Import Sales Invoices to GSTR-1 directly from the e-way bill site

GST portal has introduced a button “Import EWB data” on the GSTR-1 filing dashboard. As of now, the button is not functional. However, a detailed guide is made available as a tutorial for taxpayers on the portal. An announcement for the same can be expected soon.

A much-needed relief for the taxpayers dealing with goods and generating e-way bills for its transportation. These taxpayers can now avail the option to integrate the e-way bill management portal on and the GST return filing portal on

The announcement of plans to integrate the two portals was made in early 2018, GST portal login last week saw an update that strongly indicated that GSTN is setting up GST portal in bits, to welcome a robust GST 2.0 in April 2019.

As per the update available, the data can be fetched in two ways from the e-way bill website. You can import directly online or may download it as a ‘.CSV file’ in the format of the GSTR-1 and then upload it on GST portal login with other data.

The mechanism to call for data is based on the number of invoices that are being dealt with for the period, which is classified in three slots- less than 50 in number, any number between 50 and 500, and where number exceeds 500 invoices. The option to directly import online is not available where the number of invoices exceeds 50, considering the amount of bandwidth it consumes and also to ensure the easy verification by a taxpayer for the accuracy of import.

Recently, the council took a decision not to allow the generation of e-way bills by businesses, had they delayed the filing of GST returns by more than two tax periods. For example, a taxpayer who did not file GSTR-3B for two months consecutively, would not be able to use the option to generate any e-way bills on the portal. Similarly, Composition dealers cannot produce the e-way bills if they fail to file GSTR-4 back-to-back for two quarters.

With the forthcoming changes in the GST system, we see that the Government with the GST Council is keen to maintain the system’s integrity and reshape it to suit the vision “One nation, One tax” that it eyes.


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