What are the Types of GST Returns: Forms, Due Dates & Penalties

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October 14, 2022 Reviewed By : Sundresh Kumar .11 Min read

GST (Goods and Services Tax) was introduced in the year 2017 to unify different indirect taxes under one umbrella. As a result all entities involved in business activities were mandatorily required to complete GST registration before filing forms for GST return, offline or online.

What is GSTR Returns?

With business owners and dealers having to submit GST returns, monthly or annually, GST document covers all information regarding sales, purchases, outward supplies and input tax credit. This information so provided is then calculated for assessing complete GST’s liability within a particular tax period. Taxpayers must file their GSTR returns diligently every month, year or quarterly to avoid penal interest and late fees.

What are the Different GSTR Return Types?

GSTR returns so filed are on the basis of the kind of business a taxpayer is involved in. As a result, there are different types of GST returns to be paid monthly, annually or quarterly.

GSTR Returns Types

GST Return Forms for Businesses

  • GSTR 1

GST monthly return filled by taxpayers is categorized under GSTR 1. It is a return filed for furnishing details of all sales transactions done during a tax period. Covering all outward supplies of goods and services, it is also filled for reporting credit/debit notes issued. Small taxpayers with ₹1.5 crore turnover in the previous financial year can file for a GST quarterly return. At the end of the month, succeeding the quarter, these can also be applied as GST quarterly returns. Tax payers are free to opt for this or the monthly option.

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  • GSTR 2

GSTR 2 is a GST monthly return form considered for the inward supplies so received. It comprises taxpayer’s information, time period for return and final invoice level information of all purchases done. Further in this form, GST returns details can be edited.

  • GSTR 3

GSTR 3 is a monthly GST return that covers both outward and inward supplies, tax liabilities, taxes paid and the claimed input tax credit. On the basis of GSTR 1 and GSTR 2, GSTR 3 is auto generated in nature.

  • GSTR 3B

GSTR 3B online is filed by normal tax payers who have been registered under GST. Tax liability ascertained, tax paid, outward supplies and input tax credit so claimed are all covered under GSTR 3B. it was issues as a relaxation step for businesses that had just moved on to GST.

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  • GSTR 9

Annual return under GST filing is clubbed under the GSTR 9 tax category. It includes upcoming payable taxes and the ones already paid, outward supplies done so far and inward supplies of the previous year falling under the following heads- IGST, HSN codes, CGST and SGST. All tax payers registered under the GST need to fill this return.

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  • GSTR 9C

GSTR 9C is to be paid by taxpayers with an annual turnover in a financial year of more that ₹2 crores. It is a reconciliation statement between GSTR 9 so filed and audited statements of the registered taxpayer. For audited statements, the taxpayer has to get her or his books audited from a chartered accountant or a cost accountant.

Businesses Operating under Composition Scheme

  • GSTR 4

GSTR 4 is a GST quarterly return form submitted by taxpayers who have opted for composition scheme under the GST. Here tax payers on a fixed rate pay taxes for their turnover which reaches up till ₹1.5 crore. Currently, GSTR 4 has been replaced by CMP-08, which is to be paid on a quarterly basis.

  • GSTR 9A

GSTR 9A filing is an annual return under GST for composition taxpayers. All GST quarterly returns submitted so far get consolidated to fall within GSTR 9A GST type. GSTR returns in 9A are paid annually by registered composition taxpayers for a financial year.

Other Business Dealers/Owners

  • GSTR 5

Outward supplies done, inward supplies received, debit and credit notes, tax liabilities and taxes paid so far are covered by GSTR returns 5 sub type. These are paid by foreign nationals doing business in India and are paid on monthly basis.

  • GSTR 6

ISD (Input Service Distributor) file GSTR returns of this category. Submitted on monthly basis, the form comprises details of documents issued so far for distributing input credit, input tax credit received and supply details for invoices from GSTR 1, GSTIN number of the one receiving credit and ISD ledger.

