Excel-based offline tool to file initial GSTR-3B Returns

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Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has launched an excel-based offline tool for businesses to file initial GSTR- 3B returns. GSTN, in a statement in New Delhi, stated that taxpayers can download the offline utility from the GSTN portal and after fill in the data the file can be uploaded on GST portal.

This Excel based offline facility will provide an opportunity to the taxpayer to verify the details of GSTR 3B before filing and minimise chances o ferror. It will make the process of filing returns simpler. The offline utility is designed to help taxpayers to prepare their GSTR-3B return on their computer system. The taxpayer can download the offline utility from the GST Portal under the Download Section. Using it, taxpayers can fill data andthen create json file for uploading the same on GST Portal.

Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) :

GSTN is a not for profit, non-Government, private limited company incorporated in 2013. It has been set up primarily to provide IT infrastructure and services to the Central and State Governments, tax payers and other stakeholders for implementation ofGoods and Services Tax (GST).

The Union Government holds 24.5% equity in GSTN. All States including two UTs (Delhi and Puducherry) and Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers (EC) together hold another 24.5%. Balance 51% equity is with non-Government financial institutions-HDFC Bank Ltd (10%), HDFC Ltd (10%), ICICI Bank Ltd (10%), NSE Strategic Investment Corporation Ltd (10%) and LIC Housing Finance Limited (11%).