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All About GST Registration Certificate and Its Importance

What is a GST Registration Certificate?

A GST registration certificate is a document issued by the Indian government to businesses registered under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system. The GST registration certificate is an online certificate that is provided in the form GST REG-06.  It serves as proof of the business’s registration under GST and includes details such as the business’s GST identification number, name, and address.  A GST registration certificate is needed by any business in India whose turnover exceeds the threshold limit for GST registration.

Components of the GST Registration Certificate:

The components below consist of the GST Registration Certificate:

  • Taxpayer’s GSTIN
  • Name of the business
  • Business type (such as company, partnership, proprietorship, etc.)
  • Business place address
  • Liability date
  • Validity period
  • GST registration type
  • Particulars as per the approving authority, such as digital signature

Validity of GST Registration Certificate:

GST certificate becomes valid as soon as your business gets registered under the CGST Act. It is valid throughout when the certificate is issued to a regular taxpayer. In such cases, it only invalidates if it is canceled by the GST authority or surrendered by the taxpayer himself. However, the certificate is only valid for up to 90 days for a casual taxpayer (unless the same is renewed).

Importance of GST Registration Certificate:

Every registered GST taxpayer has to display their registration certificate at their places of business. This includes their primary place of business and additional places of business. If you fail to display it, you may be charged a fine of up to INR 25,000.

Process to Obtain a GST Registration Certificate:

There are a few ways in which you can obtain a GST certificate issued by the GSTN:

  • Apply for a GST registration certificate through the official GST portal, www.gst.gov.in. Once the authority accepts the application, the GST certificate registration will be confirmed. 
  • The GST registration certification will be effective until the period of accountability. It is only applicable if you have submitted the application within 30 days from the time of eligibility. But if you have applied late, then the GST certificate registration is valid from the period it is issued. 
  • You can add the bank account details later on. But linking the bank account should be completed within 45 days from the last day of Form GSTR – 3B completion or date of registration. 

Steps to Download GST Registration Certificate:

To download the GST registration certificate, you should have access to your GST account. Once, you have the GST Portal account details, follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Open the GST India portal https://www.gst.gov.in/

STEP 2: Click on the ‘Login’ button to access the username and password page.

STEP 3: Enter the correct ‘Username’ and ‘Password’ credentials along with the captcha in the required field and click ‘Login’.

STEP 4: Click on the Services –> User Services –>View/ Download Certificate.

STEP 5: Click on the ‘Download’ button on the screen to download the certificate. The certificate contains all the details on the tax transactions.

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Note: This Post was last updated on March 20, 2023

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