There are many solutions available in market to help in GST compliance. Official GST Portal also offers a set of offline tools to assist in GST return filing. But Octa GST has some distinct set of features which deliver a great value to its users.
|Feature||GSTN Offline Tools||Octa GST|
|Accessibility||Works without internet||Works without internet|
|Ease of Use||Multiple Tools for different returns||Single tool for everything|
|Data Management||History not maintained||Efficient data management as per taxpayer GSTIN & PAN|
|Import Process||Yes but difficult to analyse the issue if import fails||Yes! Friendly, flexible and robust import assistant|
|Importing Excel Files in GSTN Format||Yes but some sheets are not imported||Yes|
|Importing Raw Business Documents||No! Only processed data in GSTN format is imported||Yes! Auto generates the return using business documents|
|Data Storage||Simple JSON File Storage||Robust power-fail safe structured storage engine|
|Reconciliation||Not Supported||Automatic matching and reconciliation, Detailed mismatch report|
|ITC Claim||One by one for every GST rate||Flexible and bulk ITC claim|
|Large Data Handling||Limited to 1 JSON file and 19000 records||Unlimited records, auto-split of data in multiple JSON files|
|Large Data Performance||Performance degrades significantly||Fast response even with thousands of invoices|
|GSTR-2A Support||View Only||View & Export to Excel|
If you are dealing with only a few invoices then using the GSTN Offline Tools may be feasible. But if you need to manage any non-trivial amount of data, then using the right tool can increase your productivity many times and also reduce the chances of errors in return data.