GST Registration

    Step By Step Process

    GST is the product of the biggest tax reform in India which has tremendously improved ease of doing business and increasing the taxpayer base in India by including millions of small businesses. Tax complexities would be reduced due to the abolishing and subsuming of multiple taxes into a single, simple system.

    The new GST regime mandates that all entities involved in buying or selling goods or providing services or both are required to register and obtain GSTIN. Registration is mandatory once the entity crosses a minimum threshold turnover or when an individual starts a new business that is expected to cross the prescribed turnover.

    Businesses are required to register for GST if they fall into one of the following criteria.

    Aggregate turnover

    Any service provider who provides a service value of more than Rs. 20 Lakhs aggregate in a year is required to obtain GST registration. In the special category states, this limit is Rs. 10 lakhs. Any entity engaged in the exclusive supply of goods whose aggregate turnover crosses Rs.40 lakhs is required to obtain GST registration.

    Inter-state business

    An entity shall register for GST if they supply goods inter state, i.e., from one state to another irrespective of their aggregate turnover. Inter state service providers need to obtain GST registration only if their annual turnover exceeds Rs. 20 lakhs. (In special category states, this limit is Rs. 10 lakhs).

    E-commerce platform

    Any individual supplying goods or services through an e-commerce platform shall apply for GST registration. The individual shall register irrespective of the turnover. Hence, sellers on Flipkart, Amazon and other e-commerce platforms must obtain registration to commence activity.

    Casual taxable persons

    Any individual undertaking supply of goods, services seasonally or intermittently through a temporary stall or shop must apply for GST. The individual shall apply irrespective of the annual aggregate turnover.

    Voluntary registration

    Any entity can obtain GST registration voluntarily. Earlier, any entity who obtained GST voluntarily could not surrender the registration for up to a year. However, after revisions, voluntary GST registration can be surrendered by the applicant at any time.

    The types of GST registration varies depending on the kind of business undertaken and the supply location of goods or services.

    Normal scheme

    This category applies to taxpayers operating a business in India. Taxpayers registering under the normal scheme do not require a deposit and are also provided with unlimited validity date.

    Non-resident taxable person

    The category applies to individuals located outside of India. The taxpayers should supply goods or services to residents in India. The registration remains active for a period of 3 months.

    Casual taxable person

    Any taxpayer establishing a stall or a seasonal shop has to register under the casual taxable person scheme. To register as a casual taxable person, the taxpayer shall pay a deposit equal to the amount of GST liability. The registration remains active for a period of 3 months.

    Composition scheme

    An entity should enrol under the GST composition scheme to register as a composition taxpayer. Any taxpayer whose turnover is less than rs. 1.5 Crore can avail this facility. Entities enrolled under this scheme can pay a flat GST rate. However, they will not be allowed to claim input tax credit.

    The following documents must be submitted by regular taxpayers applying for GST registration.

    PAN card of the business

    GST registration is linked to the PAN of the business. Hence, PAN must be obtained for the legal entity before applying for GST Registration.

    Identity proof along with photographs

    PAN, passport, driving license, aadhar card or voter’s identity card can be submitted as identity proof. Photographs of the promoters/ proprietors also need to be submitted.

    Address proof of promoter

    Documents like passport, driving license, aadhaar card, voters identity card and ration card can be submitted as address proof.

    Business registration document

    Proof of business registration must be submitted for all types of entities. There is no requirement of submitting this document for a proprietorship as the proprietor and the entity are essentially considered the same. In case of a partnership firm, the partnership deed must be submitted. In case of LLP or Company, the incorporation certificate from MCA must be submitted. The other types of entities like society, trust, club, government department or body of individuals must provide the registration certificate.

    Business location proof

    Address proof must be provided for all places of businesses mentioned in the GST registration application. The following documents are acceptable as address proof for GST registration.

      • Own property- Any document in support of the ownership of the premises like the latest property tax receipt or the municipal khata copy or copy of the electricity bill.
      • Rented or leased property- A copy of a valid rental agreement with any document in support of the ownership of the premises of the lessor like the latest property tax receipt or the municipal khata copy or copy of the electricity bill. If the rental agreement or lease deed is not available, then an affidavit to that effect along with any document in support of the possession of the premises like copy of electricity bill is acceptable.
      • SEZ premises- If the principal place of business is located in an SEZ or the applicant is an SEZ developer, necessary documents/certificates issued by the government of India are required to be uploaded.
      • All other cases- A copy of the consent letter of the owner of the premises with any document in support of the ownership of the premises of the consenter like the municipal khata copy or the electricity bill copy. The same documents can be uploaded for shared property as well.

    Bank account proof

    Scanned copy of the first page of bank passbook or the relevant page of bank statement or scanned copy of a cancelled cheaque containing name of the proprietor or business entity, bank account no., MICR, IFSC and branch details including code needs to be uploaded.

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    GST turnover limit

    The Government has increased the GST turnover limit and has announced that small businesses with an annual sales turnover of upto Rs.40 lakhs will be exempt from having to obtain GST registration. The same will also be increased to Rs.20 lakhs for special category states.

    Documents required

    List of documents required for GST registration. Registration certificate, identity & address proof of promoters and DSC is required for GST registration.

    GST certificate

    GST registration certificate sample with all the annexures. GST registration certificates contain business, promoter and address information with GSTIN.

    GST invoice format

    Procedure to create a GST invoice as per the GST Act or download a sample GST invoice as per GST Invoice Rules. Under GST, GSTIN of the supplier is mandatorily required to be mentioned in the tax invoice along with a consecutive serial number that is unique for each financial year.

    Multi-branch GST registration

    Procedure and criteria for obtaining GST registration for branches and business verticals within the same state and operating under different states.

    Inter-state vs Intra-state

    The meaning of interstate and intrastate supply under GST with illustrations. In GST, the terms interstate and intrastate have tremendous significance in the determination of IGST, CGST or SGST. Interstate supply attracts IGST, while intrastate supply attracts CGST and SGST.


    Meaning and difference between CGST, SGST and IGST. CGST and SGST are applicable on intra-state supplies. IGST is applicable on inter-state supplies.

    GST composition scheme

    GST composition scheme helps small businesses with turnover of less than Rs.150 lakhs by simplifying the GST tax return filing procedure and allowing quarterly filing of GST returns.

    GST return filing

    File GST return online through EasyTaxlok with GST Expert Support. You can prepare and file GSTR-1, GSTR-2, GSTR-3 and GSTR-4 return online through EasyTaxlok.

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