In the 40th GST council meet, various relaxations were provided for taxpayers under GST. The one which tops the list, would certainly be waiver of late fees entirely for nil GSTR 3B returns for an extensive past period. This will almost the late fee to an insignificant amount even if no returns were filed since GST registration. Hence, it is certainly an opportune to avail.
Have a look at the relaxations that has been provided below:
1. Reduction in late fee for past defaults in filing GST returns
In the 40th GST council meeting, it is proposed that late fee for not furnishing GSTR 3B shall we reduced*/waived off#, if the returns are filed between 01st July 2020 to 30th September 2020.
*reduced to Rs. 500/per return, in case there is any tax liability
#reduced to Nil, i.e. completely waived off, in case of Nil GSTR-3B
2. Reduction in interest rates
Small taxpayers, i.e. those having turnover up to Rs 5 crores could avail benefit of reduced 9% interest rate in late payment of tax up to 30-09-2020 for supplies effected in the month of February, March & April
3. No interest or late fees
For taxpayers having aggregate turnover up to Rs. 5 crores, there would be a waiver of late fees and interest if the returns in FORM GSTR-3B for the supplies effected in the months of May, June and July, 2020 are furnished by September, 2020
4. One -time extension in period for seeking revocation of cancellation of registration:
An opportunity is also being given to restore the cancelled GST registration by applying for revocation of cancellation of registration up to 30.09.2020 in all cases where registrations have been cancelled till 12.06.2020. This is an extended period & gives a restoration window to those who couldn’t get the GSTIN restored in time.
Earlier, similar kind of blanket waiver of late fees was extended to companies & LLP for filing their past returns, have a look at it here https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/company-fresh-start-scheme-2020-one-time-opportunity-sethia/
Disclaimer: The above post is only for the purpose of academic discussion and should not be construed as any legal opinion in any matter whatsoever.
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