Is Self-Certification in GSTR-9C a Welcome Step?

The Finance Act, 2021, presented revisions in the CGST Act to get rid of the prerequisite of recording CA affirmed Reconciliation Statement in GSTR 9C.

According to the alterations, presently the citizens are not needed to get the Reconciliation Statement confirmed by CA/CWA. Also, the citizens with a turnover of up to Rs. 2 crores have the choice not to document GSTR 9 (Annual Return). These alterations will be in power w.e.f. first August 2021.

Pre the above changes, citizens with a turnover of more than Rs. 5 crores were needed to record CA/CWA affirmed Reconciliation Statement in GSTR 9C.

In this article, we endeavor to comprehend the foundation and examine the ramifications of ongoing changes.

What is GSTR-9?

GSTR-9 is a yearly re-visitation of being recorded by enrolled citizens having turnover more than Rs. 2 Crores in the past monetary year. It contains subtleties like outward supplies, charge risk and information tax reduction benefited, discount guaranteed, and the charge paid during the monetary year. The due date is 31st December of the year following the specific monetary year. Notwithstanding, the following class of citizens don’t have to document GSTR-9:

• Casual Taxable Person

• Non-Resident Taxable Person

• Input Service Distributors

• Taxpayer covered under segments 51 and 52

What is GSTR-9C?

Each enlisted individual whose total turnover is more than Rs. 5 crores will outfit a duplicate of reviewed fiscal summary and compromise articulation in GTSR-9C. It is fundamentally GST Audit. GSTR-9C is an assertion of compromise between the yearly returns in GSTR-9 recorded during the year and the figures according to reviewed budget summaries under the arrangements of the Income Tax Act. Any distinction emerging is accounted for here alongside the purposes behind such contrast

Up to this point, the Reconciliation Statement was needed to be ensured. In any case, presently it’ll be documented on a self-affirmation premise.

For what reason were these progressions required?

It has been a long time since the GST Act came into power. Although there are gigantic advantages of this new type of tax collection, yet there is the need to effectively run after working on compliances.

Consistency should be improved as it is an exorbitant undertaking both as far as cost, time, and energy. Currently, the citizens are needed to document GSTR-1, GSTR-3B (and others relying upon nature of business) on a month-to-month/quarterly premise. They need to cause tremendous expenses for as old as administrations are needed for overseeing consistency. There was interest across areas to make this non-business task more affordable and tedious.

At the point when we check out GSTR9 in this specific situation, we can see that shifts in this bearing have been made. Presently just the citizens with a turnover of above Rs. 2 crores are needed to outfit GSTR-9, while GSTR-9C is outfitted by citizens with a turnover of above Rs. 5 crores. As of late, the prerequisite of CA affirmation on Reconciliation Statement has been taken out, simplifying consistency.

The 43rd GST board was hung on 28th May 2021 wherein different measures for battling Covid and resuscitating organizations were talked about. Alongside this, the chamber communicated the need to improve on Annual Filing. It additionally prescribed revising CGST Act to permit the documenting of GSTR-9C on Self affirmation premise, which the warnings have now executed.


Albeit this is a welcome advance, its drawbacks likewise should be recognized. This progression will undoubtedly give consistent level alleviation to the number of citizens, but it would build the danger of deliberate just as inadvertent misquotes/mistakes in the yearly filings, calling for an expansion in departmental investigation and consequently, expanded weight on the authorization gatherings.

However, on the other side, it will set out various open doors to the case experts also to deal with the examination notification of their customers and address the last before office. Therefore, it will give more roads to the expert to grandstand their abilities and collect more customers.

Henceforth, it ought to be noticed that the vast majority of the citizens are not very knowledgeable with the necessities of Annual filings, and expert assistance for the equivalent is required. We are yet to see whether the benefits of the move offset the negative marks or not to the various partners.

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