How to file GSTR-1?

To file GSTR-1, which is a monthly or quarterly return that summarizes all outward supplies of goods and services, follow these steps:

  1. Login: Visit the GST portal ( and log in using your credentials.
  2. Navigate to GSTR-1: Go to the Services > Returns > Returns Dashboard.
  3. Select the Tax Period: Select the appropriate tax period (monthly or quarterly) for which you want to file GSTR-1.
  4. Prepare GSTR-1: Click on ‘Prepare Online’ to start preparing your GSTR-1.
  5. Enter Details: Enter the required details such as invoice-wise details of outward supplies made to registered and unregistered persons, debit/credit notes, advances received, and HSN (Harmonized System of Nomenclature) codes.
  6. Save Data: Save the data entered periodically to avoid losing any information.
  7. Preview GSTR-1: Once you have entered all the details, preview your GSTR-1 to ensure all information is correct.
  8. Submit GSTR-1: After reviewing, submit your GSTR-1. Once submitted, you cannot make any further changes.
  9. Generate JSON File: After submission, generate the JSON file of your GSTR-1.
  10. File GSTR-1: Upload the JSON file using the ‘Upload’ button and then file your GSTR-1 using DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) or EVC (Electronic Verification Code).
  11. Filing Acknowledgment: After successful filing, an acknowledgment will be generated containing the ARN (Acknowledgment Reference Number).
  12. Payment of Tax: If there is any tax liability, pay it through the GST portal using the ‘Payment’ tab.
  13. Filing Status: Check the status of your filed return by going to Services > Returns > Track Return Status.

Please note that the process may vary slightly based on the GST portal’s current interface and guidelines, so it’s advisable to refer to the GST portal’s user manual or seek professional advice if needed.

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