The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued notifications under GST Laws to implement certain relief measures in view of outbreak of 2nd Wave of Covid -19 and lockdown in various States.

Summary of Compliance Relaxation in GST Regime issued on 1st May, 2021:

No late fees for filing GSTR 3B for Mar/April – upto 15 days and 30 days from original due date for taxpayer with turnover more than 5 Cr and upto 5 Cr resp. For quarter ending 31st Mar, no late fees if GSTR 3B filed by 30 days from original due date

Composition (GSTR-4) – extended to 31st May and Job Work Return (ITC-04) – extended to 31st May for Jan-Mar quarter

GSTR-1 due date for April’21 extended to 26th May and IFF due date extended to 28th May.

Relaxation in Interest Payment for the month of March 21 & April 21 (See details)

Table depicting summary of waiver of late fees and Interest for GSTR 1, GSTR 3B and GSTR 4 –

A.      Turnover Exceeding Rs 5 Crores in preceding FY (Monthly) – GSTR 3B
Month Date without late fees NIL Interest 9% Interest 18% Interest
March 2021 5th May 2021 Not Applicable If filed till 5th May Filed post 5th May
April 2021 4th June 2021 Not Applicable If filed till 4th June Filed post 4th June
B.      Turnover up to Rs 5 Crores in preceding FY (Monthly) – GSTR 3B
Month Date without late fees NIL Interest 9% Interest 18% Interest
March 2021 20th May 2021 If filed till 5th May 6th May to 20th May Filed post 20th May
April 2021 19th June 2021 If filed till 4th June 5th June to 19th June Filed post 19th June
C.      Turnover up to Rs 5 Crores in preceding FY (Quarterly – QRMP Scheme) – GSTR 3B
Quarter Date without late fees NIL Interest 9% Interest 18% Interest
Jan – Mar 2021 (Cat 1 States) 22nd May 2021 Till 7th May 2021 8th May to 22nd May Filed post 22nd May
Jan – Mar 2021 (Cat 2 States) 24th May 2021 Till 9th May 2021 10th May to 24th May Filed post 24th May
D.      Waiver of late fees for filing of GSTR 1, IFF and GSTR 4 –
 Return March 2021 April 2021
GSTR 1 NA 26-05-2021
IFF NA 28-05-2021
GSTR 4 (Quarterly) 31st May 2021 NA

Summary of the relaxation in compliance and other measures is presented in lucid manner for easy understanding –

A. Notification No – 08/2021-Central Tax dated 01-05-2021 – Waiver/Lower Rate of Interest for delay in Filing of GSTR 3B (Notification to come into force with effect from 18th April, 2021) and Notification No – 09/2021-Central Tax dated 01-05-2021 – Waiver of late fees for delay in Filing of GSTR 3B (Notification to come into force with effect from 20th April, 2021)

S. No Turnover Rate of Interest % Tax Period Waiver of Late fees
1 Taxpayers having an aggregate turnover of more than rupees 5 crores in the Previous FY First 15 Days from Due date – 9%

On and from 16th Day – 18%

Mar’21 and Apr’21 No late fees if return is filed within 15 days from the due date of furnishing return
2 Taxpayers having an aggregate turnover upto rupees 5 crores in the Previous FY First 15 Days from Due date – NIL

Next 15 days –  9%

18% thereafter

Mar’21 and Apr’21 No late fees if return is filed within 30 days from the due date of furnishing return
3 Taxpayers having an aggregate turnover upto rupees 5 crores in the Previous FY (IFF) First 15 Days from Due date – NIL

Next 15 days –  9%

18% thereafter

Mar’21 and Apr’21 No late fees if return is filed within 30 days from the due date of furnishing return
4 Taxpayers having an aggregate turnover upto rupees 5 crores in the Previous FY (Quarterly Return – QRMP) First 15 Days from Due date – NIL

Next 15 days –  9%

18% thereafter

Quarter Ending Mar’21 No late fees if return is filed within 30 days from the due date of furnishing return

(i) Manner of calculation of interest for taxpayers filing monthly Return (aggregate turnover above Rs. crores) –

Illustration: Calculation of interest for delayed filing of return for the month of April, 2021 (due date of filing being 20.05.2020) may be illustrated as per the below Table:

Sl. No Actual date of filing GSTR 3B Delay in Days Interest Applicable Liability

(in Rs)

Interest to be paid (Year = 365 days)
1 01.06.2020 12 9% for first 15 days Rs 1,00,000 296
2 19.06.2020 30 9% for first 15 days

Then 18% p.a.  thereafter

Rs 1,00,000 1,110 (Rs 370 for 15 days and Rs 740 for next 15 days)

 (ii) Manner of calculation of interest for taxpayers having aggregate turnover up to Rs. 5 Cr. –

Example – The calculation of interest in respect of this class of registered persons for delayed filing of return for the month of April 2021 (for registered persons for whom the due date of filing was 20.05.2020)

