How to file GSTR 1 online on GST Portal?

By Sakshi Shah on November 26, 2019

GSTR-1 is the monthly or quarterly return to be filed by taxpayers registered under the regular scheme of GST registration. It comprises of details of goods or/and services supplied during the return period.

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There are five steps to file GSTR-1:

  • Prepare GSTR-1
  • Generate GSTR-1 Summary
  • Preview GSTR-1
  • Submit GSTR-1
  • File GSTR-1

You can prepare GSTR-1 in the following two ways:

  1. Prepare GSTR-1 Online on the GST Portal
  2. Prepare GSTR-1 Offline through the Offline Tool

To file GSTR-1 on the GST Portal, follow these steps:

1. Log in to the GST Portal with valid username and password

2. Click on Services > Returns > Returns Dashboard

3. Select the Financial Year and Period of filing

4. Select the option for filing quarterly or monthly returns

5. Click on ‘PREPARE ONLINE’ under GSTR-1

File GSTR-1 on GST Portal

6. Enter details of the relevant tax period in the sections displayed

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7. Click on ‘Generate GSTR 1 Summary’ to generate the latest summary of details entered

8. Click on ‘PREVIEW’ to download the draft GSTR-1 prepared. Review the data and click on ‘SUBMIT’

9. Click ‘FILE RETURN’ and you can file the return using two options:

  1. File with DSC – Use Digital Signature of the Authorised Signatory. It is mandatory in case of a Company and an LLP
  2. File with EVC – Use OTP sent on registered email and mobile number of the Authorised Signatory

10. A success message is displayed with the ARN (Acknowledgment Reference Number), a confirmation message is sent to the registered email and mobile number and the status of the return on the dashboard is changed to FILED

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