The significance of GST registration in India


On July 1, 2017, India introduced the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a unified and comprehensive tax system that applies to the supply of goods and services across the country.

Before this unified tax structure was introduced there were many indirect taxes levied by state and centre.

GST is now the only national indirect tax regulation applicable in India. Registering for it facilitates companies and entrepreneurs to comply with the laws, enhance credibility and unlock a range of benefits

In this write-up, we will delve deeper into who can register for GST, how an entity can register, and why one should register for GST in India.

Who needs to register for GST?

As per the GST law, any individual, firm, company, or organisation engaged in the supply of goods and services with an aggregate turnover exceeding the threshold limit of Rs. 40 lakh must register for GST.

According to the latest update in September 2021, the following is the eligibility for GST Registration:

  • Regular Taxpayers: Entities with an aggregate turnover of more than Rs. 20 lakhs in a financial year (Rs. 10 lakhs for Special CategoryStates and North-Eastern States).
  • Casual Taxable Persons: Individuals or businesses supplying goods or services occasionally in a territory where they do not have a fixed place of business.
  • Non-Resident Taxable Persons: Foreign entities providing taxable goods/services in India.
  • Input Service Distributors (ISD): Businesses that receive tax invoices for input services and distribute the credit of Central GST (CGST), State GST (SGST), Integrated GST (IGST), or Union Territory GST (UTGST) among their branches.
  • E-commerce Operators: Platforms facilitating the supply of goods and services through their portals.
  • E-commerce Sellers: Sellers operating on e-commerce platforms.
  • Persons Deducting TDS: Government agencies and specified

persons making payments to suppliers at a prescribed rate.

Which documents are needed for GST Registration?

The process of obtaining a GST registration involves submitting a few documents along with an application form. Although the specific documents may vary depending on the type of entity, the general documents required include:

  • PAN Card of the Applicant
  • Identity Proof: Aadhar Card or any other government-issued identification.
  • Address Proof: Electricity bill, Rent Agreement, or any other document verifying the registered address of the business.
  • Bank Account Details: Scanned copy of the first page of the passbook or a bank statement.
  • Photograph
  • Business Proof: Incorporation Certificate, Partnership Deed, or any other registration certificate depending on the type of business.
  • Letter of Authorization: For authorised signatories, a letter of authorization or a copy of the resolution of the managing committee or board of directors.

Once the application form is submitted along with the required set of documents, a 15-digit unique code is assigned to the registered company.

The GST Registration process is free of cost and takes 2-6 business days to be completed

Importance & Benefits of GST Registration

  • As GST replaced several indirect taxes, it led to a reduction of regulatory complexity. It made the compliance procedure streamlined and straightforward.
  • One of the key advantages of GST registration is the eligibility to claim Input Tax Credit i.e. the taxes paid on goods or services purchased for the business itself. This provision can help reduce the overall tax burden and improve cash flow.
  • By enrolling for GST, businesses can capitalise on a range of government schemes such as GST Compliance Scheme, incentives and tax benefits, ultimately fostering business growth.
  • The GST system is managed digitally, hence it reduces paperwork and the risk of manual errors. This also makes the process more transparent for taxpayers.
  • With GST, the cumbersome process of goods passing through multiple state checkpoints for tax inspection is eliminated, reducing transportation time and costs.
  • Most essentially, GST has contributed to the formalisation of the economy, leading to increased tax collection, infrastructure development, and overall economic growth.

To summarise, GST registration in India is not only a statutory requirement but offers numerous advantages to businesses and the economy as a whole.

The GST Law facilitates the flow of goods and services across the entire country while ensuring simplified taxation, enhanced economic efficiency and builds a transparent tax system.


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