  • GSTR 7

GSTR 7 is filled as monthly returns by taxpayers who need to deduct TDS under GST. This form is comprised of details such as TDS deducted so far, claimed TDS refund and TDS liability payable. Other details such as penalties and interests are also covered here.

  • GSTR 8

E-commerce operators who need to collect tax at source (TCS) fill up these monthly GSTR returns. It contains details of supplies done from ecommerce platform and TCS collected so far aside from taxpayer’s name, GSTIN and of course, time period of the return.

  • GSTR 9B

GSTR 9B is the GST annual return format. GSTR returns submitted under the 9B category are annual return under GST duly filled by ecommerce operators that receive tax deducted at source.

  • GSTR 10

GST final return is filed through the GSTR 10 form. It is filled by a taxpayer whose registration has either been surrendered or cancelled. It is to be finally paid within three months of the cancelation or surrender notice. The form contains details of liabilities, supplies, collected taxes and payable taxes.

  • GSTR 11

People with UIN (Unique Identity Number) have to file for GSTR returns of this subtype. It is filed for receiving refunds under GST of goods and services so purchased by embassies and diplomatic missions within the country. GST returns details here consists of received inward supplies and refunds claimed.

If You Need to Make Any GSTR Return Amendment

  • GSTR 1A

Those who have cross checked their GST return status and found any mismatches can opt for GSTR 1A for making amends or corrections. One of the examples of such mismatch is difference between GSTR 1 form filled by the taxpayer and GSTR 2 form filled by his customers.

These Returns are Drafted Automatically

  • GSTR 2A

GST return form under GSTR 2A category contains details of inward supplies of goods/services. GSTR returns under GSTR 2A are read only in nature and require no further action. Purchases done from registered suppliers in a tax periodfall under the inward supplies type of goods and services.

  • GSTR 4A

GSTR 4A is an auto generated form created from information supplied in GSTR form numbers 1, 5 and 7. The form is furnished as GST quarterly return by composition dealers. 

What If You Forget to File GSTR Returns?

  • GSTR 3A

It applies to you if you forgot to file GSTR returns, GSTR 3A is issued directly by the tax authority.

Who Should File GST Return?

Those registered under GST act are required to submit details of sales as well as purchases done for their good/services. Details also need to be provided of taxes paid and collected so far. Refer the next section for identifying who needs to apply for GSTR returns based on the form type.

  • GSTR 1 is to be filled by registered taxable suppliers.
  • GSTR 2 has to be submitted by registered taxable recipient.
  • GSTR 3 is furnished by taxpayers after finalising details of taxes paid, outward and inward supplies.
  • Composition suppliers file GSTR 4.
  • GSTR 5 is to be filed by non-resident taxpayers.
  • Input service distributors furnish GST details in GSTR 6 form.
  • Authorities undertaking tax deducted at source comply with GSTR 7.
  • E-commerce service providers and tax collectors fill up GSTR 8.
  • GSTR 9 form is for registered taxpayers and it is paid annually.
  • Those taxpayers with their businesses cancelled or surrendered go for GSTR 10.
  • Any person with UIN claiming refund files all information regarding inward supplies in GSTR 11

Who Should File GST Nil Return?

If no invoice has been generated by your company in a month, you have to file for GST nil return. Unless, there is a late fee of Rs 20 per day. You need GSTR 1 and GSTR 3B forms for filing GST nil return and

How to File GST Return?

Taxpayers need to submit tax returns to the GST department of India monthly, quarterly or annually. With automated tax filing systems, you can login through government portal for paying GST.

How to file GSTR Returns

Step 1: Get Your Fifteen-Digit GST Identification Number

As you visit the portal, a fifteen-digit GST identification number would be issued. This number incorporates your PAN details and state code.

Step 2: Upload Your Invoices

Next upload your invoices to receive an invoice rule reference number.

Step 3: File for Inward & Outward Supplies

Once done with invoice uploading, file for outward supplies and inward supplies of taxable goods/services.