Sl. No Actual date of filing GSTR 3B Delay in Days Interest Applicable Liability

(in Rs)

Interest to be paid (Year = 365 days)
1 01.06.2020 12 NIL for first 15 days Rs 1,00,000 0 (NIL)
2 24.06.2020 35 Nil for first 15 days

9% for next 15 days

Then 18% p.a.  thereafter

Rs 1,00,000 617 (NIL for first 15 days, Rs 370 for 15 days and Rs 247 for next 5 days)

Similar Notification has been issued under IGST Act and UT GST Act – Notification No. 01/2021 – Integrated Tax and Notification No. 01/2021 – Union Territory Tax both dated 1st May 2021

B. Notification No – 10/2021-Central Tax dated 01-05-2021 – Extension of due date of furnishing FORM GSTR-4 for Financial Year ending 31st March, 2021 (For Composition Dealers) and Notification No – 11/2021-Central Tax dated 01-05-2021 – Extension of due date of furnishing FORM GST ITC 04 for the Quarter ending 31st March, 2021 (For Job Work) –

Sl. No Category Form Name Period Revised Due Date
1 Composition Dealer GSTR 4 Financial Year 2020-21 31st May, 2021
2 Job Work ITC 04 Quarter Jan 21 to Mar 21 31st May, 2021

C. Notification No – 12/2021-Central Tax dated 01-05-2021 – Extension of due date of furnishing FORM GSTR-1 for the month April 2021 –

Sl. No Category Form Name Period Revised Due Date
1 Registered Persons GSTR 1 April 2021 26th May 2021

D. Notification No – 13/2021-Central Tax dated 01-05-2021 –CGST (Third Amendment) Rules, 2021 –

Following major changes are made in CGST Rules, 2017 –

a. Cumulative application of Rule 36(4) of CGST Rule, 2017 for April and May 2021 ( ITC availment based on GSTR 2A)

A proviso has been entered in sub-rule (4) of rule 36 of the CGST Rules which is to be checked cumulatively for the tax period April 2021 and May 2021. Any adjustment for the said periods shall be made in Return in Form GSTR 3B to be furnished for the month of May 2021.

b. Extension of Due Date for furnishing invoice details using Invoice Furnishing Facility (IFF) for April 2021 (Rule 59)

A registered person may furnish such details, for the month of April, 2021, using IFF from the 1st day of May, 2021 till the 28th day of May, 2021

E. Extension of Time limit for Issuance of notice, filing of appeal, furnishing of returns, completion of proceedings, etc. 14/2021-Central Tax dated 01-05-2021 –

Sl. No. Particulars Original Date Revised Date
1 Completion of any proceeding or passing of any order or issuance of any notice, intimation, notification, sanction or approval or such other action, by whatever name called, by any authority, commission or tribunal, by whatever name called 15th April 2021 to 30th May 2021 31st May 2021
2 Filing of any appeal, reply or application or furnishing of any report, document, return, statement or such other record, by whatever name called 15th April 2021 to 30th May 2021 31st May 2021

Relevant Notification Links-

Title Notification No. Date
Relaxations in time limits for completion or compliance under GST law Notification No. 14/2021- Central Tax [G.S.R. 310(E)] 01/05/2021
CBIC extends due date for IFF to 28th May & amends rule 36(4) Notification No. 13/2021- Central Tax [G.S.R. 309(E)] 01/05/2021
GSTR-1 due date for April 2021 extended to 26th May 2021 Notification No. 12/2021- Central Tax [G.S.R. 308(E)] 01/05/2021
CBIC extends due date for filing GST ITC-04 to 31st May 2021 Notification No. 11/2021- Central Tax [G.S.R. 307(E)] 01/05/2021
CBIC extends due date for filing GSTR 4 (Composition Scheme) Notification No. 10/2021- Central Tax [G.S.R. 306(E)] 01/05/2021
Govt waives Late Fees on delayed filing of March/April GSTR 3B Return Notification No. 09/2021- Central Tax [G.S.R. 305(E)] 01/05/2021
Relaxation in GST interest rate for March & April 2021 Notification No. 08/2021- Central Tax [G.S.R. 304(E)] 01/05/2021
UTGST: Relaxation in GST interest rate for March & April 2021 Notification No. 01/2021-Union Territory Tax [G.S.R. 312(E)] 01/05/2021
IGST: Relaxation in GST interest rate for March & April 2021 Notification No. 01/2021-Integrated Tax [G.S.R. 311(E)] 01/05/2021

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2 Comments

  1. CA Hitesh says:

    These relaxations are meaningless.
    Corona is not going to go as per Nirmala surpankha’s choice.
    Instead of piecemeal extension, given time under all acts like Income tax, GST, MCA etc upto 31–03-2022 or even upto to 31-03-2023.
    Himalaya will not going to flatten if liberal relaxations are given.

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