The 22nd GST Council Meeting was held at New Delhi on the 6th of October 2017. In the meeting, various decisions and changes pertaining to GST return filing, composition scheme, GST rates have been announced. The various measures announced in the 22nd GST Council will tremendously improve ease of compliance for SMEs. In this article, we summarise the key decisions made in the 22nd GST Council Meeting.
GST Return Filing
All regular taxpayers registered under GST were currently required to file 4 GST returns every month namely GSTR 3B, GSTR 1, GSTR 2 and GSTR 3. Filing 4 GST returns a month and maintaining GST compliance was a major burden for small businesses that have limited resources. Hence, to reduce the compliance burden for small businesses and improve ease of doing business, a decision was taken to reduce the number of GST returns for small businesses.