How to file GST returns?

What is GST Return?

A GST return is a document or form that contains information about each taxpayer’s sales/income and purchases/expenses and is filed with the tax authorities by every taxpayer who has a GSTIN. Tax authorities primarily use such returns to determine the net tax liability.

A registered trader is required by GST to file returns that broadly include:

GST Purchases, Sales and  Output GST (On sales)

Credit for input taxes (GST paid on purchases)

If you do not want to file taxes on your own for any reason, you can use market consultants and specialists. However, you should be certain that you select the best and most reliable one.

Documents needed for filing the GST Return

  • Customer GSTIN
  • GST Rate
  • Place of Supply
  • Type of Invoice
  • Invoice Number
  • Taxable Value
  • Consolidated intra-state and inter-state sales.
  • Applicable amount of SGST, CGST, IGST and GST.
  • HSN wise summary details.
  • List of Invoices (B2B Services, B2C Services)
  • Summary of requisite documents i.e. Debit and Credit notes.

Process for filing the GST Return online

Every manufacturer, dealer, consumer, and supplier is required to file a GST return with the Goods and Services Tax department each year. Filing tax returns has been made online and automated under the new GST regime.

You can file returns online immediately using the GSTN (Goods and Service Tax Network) app, which will automatically fill out all of your information on each GSTR form.

  • Step 1: Go to the GST Portal.

To file your Goods and Services Tax return online, first go to the GST official website at and log in with your username and password.

  • Step 2: Obtaining a GSTIN

Second, based on your PAN number and state code, you will be assigned a 15-digit identifying number.

  • Step 3: Invoices must be uploaded.

Following that, you must upload invoices to the GST portal or to whichever programme or platform you are utilising. Each invoice will subsequently be assigned an invoice reference number.

  • Step 4: Indicate the Return Filing Period.

Tap on the ‘Return Dashboard,’ and then select the return filing period and fiscal year from the drop-down menus.

  • Step 5: Prepare to File Your Goods and Services Tax Return Online

Now, select the returns you want to file and click ‘Prepare Online.’ Check to see if your documentation are up to date and to the point. Check them thoroughly and be prepared to file your returns online.

  • Step 6: Enter the Appropriate Amount

Fill in the required amount as well as any late fees, if any.

  • Step 7: Save the Completed Details

When you’ve completed all of the above steps, click the ‘Save’ button. You will see a success message on your screen as a result of doing so

  • Step 8: Submit the Information

After successfully saving the filled-in details, click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the page to file the GST tax return.

  • Step 9: Discharge Your Liabilities

After you’ve submitted the information, go to the ‘Payment of tax’ block > Check Balance to see your credit balance and cash balance. Prior to paying taxes, it is critical to be aware of such details. To clear your liabilities, you must first specify how much credit you want to use from your credit balance. Then, select ‘Offset obligation’ to begin the payment. When the confirmation screen appears, click ‘OK.’

  • Step 10: Submit the Return with an Authorized Signatory.

Finally, you must check the box next to the declaration. Then, from the selection list, select an authorised signatory. Later, select ‘File form with DSC’ or ‘File form with DSC’ and then select the ‘Proceed’ tab.

You can pay your respective GST in the next step.

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