Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman Ji,
Hon. Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs
Government of India
North Block, New Delhi – 110001
Sub : Extend due date for filing of GST Annual Returns in Forms GSTR-9, 9A, 9B and Audit Report in form GSTR-9C from 30 June, 2019 to 31 October, 2019.
I would like to attract your attention for seeking an extension of due date for filing of GST Annual Return in Forms GSTR-9, 9A, 9B and Audit Report in Form GSTR-9C of 30 June, 2019 .GSTN has provided the online Annual Return Forms (GSTR-9, 9A & 9C) in March, 2019 and offline utility Forms in April, 2019 only, these is very short period for taxpayers and Tax Professionals to understand the GST Annual Return Forms & Audit Report Form. Clarification by GSTN for GSTR-9 is too late and only some clarifications are received. Still there are many issues like Trans-1 Pending due to technical glitch, interest liability on net or gross, Non –Availed ITC etc. Apart from this, , the due date of filing of GSTR Annual Return and Audit Report will also clash with due date of filing various Returns; GST Monthly Return, ROC Filling, Income Tax Forms and Returns (ITR, TDS & Others Statutory Compliance). The tax professionals are also busy in fulfilling their compliance responsibilities under the GST Monthly Returns, ROC Filling, TDS returns Forms & Others Statutory Compliance which consumes all their time. For Income Tax Return AY 2019-20 Gross Turnover is also to be reconciled under GST and Income Tax for the Financial year 2018-19, which consumes some more time.
Madam, in such a situation Chartered Accountants are facing problems in conducting error free GST Annual returns and GST Audit Reports. Chartered Accountants all over India is requesting from Our Government to extend the due date of GST Annual Return forms and Audit report and request your good self to extend due date for submission of GST Annual Return Forms and Audit report from 30 June, 2019 to 31 October, 2019.
I would be highly thankful if you could extend the due date well in advance, which would be very useful in planning the filings for the Tax Practitioners meaningfully.
Mohd Shahid Siddiqui