File your NIL GST returns through SMS

In a significant move towards taxpayer facilitation, the Government has allowed filing of NIL GST monthly return in Form GSTR-3B through SMS.

This would substantially improve ease of GST compliance for over 22 lakh registered taxpayers who had to otherwise log into their account on the common portal and then file their returns every month.

Now, these taxpayers with NIL liability need not log on to the GST Portal and may file their NIL returns through an SMS. 

For this purpose, the functionality of filing NIL Form GSTR-3B through SMS has been made available on the GST portal with effect from 08th June, 2020.

The status of the returns so filed can be tracked on the GST Portal by logging in to GSTIN account and navigating to Services>Returns>Track Return Status.

The Central Government vide Notification No. 44/2020- Central Tax dated 8th June, 2020 has appointed the 8th day of June, 2020, as the date from which Rule 67A (Manner of furnishing of return by short messaging service facility) shall come into force  to allow the  registered person to  furnish a NIL return in Form GSTR-3B for a tax period, through a short messaging service (SMS) using the registered mobile number and the said return shall be verified by a registered mobile number based One Time Password facility (OTP).

Explanation: For the purpose of this rule, a NIL return shall mean a return under section 39 for a tax period that has nil or no entry in all the Tables in Form GSTR-3B.

The procedure to file NIL returns by SMS will be as follows:


SMS to be sent to 14409

Example of SMS Received from VD-GSTIND

Initiate Nil Filing

NIL 3B GSTIN Tax period


123456 is the CODE for Nil filing of GSTR3B for 27XXXXXXXXXXXZC for period 052020.

Code validity 30 min.

 Confirming Nil Filing

CNF 3B Code

Ex. CNF 3B 123456

Your, 27XXXXXXXXXXXZC, GSTR3B for 052020 is filed successfully and acknowledged vide ARN is AA070219000384.

Please use this ARN to track the status of your return.

For Help, anytime


Ex. Help 3B

To file NIL return of GSTIN for May 2020: NIL 3B 07CQZCD1111I4Z7 052020

To confirm Nil filing: CNF 3B CODE







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