Octa GST Change Log

Version 7.9

Published on March 11, 2019

A recent update of GST Portal affected the GSTR-1 JSON file generation. Because of this issue, the JSON file being generated by GST Portal is incorrect (not compliant with published JSON schema). A workaround has been added in Octa GST to handle this GST Portal issue.

Version 7.8

Published on February 27, 2019

  • GSTR-3B consolidated annual report enhanced to report different payment heads such as interest, penalty etc.
  • GSTR-1/GSTR-2A import & export performance improved for large data sets.
  • Added the facility to import GSTR-2A Excel file in Contacts for supplier names.
  • GSTR-1 JSON file schema updated as per latest GSTN specification.

Version 7.7.3

Published on December 17, 2018

  • Fixed an issue in purchase and GSTR-2A reconciliation which prevented auto-linking in some rare cases.
  • Fixed an issue in importing the sales credit/debit notes using Octa format.

Version 7.7.1

Published on December 13, 2018

  • Added support of HSN summary in GSTR-9 with following methods:
    • Automatically calculate HSN summary from sales/purchase data
    • Import of HSN summary from Excel file
    • Manual entry of HSN summary
  • Added support of automatic HSN summary adjustment in GSTR-1 based on sales returns (credit notes)
  • Improved GSTR-3B JSON file compatibility with GST Portal data
  • Added support of supplier and receiver action information in GSTR-1 Excel export
  • Included exempt and nil rated sales in taxable value calculation of GSTR-1 HSN summary
  • Added the check point in sales data validation to indicate if same invoice has already been reported in earlier tax periods.
  • Added the check point in purchase data validation to indicate if same purchase invoice has already been added in earlier tax periods.

Version 7.6

Published on December 4, 2018

  • Added the support of exporting GSTR-9 to Excel format.
  • Added the support of exporting GSTR-1 of multiple return periods in one single Excel file.
  • Added the support of exporting GSTR-2A of multiple return periods in one single Excel file.

Version 7.5.1

Published on November 27, 2018

  • Improved the performance of GSTR-9 and GST Returns Annual Report when lakhs of documents are added in Octa GST.
  • Fixed a rare issue in GST returns annual report & GSTR-9 which could result in incorrect GSTR-2A amendment value.

Version 7.5

Published on November 15, 2018

  • Enhanced GSTR Annual report to include the transaction reported in next financial year. For example, if sales invoices pertaining to FY 2017-18 are reported after March 2018, they will also be included in the annual report. Similarly if supplier has reported some invoice pertaining to FY 2017-18 after March 2018, it will be consolidated in GSTR-2A month by month report.
  • Enhanced GSTR Annual report to bifurcate the credit/debit notes as per the nature of original invoice.
  • Fixed an issue in purchase non-taxable summary which prevented the saving and editing of records.

Version 7.4

Published on November 3, 2018

  • Support of GSTR-9 with auto-calculations from GSTR-1, GSTR-2A and GSTR-3B.

Version 7.3.3

Published on October 26, 2018

  • Added support of more GST Portal transaction codes in GSTR-3B liabilities and payments.

Version 7.3.1

Published on October 24, 2018

  • New: Support of GSTR-3B printing. Double click on GSTR-3B return and click Print or Export.
  • New: Added support of GSTR-1 and GSTR-2A download in Octa GST Assistant.
  • Improvement: Added the filter by original/amendment voucher in purchase-GSTR2A reconciliation.
  • Improvement: Showed the original and amendment details on reconciliation screen and mismatch report.
  • Improvement: Modified the supplier summary in purchase-GSTR2A reconciliation to exclude the tax if a voucher has been amended by supplier.
  • Fixed: While importing GSTR-1, handled a rare case when null fields are received in GSTR-1.
  • Fixed: an issue in smart linking to prevent crash if multiple vouchers with same voucher no exists in purchase data.

