The corona pandemic has entered our life, and all of us are stuck in our homes. Our life is now completely dependent on the Internet and everything is now online either it is meeting our friends or managing our business. Obviously, it is not easy to manage everything sitting in one place, especially for the business world. But, some people are trying their best so we can avail every single facility from the comfort of our home and the good news is that now you can file a NIL return through SMS. So, if you don’t know how to file a NIL return through SMS then you need not worry because in this article we’ll let you know everything related to it.

Who needs to file NIL RETURN?

GST return is generally filed by all business persons which comes under the partnership, limited liability partnership and private companies. If you are thinking of starting a business, then filing NIL return and GST is a necessity, but it also marks a precondition – filing GST and NIL returns is only mandatory for those who have a turnover of Rs. 20 lakhs per year.

Is it necessary to file a NIL return?

Yes, according to the new government act all the businessmen must file a NIL return regardless of your corporate structure, organization scheme structure or turnover is, in case of no liability – a NIL return needs to be filled. You can register yourself from here –

What are the eligibility criteria for filling NIL returns through SMS?

Mentioned below is the eligibility criteria:-

  • You must be a citizen of INDIA.
  • No supplies of goods or services must be there, no reverse charge tax, no pending late fees or interest or fines payable; or claims for any input tax credit.
  • Your phone number should be registered with the GST portal.
  • The registered GST number must not be to any other authority of GST.

How to file a NIL return through SMS?

In this article, we will tell you to step by step procedure for filing a NIL return through SMS.


Enter your details in the following format NIL 3B   GSTIN tax period (mm/yyyy) through your registered mobile number and send it to 14409.


A confirmation code will be sent to you by the tax department. You have to copy the code and paste it in another format CNF 3B Confirmation code and send it to the same number 14409.


You will receive an ARN (Acknowledgement Reference Number). By using this ARN number you can track your status from the website:

By using this you can track your status and make sure to pay your guest on time otherwise they charge a late fee of Rs.100/per day. The last date to file the GST NIL return is till the 11th of every month. For any other information related to GST, you can visit their portal

What to do if I miss the due date of filing an ITR?

So, you have missed the deadline and now you are looking for alternatives, if yes then you are on the right spot.

Here’s what you can do if you accidentally missed the deadline for filing an ITR.

There is something known as “Belated ITR” which means you have missed your due date of filing your ITR and now you have to go for belated ITR. It really can cost you some penny for filing a belated ITR. But, to know how to file a belated ITR. Keep reading!

The procedure for filing an ITR and a belated ITR is almost the same. The only difference is that instead of filing your returns under section 139 (1) you have to file it under ITR section 139 (4).

What are the penalties for filing an income tax return after the due date?

There are several penalties you have to go through if you miss the due date. So, try to file ITR on time. Penalties you have to go through are –

According to section 234F, you have to pay an amount of RS 10000. Elaborating this, if you filed the ITR after November 2020 and December 2020 then you have to pay an amount of Rs. 5000/- but if you exceed it to December 2020 then you have to pay a total amount of Rs. 10,000.

Your time will be reduced for revising the returns. According to the new act, the revised time has been decreased to one year for submitting an error-free ITR.

Your returns will be delayed by the government if you delay the process of filing an ITR.

Jumping to the conclusion, the more you delay in filing an ITR more it will be delayed from the government side and you will also have to pay the charges. But, why delay the process if you can file your NIL returns through SMS.

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