Are you selling goods or a providing service? Do your annual sales exceed INR 20 Lakhs (or INR 10 Lakhs for northeast states of India)? If yes, then you need to register online for GST and get a unique Goods and Services Tax Identification Number – GSTIN.
GST has become a crucial part of every business and has also helped streamline a lot of processes. While it may not have helped lower the price of products as promised during inception, it definitely is making things a lot more transparent. And since the whole process is online, it is also becoming easier to login and track one’s credit statements.
But what is GST?
Post applicability of Goods and Service Tax, commonly referred to as GST, is a new indirect tax regime applicable in India since July 2017, businesses are required to register for GST and generate a GSTIN. You can learn what is GST in detail via one of our previous articles.
A separate GST registration is required for each state in which you carry out your business operations as well as for each business vertical.
How can I get GST Number?
GST Number is the number that you receive once you complete your online registration by submitting your PAN (Permanent Account Number) along with some other mandatory documents as listed below. Once you have successfully completed your registration, this number is assigned for your business and can be used for all GST transactions.
GST Registration documents required
- PAN of the Applicant
- Aadhaar card (for individuals)
- Proof of business registration or Incorporation certificate
- Address proof of the place of business
- Bank Account statement/Cancelled cheque
- Identity and Address proof of Promoters/Director with Photographs
- Letter of Authorization/Board Resolution for Authorized Signatory
- Digital Signature certificate
GST Registration Process – online
One can register for GST online through GST official website /portal. You can click here to access the GST official website.
Follow the GST Registration Steps below:
Step 2: You will be redirected to the following online GST registration form. Select option “New Registration” which will require you to provide following details: your status, state, district, legal name of business, PAN of the business, email address and mobile number.
In the drop-down under “I am a” – select option “Taxpayer”
Ensure to enter/register your correct and functional email address and personal mobile number as the same will be verified for all future alerts including the OTPs.
Once you have filled in all the required details – Click – “Proceed”
Step 3: You will now be redirected to following OTP verification page – for the registered email address and mobile number.
Step 4: Post verification, you will receive the Temporary Reference Number – TRN. Please make note of your TRN for next steps. You will also receive it via email and SMS.
Step 5: Once again, go to Home page – GST official website /portal. You can click here to access the GST official website (https://www.gst.gov.in/) and click on register now.
This time instead of New registration select option “Temporary Reference Number – TRN”. Enter the respective TRN number and the CAPTCHA and click the “Proceed”
Step 6: Once again you will receive an OTP for logging in, enter the same and “Proceed”.
Step 7: You will be redirected to the following page which shows your application status. Go to Actions and click on Edit symbol.
Step 8: You now need to fill in a detailed GST registration form and attached appropriate documents (listed earlier). The form requires you to update your business details, promoter/partner details, place of business, service/product details and bank account details. Fill all necessary information, save and move to the verification page.
Step 9: Confirm on the declaration, fill in details of the authorized signatory and “Submit” using a digital signature (in case of companies & LLP) or e-sign or ECV in-case of others.
Result: On successful submission, an Application Reference Number – ARN is sent to the registered email and mobile number.
You can check the status using the ARN on the GST official website as shown in the following image:
Please let us know if this step-by-step process helped you and in case you find any discrepancy in the actual process followed. Since its a government-driven process, things can change over time and your comment can help us keep the article updated.