Version 7.2

Published on October 20, 2018

Added support of GST Returns annual report. The annual report contains the:

  • GSTR-1 month-wise summary
  • GSTR-2A month-wise summary
  • GSTR-3B month-wise summary
  • Month-wise comparison of GSTR-3B and GSTR-1
  • Month-wise comparison of GSTR-3B and GSTR-2A

Version 7.1.2

Published on October 15, 2018

Fixed an issue which affected the voucher linking in GSTR-2A and purchase reconciliation in some cases.

Version 7.1.1

Published on October 14, 2018

Fixed an issue which caused failure to add GSTR-3B in Octa GST in some cases.

Version 7.1

Published on October 12, 2018

  • Facility to download GSTR-3B JSON file from GST Portal using Google Chrome extension (Octa GST Assistant) available on Chrome Web Store. GSTR-3B JSON file can now be added in Octa GST to view and export the data to Excel format.
  • Facility to add GSTR-1 file in Octa GST. Once added, GSTR-1 data can be exported to Excel format.
  • GSTR-2A and Purchase reconciliation improved with configurable options to include/exclude reverse charge or not filed invoices.
  • GSTR-2A and Purchase reconciliation improved to provide better supplier-wise summary and progress indication.
  • Added support of new range of GSTINs as per latest GSTN technical specification.

Version 7

Published on October 3, 2018

A lot of improvements in information display, data processing and work-flows that will make boost your productivity even further. This release brings a major shift in interface design which will enable a number of features that we are planning to introduce in near future. We are super excited to make this release available to you and we hope you will like the changes. You can read more about the design changes on our blog.

Sales & Purchase

  • No global selection of GSTIN and return period. A consolidated view of transactions of multiple GSTINs and periods.
  • Dynamic selection of GSTIN and return period while importing/export business transactions.
  • Facility to apply GSTIN and return period filters in search box.


  • Facility to add multiple GST Portal files in one go.
  • Consolidated view of all GST Portal files.
  • Facility to clear multiple data files in one go.

GSTR-2A & Purchase Reconciliation

  • Redesigned interface with in-line export of mismatch report of individual suppliers.
  • Ability to change the GSTIN and reconciliation period on the fly.
  • Facility to apply various filters in invoice comparison view.


  • Redesigned single screen for return overview and work-flows.
  • Dynamic selection of GSTIN and return period within the return modules.

Business Configuration

  • Facility to delete GSTIN and returns information. This is useful if a GSTIN or return information is added accidentally.

Version 6.18

Published on September 28, 2018

  • Fixed an issue in splitting GSTR-1 JSON files if sales data contains amendments.
  • Updated GSTR-4 generation for latest GSTR-4 schema released by GSTN.

Version 6.17

Published on September 6, 2018

  • GSTR-2A reconciliation: Allowed all return periods while auto-adding invoices in purchase data during reconciliation with GSTR-2A. Earlier the list of available return periods was restricted.
  • GSTR-2A reconciliation: While showing the supplier-wise summary, total tax now excludes the tax amount if return is not filed by supplier.
  • Improved the error handling during Excel file import mechanism.
  • Minor performance and user interface improvements.

Version 6.16

Published on August 24, 2018

  • GSTR-2A Reconciliation: Fixed the issue when search by supplier name was not working when purchase invoices are not entered.
  • GSTR-2A Mismatch Report: Updated to stop redundant export of missing invoices. Now missing invoices are exported in a single line only.
  • GSTR-2A Import: Fixed a rare issue when credit/debit note amendments are not imported.
  • Tally Purchase Data Import: Improved the compatibility with Tally generated GSTR-2 Excel files.
  • Contact_Item Selection: Updated to show the full list of contacts_items when no search text is entered. This will be useful to browse all contacts/items for selection.

Version 6.15.1

Published on August 21, 2018

GSTR-2A Reconciliation: Updated to better handle an edge case where invoice date in purchase data and supplier data are significantly different.

Version 6.15

Published on August 18, 2018

Purchase reconciliation with GSTR-2A

  • Added the functionality to generate mismatch report for a single supplier. Very useful if you wish to share the mismatch report with your supplier.
  • Improved pattern matching with option to link using multiple patterns.