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Update: The FM via a video press conference on the 24th of March announced the extension of GSTR due dates to 30th June 2020 whereas the fake tweet was circulated on the 23rd March. Visit the link below to read the latest updates.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in our country, GST practitioners across the nation were requesting the government to extend the statutory due dates. Amidst the crisis, a fake post was circulated in social media regarding the extension of GSTR due dates. Here is what the fake post read:

Keeping in view the preventive measures taken to contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the difficulties being faced by the GST taxpayers in meeting the compliance requirements under GST Law in view of the same, it has been decided to: 

(i) Extend the due date of filing the return in FORM GSTR-3B for the month of February 2020 for all registered persons to 07.04.2020 

(ii) Extend the due date of filing the Annual return in FORM GSTR-9 and reconciliation statement for the Financial Year 2018-19 for from 31.03.2020 to 30.06.2020 

(iii) Extend the due date for opting for Composition Scheme from 31.03.2020 to 07.04.2020 

2. Necessary notifications/orders in this regard will follow. 

To avoid the confusion caused among the taxpayers CBIC clarified on the fake tweet and said that there will be no extension of the GSTR due dates. CBIC tweeted, "A fake tweet is circulating regarding extension of date for GST return filing. The Government is aware of the challenges faced by the public due to COVID-19. Please wait for further communication in this regard."   

Also click here to read: COVID-19: FM announces extension of statutory due dates to 30th June 2020

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