Form GSTR 7 (TDS Return) FAQ – Who needs to file Form GSTR-7?

What is Form GSTR-7?: Form GSTR-7 is a return which is required to be filed by the persons who deduct tax at the time of making / crediting payment to suppliers towards the inward supplies received. Tax deductor has a legal obligation:

  • To declare his TDS liability for a given period (monthly) in Form GSTR-7;
  • Furnish details of the TDS deducted under three major heads viz., Central tax, State/UT tax and Integrated tax in accordance with that return;
  • File correct and complete return within stipulated time frame, given the fact that the TDS credit will be available to the counter party taxpayer (supplier) upon filing of TDS return in Form GSTR-7 by the Deductor (i.e., person liable to deduct TDS); and
  • Issue TDS certificate to the deductee.

2. Who needs to file Form GSTR-7?

As per section 51 of the CGST Act, following persons / entities / establishments are required to deduct TDS.

1.     a department or establishment of the Central Government or State Government;

2.     local authority;

3.     Governmental agencies; and

4.     such persons or category of persons as may be notified by the Government on the recommendations of the Council.

3. By when do I need to file the Form GSTR-7?

The due date for filing Form GSTR-7 is 10th day of the succeeding month.

4. From where can I as Deductor file Form GSTR-7?

Form GSTR-7 can be accessed on the GST Portal, post login in the Returns Dashboard by the taxpayer.

The path is Services > Returns > Returns Dashboard.

5. Is there any Offline Tool for filing Form GSTR-7?

Yes. GSTR 7 return can be filed through offline mode also.

6. Can the date of filing of Form GSTR-7 be extended?

Yes, date of filing of Form GSTR-7 can be extended by Government through notification.

7. What are the pre-conditions for filing Form GSTR-7?

Pre-conditions for filing of Form GSTR-7 are:

  • Tax Deductor should be registered as Tax Deductor and should have a valid/active GSTIN.
  • Tax Deductor should have valid User ID and password.
  • Tax Deductor should have active & non-expired/ revoked digital signature (DSC) in case return is filed through DSC.
  • Tax Deductor has made payment or credited the amount to the supplier’s account.

8. How can I discharge my TDS liability?

TDS liability can be discharged through Electronic Cash Ledger only at the time of filing return.

9. Can the deductee take action on the TDS credit declared by me?

The deductee can accept/ reject the TDS details auto-populated to TDS and TCS Credit received table of his/her return. Taking action by deductee is mandatory for crediting the amount of TDS to cash ledger.

10. When TDS amount will be credited to deductee’s Electronic Cash Ledger?

TDS amount will be credited to deductee’s Electronic Cash Ledger only after his/ her accepting of TDS and TCS credit received (which is auto populated on filing of returns by the deductor) and filing of this relevant form.

11. What will happen if the TDS credit entry is rejected by the deductee?

TDS credit entries rejected by the deductee will be auto-populated into Table 4 of Form GSTR-7 and the relevant details will be required to be amended by the deductor in Form GSTR-7 of next tax period. Post correction of such details in Form GSTR-7, the data will automatically flow to concerned GSTIN (supplier) for accepting or rejecting it. This process will be repeated until TDS details are accepted by counter-party.

12. Do I need to file Form GSTR-7 even if no TDS is deducted in the tax period?

It is not mandatory to file nil return, in such case.

13. What are the modes of signing Form GSTR-7?

You can file Form GSTR-7 using DSC, or EVC.

Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent (that is electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. A digital certificate can be presented electronically to prove one’s identity, to access information or services on the Internet or to sign certain documents digitally. In India, DSC are issued by authorized Certifying Authorities.

The GST Portal accepts only PAN-based Class II and III DSC.

To obtain a DSC, please contact any one of the authorised DSC-issuing Certifying Authorities: http://www.cca.gov.in/cca/?q=licensed_ca.html

Electronic Verification Code (EVC)

The Electronic Verification Code (EVC) authenticates the identity of the user at the GST Portal by generating an OTP. The OTP is sent to the mobile phone number of the registered mobile phone of Authorized Signatory filled in part A of the Registration Application.

14. Can I preview the Form GSTR-7 before filing?

Yes, you can see the preview of Form GSTR-7 by clicking on ‘Preview Draft GSTR 7’ before filing on the GST Portal.

15. What happens after Form GSTR-7 is filed?

After Form GSTR-7 is filed:

  • ARN is generated on successful filing of the Form GSTR-7 Return.
  • An SMS and an email are sent to the applicant on his registered mobile and email id.