GST Return Filing System

New Monthly GST Return Filing System For Taxpayers Is A Transition For The Good

The recent developments in GST return filing is a move by the finance ministry to simplify the monthly returns for taxpayers, find out how it will affect you as a taxpayer.

The GST council from July 2019 has launched trials of the new return filing mechanism called GST 2.0.

The full launch will happen in a phased manner from October 2019; however, taxpayers can warm up with the new return filing forms between July and September.

The new return system consists of one basic return and two annexures.

New monthly GST return filing mechanism

The new norms will replace the old ones wherein companies and businesses continue to file tax returns through GSTR-3B or summary form and GSTR-1, which entails details of outward supplies.

The mechanism will comprise of three forms, one main return form and two annexures.

Main Return Form

Form GST RET-1 – which has the details of the supplies made, to be filed monthly by small taxpayers with an annual turnover of up to Rs 5 Crore. They have an option to file returns quarterly.


Form GST ANX-1 – will capture details of outward supplies

Form GST ANX-2 – that will be the purchase form with details of inward supplies. The recipient can accept or reject these documents, or mark them as pending, for action to be taken later.

Starting October GST ANX 1 will be made compulsory. Subsequently, Form GSTR-3B and GSTR1 will be completely phased out by January 2020.

Intention of Trials

A Trials period of 3 months is to familiarise the taxpayers with the new development and system.

The move deserves appreciation as the grace period will help businesses to commence work on ERP system changes, business process changes, etc. to be executed and aligned with the new return. An additional featurette is a new mechanism which comes with some offline tools as well similar to the online portal.

Invoices can be uploaded in Form GST ANX-1 continuously both by large and small taxpayers from October 2019 onwards. Simultaneously, Form GST ANX-2 may be viewed during this period, but no action shall be allowed on such form.

Differences b/w the return filing systems

GST 2.0

Old Return-filing System
Normal Returns RET-1 – For taxpayers with turnover above Rs 5 crores in the previous FY.


FORM GST ANX-1 – has details of all outward supplies, inward supplies on a reverse charge basis and import of goods and services to be reported invoice-wise (except for B2C supplies) on a real-time basis.


FORM GST ANX-2 – has details of inward supplies. The recipient can accept or reject these documents, or mark them as pending, for action to be taken later.



GSTR-1/3B – For all normal taxpayers under GST

GSTR-4 – For composition dealers

GSTR-5/5A – For non-resident taxpayers/taxpayers providing OIDAR services

GSTR-6 – For input service distributors

GSTR-7 – Authorities deducting TDS

GSTR-9/9A/9B – Annual Return

Timeline of changes

From July 2019

Suppliers will be able to upload invoices using the FORM GST ANX-1, and the recipient will be able to view and download the invoices of inward supply simultaneously.

July to September 2019

A trial period where users can familiarise with the annexure forms GST ANX-1 and GST ANX-2 and will continue to file GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B.

From October 2019

FORM GST ANX-1 will be made mandatory to be filed by large taxpayers (annual turnover more than Rs. 5 Crore), and it will replace the GSTR-1 return completely. For small taxpayers, FORM GST ANX-1 will be implemented from January 2020, which will be for the quarter of October to December 2019.

Large taxpayers will continue to file the GSTR-3B during October and November 2019, after which they will have to have to start filing FORM GST RET- 1, the main return in the new return system, which will need to be filed by the 20th of January 2020. In the case of small taxpayers, they will need to stop filing GSTR-3B and start filing FORM GST PMT-08 from October 2019, which will be the form for self-declaration of taxes and the payment of the same.

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