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How to File Nil GSTR-3B on GST Portal?

Prakash Matre
Prakash Matre at March 17, 2023

Steps to File Nil GSTR-3B

GSTR-3B is a type of GST self-declaration return that has to be filed by the registered person monthly. However, amid the coronavirus outbreak majority of the registered taxable person has neither made any sales nor any purchases resulting in no tax liability. It shall be noted that the registered taxable person may still need to file GSTR-3B. In this article we will see how to file Nil GSTR-3B on GST Portal:

Guide to file Nil GSTR-3B on GST Portal

In case if you want to file nil GSTR-3B on GST Portal you need to follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Step 1: Open the GST Portal
  • Step 2: Log in to the GST Portal using valid credentials.
  • Step 3: Select the GSTR-3B return from the different options given.
  • Step 4: Select the period for which you want to file the GSTR-3B form.
  • Step 5: Post selecting the period, click on the ‘PREPARE ONLINE’ button.
  • Step 6: You will be redirected to a new page showing a list of questions (A to G), the first question will be ‘Do you want to file Nil return?’.
  • Step 7: Select ‘YES’ and automatically the rest of the questions will get disabled. Click on the ‘NEXT’ button.
  • Step 8: Before filing click on the Preview Nil GSTR-3B button. A PDF format file will start downloading known as the draft summary of the form with all entries being 0 (zero).
  • Step 9: Post verifying all the details of GSTR-3B click on the declaration checkbox. The declaration will be “I/We hereby solemnly affirm and declare that the information given herein above is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and nothing has been concealed therefrom.”
  • Step 10: You will be redirected to a new page wherein you need to digitally sign the form either using Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) or Electronic Verification Code (EVC) In case if you choose the EVC option you will receive an OTP on your registered e-Mail ID or phone number. It shall be noted that the company or LLP can sign the form only through DSC. Option to file with EVC will not appear for such entities.
  • Step 11: Click on the Proceed button and Submit the Nil GSTR-3B return on the GST Portal. It shall be noted that GSTR-3B once filed cannot be amended. So, you must cross-verify all the details before proceeding and submitting the GSTR-3B.


Now the question arises if it is mandatory to file Nil GSTR-3B?

So the answer to this question is yes every registered taxable person needs to file Nil GSTR-3B Return in case if there is no activity in that particular tax period.

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