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Upcoming functionality – Interest Calculator in GSTR-3B

1. As a facilitation measure for taxpayers & for assisting the taxpayers in doing a correct self-assessment, a new functionality of interest calculator is being released in GSTR-3B. This functionality will arrive at the system computed interest on the basis of the tax liability values declared by the taxpayers. The interest appliable, if any, on the tax liability declared in the GSTR-3B of a particular tax-period will be computed after the filing of the said GSTR-3B. These system computed interest values will be auto-populated in the Table-5.1 of the GSTR-3B of the next tax-period. The facility would be similar to the collection of Late fees for GSTR-3B, filed after the Due date, posted in the next period’s GSTR-3B.

2. This functionality has a user-friendly interface, which informs the taxpayers regarding the manner of system computation of interest values for each tax-head. This functionality also assists the taxpayers in doing correct computation of interest for the liability of any past period declared in the GSTR-3B for the current tax period, based on the details furnished by them on the portal.

Upcoming functionality - Interest Calculator in GSTR-3B

3. This functionality will further improve ease of filing return under GST and is, therefore, in the direction of further reducing the compliance burden for taxpayers.

-For the detailed advisory regarding the interest calculator in GSTR-3B, – Check Notes

-For Annexure containing a sample computation with screenshots of the upcoming functionality,< Click here > .

4. This functionality, as and when available on the GST Portal shortly, will be intimated to the taxpayers.

Thanking You,
Team GSTN | 08/01/2022

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INTEREST CALCULATOR IN GSTR-3B

Introducing Interest calculator

1. To facilitate taxpayers in doing self-assessment, the new functionality of interest calculator is being released in GSTR-3B. This functionality will assist taxpayers in calculating the interest applicable for delayed filing of returns. Taxpayers will have to verify and discharge the correct interest liability as per law, as payment of interest is a statutory compliance.

Interest computation

2. The interest computed by the system has been aligned with the Section-5o of the CGST Act, 2017, as amended. Consequently, interest liability for respect of supplies made during the present tax-period and declared in the GSTR-3B for this period will be calculated only on that portion of the tax which is paid by debiting the electronic cash ledger, e., tax paid in cash. With respect to the liability pertaining to the previous tax-period(s), and paid in later GSTR-3B, the interest will be computed for the entire liability, whether paid by debiting the electronic cash ledger or electronic credit ledger.

Auto-population of system computed interest

3. This new functionality will compute the minimum interest applicable on the basis of the values declared by the taxpayers in GSTR-3B for a particular tax-period. This system computed interest will be auto-populated in Table-5.1 of GSTR-3B for the next tax-period, the way it is done for the Late fees at present.

4. The system computed interest values auto-populated in next GSTR-3B return will be kept editable, initially. However, the system generated PDF of filed GSTR-3B will contain both values: the System computed interest, and the user paid interest values.

Scenarios where interest is applicable

5. Interest liability can arise in cases of either of the following, or both :

i. Delayed filing of return: If the present GSTR-3B is filed after the ‘due date’, then interest will be applicable at prescribed rate of interest from the `due date’ of GSTR-3B for relevant period i.e. till the date of filing of the return.

ii. Delayed declaration of liability: If the liability pertaining to previous tax-periods is discharged in the present GSTR-3B, then interest will be leviable from the `due date’ of return for the said previous period till the date of declaration of the liability in the return. Thus, as part of the interest calculator, a new feature has been provided to GSTR-3B for allowing taxpayers to voluntarily declare Tax-period wise break-up of If a taxpayer is discharging liability for any past period(s) in the present GSTR­3B, then exact tax-period wise break-up of the same can be provided by the taxpayers. The interest will be thereafter computed by the system accordingly.

6. Furnishing tax-period wise break-up in GSTR-3B: The return in FORM GSTR-3B, as it is now, allows taxpayers to discharge tax liability for previous tax-periods also, in addition to the tax liability for the present period. However, the tax-period wise break-up of the tax liability is not available in GSTR-3B. Thus, for computing the exact interest liability, the information regarding the tax-period wise break-up of the consolidated tax liability declared by the taxpayer would be required by the system.

7. In view of above, a new button has been added in GSTR-3B, called Tax Liability Break­up (Voluntary), and data is to be entered by clicking this button only by those taxpayers who are making payment for liability pertaining to earlier tax-periods in the present GSTR­ In cases where the present GSTR-3B consists of liability only for the present period, the taxpayers can ignore this button, and continue filing their return as usual.

