New GST Registration: Step 1 for Any Business
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The Goods and Service Tax (GST) was implemented on the first of July, 2017. It enables goods and service providers to collect tax from their customers

The Goods and Service Tax (GST) was implemented on the first of July, 2017. It enables goods and service providers to collect tax from their customers. As part of India’s GST law, all businesses and individuals are obligated to register under GST to continue their practice.

 

You are liable to pay GST if your business falls under any of the following.

  • A business that deals in the supply, trade or production of goods with an aggregated value exceeding Rs.40 Lakh per year.
  • A business that deals in the operation of services has an aggregated turnover limit of Rs.20 Lakh per year.
  • A business that deals in the supply of goods in the special category states has an aggregated turnover limit of Rs.10 Lakh per year.

 

The special category states include Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Nagaland.

 

Apart from that, GST is mandatory for the following individuals regardless of their turnover.

  • Any individual that is a non-resident taxpayer.
  • Any individual that has businesses registered outside India.
  • Any individual who is a taxpayer carrying out interstate supplies.
  • Any individual who deals in supply on the taxpayer’s behalf.
  • Any individual who sells goods on an e-commerce platform.
  • Any individual that deducts Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) under the GST Act.
  • Any input service distributors (businesses that receive invoices for services). 

 

However, you will not be liable to pay GST if you or your business engages in the following.

  • In the supply of goods and services that are not liable to tax.
  • In the supply of goods and services that are wholly exempted from tax.
  • In the supply of goods where the produce is obtained from the cultivation of land (Farmers).

How to Register for GST in the following cases?GST registration for businesses located in different states

When a company engages in business activities from more than one state, the company must register for GST separately in every state that it carries out its business operations.

GST registration for businesses with branches in many states

When a company engages in business activities across its multiple branches in multiple states, GST registration should be carried out by registering one main branch as its headquarters and the remaining should be registered as additional branches.

For businesses with different GST Registrations within one state

When a company conducts business within a state, the following conditions should be met.

  • The business should not be registered under the GST composition scheme.
  • All separately registered business verticals must pay taxes on the supply of goods or services to each other and then issue a tax invoice for the total supply.
  • The business verticals must have distinctive components related goods or services that are subject to risks and returns.

How to Register for GST Online?

Eligible businesses can register for GST online through the GST Portal directly or through a facilitation center notified by the government. The GST Portal runs on the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN).

 

On the Portal, all activities related to GST can be conducted such as online GST registration, return filings, payment of GST taxes, issuing applications for refunds, searching taxpayer’s details (GSTIN), finding GST due dates, etc. The domain address GST Portal is www.gst.gov.in

The Documents required for GST Registration

  • Proof of the business.
  • Address proof of the business.
  • PAN card.
  • Aadhar card.
  • Identification cards and address proof details of directors, chairman, main investors, etc. with their photographs.
  • Bank account details which should also include a bank statement or a canceled check.
  • A digital signature.
  • A letter of authorization.
  • A board resolution for an authorized signatory.
  • Open your browser and go to the GST Portal URL, www.gst.gov.in
  • Open the ‘Services’ tab, then ‘Registration’, followed by ‘New Registration.’
  • Proceed to fill in all the information required and select ‘Next.’
  • A Temporary Reference Number (TRN) will be generated for you. This number is valid only for 15 days and within this time your complete GST application has to be submitted.
  • Next, the GST application will be displayed for you to fill in.
  • Carefully verify all the details before submitting the application.
  • An Application Reference Number (ARN) will be generated for you. This 15 digit number can be used to track the status of your GST application form and identify whether it is accepted or rejected by the tax authorities.

Steps to follow when registering for GST OnlineHow to Track your GST Registration Status?

Once you have finished the above steps and received your ARN, the status of your GST application can be tracked on the GST Portal.

  • Visit the GST Portal, www.gst.gov.in
  • Select ‘Services’, ‘Registration’ and then ‘Track Application Status.’
  • You will be redirected to a page where you have to fill in your ARN.
  • Once you have entered the 15 digit number, select the ‘Search’ option.
  • The result of your GST application status will be displayed.

What are the types of GST Registration Status?

There are 6 different status types when you choose to track the progress of your GST application. These are what the different statuses mean.

Form Assigned to GST Officer

This ARN Status appears when your GST application is assigned to the GST officer for processing and approval.

Form Pending for Clarification

This ARN status appears when the GST officer requests you to submit clarification on the GST registration application which you have filed.

Clarification Filed – Pending for Order

This ARN status appears when the clarification is filed by you against the concerns raised by the GST Officer.

Clarification not Filed – Pending for Order

This ARN status appears when you have not provided the clarification to the GST officer within the recommended time period.

Application Approved

This ARN status appears when the GST application has been approved by the GST Officer. Once approved, you will receive your Goods and Service Tax Identification Number (GSTIN) as well as your GST registration certificate.

Application Rejected

This ARN status appears when the GST application has been rejected by the GST officer. You will have to go through the application process again and re-submit your GST registration form.

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