The GSTR-1 due date is approaching as businesses are busy with their filings. Meanwhile, the GST Network (GSTN) released a new advisory on the 1st of January 2024, introducing a significant update in this return. The move aims to enhance the process of reporting all the taxable outward supplies/sales made through e-commerce operators (ECO).
Two new tables, 14 and 15, were added in GSTR-1 form. Reported by the supplier, Table 14 will contain details of the sales they make through ECO collecting TCS under Sections 52 or 9(5) of the CGST Act. On the other hand, e-commerce operators must report the sales made through them in Table 15 while filing GSTR-1.
Before this GST portal update, GSTR-1 did not contain specific tables for separately reporting these transactions. As a result, Table 3.1.1 in GSTR-3B could not be auto-filled due to the absence of corresponding reporting sections.
Starting January 2024, the GSTR-1 return has these two new tables incorporated into the GST portal.
It allows an accurate auto-population of details into Table 3.1.1 in GSTR-3B for suppliers and e-commerce operators. Both suppliers and ECO can now separately report the online sales by/through them.
ECO is liable under Section 9(5) of the CGST Act and must pay tax on a reverse charge basis for B2B, B2C, URP2B, and URP2C transactions through it. Accordingly, this move ensures a more precise reporting mechanism, allowing tracking of these transactions.
ECO must report details such as GSTIN of supplier and recipient, wherever applicable, document number, date, rate, value of supplies, place of supply, IGST, CGST, SGST, and Cess values.
Meanwhile, the online sellers must maintain separate sub-ledgers in their sales register to report details in GSTR-1 seamlessly. The online seller must report details such as the GSTIN of ECO, Trade/Legal name, Net value of supplies, IGST, CGST, SGST, and Cess values.
An update has yet to come in for Tables 14A and 15A that allow amendments to the tables mentioned above. The GST Network may soon upgrade its portal for amendments as well.
It is pertinent to mention that the GST authorities and the GST Network are taking meticulous steps to streamline compliance and seamlessly track through a detailed GST reporting mechanism.
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