The government gave further relaxations to taxpayers for goods and services tax (GST) compliance for filing annual returns and audits, increasing the time duration for some, meanwhile extending the validity of e-way bills till the month end.

In a notification dated May 5, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has allowed registered persons to furnish GSTR-3B verified through electronic verification code between April 21 and June 30.

his was not permitted earlier.

Further, a registered person can furnish a nil GSTR-3B through text messages, using their registered mobile number, which will be verified through a one-time password facility.

The Board has also extended by a quarter the time limited for furnishing of the annual return and GST audit for the financial year 2018-2019, till 30 September, 2020.