GSTN Official Guide on Tracking Return Status

Last Updated at: January 10, 2020
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GSTN Official Guide on Tracking Return Status

Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) is a not for profit company under section 8 of the companies Act, which was formed on March 28, 2013. The objective is to have a common IT infrastructure for Registration, Return and Payment services for the taxpayers, Central and State Government and all other stakeholders for the smooth functioning of the Goods and Service Tax. In the current Indirect Tax regimes, i.e., GST return has to be filed by a registered dealer every month which will be including; Purchases, Sale, ITC and Output GST. This mechanism helps the authorities concerned in calculating the liability of tax to be paid by the taxpayer.

Get Online GST Registration

While filing the return, the taxpayer is bound to support it with the purchase and sales invoice. Once the taxpayer who is obliged to file GST return has filed the return with the authorities, he/she may Track the GST return status online by logging on to his portal by entering the relevant credentials. However, this can only be done when the return documents have been uploaded on the government official website.

TYPES OF RETURN APPLICATION STATUS

Status of the GST return application depends upon the performance of the obligation, and the status available would make the taxpayer aware of their filing.

  • FILED-VALID: When the return is being filed by the registered taxpayer and has fulfilled all the requirements.
  • FILED-INVALID: When the tax is partly or fully remains unremitted.
  • TO BE FILED: Return is due but has not been filed
  • SUBMITTED BUT NOT VALID: In cases where the return has been validated but the filing is pending

WAYS TO CHECK GST RETURN STATUS AFTER LOGIN

  1. Through Application Reference Number (ARN)
  2. By selecting the Return Filing Period or
  3. By selection the Status Option

When Tracking through ARN

When submitting the tax return, taxpayers are allotted a unique number called an ARN number which helps in tracking the status of the tax return which is to be done every month. Steps to view the status through ARN are:

Step 1: Visit the official GST portal and login to your user portal by filing down the required credentials or entering the valid details.

Step 2: Click of the Services>Returns>Track Return status

Step 3: Enter the ARN number which been sent on the registered e-mail address of the taxpayer and click on the search command.

On clicking on the search option, there would be a full display of the return application status which will be having all the relevant details.

When Tracking through Return Filling Period

Step 1 and Step 2 will be the same as that of tracking through ARN

Step 3: Click on the Return Filling period and enter the dates with the help of the calendar available. Click on the search option

On clicking on the search option all the relevant details would be displayed on the screen.

When Tracking through the Status

Step 1 and Step 2 will be the same as that of tracking through ARN

Step 3: From the drop-down list, choose the status option and select the search tab

TRACKING RETURN STATUS WITHOUT LOGIN

This mode of Tracking is a simple and easy method but the applicant won’t be able to file other details such as the status type. Steps to Track without login:

Step 1: Visit the official GST portal and select the search taxpayer option.

Step 2: You will see GSTIN/UIN option, enter your GSTIN ID and fill the exact captcha code and then click on the search command. Captcha Code will appear only when you will enter your GSTIN ID

Once all the details are being entered, there will appear on the screen all the relevant details about the company which will include Legal name, jurisdiction, date of registration, GSTIN/UIN status, etc and along with this data of all the recent GST returns filed will be shown under different sub-headings.

CONSEQUENCES IN CASE OF DELAY IN FILING THE RETURN

Where the taxpayer fails to file the GST return with the stipulated time period, he/she would be subject to an interest of 18% per annum on the amount that is outstanding. Further, he/she will also be imposed with a fine of Rs 200 per day for the default. However, the maximum late fees that can be charged by the Government is Rs 5000 for each return that is to be filed under the Law.

GSTN Official Guide on Tracking Return Status

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Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) is a not for profit company under section 8 of the companies Act, which was formed on March 28, 2013. The objective is to have a common IT infrastructure for Registration, Return and Payment services for the taxpayers, Central and State Government and all other stakeholders for the smooth functioning of the Goods and Service Tax. In the current Indirect Tax regimes, i.e., GST return has to be filed by a registered dealer every month which will be including; Purchases, Sale, ITC and Output GST. This mechanism helps the authorities concerned in calculating the liability of tax to be paid by the taxpayer.

Get Online GST Registration

While filing the return, the taxpayer is bound to support it with the purchase and sales invoice. Once the taxpayer who is obliged to file GST return has filed the return with the authorities, he/she may Track the GST return status online by logging on to his portal by entering the relevant credentials. However, this can only be done when the return documents have been uploaded on the government official website.

TYPES OF RETURN APPLICATION STATUS

Status of the GST return application depends upon the performance of the obligation, and the status available would make the taxpayer aware of their filing.

  • FILED-VALID: When the return is being filed by the registered taxpayer and has fulfilled all the requirements.
  • FILED-INVALID: When the tax is partly or fully remains unremitted.
  • TO BE FILED: Return is due but has not been filed
  • SUBMITTED BUT NOT VALID: In cases where the return has been validated but the filing is pending

WAYS TO CHECK GST RETURN STATUS AFTER LOGIN

  1. Through Application Reference Number (ARN)
  2. By selecting the Return Filing Period or
  3. By selection the Status Option

When Tracking through ARN

When submitting the tax return, taxpayers are allotted a unique number called an ARN number which helps in tracking the status of the tax return which is to be done every month. Steps to view the status through ARN are:

Step 1: Visit the official GST portal and login to your user portal by filing down the required credentials or entering the valid details.

Step 2: Click of the Services>Returns>Track Return status

Step 3: Enter the ARN number which been sent on the registered e-mail address of the taxpayer and click on the search command.

On clicking on the search option, there would be a full display of the return application status which will be having all the relevant details.

When Tracking through Return Filling Period

Step 1 and Step 2 will be the same as that of tracking through ARN

Step 3: Click on the Return Filling period and enter the dates with the help of the calendar available. Click on the search option

On clicking on the search option all the relevant details would be displayed on the screen.

When Tracking through the Status

Step 1 and Step 2 will be the same as that of tracking through ARN

Step 3: From the drop-down list, choose the status option and select the search tab

TRACKING RETURN STATUS WITHOUT LOGIN

This mode of Tracking is a simple and easy method but the applicant won’t be able to file other details such as the status type. Steps to Track without login:

Step 1: Visit the official GST portal and select the search taxpayer option.

Step 2: You will see GSTIN/UIN option, enter your GSTIN ID and fill the exact captcha code and then click on the search command. Captcha Code will appear only when you will enter your GSTIN ID

Once all the details are being entered, there will appear on the screen all the relevant details about the company which will include Legal name, jurisdiction, date of registration, GSTIN/UIN status, etc and along with this data of all the recent GST returns filed will be shown under different sub-headings.

CONSEQUENCES IN CASE OF DELAY IN FILING THE RETURN

Where the taxpayer fails to file the GST return with the stipulated time period, he/she would be subject to an interest of 18% per annum on the amount that is outstanding. Further, he/she will also be imposed with a fine of Rs 200 per day for the default. However, the maximum late fees that can be charged by the Government is Rs 5000 for each return that is to be filed under the Law.

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