GSTR-2B ITC Taxpayers

ITC Statement Form GSTR-2B for the month of July 20, made available on GST Portal for taxpayers

ITC Statement Form GSTR-2B has been made available on GST Portal for the taxpayers. The GST Council, in its 39th meeting held on 14th March 2020, had recommended to adopt and implement the incremental approach of linking the present system of filing of GSTR-3B and GSTR-1 and other significant changes like enhancements in GSTR-2A and its linking to GSTR-3B.

One such enhancement that the Council recommended was the introduction of an auto-drafted input tax credit (ITC) statement which would aid in assisting/determining the input tax credit that is available for every taxpayer.

GSTR-2B is an auto-drafted Input Tax Credit (ITC) statement that will be generated for every registered person on the basis of the information furnished by his suppliers in their respective GSTR-1, 5 (non-resident taxable person) and 6 (input service distributor). GSTR-2B is generated once on the 12th of the following month.

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:

  1. No credit is taken twice,
  2. Credit is reversed as per law, &
  3. Tax on reverse charge basis is paid.

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Key features in GSTR-2B which would assist taxpayers in return filing are as below:

  1. It contains information on the import of goods from the ICEGATE system including inward supplies of goods received from Special Economic Zones Units / Developers. This is not available with the release of GSTR-2B for the month of July and will be made available shortly.
  2. It consists of all documents filed by suppliers/ISD in their Form GSTR-1, 5 & 6, between 00:00 hours on the 12th day of the preceding month to 23:59 hours, on the 11th day of the current month. Thus, the statement generated on the 12th of August will contain data from 00:00 hours of 12th July to 23:59 hours of 11th.
  3. The details filed in GSTR-1 & 5 (by supplier) & GSTR-6 (by ISD) would reflect in the next open GSTR-2B of the recipient irrespective of supplier’s/ISD’s date of filing. For e.g, if a supplier files a document INV-1 dt. 15.07.2020 on 11th August, it will get reflected in the GSTR-2B of July (generated on 12th August). If the document is filed on 12th August 2020 the document will be reflected in GSTR-2B of August (generated on 12th September).
  4. A summary statement that shows all the ITC available and non-available under each section. The advisory given against each section clarifies the action to be taken by the taxpayers in their respective section of GSTR-3B;
  5. Document-level details of all invoices, credit notes, debit notes, etc. are also provided both for viewing and download;

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It is expected that GSTR-2B will help in reduction in time taken in preparing the return, minimizing errors, assist reconciliation & simplify compliance relating to filing of returns.

GSTR-2B for the month of July 2020 has been made available on the common portal on a trial basis. Since this is the first time that the statement is being introduced, taxpayers are advised to refer to GSTR-2B for the month of July 2020 only for feedback purposes.

All taxpayers are requested to go through their GSTR-2B for July 2020 and after comparing the same with the credit availed by them in July 2020, provide feedback (if any) on any aspect of GSTR-2B by raising a ticket on the self-service portal (https://selfservice.gstsystem.in/).

All taxpayers are advised to view the detailed advisory relating to GSTR-2B on the common portal before using the statement. Taxpayers can access their GSTR-2B through: Login to GST Portal > Returns Dashboard > Select Return period >GSTR-2B.


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