Of the 68.20 lakh eligible taxpayers required to file monthly returns for August, 37.63 lakh GSTR-3B returns were filed as on September 25. In July, out of 59.57 lakh eligible taxpayers, 38.38 lakh had filed returns.
The collection figures do not include GST paid by 10.24 lakh assessees who opted for the composition scheme, the finance ministry release said.
With the government extending the last date for filing returns to October, a lot of assessees may have deferred their filings, Ritesh Kanodia, partner at Dhruva Advisors said. He expects a clearer picture of where the revenue is going by November or December.
“There are a lot of challenges faced by taxpayers on how returns need to be filed,” Kanodia said. “People are struggling on filing these forms.”