GST Amnesty Scheme Extended till 30.11.2021
The GST Amnesty Scheme has been introduced once again by the government to provide relief to taxpayers who missed filing GSTR-3B for the previous tax periods. In this article, get complete details of the applicability, benefit, and working of this scheme with the latest updates. Also, learn about the late fee relief, the issues that still stand unresolved and possible solutions.
What is Meant by the GST Amnesty Scheme?
The GST Amnesty Scheme was first notified to cover periods from July 2017 up to September 2018. A one-time extension to the time limit was provided then. Taxpayers could file these pending returns on or before 31st March 2019.
Back in early 2020, several tax professionals and industry leaders urged the government to reopen the GST amnesty scheme for several months due to the COVID pandemic. The government finally acceded to their request.
CBIC implemented the GST Amnesty Scheme for the second time through a notification dated 1st June 2021. It applies to all the pending GSTR-3B returns of previous tax periods between July 2017 and April 2021.
Validity of the GST Amnesty Scheme 2021
As per the latest Central Tax notification number 33/2021 issued on 29th August 2021, the validity of the GST amnesty scheme stands extended up to 30th November 2021 from the earlier deadline of 31st August 2021. It means that taxpayers who have pending GSTR-3B between July 2017 and April 2021, can file such returns on or before 30th November 2021 with a reduced maximum late fee.
Previously, as per the CBIC’s latest Central Tax notification number 19/2021 issued on 1st June 2021, the GST amnesty scheme applied from 1st June 2021 to 31st August 2021. Any taxpayer who hasn’t filed GSTR-3B before the due dates for tax periods starting from July 2017 to April 2021 could file within that deadline on the GST portal.
Extension of closing date of late fee amnesty scheme and time limit for filing of application for revocation of cancellation of registration under GST Act
The Government, vide Notification No. 19/2021- Central Tax, dated 01.06.2021, had provided relief to the taxpayers by reducing / waiving late fee for non-furnishing FORM GSTR-3B for the tax periods from July, 2017 to April, 2021, if the returns for these tax periods are furnished between 01.06.2021 to 31.08.2021. The last date to avail benefit of the late fee amnesty scheme, has now been extended from existing 31.08.2021 to 30.11.2021. [Refer Notification No. 33/2021- Central Tax, dated 29.08.2021].
Based on the multiple representations received, Government has also extended the timelines for filing of application for revocation of cancellation of registration to 30.09.2021, where the due date of filing of application for revocation of cancellation of registration falls between 01.03.2020 to 31.08.2021. The extension would be applicable only in those cases where registrations have been cancelled under clause (b) or clause (c) of sub-section (2) of section 29 of the CGST Act. [Refer Notification No. 34/2021- Central Tax, dated 29.08.2021].
The extension of the closing date of late fee amnesty scheme and extension of time limit for filing of application for revocation of cancellation of registration will benefit a large number of taxpayers, specially small taxpayers, who could not file their returns in time due to various reasons, mainly because of difficulties caused by COVID-19 pandemic, and whose registrations were cancelled due to the same
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