The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax on goods and services consumed in India. GST is an indirect tax that has replaced many other indirect taxes in India, such as excise duty, VAT, and services tax. GST has been in force from 1st July, 2017 based on the Goods and Service Tax Act passed by the Indian Parliament on March 29, 2017.
Taxable person under GST
A ‘taxable person’ under the GST Act is someone who conducts business in India and is registered or needs to be registered under the GST Act. A taxable person can be an individual, HUF, company, firm, LLP, an AOP/ BOI, any corporation or Government company, body corporate incorporated under the laws of a foreign country, co-operative societies, local authorities, governments, trusts, or artificial juridical persons.
GST Registration Turnover Limit
GST registration can be obtained voluntarily by any person or entity irrespective of turnover. GST registration becomes mandatory if a person or entity sells goods or services beyond a certain turnover.
Service Providers: Any person or entity who provides service of more than Rs.20 lakhs in aggregate turnover in a year is required to obtain GST registration. In special category states, the GST turnover limit for service providers has been fixed at Rs.10 lakhs.
Goods Suppliers: As per notification No.10/2019 any person who is engaged in the exclusive supply of goods whose aggregate turnover crosses Rs.40 lakhs in a year is required to obtain GST registration. To be eligible for the Rs.40 lakhs turnover limit, the supplier must satisfy the following conditions:
If the above conditions are not met, the supplier of goods would be required to obtain GST registration when the turnover crosses Rs.20 lakhs and Rs.10 lakhs in special category states.
Special Category States: Under GST, the following are listed as special category states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Aggregate Turnover: Aggregate turnover = (Taxable supplies + Exempt Supplies + Exports + Inter-State Supplies) – (Taxes + Value of Inward Supplies + Value of Supplies Taxable under Reverse Charge + Value of Non-Taxable Supplies).
Aggregate turnover is calculated based on the PAN. Hence, even if one person has multiple places of business, it must be summed to arrive at the aggregate turnover.
Types of GST Registration
There are various types of GST registration like regular, casual taxable persons, non-resident taxable persons and eCommerce operators. Casual taxable persons, non-resident taxable persons and eCommerce operators are required to obtain GST registration irrespective of turnover limit.
Casual Taxable Persons: The GST Act defines as a casual taxable person as a person who occasionally supplies goods or services in a State or a Union territory where the entity has no fixed place of business. Hence, persons running temporary businesses in fairs or exhibitions or seasonal businesses would fall under casual taxable person under GST.
Non-resident Taxable Persons: Non-resident taxable person (NRI) under GST is any person or business or not-for-profit supplying goods or services but have no fixed place of business or residence in India. Thus, any foreign person or foreign business or organisation supplying goods or services to India would be a non-resident taxable person – requiring compliance with all GST regulations in India.
E-Commerce Operators: Electronic commerce operator is every person who, owns, operates or manages digital or electronic facility or platform for electronic commerce. Thus, any person selling through the internet can be termed as an eCommerce Operator requiring GST registration irrespective of business turnover.
What is GSTIN?
GSTIN or Goods and Services Tax Identification Number (GSTIN) is provided to entities having GST registration number. GSTIN is 15 characters in length. The allocation of GSTIN is based on PAN and State of the applicant. In a GST registration number, the first two digits represent the State Code. The following next 10 digits represent the PAN of the applicant.
Download GST Registration Certificate
GST Certificate is issued to people who are registered under GST. Those are having GST registration certificate are mandatorily required to display the registration certificate prominently at their place of business. Downloading GST certificate is a pretty easy process through the GST Portal. Login to the GST Account and and go to User Services. In User Services, click on View / Download Certificate to download GST registration certificate.
Register for GST through Mera Online CA
You can obtain your GST registration through Mera Online CA in less than 7 working days. Enter your name, phone number and email to being the process.
When we receive your request a GST expert will reach out to you and understands your business activity, the state where the business is operating and answer any questions that you may have.
The GST expert will also collect and verify the documents required to obtain GST registration. Once the payment is initiated we start with the GST registration process and we upload all your application into the GST Portal.
You obtain the GST registration within 3 to 7 working days. Everything is completely online you don’t need to be physically present at the office for the same. Along with the GST registration, access is provided to LEDGERS Platform for your to do GST invoicing and GST return filing.
Voluntary GST Registration
Any person or entity that wishes to supply goods or services can obtain GST registration voluntarily, irrespective of business turnover. Voluntarily obtaining GST registration can help the business avail Input Tax Credit and also provide GST bill to customers.
Penalty for NOT Obtaining GST Registration.
Any person or entity that crosses the aggregate turnover limit must obtain GST registration within 30 days of becoming liable to obtain GST registration. Delay or non-compliance can lead to a penalty of Rs. 10,000 and loss of input tax credit during the period of delay.
Documents Required for GST Registration
|Sole proprietor / Individual|
|LLP and Partnership Firms|
|Company (Public and Private) (Indian and foreign)|
Benefits of GST Registration
The following are some of the advantages of GST registration:
Bank Loans: GST registration and GST return filing serve as proof of business activity and create track record for a business. Banks and NBFCs lend to businesses based on GST return data. Hence, GST registration can help you formalize your business and get credit.
Supplier Onboarding: To become a supplier of reputed companies, GST registration is often times a must during the supplier onboarding process. Hence, GST registration can help you get more business.
eCommerce: GST registration is a must to sell online and through various platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Zomato, Swiggy, etc., Hence, having a GST registration will allow you to sell online.
Input Tax Credit: Entities having GST registration are eligible to collect GST from customer for the supply and offset the liability against GST taxes paid while purchasing various goods and services. Hence, GST registration can help you save on taxes and improve margins.