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All you need to know about GST returns
Remy Sharp
Vismaya Sivadas
February 5,2023

GST stands for Goods and Services Tax, which is a value-added tax (VAT) levied on the supply of goods and services in India. GST replaces multiple indirect taxes such as Value Added Tax (VAT), Service Tax, Central Sales Tax (CST), and others. It is a multi-stage tax, which means it is collected at every stage of production and distribution, from manufacturer to consumer.

GST is divided into three types: CGST (Central GST), SGST (State GST), and IGST (Integrated GST). CGST and SGST are collected by the central and state governments, respectively, on intrastate transactions (within the same state), while IGST is collected by the central government on inter-state transactions (between different states).

The rate of GST varies depending on the type of goods or services provided, with essential goods having a lower rate and luxury goods having a higher rate. GST is a significant tax reform in India and its implementation has a major impact on businesses and the economy as a whole.

GST returns are a crucial aspect of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime in India.

What are GST Returns?

GST returns are periodic returns that businesses registered under the GST system are required to file with the government, to report their sales and purchases, tax collected, and tax paid.

Here are some details you should know about GST returns;

  1. Frequency of filing: GST returns are typically filed monthly (for regular taxpayers) and quarterly (for small taxpayers with an annual turnover of up to Rs. 5 crore). Some taxpayers may also be required to file returns on a weekly or yearly basis, depending on the type of business and the volume of transactions.

  2. Types of GST returns: There are several types of GST returns, including GSTR-1 (return for sales), GSTR-2 (return for purchases), GSTR-3 (monthly return), GSTR-3B (simplified monthly return), GSTR-4 (quarterly return for composition taxpayers), and GSTR-5 (return for non-resident taxable persons).

  3. Information to be provided: GST returns require the taxpayer to provide details of their sales and purchases, including the value of goods or services provided, the rate of tax, and the amount of tax collected and paid.

  4. Due dates: GST returns have specific due dates, which vary depending on the type of return and the frequency of filing. Late filing of returns attracts a penalty and may also result in interest being charged on the tax due.

  5. Filing process: GST returns can be filed online, using the GST Portal ( The portal requires the taxpayer to have a valid GSTIN (GST Identification Number) and a password to log in and file their returns.

In conclusion, consulting a tax professional while filing GST can help identify tax-saving opportunities and ensure compliance with the applicable laws and regulations. Contributing to NPS through PensionBox is one such opportunity that can help you save taxes and plan for a secure retirement. By taking advantage of these opportunities, you can reduce your tax liabilities and achieve financial goals without much hassle!

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