Difference between Old Vs New GST Return System

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Pratibha Devasenapathy | Mar-19-2020

Introduction

The Indian government aimed at introducing GST to streamline the taxation policies even further. Under the GST scheme, businesses followed the rule of ‘One Nation, One Tax’ which helped several taxpayers stay compliant seamlessly. However, several entrepreneurs found GST a bit complicated with numerous forms which are to be filed. Thus, to make the taxation system more simplified, the government announced the launch of GST 2.0 aka New Return Filing. The objective of the New Simplified GST Returns is to completely knock off the tax evasion pan India so that the transparency and equality can be attained under the indirect tax mechanism.

Let’s look at how different GST 2.0 is from the old return filing mechanism and how it will benefit the taxpayers.

Under the old return filing system

GSTR-1 return should be filed for reporting outward supplies and declaring tax liability on the same. Input Tax Credit (ITC) on imports has to be claimed in GSTR-3B under eligible ITC.

The taxpayer has to file monthly GSTR-1 if his annual turnover is more than Rs.1.5 crore. Otherwise, the taxpayer can file a quarterly GSTR-1.
This return includes/developers on a bill of entry

S. No.

Particulars

1

Supplies made to registered persons other than reverse charge mechanism (RCM) supplies and supplies through e-commerce operator

2

Supplies made under reverse charge mechanism

3

Supplies made through e-commerce operator

4

Interstate supplies to unregistered persons where invoice value is more than Rs.2.5 lakh

5

Zero rated supplies and deemed exports

6

Nil rated, exempted and non-GST outward supplies

7

Amendments to taxable outward supply

8

Advances received/adjusted during the tax period

9

HSN-wise summary of outward supplies

10

Documents issued during the tax period

Under the new return filing system

GST ANX-1 should be filed for reporting sales and declaring tax liability on the sales. Imports are also to be reported in GST ANX-1 and ITC on imports will be auto-populated in GST RET-1.
In the new return system, taxpayers are categorised into large taxpayer (whose annual turnover is more than Rs.5 crore) and the small taxpayer (whose annual turnover is up to Rs.5 crore). A large taxpayer has to file monthly GST ANX-1, whereas the small taxpayer can file his GST ANX-1 monthly or quarterly at his option.

This return includes

S. No.

Particulars

1

Supplies made to consumers and unregistered persons

2

Supplies made to registered persons (Other than RCM supplies)

3

Exports with/without payment of tax

4

Supplies to SEZ units/developers with/ without payment of tax

5

Deemed exports

6

Inward supplies attracting reverse charge

7

Import of goods/services

8

Import of goods from SEZ units/developers on a bill of entry

9

Missing invoices which are to be uploaded by recipients

10

Details of the supplies made through e-commerce operators

11

Amendments to various supplies

Comparison – old vs new GST return system

The form GST ANX-1 under the new return system is similar to GSTR-1 under the old return system. There are some changes under the new return system when compared to the old return system. Some of them are

  • Reporting of supplies under RCM

In the current filing system, invoice details can be reported while filing GSTR 1 form but can be viewed afterwards in GSTR-2A. In the new filing system, filing and viewing go simultaneously so that instant action can be taken on that.

  • HSN summary reporting

Under the old return system, the HSN code summary needs to be reported separately. But in the new return system, the supplier has to report the HSN codes at the invoice level (based on his turnover). In this way, the taxpayer will get the HSN data via his GST ANX-2 wherever the supplier was required to declare HSN.

  • Reporting of imports

Under the old return filing system, ITC on imports alone has to be reported in GSTR-3B. However, under the new return filing system, the taxpayer has to report imports of goods and services in GST ANX-1.

  • Tax payment

In the current system, Full Tax liability must be paid for a tax period while filing monthly return GSTR-3B. In the new system, complete Tax liability must be paid for a tax period in monthly PMT-08, regardless of monthly or quarterly filing of GST returns.

  • Reporting of documents issued

Under the new return system, there is no requirement for reporting of documents (along with serial numbers) like invoices, debit/ credit notes, receipt/ payment/ refund vouchers, delivery challans which were issued during the tax period.

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