GST Registration Online

GST registration is mandatory for individual businesses with annual turnover above Rs. 40 Lakhs. All existing registered companies under central excise, service tax or VAT need to register under GST using a new GST registration process. The online procedure makes it easier for business owners to fill a form on the GST portal and submit the set of required documents to register for GST online. Individual businesses must complete the GST registration process. A GST registered company can enjoy benefits by voluntary registration under GST. The complete registration process can be completed within 2-6 working days.

What is GST Registration

GST has been one of the most significant tax reforms this country has seen. It is a single tax that replaced all the multiple taxes that were applicable previously, such as Central Excise, Octroi, VAT, Entry Tax, Service Tax, etc. GST was introduced nationwide on July 1, 2017. The Goods and Services Tax is a destination-based tax that follows a dual model in which both the State as well as Central government levy tax on all the goods and services. All businesses are required to register for a GST number for every State that specific company has been registered in. Under the GST regime, it is best to know whether the business is liable for GSTIN or Goods and Services Tax Identification Number registration and only then will it be registered accordingly.

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Who Should Register for GST

While it is mandatory for a business owner whose turnover exceeds Rs. 40 Lakhs to register for GST, registration should also be done by the following entities:

  • Any individual who has registered under the Pre-GST law of Exercise, VAT or Service Tax.

  • Individuals who are paying taxes under the reverse charge mechanism. Reverse charge is a mechanism where the recipients of goods/services have to pay the GST.

  • If any individual is supplying online information to anyone, who is a non-taxable person in India.

  • Agents of supplier and input supply distributor.

  • Individuals who are supplying inputs through e-commerce aggregators.

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How to Apply for GST Registration Process in India

The procedure to apply for GST Registration is mentioned below:

Step 1: Visit the GST portal online at (https://www.gst.gov.in/).


Step 2: Click on ‘Register Now’ link which can be found under the ‘Taxpayers’ tab


Step 3: Select ‘New Registration’ and fill the below-mentioned details and click on ‘Proceed’.


Step 4: Now enter the OTP that was sent to the email ID and mobile number in the respective boxes.

Step 5: You will be shown the Temporary Reference Number (TRN) on the screen. Make a note of the TRN.

Step 6: Revisit the GST portal and click on ‘Register’ under the ‘Taxpayers’ menu.

Step 7: Select ‘Temporary Reference Number (TRN)’. Enter the TRN and the captcha details and Click on ‘Proceed’.


Step 8: You will receive an OTP registered mobile number and email id. Enter the OTP and click on ‘Proceed’.

Step 9: The status of your application will be available on the next page. On the right side, click on the Edit icon.

Step 10: Once completed, a message will be displayed on the screen, and the Application Reference Number (ARN) will be sent to you on your registered mobile number and email ID.

GST Registration Process for New Business

Step 1: Visit the GST portal online at (www.gst.gov.in)

Step 2: Start filling in part –A of the registration form 1

Step 3: You will now receive an application reference number on your mobile and via email

Step 4: Fill in the second part of the registration form and upload the required documents according to the business type

Step 5: Obtain a registration certificate from the GST portal.

Step 7: Submit the required documents within 7 working days along with GST REG-04

Step 8: Go through the email and look for errors. In case of any errors, your application may get rejected, and you will be notified about the same in form GST REG-05 of registration under GST.

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Documents Required for GST Registration

Here are the documents required to complete the GST Registration:

  • PAN card.

  • Aadhaar card.

  • Business address proof.

  • Bank account statement and cancelled cheque.

  • Incorporation Certificate or proof of business registration.

  • Digital Signature.

  • Director’s or Promoter’s ID proof, proof of address, and photographs.

  • Letter of Authorisation or Board Resolution for Authorised Signatory.

GST Registration Fees

The government does not charge any GST registration fees for GST registration online through the government portal. Once the relevant documents have been uploaded, you will receive the Application Reference Number (ARN) via SMS and email to confirm the registration. However, if you seek professional help from any CA, you have to pay their fees.

Penalty for Not Registering Under GST

If the individual does not register for GST, they have to pay a penalty of 10% on the tax due subject to the amount of Rs. 10,000, the penalty levied is 100% of the unpaid tax amount.

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FAQs on GST

  • ✔️What is GSTIN?

    GSTIN (Goods and Service Tax Identification Number) is a 15-digit alpha-numeric PAN-based unique code, which is allocated to every GST-registered person. The government mandates a GSTIN for businesses that have an annual turnover that exceeds Rs.20 lakh.

  • ✔️When should a business apply for multiple GST registrations?

    Under Section 25(1) CGST Act, 2017, a business owner can register their business under GST in every State or Union territory in which he/she is liable to be registered. In case if you have your business set up from two different locations, you need to obtain a separate GST registration for your business for each place.

  • ✔️What is Composition scheme and when should a business opt for it?

    The composition scheme under GST is a simple and easy scheme for small businesses. This scheme was introduced to bring relief to SMEs to lift the burden of compliance provisions under the law. Under the composition scheme, the small business owner can pay a fixed percentage of turnover and be relieved from the detailed compliances.

  • ✔️Who can Register for a Composition scheme under GST?

    A taxpayer with business turnover below Rs 1.5 crore* can opt for the Composition Scheme. In the North-Eastern states and Himachal Pradesh, the limit has come down to Rs 75* lakh.

  • ✔️What are the benefits of registering under GST?

    The following are the benefits of registering under the Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime :

    1. Take input tax credit

    2. Make interstate sales without restrictions

    3. Limited compliance

    4. Less tax liability

    5. High working capital

    6. Register on an e-commerce website

    7. Registered businesses have a competitive advantage compared to other companies that don't have GST

    8. The registration helps a company get legally recognized as a supplier of goods or services.

    9. Ensures proper accounting of taxes paid on the input goods or services which can be used for the GST payment due on the supply of goods or services or both by the business.

    10. A registered individual is legally authorized to collect tax from purchasers and pass on the credit of the taxes paid to the purchasers or recipients of the goods or services.

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