Filing GSTR-3B

GSTR-3B is a monthly return to be filed by every GST registered business. It contains the consolidated summary of outward supplies, inward supplies, and the ITC available.

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The deadline for filing GSTR-3B for is the 20th of the following month. For example, you are filing your return for the month of November, then the last date will be 20th of December.


All businesses registered under GST should file GSTR-3B. However, the following types of businesses are exempted from filing GSTR-3B:

Enabling API Access

Enable API Access from the GST Portal before you start with the filing to connect your account in the GST portal to Zoho Books. In case you missed it:

Steps in Filing GSTR-3B

Mark the Previous Return as Filed

Before you file your current return, it is necessary to confirm that you have filed your previous return. (This is not required if you are filing your return for July 2017). To mark the return as filed:

Update the ITC Reversed

Note: The Eligible ITC table has been updated as per the circular provided by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).

Now that you have marked your previous return as filed, you can proceed to file your return for the current month. Before you push the data to the GST portal, ensure that you have entered the ITC Reversed in the GSTR-3B summary. To enter the ITC reversed:

Click Edit next to ITC Reversed Edit ITC Reversed table

You will get a notification that the ITC reversal was successful. The ITC reversed will also be updated in the table.

Reclaim ITC Reversed

Note: The data in the sub-row Ineligible ITC under section 16(4) and ITC restricted due to Pos provisions of the row (D) Other Details will be auto-populated. Zoho Books autopopulates the data from the ITC not available section in the GSTR-2B AUTO-DRAFTED ITC STATEMENT.

If you have reversed ITC in a previous return, you can reclaim the applicable ITC in the current return. Here’s how:

Click Edit Edit ITC Reversed table

You will get a notification that the ITC reclaim was successful. The ITC reclaimed will also be updated in the table.

Note: Once you update the details in the Edit ITC Reclaimed pop-up, you have to update the same details in the All other ITC sub-row of the ITC Available row. Click Adjust ITC next to the All other ITC sub-row of the ITC Available row and enter the same details in the Adjust All other ITC pop-up to do this.

Push Transactions to GSTN

Before you push your data to the GSTN, please note that it is mandatory to answer few filing related questions in the GST Portal (this is applicable only from the month of November 2017). So, ensure that you answer the questions and push your data to the GST portal.


Once you have answered them, go to Zoho Books and push your data. This action can be done multiple times based on the updates in your transaction (For example, you update your transactions weekly to the GST Portal, you can push transactions every week based on your organization’s preferences). To push your data,


Your data will now be pushed from Zoho Books to the GST Portal to make your filing process simpler.

Pay Taxes

The next step is to save and preview your data in the GST Portal and proceed with the payment of your taxes. Payment of taxes is a four step process:

Step 1: View Tax Liability

Proceed to Payment

The available cash balances and ITC will be auto-filled in the offset liability box. You can manually update the available ITC amount in case of any changes.

Step 2: Generate Challan

If your liability is greater than the available ITC and Utilisable Cash Balance, you can view balance amount to be paid in cash in the Additional Cash Required column and pay the deficit amount by creating a challan.

Create challan

Once you generate the challan, you will be able to use these details to make your tax payment.

Step 3:Initiate Tax Payment

You can choose to make your tax payment directly from Zoho Books or from the GST portal.

Make payment from Zoho Books

To initiate your tax payments from Zoho Books, you will have to integrate Zoho books with ICICI Bank or HSBC bank. Once you integrate with one of them, you can:

Make payment from the GST portal

If you would like to make payment in the GST Portal, you will be able to do it right after you’ve generated your challan. To make the payment:

Step 4: Offset Tax Liability

Once you’ve made the payment, you will have to offset your tax liability to pay off the liabilities or to claim credit. To do this:

Credit to Ledger

If you had paid your taxes directly from Zoho Books, here’s how you can navigate to Section 6.1 in the GST Portal.

Record the Tax Paid in Zoho Books

Once you’ve paid your taxes and cleared all your liabilities in your GST portal, you will have to record the cash flow in Zoho Books. When you have marked the return as filed, a journal will be created automatically for offsetting the ITC.

Once you have filed your returns:

Record GST payment details in Zoho Books

After making the payment in the GST portal, you will have to record it in Zoho Books.

Note: If you have made the payment directly from Zoho Books via ICICI Bank, this will be recorded automatically.

Record Payment Made



Record a manual Journal for converting the previous month’s Reverse Charge to the current month’s ITC.

To record the Journal:


File the Return

Once you’ve paid your taxes and cleared all your liabilities, you can file your GSTR-3B.

Once you’ve completed the above steps,


Unfile Return

Once you file the GSTR-3B return for a specific period, you will not be able to modify the data in the return. However, if you want to make any changes to the return filed, you can mark the return as unfiled Zoho Books and make the necessary corrections. Here’s how you can do this:

Click Mark as Unfiled

The return will be unfiled, and its status will be updated to Unfiled. You will now be able to make the necessary corrections. Ensure that you file this return again after making the required changes.

Return's status is Unfiled

Sections under GSTR-3B

Before we move to the sections, please note that the sections be visible only if you answer the 7 filing related questions. Based on your answer the sections will be visible.

3.1 Details of Outward Supplies and inward supplies liable to reverse charge

The table contains the total taxable value and the corresponding tax split-up for outward supplies, segregated based on the type of supply.

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a) Outward taxable supplies (other than zero rated, nil rated and exempted) - This contains tax split-up of sales transaction for goods and services that aren’t zero rated, nil rated or tax exempted.

b) Outward taxable supplies (zero rated) - This contains the tax split-up of sales transaction for goods and services with zero tax rate.

c) Other outward supplies (nil rated, exempted) - This contains the tax split-up of sales transaction for goods and services that are nil rated and/or exempted.

d) Inward supplies (liable to reverse charge) - This contains the tax split-up of sales transaction for goods and services for which you are liable to pay reverse charge.

e) Non-GST outward supplies - This contains the tax split-up of sales transaction for goods and services that do not come under the purview of GST.

3.2 Of the supplies shown in 3.1 (a) above, details of inter-State supplies made to unregistered persons, composition taxable persons and UIN holders

While table 3.1 contains the details of the total taxable value and the corresponding tax split-up for the outward supplies, table 3.2 contains the details of the inter-state supplies made to different types of businesses like:

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4. Eligible ITC

Table 4 contains the details of the input tax credit, broken down separately based IGST, CGST, SGST/UTGST, and Cess.

A) ITC available (whether in full or part) - This contains the ITC available to you through,

B) ITC Reversed - This section contains the details of capital goods/services that have been utilised for non-business purposes. You can only claim ITC on taxable goods and services by selling them or for business purposes.

C) Net ITC - This section is calculated by subtracting the reversed ITC (B) from the available ITC (A).

D) Ineligible ITC - This should contain the ITC which is not available to you.

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5. Values of exempt, nil-rated and non-GST inward supplies

This table contains the taxable amount of purchases made to a composition dealer, purchases made for exempted, nil rated or non-GST supplies.

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6. Payment for Tax

This table contains the details of the GST you owe to the government. It captures the overall tax amounts paid for CGST, SGST, IGST, and cess. It include the overall tax payable, tax paid through ITC (by offsetting the amount paid on inputs as tax), tax paid with respect to TDS/TCS credits, and tax/cess that was paid in cash (this also includes those amounts paid as interest and late fee).

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Note: Please make sure you associate the right ITC corresponding to the type of tax.

You can also provide access to your accountant or the users in your organization to file your GST Returns. Learn how.

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