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The due dates for filing annual return (Form GSTR - 09 /GSTR - 9A) and reconciliation statement (Form GSTR – 9C) for the financial year 2018-19 has been extended from 31st October, 2020 to 31st December, 2020 as prayed by petitioner

Extension of due dates for filing GSTR9 and 9C –The petitioner the Confederation of GST professionals and industries, primarily comprising of CAs and GST Professionals prayed for a direction to the Respondents to allow/extend the time limit for submitting Forms GSTR-9 and 9C for the Financial Year 2018-19 upto 31st December, 2020. They contended that the 39th GST Council meeting held on 14th March, 2020 found that utility for filing of the above forms pertaining to annual return and reconciliation statement were not made available till 29th February, 2020 and recommended for extension of date of filing of above forms till 30th June, 2020. Further extension was done upto 30.10.2020 due to Covid-19. The Petitioner submitted a press release issued by the CBIC on 24th October, 2020 extending the due dates for filing of annual return and reconciliation statement for the financial year 2018-19. The due dates for filing annual return (Form GSTR - 09 /GSTR - 9A) and reconciliation statement (Form GSTR – 9C) for the financial year 2018-19 has been extended from 31st October, 2020 to 31st December, 2020. The court observed that the petitioner has got the relief. Held that:- The Hon’ble High Court disposed the matter accordingly.