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25-Apr2019

Finance Ministry simplifies 'self-assessed' GST return filing in composition scheme

The Finance Ministry, giving relief to composition scheme taxpayers under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), has allowed such businesses to file 'self-assessed tax' return on quarterly basis in a simplified form. As of now, businesses opting for composition scheme had to file tax returns every quarter in GSTR-4 which ran into around seven pages. As per a Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) notification, composition scheme taxpayers will now file GSTR-4 annually by April 30 for the previous financial year ending March 31.

The CBIC has notified the simplified 'statement for payment of self-assessed tax' in Form GST CMP08 to be filed by taxpayers who have opted for composition scheme, under which businesses have to pay lower rate of tax on their turnover. The CMP08, which has to be filed by the 18th day of the subsequent month following the end of a quarter, will include details like outward supplies, inward supplies attracting reverse charge including import of services; tax, interest payable; and taxes and interest paid. Composition scheme businesses will file the April-June quarter returns in July as per the new format.

Small traders and manufacturers with a turnover of Rs 1.5 crore pay a 1% GST, while service providers and suppliers of both goods and services up to a turnover of Rs 50 lakh pays 6%. Businesses who have not opted for composition scheme have to file GST returns every month and also pay taxes as per the GST slabs decided for the goods and services they deal in. Currently, there is a 4-tier GST- 5, 12, 18 and 28%. There are 1.21 crore businesses registered under GST, of which 20 lakh are under composition scheme.


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