• Notification Date: 01-06-2023
  • Notification No: N/A

CBIC Issues SoPs for Scrutinizing GST Returns for FY20 Onwards

Detailing the standard operating procedure (SoP) for scrutiny of tax returns from the financial year 2019-20 onwards under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has stated that the analytics unit will identify returns for scrutiny depending on various risk parameters. 

As per the SoP released Friday, selection of returns for scrutiny will be done by the Directorate General of Analytics and Risk Management (DGARM) based on various risk parameters identified by them. DGARM will select the GSTINs registered with the central tax authorities, and the details of GSTINs selected will be made available on the scrutiny dashboard of the concerned Central Tax officer on ACES-GST application. 

“The details of the risk parameters, in respect of which risk has been identified for a particular GSTIN, and the amount of tax/ discrepancy involved in respect of the concerned risk parameters (i.e. likely revenue implication), will also be shown on the scrutiny dashboard of the proper officer for their convenience,” the SoP said. Earlier this month, the CBIC had rolled out a module for automated scrutiny of GST returns. The module enables tax officers to carry out scrutiny of GST returns of Centre-administered taxpayers selected on the basis of data analytics and risks identified by the System. 

Amid rising instances of GST frauds and cases of fake invoices, the government has been taking steps to broaden the compliance mandate for more businesses, especially small and medium enterprises and also help boost the GST revenue collections. 

The concerned Central Tax officer will have to conduct scrutiny of returns pertaining to a minimum of 4 GSTINs every month, which would include scrutiny of all returns pertaining to a financial year for which the said GSTIN has been selected for scrutiny. 

“As far as possible, scrutiny of return should have minimal interface between the proper officer and the registered person and, there should normally not be any need for seeking documents/ records from the registered persons before issuance of Form GST ASMT-10,” it added. 

GST ASMT-10 is a scrutiny notice that a tax officer would send to an assessee. On receipt of such notice in GST ASMT-10 on common portal, the registered person may accept the discrepancy mentioned in the said notice, and pay the tax, interest and any other amount arising from such discrepancy and inform the same or may furnish an explanation for the discrepancy in Form GST ASMT-11, through the common portal, to the proper officer within the specified time period of 30 days, the SoP added. 

Abhishek Jain, Partner & National Head – Indirect Tax, KPMG in India said this SoP would bring a uniform and consistent methodology to authorities to perform the scrutiny of returns filed by taxpayers. 

“Now businesses should take a proactive step and prepare requisite reconciliations with intact reasons/ records to substantiate such differences,” he said.