Registration under GST Law of India

By | June 8, 2017
(Last Updated On: June 22, 2017)

Registration under GST law


In any tax system, registration is the most fundamental requirement for identification of tax payers ensuring tax compliance in the economy. Registration of any business entity under the GST Law implies obtaining a unique number from the concerned tax authorities for the purpose of collecting tax on behalf of the government and to avail Input Tax Credit for the taxes on his inward supplies. Without registration, a person can neither collect tax from his customers nor claim any input Tax Credit of tax paid by him.

Need and advantages of registration

Registration will confer the following advantages to a taxpayer:

• He is legally recognized as supplier of goods or services.

• He is legally authorized to collect taxes from his customers and pass on the credit of the taxes paid on the goods or services supplied to the purchasers/recipients.

• He can claim Input Tax Credit of taxes paid and can utilize the same for payment of taxes due on supply of goods or services.

• Seamless flow of Input Tax Credit from suppliers to recipients at the national level.

Liability to register

GST being a tax on the event of “supply”, every supplier needs to get registered. However, small businesses having all India aggregate turnover below Rupees 20 lakh (10 lakh if business is in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Nagaland or Tripura) need not register. The small businesses, having turnover below the threshold limit can, however, voluntarily opt to register.

The aggregate turnover includes supplies made by him on behalf of his principals, but excludes the value of job-worked goods if he is a job worker. But persons who are engaged exclusively in the business of supplying goods or services or both that are not liable to tax or wholly exempt from tax or an agriculturist, to the extent of supply of produce out of cultivation of land are not liable to register under GST.

Nature of registration

The registration in GST is PAN based and State specific. Supplier has to register in each of such State or Union territory from where he effects supply. In GST registration, the supplier is allotted a 15-digit GST identification number called “GSTIN”, and a certificate of registration incorporating therein this GSTIN is made available to the applicant on the GSTN common portal. The first 2 digits of the GSTIN is the State code, next 10 digits are the PAN of the legal entity, the next two digits are for entity code, and the last digit is check sum number. Registration under GST is not tax specific, which means that there is single registration for all the taxes i.e. CGST, SGST/UTGST, IGST and cesses.

A given PAN based legal entity would have one GSTIN per State, that means a business entity having its branches in multiple States will have to take separate State wise registration for the branches in different States. But within a State, an entity with different branches would have single registration wherein it can declare one place as principal place of business and other branches as additional place of business. However, a business entity having separate business verticals (as defined in section 2 (18) of the CGST Act, 2017) in a state may obtain separate registration for each of its business verticals.

Generally, the liability to register under GST arises when you are a supplier within the meaning of the term, and also your aggregate turn over in the financial year is above the exemption threshold of 20 lakh rupees. However, the GST law enlists certain categories of suppliers who are required to get compulsory registration irrespective of their turnover that is to say, the threshold exemption of 20 lakh is not available to them. Some of such suppliers who need to register compulsorily irrespective of the size of their turnover are:

• Inter-state suppliers

• A person receiving supplies on which tax is payable by recipient on reverse charge basis

• Casual taxable person who is not having fixed place of business in the State or Union Territory from where he wants to make supply

• Non-resident taxable persons who are not having fixed place of business in India

• A person who supplies on behalf of some other taxable person (i.e. an Agent of some Principal)

• E-commerce operators, who provide platform to the suppliers to supply through it

• Suppliers who supply through an e-commerce operator

• Those ecommerce operators who are notified as liable for GST payment under Section 9(5)

• TDS Deductor

• Those supplying online information and data base access or retrieval services from outside India to a non-registered person in India.

A Casual taxable person is one who has a registered business in some State in India, but wants to effect supplies from some other State in which he is not having any fixed place of business. Such person needs to register in the State from where he seeks to supply as a Casual taxable person. A Non-Resident taxable person is one who is a foreigner and occasionally wants to effect taxable supplies from any State in India, and for that he needs GST registration. GST law prescribes special procedure for registration, as also for extension of the operation period of such Casual or Non-Resident taxable persons. They have to apply for registration at least five days in advance before making any supply. Also, registration is granted to them or period of operation is extended only after they make advance deposit of the estimated tax liability.

In respect of supplies to some notified agencies of United Nations organisation, multinational financial institutions and other organisations, a unique identification number (UIN) is issued.

Standardisation of procedures

A total of 30 forms/formats have been prescribed in the GST registration rules. For every process in the registration chain such as application for registration, acknowledgment, query, rejection, registration certificate, show cause notice for cancellation, reply, cancellation, amendment, field visit report etc, there are standard formats. This will make the process uniform all over the country. The decision making process will also be fast. Strict time lines have been stipulated for completion of different stages of registration process.

An application has to be submitted online through the common portal (GSTN) within thirty days from the date when liability to register arose. The Casual and Non-Resident taxable persons need to apply at least five days prior to the commencement of the business. For transferee of a business as going concern, the liability to register arises on the date of transfer

The Proper Officer has to either raise a query or approve the grant of registration within three working days failing which, registration would be considered as deemed to have been approved. The applicant would have to respond within seven working days starting from the fourth day of filing the original application. The Proper Officer would have to grant or reject the application for registration within seven working days thereafter.

