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How to Cancel E-invoice in GST Portal

Errors in e-invoice entries are possible. You can fix them in manuals if they happen. However, you cannot change an e-invoice after its creation. You can only cancel e-invoice and create a new one with corrected values.

Process to Cancel E-invoice in GST Portal

The government portal provides two e-invoice cancellation procedures.

Cancel Single Invoice

  1. Login to the e-Invoice portal.
  2. Select “Cancel” from the sidebar.
  3. Enter the Acknowledgement number or the IRN.
  4. Press the “Go” button.
  5. Select the e-Invoice, and enter the Cancellation Reason.
  6. Click “Submit”.

Cancel Bulk E-invoices

  1. Navigate to the e-Invoice portal.
  2. Browse to Help-Tools-Bulk Generation Tools.
  3. Download the e-Invoice Cancel by IRN – JSON Preparation offline utility.
  4. Click “Validate” after entering the IRN, Reason for Cancellation, and Cancel Remarks.
  5. Once the file validation is complete, click “Prepare JSON”.
  6. Login to the e-Invoice portal, select e-Invoice, and click “Bulk IRN Cancel”.
  7. Finally, upload the JSON file.

Reasons to Cancel E-invoice

There can be several reasons for anyone to cancel the e-invoice, such as:

  • A buyer cancelling an order
  • Data entry that is incorrect
  • A duplicate entry

Rules on E-invoice Cancellation

  1. You cannot use the same invoice number to generate a new IRN.
  2. The IRP will not allow cancellation if an IRN has an active e-way bill.
  3. If you cancel an IRN, the GSTR-1 will be automatically updated to reflect the ‘cancelled’ status.
  4. You can cancel an e-invoice after 24 hours on the GST portal before filing your GST returns.
  5. You can amend an e-Invoice only through the GST portal.

FAQs

What is the deadline for cancelling an e-invoice?

You have 24 hours to cancel an e-invoice.

Can the e-invoice be revised?

No. If there is an error or incorrect entry in the e-invoice, you cannot edit or correct it. The only option is to cancel that invoice, upload a new one, and generate a new IRN.

Can I use the same e-Invoice number to create a new invoice after cancelling the previous one?

No. Each e-invoice has its IRN. Unfortunately, the same Supplier GSTIN, Doc Type, or Financial Year cannot generate multiple IRNs and create new invoices.

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