FAQs on the GSTR 1 Form

 Frequently Asked Questions on the GSTR 1 Form


The Goods and Services Tax (GST) has significantly transformed India’s taxation landscape. Among the various GST forms, GSTR 1 holds a pivotal place. It is a return form that necessitates the disclosure of outward supplies of goods and services. This article aims to address some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the GSTR 1 form, its format, the filing process, and more.

What is GSTR 1?

 GSTR 1 is a form that is used for outward services and goods. GSTR 1 contains information related to outward services and goods, wherein the taxpayer will have to file a return form with detailed information related to the credit notes, invoices, revised invoices, and credit notes for outward services and goods.

What are the Frequently Asked Questions on the GSTR 1 Form?

  1. Who should file GSTR 1?

Every registered dealer is required to file the GSTR-1 return for each month/quarter as applicable. The return contains details of all outward supplies made during that particular tax period.

  1. What is the GSTR 1 format?

The GSTR-1 return has a total of 13 sections, listed as follows:

  • GSTIN of the taxpayer
  • Name of the taxpayer
  • Details of outward supplies made to registered persons (B2B)
  • Details of outward supplies made to unregistered persons (B2C)
  • Details of credit/debit notes issued
  • Details of advances received
  • Details of advances adjusted
  • Details of the HSN summary of outward supplies
  • Documents issued during the tax period
  • Amendments to taxable outward supply details furnished in returns for earlier tax periods in Tables 4, 5, and 6 (including debit notes/credit notes issued and amendments thereof)
  • Supplies made through e-commerce operators attract TCS
  • Nil-rated, exempted, and non-GST outward supplies
  • Documents released in the tax period
  1. What is the penalty for late filing of GSTR-1?

The penalty for late filing of GSTR-1 is Rs. 50 per day of delay (Rs. 20 per day for taxpayers having nil tax liability for the month), subject to a maximum of 0.25% of the taxpayer’s turnover in the relevant state or union territory.

  1. How to file a GSTR-1 return?

The GSTR-1 return can be filed on the GST Portal/GSTN. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to file GST Return 1 on the GST Portal:

  • Log in to the GST Portal using your credentials.
  • Click on the ‘Services’ tab and select ‘Returns’.
  • Select the financial year and the return filing period for which you want to file the return.
  • Click on ‘Prepare online’.
  • Fill in the details of outward supplies of goods or services.
  • Once the GSTR-1 summary has been generated, click on the ‘Preview’ button.
  • Review the summary of entries made in the various sections submitting the GSTR-1.
  • Click on the ‘Submit’ button to submit the GSTR-1.
  1. What if There are No Outward Supplies in a Particular Month?

If you have no outward supplies or business activity in a particular month, you are still required to file a Nil return for GSTR-1 to maintain compliance.

  1. What are HSN Codes, and How are They Relevant to GSTR-1?

HSN (Harmonized System of Nomenclature) codes are numerical codes used to classify goods. They are relevant in GSTR-1 to provide a more specific description of the goods supplied. Proper HSN code classification helps in the proper assessment of taxes. 


GSTR-1 is an integral part of the GST system, reflecting the essence of transparency and compliance in India’s taxation framework. Timely and accurate filing of this return is essential for businesses to maintain tax compliance and take advantage of the input tax credit mechanism. By addressing the FAQs and understanding the GSTR-1 format and filing process, businesses can navigate the complexities of GST with confidence and ease.

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