No late fees to be levied on registered entities with Nil GST return

Nirmala Sitaraman
  • In a relief to small taxpayers with turnover up to 5 crore rupees, the GST Council halved the interest on delayed filing of GST returns for February, March and April to 9 per cent, provided the returns are filed by September 2020.
  • The deadline for filing returns for May, June and July has been extended till September, without any interest or late fee.
  • Ms Sitharaman said, during the meeting, GST Council also discussed impact of COVID-19. The Minister said, inverted duty structure hitting GST collections was also discussed and also inverted duty structure in textile.
  • Ms Sitharaman said, GST Council is looking at correction of duty inversion in footwear, fertiliser and textiles.

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that no late fees will be levied on registered entities with Nil GST return filing between July 2017 and January 2020. Briefing media after the 40th GST meeting in New Delhi today, Ms Sitharaman said, maximum late fee for non-filing of monthly GST sales return for July 2017 to January 2020 capped at 500 rupees. The Minister said, the two decisions regarding late fee for non-filing of GST returns have been taken by the GST Council in order to clean up dependencies.

The Finance Minister said, a special one-agenda meeting will take place in July to discuss the compensation requirements of states. She said, discussion on taxing pan masala will hopefully be taken up at GST Council’s next regular meeting.