In order to ease the process of filing of GST Returns, the Government has initiated the facility of SMS Services through which NIL GST Returns can be filed without logging to the GST Portal. Facility for GSTR 3B has already been available since 8th June 2020 and facility for GSTR1 will be available from 1st week of July 2020.

Steps to file NIL GSTR3B are :-

1) In order to initiate the Nil filing, send a SMS to 14409 from registered Mobile Number as NIL<space>3B<space>GSTIN<space>Tax period.

For example: NIL 3B 09xxxxxxxxxxx1C 062020 (for monthly return of June 2020).

 2) Then a Taxpayer will get a six-digit code with validity up to 30 minutes.

3) Now a taxpayer has to confirm their Nil statement filing by sending CNF<space>3B<space>CODE to 14409.

For example: CNF 3B 123456

4) On successful code validation, the return will be filed and taxpayers will receive an Acknowledgement number through SMS.

Steps to file NIL GSTR1 are :-

1) In order to initiate the Nil filing, send a SMS to 14409 from registered Mobile Number as NIL<space>R1<space>GSTIN<space>Tax period.

For example: NIL R1 09xxxxxxxxxxx1C 062020 (for quarterly return of April-June 2020).

2) Then a Taxpayer will get a six-digit code with validity up to 30 minutes.

3) Now a taxpayer has to confirm their Nil statement filing by sending CNF<space>R1<space>CODE to 14409.

For example: CNF R1 123456

4) On successful code validation, the return will be filed and taxpayers will receive an Acknowledgement number through SMS.

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23 Comments

    1. Mohit kachhwaha says:

      Same issue in facing , even eary mrng also I tried , was thinking might be its network consumption issue , but 5 am also is not working , what we have to do now….if its not working. Infact they remove options from website also of gstr1 & gate 3b for nil….pls suggest asap….so we avoid late fees

  1. Mitesh Ashokbhai Gondaliya says:

    I want to file nil gst return through sms but whenever i send it to 14409 and get service is expired message in reply

  2. Prasanth says:

    I filed GSTR1. I have to dile nil return. But when i submit nil return for October, there is showing error msg that some fields are not submitted in GSTR2. Please suggest how to file GSTR3 NIL return

  3. Anita says:

    I have just registered my Proprietorship company on 30 November 2020.

    When do I file my NIL return?
    Do I have to File GSTR3B or GSTR1?

    Can I file an NIL return through SMS only?

    kindly guide

    1. Aanchal says:

      Hi Anita,

      1) Returns should be filed on GST Portal.

      2) You have to file both GSTR3B and GSTR1. GSTR3B is a monthly return and GSTR1 is a quarterly return for outward supplies.
      Even if you do not have any supply, returns must be filed at zero.

      3) No, SMS is an optional way. You may use GST Portal also.

  4. Nikhil Bhardwaj says:

    Sir, How many Nil GST return should file in case of no income earned through out the year ? Are filling nil return for GSTR1 and 3B is sufficient in case of nil income ?

      1. Aanchal says:

        Hi Nikhil,

        Filing of returns are compulsory irrespective of income earned or not.
        GST 3B – Monthly Returns.
        GSTR1 – Quarterly Returns.

        So, for NIL income, timely filing of GSTR3B and GSTR1 is sufficient to comply provisions.

  5. AMRISH GOEL says:

    To file NIL returns is very useful for me, and giving information and process by you is highly appreciated.
    Let me know, how can we get hard copy confirmation of these returns ?

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