B respectively.

BUT THIS DATES ARE VERY CRITICAL… because simply put the GST Law allows the rectifications and omissions for the AY 2017-18 to be best corrected up to DUE DATE {Note that it is not actual date but the due date) GST returns of September or annual return whichever is earlier.

Hence it is your last chance (except in case of amendments) to correct the following errors / omission in regard to AY 2017-18.

  • Section 16(4) prescribes that “A registered person shall not be entitled to take input tax credit in respect of any invoice or debit note for supply of goods or services or both after the due date of furnishing of the return under section 39 for the month of September following the end of financial year to which such invoice or invoice relating to such debit note pertains or furnishing of the relevant annual return, whichever is earlier”

 Hence it is better to straightaway do the credit analysis and and any credit not taken but was eligible as per provisions should be taken. 

  • Section 34(2) prescribes that “Any registered person who issues a credit note in relation to a supply of goods or services or both shall declare the details of such credit note in the return for the month during which such credit note has been issued but not later than September following the end of the financial year in which such supply was made, or the date of furnishing of the relevant annual return, whichever is earlier, and the tax liability shall be adjusted in such manner as may be prescribed: Provided that no reduction in output tax liability of the supplier shall be permitted, if the incidence of tax and interest on such supply has been passed on to any other person” Section 37(3) prescribes that “Any registered person, who has furnished the details under sub-section (1) for any tax period and which have remained unmatched under section 42 or section 43, shall, upon discovery of any error or omission therein, rectify such error or omission in such manner as may be prescribed, and shall pay the tax and interest, if any, in case there is a short payment of tax on account of such error or omission, in the return to be furnished for such tax period:

 

Provided that no rectification of error or omission in respect of the details furnished under sub-section (1) shall be allowed after furnishing of the return under section 39 for the month of September following the end of the financial year to which such details pertain, or furnishing of the relevant annual return, whichever is earlier.”

 

  • Section 38(5) prescribes that

“Any registered person, who has furnished the details under sub-section (2) for any tax period and which have remained unmatched under section 42 or section 43, shall, upon discovery of any error or omission therein, rectify such error or omission in the tax period during which such error or omission is noticed in such manner as may be prescribed, and shall pay the tax and interest, if any, in case there is a short payment of tax on account of such error or omission, in the return to be furnished for such tax period: Provided that no rectification of error or omission in respect of the details furnished under sub-section (2) shall be allowed after furnishing of the return under section 39 for the month of September following the end of the financial year to which such details pertain, or furnishing of the relevant annual return, whichever is earlier”

  • Section 39(9) prescribes that “Subject to the provisions of sections 37 and 38, if any registered person after furnishing a return under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) or sub-section (3) or sub-section (4) or sub-section (5) discovers any omission or incorrect particulars therein, other than as a result of scrutiny, audit, inspection or enforcement activity by the tax authorities, he shall rectify such omission or incorrect particulars in the return to be furnished for the month or quarter during which such omission or incorrect particulars are noticed, subject to payment of interest under this Act: Provided that no such rectification of any omission or incorrect particulars shall be allowed after the due date for furnishing of return for the month of September or second quarter following the end of the financial year, or the actual date of furnishing of relevant annual return, whichever is earlier

 

  • Section 52(6) prescribes that “If any operator after furnishing a statement under sub-section (4) discovers any omission or incorrect particulars therein, other than as a result of scrutiny, audit, inspection or enforcement activity by the tax authorities, he shall rectify such omission or incorrect particulars in the statement to be furnished for the month during which such omission or incorrect particulars are noticed, subject to payment of interest, as specified in sub-section (1) of section 50:

Provided that no such rectification of any omission or incorrect particulars shall be allowed after the due date for furnishing of statement for the month of September following the end of the financial year or the actual date of furnishing of the relevant annual statement, whichever is earlier.”

 Author’s View: – Though it is clear in law it is still a unpractical job to ensure no matching errors specially when GSTR-2 & GSTR-3 have still not been introduced by government. Though since the law carves the deadlines, the dealer’s are left with no choice. I personally feel this deadline will be challenged in the courts on several grounds including one of them being non introduction of GSTR-2 & GSTR-3 itself.

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CA Ankit Gulgulia (Jain)

He is Founder Member at AGA Advisory, Practicing Chartered Accountant, Editor in Chief at Chartered Online and Fellow Member of ICAI. AGA has been Handling matters related to Taxation, Audits, Assurances, Corporate Laws and Finance field etc since 2010 with clients across multiple domains & cities. He has authored Books, panelled on TV-Talk Shows and conducted seminars / Trainings at various forums. Link to Complete Profile of AGA and CA Ankit Gulgulia (Jain)

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He is Founder Member at AGA Advisory, Practicing Chartered Accountant, Editor in Chief at Chartered Online and Fellow Member of ICAI. AGA has been Handling matters related to Taxation, Audits, Assurances, Corporate Laws and Finance field etc since 2010 with clients across multiple domains & cities. He has authored Books, panelled on TV-Talk Shows and conducted seminars / Trainings at various forums. Link to Complete Profile of AGA and CA Ankit Gulgulia (Jain)

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