Step 4: Mention Time Period for GST return Filing

Enter other details as asked in the form such as time period for which the tax is filed, etc.

Step 5: Review Your Info

Review the information so provided through the preview option attached.

Step 6: Submit the Final Form

Step 7: File the Returns

How to Check Your GST Return Status?

Taxpayers who gave already submitted the GST returns are provided with an ARN or Application Reference Number. With the help of this number, you can check the GST return status after furnishing GST returns details. Once you have this information, visit government GST portal, enter the necessary details including ARN number and click on service option to track return status.

GST Return Due Dates

GST return forms are released by government every year alone with their respective due dates and GST return last dates. To fill up GSTR returns based on their sub type, follow the information given in the next section.

In an effort to provide relief for businesses suffering due to economic impact of Covid-19, the news of GST return date extended has come as a big relief to businessowners and dealers.

GST Returns Types Time Period GST Returns Due Date
GSTR 1 Quarterly: Jan-March 2020 June 30, 2020
GSTR 2 Monthly: March-May 2020 June 30, 2020
GSTR 3B (annual turnover up to 1.5 crore) February 2020 (Monthly) June 30, 2020
GSTR 3B (annual turnover more than 5 crore) Feb-April 2020 (monthly) June 24, 2020
GSTR 3B (annual turnover more than 1.5 crore, less than 5 crore) Feb-March 2020 (monthly)   June 29, 2020
GSTR 4/CMP-08 Jan-March 2020 July 7, 2020
GSTR 5 Feb-May 2020 June 30, 2020
GSTR 6 March-May 2020 June 30, 2020
GSTR 7 March-May 2020 June 30, 2020
GSTR 8 March-May 2020 June 30, 2020
  • GSTR 1 for taxpayers with an annual turnover of up to 1.5 crore

Time period (quarterly): Jan-March 2020

Due date- June 30, 2020

  • GSTR 2 for taxpayers with an annual turnover of up to 1.5 crore.

Time period (monthly): March-May 2020

Due date- June 30, 2020

  • GSTR 3B for taxpayers with an annual turnover of up to 1.5 crore

Time period- February 2020 (monthly)

Due date- June 30, 2020

  • GSTR 3B for taxpayers with an annual turnover of more than 5 crore

Time period- Feb-April 2020 (monthly)

Due date- June 24, 2020

  • GSTR 3B for taxpayers with an annual turnover of more than 1.5 crore but not exceeding 5 crore

Time period- Feb-March 2020 (monthly)

Due date- June 29, 2020

  • GSTR 4/CMP-08

Time period (Quarterly)- Jan-March 2020

Due date- July 7, 2020

  • GSTR 5 

Time period (monthly)- Feb-May 2020

Due date- June 30, 2020

  • GSTR 6

Time period (monthly)- March-May 2020

Due date- June 30, 2020

  • GSTR 7

Time period (monthly)- March-May 2020

Due date- June 30, 2020

  • GSTR 8

Time period (monthly)- March-May 2020

Due date- June 30, 2020

Annual Return GST Due Dates

Annually GSTR 9, 9A and 9C are to be filled and submitted for the previous financial year. For example, GSTR 9, 9A and 9C forms for the year 2020 would cover financial year 2018-19. Secondly, these GSTR returns are to be filed by taxpayers with an annual turnover of more than two crores.

  • Time period (annually)
  • Due date- September 30, 2020

Late Fees for Not Filing GSTR Returns

The maximum late fee has been fixed to ₹5000 for all GSTR returns except GSTR 9. For each day delayed, a fine of ₹200 would be levied.

Overdue fine for annual returns under GSTR 9 category has the capping of 0.25 percent of the turnover for the financial year. And, the amount that defaulters need to pay is Rs 200 per day.

Download GST Return Form

You can only download GST final return, GST monthly return, GST annual return from the government portal.


With extended GST return dates, businesses have got some relief in filing returns. You can access all the necessary GST returns details including GST return status and GST return date here and submit the GST accordingly.

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