In terms of Section 44(1) of the CGST Act, 2017, every registered person, other than an Input Service Distributor, a person paying tax under Section 51 (TDS Collector) or Section 52 (TCS Collector), a casual taxable person and a non-resident taxable person, shall furnish an Annual Return for every financial year on or before the 31st day of December following the end of such financial year. The Government vide Notification No. 39/2018 - Central Tax dated September 4, 2018 has notified the format of Annual Return Form GSTR-9 (for normal taxpayers) and Form GSTR-9A (for composition taxpayers). Further, every registered person whose aggregate turnover during a financial year exceeds INR 2 crores shall get his accounts audited and furnish a copy of audited annual accounts and a reconciliation statement, duly certified, in FORM GSTR-9C, format of which is also notified vide Notification No. 49/2018 – Central Tax dated September 13, 2018.
Considering the complexity of Form GSTR-9 under the given time frame of 3 months for due date of 31st December, Mr. Bimal Jain, Chairman, Indirect Tax Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce, had highlighted critical issues therein which the taxpayer may face and which requires immediate attention of the Government along with highlighting key issues demanding extension of due date for filing Annual Return, in the Mega GST Conclave held on September 26, 2018 this week at PHD House.
You can access the complete video of his theme presentation “Challenges & Critical Issues for filing Annual Return Form GSTR - 9 by Bimal Jain” as mentioned below -