Changes in user experience

8. Taxpayers filing on or before Due date of GSTR-3B: After the interest calculator is enabled on the GST Portal, there will be no change in the user experience for the taxpayers who file their return on or before the ‘ due date’. The taxpayer would still have the facility to provide the break-up of liability of the past period(s). For details of declaring tax-period wise tax liability, please refer to the

9. Taxpayer filing GSTR-3B after Due date: For taxpayers who are filing after `due date’, a pop-up will be shown regarding the option to declare tax-period wise tax liability, if applicable to them. If they have any tax liability pertaining to any previous tax-period to declare, they may declare the same. If the entire liability pertains to the present period, then they may ignore this pop-up message, and continue their filing as usual. If no previous period tax liability is declared, by default the interest will be computed by assuming that the entire tax liability pertains to the present period.

10. This facilitation measure is expected to assist the taxpayers by helping them with calculation of correct interest while filing of GSTR-3B and will thus improve ease in filing return under GST.

11. This functionality will be made available on the GST Portal shortly, and the same will be intimated to the taxpayers. The details about functionality on computation of the interest, along with sample screenshots, is as per the Annexure.

ANNEXURE-1

ADVISORY ON INTEREST CALCULATOR IN GSTR-3B

Annexure with illustrative example

1. To begin with understanding the new facility, an illustrative example is being provided, showing sample data for a taxpayer, and how the details have to be entered in a GSTR-3B, and how the interest for the same will be computed & appear in the subsequent GSTR-3B.

Illustration:

i. A monthly taxpayer is filing GSTR-3B for the tax period of October 2021. In the said GSTR-3B, the taxpayer has declared the following values in Table-3.1 of GSTR-3B :

Nature of supplies Taxable
value
Integrated tax Central
tax
State/UT
tax
Cess
a) Outward taxable supplies (other than zero rated, nil rated and exempted) 10,00,000 90,000 45,000 45,000 2,80,000
(b) Outward taxable supplies (zero rated) 5,00,000 45,000 1,40,000
(c) Other outward supplies (Nil rated, exempted) 10,000
(d) Inward supplies (liable to reverse charge) 2,00,000 12,000 6,000 6,000 0
(a) Non-GST outward supplies 1,00,000
Total tax liability 1,47,000 51,000 51,000 4,20,000

However, these consolidated tax liability values consist of not only for October 2021 but also for previous tax-periods of July, August & September 2021.

ii. Hence, for the purposes of proper interest calculation, the taxpayer would be expected to declare the following tax-period wise break-up in GSTR-3B for October 2021, in the following manner:

Tax period Integrated Tax Central Tax State/UT Tax Cess
October 2021 1,00,000 40,000 40,000 4,00,000
September 2021 40,000 8,000 8,000 20,000
August 2021 5,000 3,000 3,000 0
July 2021 2,000 0 0 0
Total 1,47,000 51,000 51,000 4,20,000

iii. The interest calculation could be thereafter done as per the aforesaid values declared by the taxpayer, easily by the system. However, this gap exists in the current GSTR3B implementation, to cover which new feature has been added.

New feature in GS TR 3B

2. Tax Liability Break-up (Voluntary) button in GSTR-3B: A new button called Tax Liability Break-up (Voluntary) will be provided in GSTR-3B for furnishing the tax-period wise break-up of tax liability. This button will appear in GSTR-3B on the payment page, below the Table 6.1 – Payment of tax.

Payment of tax

The Tax Liability Break-up (Voluntary) button will be enabled only after clicking the ‘Make payment/Post credit to ledger’ button. In other words, break-up of the taxperiod wise values can be furnished by the taxpayers after making payment of the liability for this period.

Tax Liability Break-up (Voluntary)

This button will also appear on the filing page of GSTR-3B.

filing page

3. If the taxpayers click on this button, they will be provided with an option of declaring taxperiod wise break-up of the tax liability discharged by them in this GSTR-3B. The values could be declared head-wise, and the total value for all the tax-periods put together should be equal to the tax liability paid in the GSTR-3B.

