If you missed to file your GST returns on time, you will have to pay late filing fee. Government started charging late filing fee from August 2017 itself.
In this post I will share with you a calculator to estimate the late filing fee you have to pay, if you miss to file your GST returns on time.
As per section 47 of CGST Act, 2017 late filing fee will be charged as below:
|Returns to be filed||Fee applicable|
|GSTR -1 for outward supplies||100 per day, max upto 5,000|
|GSTR -2 for inward supplies||100 per day, max upto 5,000|
|GSTR-3/GSTR-3B monthly return||100 per day, max upto 5,000|
|GSTR-4 Quarterly return under composition scheme||100 per day, max upto 5,000|
|Final Return||100 per day, max upto 5,000|
|Annual Return||100 per day, max upto .25% of turnover|
GST late filing is calculated using the formula "(Days delayed x 100)" for each head of tax.
If you have delayed for 3 days, the late filing fee will 3X100 = 300 for CGST and 300 for SGST.
Further, it should be noted that fee is applicable even if you are filing Nil returns. Filing return is compulsory under GST law. Once you have registered under GST, you have to file returns.
It can be understood that late filing fee is charged so that tax payers file returns on time without any delay.
The whole GST regime depends on IT infrastructure and timely and accurate information filed by tax payers, a delay can cause hardship to another tax payer.
However tax payers have following concerns which government should address:
Paying GST late filing fee is easy.
The process to pay late filing fee is similar to payment of tax.
A normal form will open, you are already familiar with this form as it is the same form used to pay your CGST and SGST tax.
In this form fill the amount of fee under FEE column of respective tax head.
Note: Do not fill complete fee amount in a single column, fill in different tax heads such as SGST and CGST.
The above late filing fee is only for CGST, you have to add equivalent amount in SGST also.
Yes SGST late filing fee has to be added separately. One more thing to note is that date of submission and date of filing are different dates, system gets locked once data is submitted. So, the fee may be calculated till the date of submission and fee upto date of filing may be charged in next return filing date.
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