 Sr No Form NO Description
1GST REG 1 Application for Registration (Other than a non-resident taxable person, a person supplying online information and data base access or retrieval services from a place outside India to a non-taxable online recipient referred to in Section 14 of the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act , a person required to deduct tax at source under Section 51 and a person required to collect tax at source under Section 52)
2GST REG 2Acknowledgement
3GST REG 3Notice for Seeking Additional Information / Clarification / Documents relating to Application for <<Registration/Amendment/Cancellation >>
4GST REG 4Clarification/additional information/document for <Registration/ Amendment / Cancellation>
5GST REG 5Order of Rejection of Application for <Registration / Amendment / Cancellation
6GST REG 6Registration Certificate
7GST REG 7Application for Registration as Tax Deductor at source ( u/s 51) or Tax Collector at source ( u/s 52)
8GST REG 8Order of Cancellation of Registration as Tax Deductor at source or Tax Collector at source
9GST REG 9Application for Registration of Non Resident Taxable Person
10GST REG 10Application for registration of person supplying online information and data base access or retrieval services from a place outside India to a person in India, other than a registered person
11GST REG 11Application for extension of registration period by casual / non-resident taxable person
12GST REG 12Order of Grant of Temporary Registration/ Suo Moto Registration
13GST REG 13Application/Form for grant of Unique Identity Number (UIN) to UN Bodies/ Embassies /others
14GST REG 14Application for Amendment in Registration Particulars (For all types of registered persons)
15GST REG 15Order of Amendment
16GST REG 16Application for Cancellation of Registration
17GST REG 17Show Cause Notice for Cancellation of Registration
18GST REG 18Reply to the Show Cause Notice issued for Cancellation
19GST REG 19Order for Cancellation of Registration
20GST REG 20Order for dropping the proceedings for cancellation of registration
21GST REG 21Application for Revocation of Cancellation of Registration
22GST REG 22Order for revocation of cancellation of registration
23GST REG 23Show Cause Notice for rejection of application for revocation of cancellation of registration
24GST REG 24Reply to the notice for rejection of application for revocation of cancellation of registration
25GST REG 25Certificate of Provisional Registration
26GST REG 26Application for Enrolment of Existing Taxpayer
27GST REG 27Show Cause Notice for cancellation of provisional registration
28GST REG 28Order of cancellation of provisional registration
29GST REG 29Application for cancellation of provisional registration
30GST REG 30Form for Field Visit Report

Amendment of registration

Except for the changes in some core information in the registration application, a taxable person shall be able to make amendments without requiring any specific approval from the tax authority. In case the change is for legal name of the business, or the State of place of business or additional place of business, the taxable person will apply for amendment within 15 days of the event necessitating the change. The Proper Officer, then, will approve the amendment within the next 15 days. For other changes like the name of day-to-day functionaries, e-mail IDs, mobile numbers etc. no approval of the Proper Officer is required, and the amendment can be affected by the taxable person on his own on the common portal.

Cancellation of registration

The GST law provides for two scenarios where cancellation of registration can take place; the one when the taxable person no more requires it (voluntary cancellation), and another when the Proper Officer considers the registration liable for cancellation in view of certain specified defaults (Suo-motu cancellation) like when the registrant is not doing business from the registered place of business or if he issues tax invoice without making the supply of goods or services. The taxable person desirous of cancellation of registration will apply on the common portal within 30 days of the event warranting cancellation. He will also declare in the application, the stock held on the date with effect from which he seeks cancellation. He will also work out and declare the quantum of dues of payments and credit reversal, and the particulars of payments made towards discharge of such liabilities. In case of voluntary registration (taken despite not being liable for), no cancellation is allowed until expiry of one year from the effective date of registration. If satisfied, the Proper Officer has to cancel the registration within 30 days from the date of application or the date of reply to notice (if issued, when rejection is concluded by the officer).

Revocation of cancellation

In case where registration is cancelled suo-motu by the Proper Officer, the taxable person can apply within 30 days of service of cancellation order, requesting the officer for revoking the cancellation ordered by him. However, before applying, the person has to make good the defaults (by filing all pending returns, making payment of all dues and so) for which the registration was cancelled by the officer. If satisfied, the proper officer will revoke the cancellation earlier ordered by him. However, if the officer concludes to reject the request for revocation of cancellation, he will first observe the principle of natural justice by way of issuing notice to the person and hearing him on the issue.

Physical verification for registration

Physical verification is to be resorted to only where it is found necessary in the subjective satisfaction of the proper officer. If at all, it is felt necessary, it will be undertaken only after granting the registration, and the verification report along with the supporting documents and photographs, shall have to be uploaded on the common portal within fifteen working days.

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6 thoughts on “Registration under GST Law of India

  1. natarajan

    My annual commercial buildings rental income is less than Rs.20 lacs.In the lease agreement we have agreed to pay service tax or any other taxes charged /demanded by central government or state government or other local civic authorities in respect of the said premises.
    Now as my total annual income is less than 20 lacs no tax is demanded or charged on me by the GST authorities.
    But the tennants deduct 18% GST TAX from my rent.Further they get back the tax paid by RCM
    How I have to meet this problem.Can you kindly guide me in this respect and oblige.
    With kind regards.


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