Break-up of the tax liability

4. On clicking the Save button, the option to File GSTR-3B through EVC or DSC will be enabled.

EVC or DSC

Auto-population of system computed interest in next GSTR-3B

5. System computation of interest : After filing this GSTR-3B, the system will compute the
interest liability on the basis of the values declared in this GSTR-3B. Th is computation will be done in accordance with the provisions of the Section-50 of the Act, as amended.

Interest will be computed for each tax-period as per the following formula :

System computation of interestDepending on the number of tax-periods declared by the taxpayer in the tax-period wise breakup, the interest liability for each tax-period will be calculated separately as per this formula.

The interest values for different periods will then be added, and the total interest liability will be computed for each head by the system.

6. Auto-population of interest : The interest values computed above will be auto-populated in the Table 5.1 – Interest and Late fee for previous tax period of GSTR-3B of the next tax-period.

The break-up and the manner of interest computation can be viewed by clicking the System Generated GSTR-3B button on this page.

This is on the lines of the auto-population of Late fees for the previous tax-period in the subsequent tax-period. Just like the system-computed late fees is auto-populated in the next taxperiod, now the system-computed interest will also be populated in the GSTR-3B of the next
tax-period. The system computed values will also be displayed to the user on mouse-hovering.

Late fees

7. To begin with, system will not stop the users from changing the system computed interest values. However, the system will warn the taxpayers on downward editing of the interest values in any tax head. On downward editing of values, the concerned cell will become Red and the system computed values will also be shown during mouse hovering to caution the taxpayer from making a mistake.

System computed interest

8. If the taxpayer attempts to file GSTR-3B with the downward edited values, the interest tile would become Red and also the system will provide a Warning regarding the same to the user. However, despite these warnings, the system will not stop the taxpayers from filing their GSTR3B with changed values.

Interest tile

9. GSTR-3B filing : After the filing, the PDF of the filed GSTR-3B is generated by the system, which can be downloaded by the users. In this PDF document, in addition to the information presently shown, the PDF will also consist of information pertaining to system computed interest, in case it is applicable in that GSTR-3B. This information will include the head-wise details of computation of interest, for all the tax-periods on which interest is applicable.

10. Changes in user experience

Taxpayers filing on or before Due date of GSTR-3B : Even after the interest calculator is enabled on the GST Portal, there will be absolutely no change in the user experience for the taxpayers who file their return on or before the Due date, and who have not made any delayed payment of tax liability pertaining to earlier period(s).

The taxpayer would still have the facility to provide the break-up of liability of the past period(s). For details of declaring tax-period wise tax liability, please refer to para. 9 above.

11. Taxpayer filing GSTR-3B after Due date : For taxpayers who are filing after Due date, a popup will be shown regarding the option to declare tax-period wise tax liability, if applicable to them. If they have any tax liability pertaining to any previous tax-period to declare, they may declare the same. If the entire liability pertains to the present period, then they may ignore this pop-up message, and continue their filing as usual.

If the previous period tax liability is not declared, the interest will by default be computed by
assuming that the entire tax liability pertains to the present period.

liability pertains

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2 Comments

  1. TV SUBRAMANIAN says:

    Hope this automatic Interest calculator is added in INCOME TAX E-PORTAL for DELAYED ASSESSMENTS n REFUNDS n Paid to the Taxpayers who have paid Excess Income tax…n such delayed interest recovered from the IT officer in charge…

    1. CA Shikhar Garg says:

      भारत सरकार सदैव टैक्सपेयर के हित में ही कार्य करती है इसका एक अनूठा एग्जांपल है टैक्स के ऊपर ब्याज का लेनदेन ।
      अगर आपका टीडीएस काटा हुआ है तो जिस डेट पर आप रिटर्न फाइलिंग करेंगे उस डेट से एसेसमेंट तक का आपको 4% वार्षिक का भारी-भरकम ब्याज प्राप्त होता है लेकिन अगर आप अपना एडवांस टैक्स जमा करने से चूक गए तो आपको 234A, 234B, 234C सारे ब्याज भरने पड़ जाएंगे जो कि 36% वार्षिक से कुछ ही कम बैठता है.
      जय हो आयकर विभाग की जय हो जीएसटी विभाग की जय हो फाइनेंस मिनिस्ट्री की
      भारत सरकार को सादर प्रणाम।
      टैक्सपेयर्स, सीए और टैक्स प्रोफेशनल्स को एंग्जाइटी, डिप्रेशन और पागलपन देने के लिए

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