There may be times when you need to enter a GST return for a month that is NOT the current GST month and you need to change the dates. This can be done but you need to change the “Covering Period From” and the “Covering Period To” dates on the GST form that is presented when you log into the GST System. These are highlighted below.
Please note that ALL entities that report to the Conference of the Methodist Church of New Zealand are registered under one GST return. All Methodist entities are REQUIRED to lodge a GST return in the Methodist Church GST system on a monthly basis ON or BEFORE the 25th of each month.
For those of you using Xero, you need to deal with the GST return in Xero, finalise it for the month and then enter the GST information from Xero into the Methodist Church GST system. At present there is no automatic way of transferring the GST information from Xero to our GST system.
“Catching up” on GST returns going back more than two months is not considered acceptable to the IRD and may also not be allowed by the Church.