Legislation UpdatesNotifications

The Government has been receiving a number of representations regarding the need to extend due date for filing Annual Return (FORM GSTR-9) and Reconciliation Statement (FORM GSTR-9C) for 2018-19 on the grounds that on account of the COVID-19 pandemic related lockdown and restrictions, normal operation of businesses have still not been possible in several parts of the country. It has been requested that the due dates for the same be extended beyond 31st October 2020 to enable the businesses and auditors to comply in this regard.

In view of the same, on the recommendations of the GST Council, it has been decided to extend the due date for filing Annual Return (FORM GSTR-9/GSTR-9A) and Reconciliation Statement (FORM GSTR-9C) for Financial Year 2018-19 from 31st October 2020 to 31st December, 2020. Notifications to give effect to this decision would follow.

It may be noted that filing of Annual Return (FORM GSTR-9/ GSTR-9A) for 2018-19 is optional for taxpayers who had aggregate turnover below Rs. 2 crore. The filing of reconciliation Statement in FORM 9C for 2018-19 is also optional for the taxpayers having aggregate turnover upto Rs. 5 crore.

Ministry of Finance

[Press Release dt. 24-10-2020]

Legislation UpdatesNotifications

The Government has decided to extend the due dates of filing of Form GSTR-9 (Annual Return) and Form GSTR-9C (Reconciliation Statement) for Financial Year 2017-18 to 31-12-2019 and for Financial Year 2018-19 to 31-03-2020. The Government has also decided to simplify these forms by making various fields of these forms as optional.

Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) today notified the amendments regarding the simplification of GSTR-9 (Annual Return) and GSTR-9C (Reconciliation Statement) which inter-alia allow the taxpayers to not to provide split of input tax credit availed on inputs, input services and capital goods and to not to provide HSN level information of outputs or inputs, etc. for the financial year 2017-18 and 2018-19.

CBIC expects that with these changes and the extension of deadlines, all the GST taxpayers would be able to file their Annual Returns along with Reconciliation Statement for the financial years 2017-18 and 2018-19 in time. Various representations regarding challenges faced by taxpayers in filing of GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C were received on which by the Government has acted in a very responsive manner.

It may be noted that earlier the last date for filing of GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C for Financial Year 2017-18 was 30-11-2019 while that for Financial Year 2018-19 was 31-12-2019.

Ministry of Finance

[Press Release dt. 14-11-2019]

[Source: PIB]

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Registrar of Companies (ROCs) are in the process of “Identification and flagging of Disqualified Directors under S. 164(2)(a) of Companies Act, 2013” for their default of non-filing of financial statement or annual return for a continuous period of three financial years i.e. 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.

In the above regard, all the defaulting directors are hereby cautioned to find the pending statutory returns and do necessary compliance as per provisions of law, otherwise, action will be initiated under Section 164 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Rules made thereunder.

The DINs of such directors are not allowed to be used for filing any e-forms on the MCA21 portal.

Ministry of Corporate Affairs

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