Govt waives late fee for non-filing of GST returns

New Delhi: The government has waived late fees for non-filers of summary and final sales returns for the July 2017-September 2018 period by businesses registered under the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

However, these businesses will have to file their returns for the 15-month period by 31 March, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said.

Giving effect to the decision of the GST Council in its 22 December meeting, CBIC has notified waiver of late fees for non-filing of GSTR-3B, GSTR-1 and GSTR-4 and non-payment of taxes between July 2017 and September 2018.

While GSTR-3B is the summary sales return filed by businesses, GSTR-1 is the final sales return. GSTR-4 is filed by businesses who have opted for composition scheme, under which they have to file returns quarterly.

The fee for late filing of returns is Rs 25 per day for Central GST (CGST) and an equal amount under State GST (SGST). However, those businesses who have to file returns but have ‘nil’ tax liability would have to pay a fine of Rs 10 under CGST law, and an equal amount under SGST law.

NT Bureau