GST Annual Return for Composition Taxpayers : GSTR-9A

By Sakshi Shah on December 23, 2019

What is GSTR-9A?

GSTR-9A is the Annual Return that a composition taxpayer under GST needs to file once for each financial year. It comprises of details of sales, purchases, taxes paid, demand created, refund claimed and the input tax credit availed or reversed on opting out or opting in for Composition Scheme.

Types of GST Annual Return

Who should file GSTR-9A?

  • The taxpayers registered under the Composition Scheme
  • Taxpayers who have shifted from Composition scheme to Regular scheme any time during the financial year
  • Taxpayers who have shifted from Regular scheme to Composition scheme any time during the financial year

The following taxpayers should not file GSTR-9A:

  • Taxpayers registered under regular scheme who did not opt for composition scheme during the financial year
  • NRTP i.e. Non-Resident Taxable Persons
  • ISD i.e. Input Service Distributor
  • CTP i.e. Casual Taxable Person
  • TDS Deductor i.e. persons required to deduct tax at source
  • E-Commerce Operator or TCS Collector i.e. persons required to collect tax at source

When should I file GSTR-9A under GST?

Due Date to file GSTR-9A is 31st December of the next financial year. However, the GST council extended the due date to file GSTR-9A of FY 2017-18.

Due Date to file GSTR-9A for FY 17-18
is 30th June 2019

How much is the Late Fee for filing GSTR-9A after the due date?

If the taxpayer does not file GSTR-9A on or before the due date, he is liable to pay a Late Fee of Rs.200 (CGST Rs.100 and SGST Rs.100) for each day of delay. The Late Fee is calculated from the date after the due date up to the date of filing of the return.

What information is required to be reported under GSTR-9A?

Following basic details of the taxpayer are auto-populated:

  • Financial Year – Enter the financial year for which the taxpayer files the return
  • GSTIN i.e. GST Identification Number of the taxpayer
  • Legal Name and Trade Name of the business

Following details are auto-filled based on the GSTR-4 filed during the financial year:

Other required information:

  • Details of tax paid during the financial year
  • The details of demands paid and refunds claimed during the financial year
  • The details of input tax credit availed or reversed due to opting in or out of composition schem


1. Do I need to file GSTR-9A if my registration has been cancelled in the financial year?

A taxpayer who has an Active GSTIN during the financial year even for a single day must file the annual return. Thus, even if the registration is cancelled, the taxpayer must file annual return i.e. GSTR-9 or GSTR-9A

2. Can I file Nil GSTR-9A?

A taxpayer can file Nil GSTR-9A if:

  • There are no outward supplies i.e. sales
  • There are no inward supplies i.e. purchases
  • The taxpayer does not claim any refund
  • The taxpayer does not claim any input tax credit
  • There is no liability to be reported
  • There is no outstanding demand
  • No late fee payable