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Recent Enhancements on GSTN Portal ( ) -

Recently GSTN has rolled out few enhancements on GSTN portal for the benefit of tax payers. Some of the major enhancements being –

  1. Introduction of ITC Statement Form GSTR-2B
  2. Option to file GST refund application spread across multiple Financial Years
  3. Facility to check Bill of Entry (BOE) Info with GST paid on Import of Goods in Form GSTR 2A
  4. Additional information about the taxpayer in GST Search Facility

We shall discuss on each of the enhancements in detail along with screenshots.

1. Introduction of ITC Statement Form GSTR-2B:

a. GSTR-2B is an auto-drafted Input Tax Credit (ITC) statement generated for every recipient, on the basis of the information furnished by their suppliers, in their respective Form GSTR-1 & 5 and Form GSTR-6 filed by ISD

b. Taxpayers can now reconcile data generated in Form GSTR-2B, with their own records and books of accounts. Using this reconciliation, they can now file their Form GSTR 3B and they can ensure that -

  • no credit is taken twice,
  • credit is reversed as per law, &
  • tax on reverse charge basis is paid.
Recent Enhancements on GSTN Portal

c. Generated Form GSTR-2B consists of:

  • A summary of ITC available as on the date of its generation and is divided into credit that can be availed and credit that is to be reversed (Table 3)
  • A summary of ITC not available and is divided into ITC not available and ITC reversal (Table 4)

d . It is a static statement (does not change with time), generated once on 12th of following month

e . It also contains information on imports of goods from the ICEGATE system including data on imports from Special Economic Zones Units / Developers. (This will be made available in GSTR-2B from 12th September 2020 onwards). Reverse charge credit on import of services is not part of this statement and need to be entered by taxpayers in Table 4(A) (2) of FORM GSTR-3B.

f. Steps to Download: Taxpayers can access their GSTR-2B through:

Login to GST Portal Returns Dashboard Select Return period  GSTR-2B

2. Option to file GST refund application spread across multiple Financial Years

Hon’ble Delhi High Court in Order dated 21.01.2020, in the case of M/s Pitambra Books Pvt Ltd., has stayed the rigor of paragraph 8 of Circular No. 125/44/2019-GST dated 18.11.2019. Hon’ble Delhi High Court further observed that the Circulars can supplant but not supplement the law.

CBIC decided to remove the restriction on clubbing of tax periods across Financial Years. Accordingly, circular No. 125/44/2019-GST dated 18.11.2019 was modified to that extent i.e. the restriction on bunching of refund claims across financial years shall not apply.

Giving effect to this modification, GSTN portal has now enabled option to file GST Refund Application across multiple financial years.

Illustration  – Earlier taxpayer was only able to file Refund application for a single financial Year – either single application for multiple year


S. No

Period of Refund

Financial Year for Refund

Filing of Refund prior to enhancement

Filing of Refund post enabling the enhancement


January 2020 to June 2020

2019 – 20 and 2020-21

More than 2 refund applications to be filed (minimum one each for period Jan 2020 to March 2020 and for April 2020 to June 2020)

Single refund application can be filed for Jan 2020 to June 2020

3. Facility to check Bill of Entry (BOE) Info with GST paid on Import of Goods in Form GSTR 2A:

Recently GSTN has enable the facility to check details of Bill of Entry (BOE) populated in Form GSTR 2A for Import of Goods from Overseas on Bill of Entry (BOE) and Import of Goods from SEZ Units/ SEZ Developers on Bill of Entry (BOE).

Steps to Access BOE details in GSTR 2A - Login to GST Portal à Returns Dashboard  à Select Return Period  à GSTR-2A à Part D -  Import of Goods from Overseas/ SEZ Unit or Developer on Bill of Entry (BOE)

This is an useful enhancement since the details of BOE can be viewed on GSTN portal only. The data is integrated with ICEGATE website.

4. Additional information about taxpayer in GST Search Facility 

The taxpayers can see additional information on GSTN portal through Taxpayer Search.

You may search about GST taxpayers based on GSTIN/ UIN or PAN

How to Search Taxpayer – à Search Taxpayer (on home page) Select search criterion (based on GSTIN/ UIN or PAN)

Following details are displayed as search result about taxpayers –

Display Criteria

Details displayed

Basic Details

Legal Name of Business

Trade Name

Tax Admin Office (State and Center)

Registration Date

Constitution of business

Taxpayer Type

Status of GSTIN/ UIN

Effective date of cancellation (if any)

Principal place of business

Nature of Business Activity

Factory/ Manufacturing


Recipient of Goods or Services

Retail Business

Warehouse/ Depot


HSN/SAC of Goods/ Services

HSN of goods dealt in

SAC of Services provided

Return filing details



GGSTR 9 and 9C



Published by

Rohit Kumar Singh
(Founder - TaxMarvel Consulting Services LLP)
Category GST   Report

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