Section 44 - Annual return

[1][44. Annual return.[2]

Every registered person, other than an Input Service Distributor, a person paying tax under section 51 or section 52, a casual taxable person and a non-resident taxable person shall furnish an annual return which may include a self-certified reconciliation statement, reconciling the value of supplies declared in the return furnished for the financial year, with the audited annual financial statement for every financial year electronically, within such time and in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed[i]:

Provided that the Commissioner may, on the recommendations of the Council, by notification, exempt any class of registered persons from filing annual return under this section:

Provided further that nothing contained in this section shall apply to any department of the Central Government or a State Government or a local authority, whose books of account are subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India or an auditor appointed for auditing the accounts of local authorities under any law for the time being in force]

 

[1] Section was substituted by Section 111 of The Finance Act, 2021 dated 28-03-2021 and made effective from 01-08-2021 by Notification No. 29/2021 - Central Tax dated 30-07-2021. Earlier it read as under

(1) Every registered person, other than an Input Service Distributor, a person paying tax under section 51 or section 52, a casual taxable person and a non-resident taxable person, shall furnish an annual return for every financial year electronically in such form and manner as may be prescribed on or before the thirty-first day of December following the end of such financial year.

i[Provided that the Commissioner may, on the recommendations of the Council and for reasons to be recorded in writing, by notification, extend the time limit for furnishing the annual return for such class of registered persons as may be specified therein:

Provided further that any extension of time limit notified by the Commissioner of State tax or the Commissioner of Union territory tax shall be deemed to be notified by the Commissioner]

i Proviso inserted by Section 98 of THE FINANCE (NO. 2) ACT, 2019 dt. 01-08-2019 and made effective from 01-01-2020 by Notification No. 01/2020-Central Tax dt. 01-01-2020.

(2) Every registered person who is required to get his accounts audited in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (5) of section 35 shall furnish, electronically, the annual return under sub-section (1) along with a copy of the audited annual accounts and a reconciliation statement, reconciling the value of supplies declared in the return furnished for the financial year with the audited annual financial statement, and such other particulars as may be prescribed.

ii[Explanation.- For the purposes of this section, it is hereby declared that the annual return for the period from the 1st July, 2017 to the 31st March, 2018 shall be furnished on or before the iii[31st January 2020] and the annual return for the period from the 1st April, 2018 to the 31st March, 2019 shall be furnished on or before the 31st March, 2020.]

ii Explanation substituted by Order No. 8/2019-Central Tax dt. 14-11-2019. Earlier it was inserted by Order No. 1/2018-Central Tax dt. 11-12-2018 and read as under

Explanation.- For the purposes of this section, it is hereby declared that the annual return for the period from the 1st July, 2017 to the 31st March, 2018 shall be furnished on or before the iv[30th November, 2019]

iv Substituted for words “31st August 2019” by Order No. 7/2019-Central Tax dt. 26-08-2019.

Earlier words “30th June 2019” were substituted with “31st August 2019” by Order No. 6/2019-Central Tax dt. 28-06-2019.

Earlier words “31st March, 2019” were substituted with “30th June 2019” by Order No. 3/2018-Central Tax dt. 31-12-2018.

 

iii Substituted for words “31st December, 2019” by Order No. 10/2019-Central Tax dt. 26-12-2019

 

[2] This Section was made effective by Notification No. 09/2017 - Central tax dated 28-06-2017 wef 01-07-2017.

 

[i] Refer Rule 80

 

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