GSTR-4 is another important return to be filed under the GST regime. It has to be filed on a quarterly Basis. However, what makes this particular return different from other returns is that GSTR-4 is to be filed only by composition dealers.
GSTR-4 is a GST return that has to be filed by composition dealers under the GST regime. A normal taxpayer would have to file 3 monthly returns, but a composition dealer would have to file only GSTR-4 every quarter.
Be sure to remember that GSTR-4 can’t be revised. You can revise it only in the following quarterly return only. So it’s crucial that you check all your entries carefully before hitting the submit button.
A composition dealer is anyone who opts for the composition scheme. However, they should have an annual turnover of less than Rs.1.5 crore.
Composition scheme is a hassle-free GST filing scheme. This is why various registered dealers opt for the composition scheme.
Here are two reasons:
Reason 1: Small business owners can avail the benefit of easy compliance of data.
Reason 2: Quarterly filing is a benefit for composition dealers.
GSTR-4 is exclusively for composition dealers. Therefore, the following are exempted from filing GSTR-4.
Since GSTR-4 is to be filed every quarter, the third and the fourth quarter for 2019-2020 will be the time you need to file the form.
Here are the due dates for the period of 2019-2020:
|Period (Quarterly)||Due Dates|
|1st Quarter – April to June 2019||31st August 2019 (due date was extended in the 36th GST Council Meeting)|
|2nd Quarter – July to September 2019||22nd October 2019|
|3rd Quarter – October to December 2019||18th January 2020|
|4th Quarter – January to March 2020||18th April 2020|
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The government has prescribed 9 headings for the GSTR-4 format.
If you are a composition dealer, you have to enter the following details while filling the GSTR-4.
Each registered taxpayer will be allotted a 15-digit GST identification number. It will be auto-populated at the time of the GST return filing.
It is auto-populated.
Every taxpayer has to enter details of the previous year’s aggregate turnover.
In this section, you need to enter the details of purchases from a registered supplier whether inter-state or intra-state. However, only purchases on which reverse charge is not applicable has to be reported here.
Enter the details of purchases from a registered supplier whether inter-state or intra-state. However, only purchases on which reverse charge is applicable has to be reported here.
Tax payable on purchases against reverse charge will be calculated based on these details.
In this section, you need to enter the details of purchases from an unregistered supplier whether interstate or intrastate.
This section includes the entry of details of the tax you have attracted due to reverse charges on Import of services.
You have to enter the total value and segregate it into the different Taxes payable.
Enter the total value and segregate it according to the category mentioned.
Enter your net turnover and select the applicable rate of tax. The tax amount will be auto- computed.
If you wish to make any change to details of sales provided in previous returns, you have to state it in this section along with original details.
If suppliers have deducted any TDS while making payment to the composition dealer, they have to enter it in this table.
Deductor’s GSTIN, gross invoice value and the TDS amount should be mentioned here.
Mention the total Tax Liability and the tax paid here. Remember to mention IGST, CGST, SGST/UTGST and Cess separately.
If you have attracted interest and late fees for late filing or late payment of GST, mention the details in the section. It is mandatory that you mention the interest or late fees payable and the payment actually made in this table.
You can claim any refund of excess taxes paid here.
If you haven’t filed GSTR-4 on time, a fee of Rs.200 is levied per day. You will be charged a maximum penalty of Rs. 5000. Do remember that if you Fail to file GSTR-4 for a particular quarter, you will not be allowed to file it the next quarter either.
According to the latest notification No. 73/2017 – Central Tax late fees for GSTR-4 has been reduced to Rs. 50 per day. The late fees for 'NIL' return in GSTR-4 have also been reduced to Rs. 20 per day of delay.
GSTR-4 is definitely a relief from all the tedious monthly filings that non-composition dealers have. However, a composition dealer should keep himself updated with the changes occurring with the tax payment and file GSTR-4 on-time every quarter.
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