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Government waives penalty for late filing of GST returns

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In a relief to GST taxpayers, the government on Tuesday waived the penalty for filing late returns for the months of August and September, and the money already paid as a penalty will be credited back to businesses.

“To facilitate taxpayers, late fee on filing of GSTR-3B for August and September has been waived. Late fee paid will be credited back to taxpayer ledger,” Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley announced in a tweet.

The late fee of Rs 200 per day was being charged from businesses.

For the month of August, only 55 per cent of businesses had filed returns till September 25. September 20 was the last date to file GSTR-3B.

For the month of September, the last date to file GSTR-3B was October 20.  GSTR-3B is a summary return of details of outward supplies, inward supplies, credit and payment of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

The government had earlier waived off the penalty for late returns for the month of July.

GST expert Pritam Mahure told IANS, “It’s a beneficial move and will benefit taxpayers who are yet to file or have filed delayed returns. However, the late fee is getting credited in a ledger and thus cannot be set off against tax liability as of now.”