If you’re involved in the complexities of the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) in India, then the latest advisory from GSTN is something you can’t afford to ignore. Issued on August 31, 2023, the directive focuses on taking immediate action on reclaimed Input Tax Credit (ITC) reversals before the deadline of November 30, 2023. To facilitate this, the GST portal has rolled out a new feature known as the “Electronic Credit and Re-claimed Statement.” This article aims to provide an in-depth explanation and guidance on how to navigate this new mandate effectively.
The New Ledger: Electronic Credit and Re-claimed Statement
The GST portal has introduced a new ledger for taxpayers, aptly named the “Electronic Credit and Re-claimed Statement.” This ledger serves as a platform to track your ITC that has been temporarily reversed in Table 4B(2) and can be reclaimed in Table 4D(1) and 4A(5) for each return period. This feature is implemented from the return period starting in August 2023.
How the Process Works
The GST portal will maintain a record of reversal and reclaimed amounts in the newly introduced statement. This feature serves multiple functions:
Key Action Points: Here is a concise list of steps you should follow to be in line with the new advisory:
i. Reconcile your ITC: Make sure your reversed ITC as of July 31, 2023, is accurate.
ii. Report Opening Balance: The reconciled ITC should be reported as the opening balance of ITC reversal in the new Electronic Credit Reversal and Re-claimed Statement. Navigate to Services >> Ledger >> Electronic Credit Reversal and Re-claimed Statement >> Report ITC Reversal Opening Balance.
iii. Meet Deadlines: The reporting deadline is November 30, 2023. However, you have until December 31, 2023, to make any necessary amendments, with a maximum of three allowed.
Conclusion: The GSTN advisory dated August 31, 2023, is a crucial guidepost for taxpayers looking to reclaim Input Tax Credit. With the introduction of the Electronic Credit and Re-claimed Statement, compliance is now streamlined but also closely monitored. Taxpayers need to be proactive and follow the key action points to avoid penalties and make the most of their ITC reclaims. Remember, the clock is ticking towards the November 30, 2023 deadline, so act now to ensure you’re in full compliance.