CA Pratik Anand 

The first return of GST is here and is due for filing is 20th of August, 2017. Most of the registered persons still haven’t filed the Return GSTR-3B.

Here are some points you need to remember for filing the first GST Return GSTR-3B.

1) It is Mandatory to file GSTR-3B and there is no exemption from filing GSTR-3B even if you have not carried on any business in the month of July’2017. NIL GSTR-3B is also to be filed mandatorily.

2) GSTR-3B is the provisional return for the month of July’2017. Therefore all dealers who are required to file monthly returns under the GST Regime are required to file GSTR-3B.

Composition dealers are required to file quarterly returns therefore dealers who have opted for composition scheme are not required to file GSTR-3B.

3) GSTR-3B is not the final return for the month of July’2017 this is only a provisional return. GSTR-1, GSTR-2, GSTR-3 for July’2017 are still required to be filed.

4) GSTR-3B cannot be revised. Any revision in the figures for July’2017 has to be done through GSTR-1, 2 and 3 to be filed later on.

5) Any taxes due for July’2017 have to be paid before filing GSTR-3B.

6) If there is any change in the figures at the time of filing forms GSTR-1,2 & 3 and if there is excess tax payable then the same will have to be paid with interest before filing GSTR-3 due in September.

7) If your input credits are more than your output in GSTR-3B then you need not pay any taxes before filing this return. However, it is to be noted that no refund can be claimed in form GSTR-3B and excess credit will be credited to the ITC Ledger.

8) A very important point to remember about filing GSTR-3B is that the transitional credits available from the previous VAT/Service Tax/Excise regimes will not be available for credit and use in GSTR-3B. Any such credits have to be shown by filing form TRAN-1 and will be available for use only after filing TRAN-1.

9) GSTR-3B is a simplified return where only total figures of purchases, sales input tax credits and payments are to be entered. Individual entries for each sale invoice are not to be entered in this return.

10) GSTR-3B is to be filed from the period from which the registration is taken by the supplier. Therefore, if you have taken registration in the month of August’2017 the option for filing GSTR-3B for July’2017 will not be available and the no GSTR-3B is to be filed for July’2017.

11) GSTR-3B is to be filed through online mode on the GST Portal

12) Following details are to be shown in the return GSTR-3B.

1 GSTIN number of  Registered Person
2 Legal name of Registered Person
3.1 Summary of Outward Supply &  Inward Supply under Reverse Charge
3.2 Bifurcation of Inter-state outward supplies as follows:
a) To unregistered Person
b) To Composite taxable Person
c) To UIN Holders
4 Summary of eligible ITC available and the ITC to be reversed and ITC which is ineligible bifurcated into IGST, CGST & SGST/UTSGT and Cess
5 Summary of Exempted, Nil rated  and Non GST  inward supplies
5.1 Interest and late fees payable
6 Details of payment of tax, which includes  Category wise tax payable, ITC availed , TDS credit and  Tax paid in cash along with interest and late fees (Though it is not applicable for initial 2 return)
7 Summary of tax category wise TDS/TCS credit

 13) Remember the order for set-off eligible ITC. ITC of IGST, CGST and SGST must be set-off from themselves (intra-head) first before being set-off inter-head. Remember that GST and SGST cannot be set-off against each other.

14) Any amounts to be paid on reverse charges have also be shown and paid in GSTR-3B also. Please remember that amount payable under reverse charges will not be available to be paid by utilising input credit. Amount payable on reverse charges will have to paid by cash.

15) GSTR-3B can be submitted through digital signatures or Electronic verification code except for Companies where it has to be filed by digital signatures.

(The author is the founder of an online platform for filing income tax returns, company incorporation, accounting/bookkeeping, audits, Fema related compliances etc. He can be contacted at: or or Mobile: +91-9953199493)

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47 responses to “15 Important Points to remember about Return GSTR-3B”

  1. D.Venkata Krishna says:

    Dear sir,

    please clarify the doubt about GST sales .Genarally sales is sale of land which is belongs to non GST outward supplies . The sale of land sales is not shown in the previous months returns GSTR-1 & 3B (i.e up to April ) .So please suggest me the alternative of How to show the sales and where should we show .

  2. John says:

    I have filed GSTR-3B for January 2018 today, unfortunately with an error in the SGST amount of ITC. Is there any way I can correct the amount?


  3. chetan says:

    if sales return is more then sales then can we show sales return in Input credit in Form 3B

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