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What is GST?

The Prime Minister approved “The constitution amendment bill for Goods and Service Tax”(GST) in the Parliament Session (Rajya Sabha on 3 August 2016 and Lok Sabha on 8 August 2016) along with the ratification by 50 percent of state legislatures. Thus the current indirect taxes levied by state and centre are all set to be replaced with proposed implementation of GST by April 2017. This would be the biggest tax reform since independence and a boon to the economy as it will eradicate the shortcomings of the current tax structure and provide a single tax on supply of all goods and services.

Benefits of GST :

☞ Eliminating cascading effect of taxes.

☞ Tax rates will be comparatively lower as the tax base will widen.

☞ Seamless flow of Input tax credit.

☞ Prices of the goods and services will fall.

☞ Efficient supply change management.

☞ Promote shit from unorganised sector to organised sector.

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GST Registration Process

You can use LegalRaasta services for GST registration or you can do the registration via the GST portal portal yourself. To register for GST via LegalRaasta, you just need to make online payment and we will take care of the rest. To register yourself, you can follow the following steps:

☞ Log in to the online GST Portal (www.gst.gov.in).

☞ Fill Part-A of Form GST Registration form 1

☞ You will receive an application reference number on your mobile and via E-mail.

☞ You will then need to fill the second part of the form and upload the required documents according to the business type

☞ Finally a certificate of registration is issued to you by the department

☞ In case of errors and questions, you may need to visit the department

☞ Produce the documents within 7 working days along with GST REG-04.

☞ The office may also reject your application, if he finds any errors. You will be informed in form GST REG-05 of GST registration regarding the same.

Who all need to get GST registration?

A business entity that is currently registered under any of the existing tax regimes then it is compulsorily required to migrate under GST law irrespective of the threshold limits.The following central and state level tax regimes will end with introduction of Goods and Service Tax (GST)

  • Central Excise duty
  • Service Tax
  • State VAT
  • Central Sales Tax
  • Entry Tax (all forms)
  • Luxury Tax
  • Entertainment and Amusement Tax (except when levied by the local bodies)
  • Purchase Tax
  • State Surcharges and Cesses so far as they relate to supply of goods and services
  • Taxes on lotteries, betting and gambling

But if you are supplying goods and services and not registered under any existing tax legislative then you are liable to register only if the aggregate turnover in any financial year exceeds the threshold limit. The existing threshold limit specified by the GST council is 20 lakhs for all the states except for North Eastern States where the limit is 10 lakhs.

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GST registration Dates

States Start Date End Date
Pondicherry, Sikkim 08/11/2016 23/11/2016
Maharashtra, Goa, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chhattisgarh 14/11/2016 30/11/2016
Gujarat 15/11/2016 30/11/2016
Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram 30/11/2016 15/12/2016
Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan 16/12/2016 31/12/2016
Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh 01/01/2017 15/01/2017
Enrollment of Taxpayers who are registered under Central Excise Act/ Service Tax Act but not registered under State VAT 01/01/2017 31/01/2017
Delta All Registrants (All Groups) 01/02/2017 20/03/2017
States Start Date End Date
Pondicherry, Sikkim 08/11/2016 23/11/2016
Maharashtra, Goa, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chhattisgarh 14/11/2016 30/11/2016
Gujarat 15/11/2016 30/11/2016
Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram 30/11/2016 15/12/2016
Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan 16/12/2016 31/12/2016
Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh 01/01/2017 15/01/2017
Enrollment of Taxpayers who are registered under Central Excise Act/ Service Tax Act but not registered under State VAT 01/01/2017 31/01/2017
Delta All Registrants (All Groups) 01/02/2017 20/03/2017

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is GST?

Goods and Service Tax is a tax proposed to be levied on supply of goods and services right from the point of manufacturing to final consumption by user. In short it is a destination based tax accruing at the place of sale/supply.

2. Do I need to get registered under GST law?

A business entity that is currently registered under any of the existing tax regimes then you are compulsorily required to migrate under GST law irrespective of the threshold limits.
But if you are supplying goods and services and not registered under any existing tax legislative then you are liable to register only if the aggregate turnover in any financial year exceeds the threshold limit.

3. What are the threshold limits for registration?

Every supplier of goods and services is required to get registered under GST if his aggregate annual turnover during the financial year exceeds 20 lakhs (for North Eastern States the threshold limit is 10 lakhs).

4. Who is exempted from registration even if threshold limit is reached?

Suppliers who are engaged in supply of following goods or services listed below:

  • Exempted Goods (list will be notified by GST Council)
  • Goods like liquor for personal consumption, petroleum products etc
  • Importing services for personal use as reverse charge will not be applicable.

5. Is Threshold limit for registration applicable for everyone?

No, the below listed category of suppliers will have to get registration even if they do not exceed the threshold limit:

  • Casual Taxable Person
  • Non Resident Person
  • Business engaged in inter-state supply of goods and services.
  • Those who are required to deduct TDS u/s 46 or collect TCS u/s 56
  • Input Service Distributor
  • Electronic commerce operator supplying goods and services directly or acting as intermediary to promote exchange (list of specific goods and services will be prescribed for this purpose).
  • Person supplying data management services irrespective of whether located in India or not.

Thus above person will have to get registered even if their aggregate turnover during a financial year does not exceed the threshold limit.

6. If have business establishments in different states can I apply for a central registration?

No, there is no concept of central registration under GST. Every person will have to obtain a separate registration for every state in which he has a business establishment whether by same name or a different name. Even if person is having same PAN number and has operations in different states every operational unit will have to apply for separate registration.

7. If I have multiple business units within the same state will I be liable to get separate registrations?

Yes, business units even though registered with the same name and under the same PAN will have to apply for separate registration for each such unit within the same state.

8. What is composition scheme?

This scheme is introduced for small tax payers to reduce the compliance burden on them. Business registered under composition scheme will be liable to pay tax only to a maximum of 2.5% for manufacturers and 1% for other than manufacturers. They would not be part of credit chain and hence cannot collect any tax from consumers.

9. Am I eligible for registration under composition scheme?

Only those persons whose annual turnover is below 50 lakhs in preceding financial year and who is supplying goods and services within the same state only are eligible to apply for composition scheme. If supply of goods and services are effected inter-state then this scheme won’t be available for that person.

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