In an ideal scenario, the implementation of a new tax system is seamless and hiccup-free. However, this is not always the case. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime is no exception to this rule.
There were several roadblocks along the way that could have led to disruptions for businesses and individuals.
To counter these possible hitches, the GST registration process was made system-wide. This means that it was accessible from one single platform – the Government of India e-Tax application.
Also instead of being segmented across departments or ministries as in the case of VAT or other taxes earlier. Hence, all businesses registered with VAT now require to only register again under GST in order register under this new tax structure as well
How to login on GST e-Filing website?
The first step towards registering for GST is logging into the e-Filing website. To do this, visit the website. You will see the login screen on the screen. Log in using your PAN number and date of birth. Alternatively, you can use your IFSC Code or TIN. you Can check the GST login portal online.
This is the same login that businesses registered under VAT will be familiar with. Once you login, you will be taken to the dashboard for GST as well as a drop-down menu for different tasks such as filing returns, uploading documents, and so on.
Register on GST E-filing website
Once you have logged in, the first step towards registering for GST is clicking on ‘New Users’ from the drop-down menu. This will take you to the registration page where you will be required to enter your basic details such as name, address, email ID, phone number, etc.
The system will then generate a GST registration number for your business. This registration number is referred to as a provisional registration number or PRN. In the last step, you will need to confirm and submit your details online.
Step by step guide to register on GST e-Filing website
You will have to first log in to the GST e-filing website using your PAN number or TIN and date of birth. Click on ‘New Users’ from the drop-down menu.
This will take you to the registration page. Enter your basic details such as name, address, email ID, phone number, etc.
The system will then generate a GST Search number for your business. – In the last step, you will need to confirm and submit your details online.
FAQs: troubleshooting for GST Login/Registration
What if I don’t have a valid PAN?
You can visit the nearest PAN card issuing centre to get a valid PAN number. You can also request for an extension if you don’t have enough time to visit the centre and get the card issued.
- You will have to submit a proof of application for PAN along with the GST login form once you have received your PAN card. Am I required to pay GST even if I have an existing VAT number?
- Yes, you will have to pay GST even if you have an existing VAT number. In this case, you will have to visit the nearest GST outlet along with your VAT and GST login details.
- Alternatively, you can also go online and login to your GST account to register under the GST regime. Will the GST number be the same as the VAT number?
- No, the GST number is a new number, different from your VAT number. – Once you have finished the GST registration procedure, your GST number will be displayed on the GST login page. This is the number that you will use for GST related transactions, filing returns, and so on.
A smooth and seamless transition from VAT to GST is beneficial for both businesses and customers. GST brings about a uniform tax structure for companies, which eliminates most of the inconsistencies and arbitrariness that prevailed with VAT.
Businesses, especially SMEs, will benefit from a reduction in compliance costs, a wider tax net, and fewer procedural complexities.
Customers, on the other hand, will benefit from a reduction in product prices and better service quality as businesses will have a greater incentive to provide better customer service.