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About GST Registration

GST registration is the process by which a taxpayer enrolls themselves under the GST regime. Once registered, the taxpayer is provided with a unique Goods and Services Tax Identification Number (GSTIN). This GSTIN acts as an identification number for the taxpayer and is used for all GST-related transactions. In today's dynamic business landscape, staying compliant with taxation laws is crucial for the success and sustainability of any enterprise. One such significant tax reform introduced in India is the Goods and Services Tax (GST). GST has revolutionized the country's indirect tax structure by replacing various taxes like VAT, service tax, and excise duty with a unified tax regime. For any business operating in India, understanding and adhering to GST regulations is paramount, and that begins with GST registration.


Legal Compliance

GST registration ensures that a business complies with the tax laws of the country, thereby avoiding any legal repercussions.

Input Tax Credit

Registered businesses can claim input tax credit on GST paid on purchases, thereby reducing their overall tax liability.

Market Access

Many vendors and businesses prefer to deal with registered entities as it establishes credibility and compliance.

Inter-State Trade

GST registration is mandatory for businesses engaged in inter-state trade or e-commerce activities, enabling seamless transactions across state borders.

Threshold Benefits

While registration is mandatory for businesses crossing the threshold limit, voluntarily registering can provide benefits such as legal recognition, input tax credit, and more.

Open Current Bank Account

Especially, in case of sole proprietor business Banks & Financial Institution does not open a current bank account in the name of business trade name unless you carry any government proof in the name of your business. GST registration certificate can help you to open a current bank account.


  • For Proprietorship : Any document showing the existence of the business, such as proprietorship deed or registration certificate.
  • For Partnership : Partnership deed.
  • For Company : Certificate of incorporation
  • PAN Card (Permanent Account Number) of the business entity and its promoters.
  • For Owned Property : Ownership documents such as property tax receipt, electricity bill, or sale deed.
  • For Rented/Leased Property : Rent agreement or lease deed along with a copy of landlord's PAN card.
  • Passport-sized photographs.
  • Bank statement or a canceled cheque showing the name of the account holder, IFSC code, and MICR code.
  • ID and address proof of authorized signatory.
  • In case of private limited companies, LLPs, or public limited companies, a Class 2 digital signature certificate is required for signing the application.
  • Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Articles of Association (AOA) for companies.
  • Board resolution authorizing the signatory to apply for GST registration.
  • Any additional documents as per the nature of the business or as requested by the GST authorities.

Eligibility Criteria

Conditional registration

Section 22 of the ACT specifies threshold limit for GST registration. It states that for following suppliers GST registration is required:

  • If the aggregate turnover of any supplier exceeds 20 lakh rupees need GST Registration
  • However, if the supplier is based in any of the Special Category States, this threshold limit of aggregate turnover is 10 lakh rupees need GST Registration. Here special category states include states of north-east India, Himachal, Uttrakhand and Jammu & Kashmir.

Mandatory / Compulsory Registration

Along with these threshold limits, Section 24 of the Act also specifies a list of suppliers for whom GST registration is mandatory. This list includes the following suppliers:

  • Anyone required to pay tax under reverse charge.
  • Anyone claiming or remitting Input Tax Credit.
  • Any person effecting inter-state supply.
  • Casual taxable person effecting taxable supply.
  • Non-resident taxable person effecting taxable supply.
  • Input Service Distributor
  • E-commerce Operator
  • Any person supplying on behalf of other, whether as an agent or not.
  • Every person supplying online information and database or retrieval service from a place outside India to a person in India, who is not a registered person need GST Registration.
  • A person supplying through E-commerce who collects tax at source u/s 52.

Important dates

Return Form Particulars Frequency Due Date
GSTR-1 Details of outward supplies of taxable goods and/or services effected Monthly 10th of the next month
GSTR-2 Details of inward supplies of taxable goods and/or services effected claiming input tax credit. Monthly 15th of the next month
GSTR-3 Monthly return on the basis of finalization of details of outward supplies and inward supplies along with the payment of amount of tax. Monthly 20th of the next month
GSTR-3B Simple return for Jul 2017- Mar 2018 Monthly 20th of the next month
GSTR-4 Return for compounding taxable person Quarterly 18th of the month succeeding quarter
GSTR-5 Return for Non-Resident foreign taxable person Monthly 20th of the next month
GSTR-6 Return for Input Service Distributor Monthly 13th of the next month
GSTR-7 Return for authorities deducting tax at source. Monthly 10th of the next month
GSTR-8 Details of supplies effected through e-commerce operator and the amount of tax collected Monthly 10th of the next month
GSTR-9 Annual Return Annually 31st December of next financial year
GSTR-9A Annual Return Monthly 31st December of next financial year
GSTR-10 Final Return Once. When registration is cancelled or surrendered Within three months of the date of cancellation or date of cancellation order, whichever is later.
GSTR-11 Details of inward supplies to be furnished by a person having UIN and claiming refund Monthly 28th of the month following the month for which statement is filed


