In continuation to ease of compliance by the government in recent past, the finance ministry rolls out the facility which will allow taxpayers in filing of NIL GST monthly return in FORM GSTR-3B through SMS with Press Release dated 8Th June.This is again a major change which will benefit approx. 22 lacs traders to file their NIL return via SMS.

Earlier, even for those who had nil liability under GST to report, they had to make the filings every month by logging into the GST portal—a website that had led to taxpayers over the years after finding it difficult to file returns. Now, such facility can be availed by a simple SMS.

Steps to be followed are:

STEP-1: Initiate the filing by sending an SMS to 14409 from the registered mobile number as NIL<space>3B<space>GSTIN number<space>Tax period in MMYYYY.

Example: NIL 3B 07XXXXXXXXXXZC 062020.

Doing so, the user will receive a six-digit validation code from GSTIN, having the validity of 30 minutes.

STEP-2: Confirm the receipt of code for the NIL filing with another SMS, which will be as CNF<space>3B<Space>Code

Example: CNF 3B 123456.

Receipt of the second message will be verified by the message with an ARN code.

STEP-3: If in case following the above step if any user come across with any issues may message as SMS HELP 3B to 14409.

Send message as NIL (Space) 3B (Space) GSTN (Space) tax period in mmyyyy format to 14409 from registered mobile number. Tax payer will receive 6-digit code Send message as CNF (Space) 3B (Space) Code to 14409 from registered mobile number. Tax payer will receive message with ARN number.

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