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In the GST Regime, businesses whose turnover exceeds Rs. 40 lakhs* (Rs 10 lakhs for NE and hill states) is required to register as a normal taxable person. This process of registration is called GST registration. For certain businesses, registration under GST is mandatory. If the organization carries on business without registering under GST, it will be an offence under GST and heavy penalties will apply. GST is the biggest tax reform in India, tremendously improving ease of doing business and increasing the taxpayer base in India by bringing in millions of small businesses in India. By abolishing and subsuming multiple taxes into a single system, tax complexities would be reduced while tax base is increased substantially.

GST is the biggest tax reform in India, tremendously improving ease of doing business and increasing the taxpayer base in India by bringing in millions of small businesses in India. By abolishing and subsuming multiple taxes into a single system, tax complexities would be reduced while tax base is increased substantially. Under the new GST regime, all entities involved in buying or selling goods or providing services or both are required to register for GST. Entities without GST registration would not be allowed to collect GST from a customer or claim an input tax credit of GST paid and/or could be penalised. Further, registration under GST is mandatory once an entity crosses the minimum threshold turnover of starts a new business that is expected to cross the prescribed turnover

There are various types of GST registration and some types of entities like casual taxable persons, non-resident taxable persons or persons supplying through eCommerce operators are required to mandatorily obtain GST registration irrespective of turnover limit. The GST turnover limit for regular GST registration for service providers and goods supplier is provided below. Service Providers: Any person or entity who provides service of more than Rs.20 lakhs in aggregate turnover in a year is required to obtain GST registration. In special category states, the GST turnover limit for service providers has been fixed at Rs.10 lakhs.

GST Registration Steps

  1. Step 1:

    Go to GST portal. Click on Register Now under Taxpayers (Normal)

  2. Step 2:

    Enter the following details in Part A –

    1. Select New Registration

    2. In the drop-down under I am a – select Taxpayer

    3. Select State and District from the drop down

    4. Enter the Name of Business and PAN of the business

    5. Key in the Email Address and Mobile Number. The registered email id and mobile number will receive the OTPs.

    6. Click on Proceed

  3. Step 3:

    Enter the OTP received on the email and mobile. Click on Continue. If you have not received the OTP click on Resend OTP.

  4. Step 4:

    You will receive the Temporary Reference Number (TRN) now. This will also be sent to your email and mobile. Note down the TRN

  5. Step 5:

    Once again go to GST portal. Click on Register Now

  6. Step 6:

    Select Temporary Reference Number (TRN). Enter the TRN and the captcha code and click on Proceed.

  7. Step 7:

    You will receive an OTP on the registered mobile and email. Enter the OTP and click on Proceed

  8. Step 8:

    You will see that the status of the application is shown as drafts. Click on Edit Icon.

  9. Step 9:

    Part B has 10 sections. Fill in all the details and submit appropriate documents. Here is the list of documents you need to keep handy while applying for GST registration-

    1. Photographs

    2. Constitution of the taxpayer

    3. Proof for the place of business

    4. Bank account details

    5. Authorization form

  10. Step 10:

    Once all the details are filled in go to the Verification page. Tick on the declaration and submit the application using any of the following ways

    1. Companies must submit application using DSC

    2. Using e-Sign – OTP will be sent to Aadhaar registered number

    3. Using EVC – OTP will be sent to the registered mobile

  11. Step 11:

    A success message is displayed and Application Reference Number(ARN) is sent to registered email and mobile.

Who must to Apply for GST Registration?

  1. Individuals who were filing tax under the Pre-GST laws such as Vat, Service Tax, etc.

  2. Businesses with turnover above the prescribed limit of Rs. 40 Lakhs*

  3. People involved in Distribution and Supply to manufacturers

  4. People seeking Tax Refund under double taxation mechanism

  5. Manufacturer of Goods

  6. People providing materials through e-commerce aggregator

  7. Every kind of e-commerce aggregator

Advantages of GST

  1. GST eliminates the cascading effect of tax GST is a comprehensive indirect tax that was designed to bring the indirect taxation under one umbrella. More importantly, it is going to eliminate the cascading effect of tax that was evident earlier.

  2. Simple and easy online procedure The entire process of GST (from registration to filing returns) is made online, and it is super simple. This has been beneficial for start-ups especially, as they do not have to run from pillar to post to get different registrations such as VAT, excise, and service tax.

  3. Unorganized sector is regulated under GST In the pre-GST era, it was often seen that certain industries in India like construction and textile were largely unregulated and unorganized. Under GST, however, there are provisions for online compliances and payments, and for availing of input credit only when the supplier has accepted the amount. This has brought in accountability and regulation to these industries. Let us now look at disadvantages of GST. Please note that businesses need to overcome these disadvantages to run the business smoothly.

  4. Registration and Filing Returns Under GST Made Simple as Everything is Done Online Be it GST registration or return filing, a registered business owner can do everything online. This is certainly opposed to the earlier indirect tax regime, where a business owner had to get himself registered separately for various indirect taxes.

  5. Regulated Unorganized Businesses One of the motivations to implement GST was to get on board the unorganized sector and eventually increase the tax base. According to Economic Survey 2017 – 2018, post the implementation of GST, there has been a 50% increase in the number of indirect tax payers. Furthermore, there has been an increase in the number of voluntary registrations, especially small enterprises that sell goods to large enterprises. These small entreprises want to come under the ambit of GST and claim input tax credit benefit.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. In the case of service providers, only restaurants not serving alcohol are eligible to apply under Composition Scheme.

GSTIN is 15-digit pan based state-specific registration Number and first two digits denote the state code. Goods and Service Tax Identification Number is a unique number issued after successful GST Registration of every taxpayer.

No. GST Registration is a state wise registration. Thus, if you have a place of business in multiple states then you are required to apply for separate registration for every state you have in a place of business in.

Taxpayer operating different business verticals has an option to either get separate GST Registration for every vertical or they can also operate with a single GST Registration if both operate within a single business unit.

When the supplier of the goods or services does not have GST Registration and making a supply to a taxpayer registered under GST then the registered taxpayer is required to remit the applicable GST as a reverse charge to the government. The government has also notified a list of supplied on which reverse charge will be applicable.

Cancellation of registration under GST may be required in certain case

Tax Payer has migrated from old Indirect tax regime and reason to believe that in the current financial year, that annual turnover of taxable person will less than Rs. 20 Lakh

The business operation of the taxable person has ceased to exist or have done amalgamation or any other arrangement.

GST Registration cancellation is an absolutely online process and only need to file Reg-16 and within 7 to 10 days, GST Registration would cancel by the GST Department.

In case you have filled incorrect address or incorrect business description then you can file Reg-14 online and GST officer will issue an updated registration certificate in Reg-15.

Step 1 – Go to GST Portal.

Step 2 – click to Services> Registration > Track Application Status