GST Registration Online - An Overview

Launched on July 1 2017, the Goods & Services Tax (GST) applies to all Indian service providers (including freelancers), traders and manufacturers. A variety of Central taxes like Service Tax, Excise Duty, CST and state taxes like Entertainment Tax, Luxury Tax, Octroi, VAT are absorbed in one tax – GST, implemented on 01.07.2017. GST is to be charged at every step of the supply chain, with full set-off benefits available. The procedure for GST is entirely online and requires no manual intervention. Every product goes through multiple stages along the supply chain, which includes the purchasing of raw materials, manufacturing, sale to the wholesaler, selling to the retailer and then the final sale to the consumer. Interestingly, GST will be levied on all of these 3 stages. Let’s say if a product is produced in West Bengal but is being consumed in Uttar Pradesh, the entire revenue will go to Uttar Pradesh. Also, taxpayers with a turnover of less than Rs.1.5 crore can choose composition scheme to get rid of tedious GST formalities and pay GST at a fixed rate of turnover.

What is a GST Return?

A GST returns is a document containing details of income that is required to be filed as per the law with the tax authorities. Under the GST law, a taxpayer has to submit two returns on a monthly basis and one such return annually. All returns have to be filed online. Please note that there is no provision for revising the returns. All invoices for the previous tax period that went unreported must be included in the current month. Under GST, a registered dealer has to file GST returns that include: Purchases, Sales, Output, GST (On sales) and Input tax credit (GST paid on purchases).

What is GSTIN?

GSTIN is a unique identification number given to each GST taxpayer. To verify a GSTIN number a person who has a GST number can log onto the GST portal.

Mandatory documents for Online GST registration

Proprietorship

  • PAN Card and address proof of proprietor LLP
  • PAN Card of LLP
  • LLP Agreement
  • Partners' names and address proof

Private Limited Company

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • PAN Card of Company
  • Articles of Association, AOA
  • Memorandum of Association, MOA
  • Resolution signed by board members
  • Identity and address proof of directors
  • Digital Signature

The following can be shown as proof of address of a director:-

  • Passport
  • Voter Identity Card
  • Aadhar Card
  • Ration Card
  • Telephone or Electricity Bill
  • Driving License
  • Bank Account Statement

Add what works as identity proof, One can use a PAN Card, Aadhar Card as identity proof. For address proof, any of the director's can show their voters ID, passport, telephone bill, electricity bill and telephone bill.

 
     
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