Offenders who do not pay tax or fail to make the full payment will face a penalty of 10% of the tax amount. The minimum amount of fine will be Rs.10, 000 if the 10% amounts to anything less. In case of deliberate tax evasions, offenders will be charged a penalty of 100% of the tax amount. The penalty will be 10% of the tax due in case of genuine errors.


Preparation of Documents :The first step involves gathering all the necessary documents required for registration, including PAN card, Aadhar card, business incorporation certificate, bank account details, and proof of business place.

Online Application :The application for GST registration is done through the GST portal by filling out Form GST REG-01.

Verification and Validation :Once the application is submitted, the details provided are verified by the GST authorities. Any discrepancies or additional information required may be communicated during this stage.

Issuance of GSTIN :Upon successful verification, the GST registration certificate along with the unique GSTIN is issued to the applicant.

Compliance Requirements :After registration, businesses must comply with various GST regulations such as filing periodic returns, maintaining proper records, and adhering to tax payment schedules.


GST registration is the process by which a taxpayer enrolls themselves under the GST regime. Once registered, the taxpayer is provided with a unique Goods and Services Tax Identification Number (GSTIN). This GSTIN acts as an identification number for the taxpayer and is used for all GST-related transactions :

Frequently Asked Questions

All businesses that successfully register under GST are assigned a unique Goods and Services Tax Identification Number also know as GSTIN.

If a business operates from more than one state, then a separate GST registration is required for each state. For instance, If a sweet vendor sells in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, he has to apply for separate GST registration in Karnataka and TN respectively.
A business with multiple business verticals in a state may obtain a separate registration for each business vertical.

Small businesses having an annual turnover less than Rs. 1 crore* ( Rs. 75 Lakhs for NE States) can opt for Composition scheme.

GST Council decided to increase the limit to Rs. 1.5 crores but notification is awaited.

Composition dealers will pay nominal tax rates based on the type of business:

  • Composition dealers are required to file only one quarterly return (instead of three monthly returns filed by normal taxpayers).
  • They cannot issue taxable invoices, i.e., collect tax from customers and are required to pay the tax out of their own pocket.
  • Businesses that have opted for Composition Scheme cannot claim any input tax credit.

Composition scheme is not applicable to :

  • Service providers
  • Inter-state sellers
  • E-commerce sellers
  • Supplier of non-taxable goods
  • Manufacturer of Notified Goods

This scheme is a lucrative option for all SMEs who want lower compliance and lower rates of taxes under GST.
A GST taxpayer whose turnover is below Rs 1 crore* can opt for Composition Scheme. In case of North-Eastern states and Himachal Pradesh, the present limit is Rs 75* lakhs. Turnover of all businesses registered with the same PAN should be taken into consideration to calculate turnover.

Limit is raised to Rs. 1.5 crores after decision taken by the GST Council. However notification is awaited.

Learn the Rules about Composition scheme & Know the pros & cons of being a composition dealer.
Obtain GST registration and file CMP-02 to opt in for the scheme.

For normal registered businesses:

  • 1. Take input tax credit
  • 2. Make interstate sales without restrictions

B. For Composition dealers:

  • 1. Limited compliance
  • 2. Less tax liability
  • 3. High working capital

C. For businesses that voluntarily opt-in for GST registration (Below Rs. 20 lakhs)

  • 1. Take input tax credit
  • 2. Make interstate sales without restrictions
  • 3. Register on e-commerce websites
  • 4. Have a competitive advantage compared to other businesses

Yes, you can apply for GST Registration online. You can simply register your business on the official GST portal and then scan and upload all the required documents. You will then receive an acknowledgement. A GSTIN will be generated on acceptance of the application and a temporary password and login will be sent. GSTIN is a unique 15-digit ID.

The validity of GST certificate is forever. It is just a one-time certificate.

The primary authorised signatory is the person who is primarily responsible for performing an action on the GST System Portal on behalf of the taxpayer.


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