Complete Step-by-Step Guide for Small Business GST Registration

GST, or Goods and Services Tax, is an indirect tax system that went into force for all Indian enterprises on July 1st, 2017. It is a consumption-based tax that is imposed on goods and services provided by all types of businesses throughout India.

One Nation, One Tax, a concept introduced by the GST, replaced the various taxes levied by the Central and State governments.

The government has characterized GST as a multistage, destination-based tax that greatly simplified the complexities associated with tax filing. The GST is now charged at the point of consumption rather than the original as was the case in the past because it is destination-based. 

4 Steps for GST Registration

  • The GST registration process consists of 4 steps.
  • Creating the GST Application Form in Part 1
  • Step 1: Go to the GST portal and select New Registration under Services > Registration.
  • Step 2: Enter all the information, including your PAN, email, and phone.
  • Step 3: An OTP that is good for 10 minutes will be sent to your phone and email.
  •  Once OTP is entered, your Temporary Reference number will be generated.
  • Step 4: Again visit the GST portal, click Services > Registration > New Registration > Temporary Reference Number (TRN) to log in using your Temporary Reference number
  • Step 5: After entering the captcha, you will need to verify once again with a new OTP
  • Step 6: Once OTP is verified, you will be taken to the “My Saved Application” page, wherein you will need to fill in all the details, and submit it within 15 days, or else it will be deleted.

Filing the GST Registration Form 

To edit the form, select “My Saved Application” and then enter the necessary information. Take advice from your tax consultant, certified public accountant, or accountant when filling out the details. Here, we’ll give an overview of the same.

You will require digital copies of your bank account number, IFSC code, and business proof of establishment.

A scanned copy of the registration certificate for your business, the deed of partnership proof in the case of a partnership business, evidence of your office or business location

  • Depending on what is appropriate in your situation, photos of the promoter, founder, or Karta of the HUF (Hindu Undivided Family)
  • Authentic signature for your company (Authorized signatory)
  • Evidence of the business’s authorized signatory’s appointment
  • Passbook and/or recent bank account checks (front page for the passbook)
  • Address of the branch, location of the account holder, and recent financial transactions
  • Following is a list of the process’s steps:

Step 1: Complete all the fields, then press Save and Continue. (If you are logged out, enter your Temporary Reference number.)

Step 2: If not all of the information, then at least the mandatory fields on the “Business” and “Promoters / Partners” pages. submit documentation supporting the company’s legal foundation.

Step 3:  complete the “Authorized Signatory” section. The Authorized Signatory’s mobile number and/or email will be utilized in the case of e-Sign. The PAN card should be connected to the Digital Signature Certificate, or DSC, in this scenario.

Step 4: Complete the information on the tabs for “Goods & Services,” “Bank Accounts,” and “Primary Place of Business” (PPOB).

 How to Register a Digital Signature Certificate

For all GST registrations, a digital signature certificate, or DSC, is required. The business should obtain a DSC for the authorized signatory.

Visit and get in touch with any certifying body to obtain a DSC.

You will also receive a DSC dongle once the DSC software has been deployed.

For the DSC signature on the GST form, which may be downloaded from the GST Portal website, the Designer is advised.

What a digital signature certificate is and how to obtain one are explained in this article.

  • Part 4: After verifying, and submitting the GST Registration Form
  • As listed below, there are 3 ways to submit your GST registration application:
  • Verifying utilizing the DSC approach, for which you must obtain the necessary software/tools and consult Part 3 on DSC
  • utilizing an OTP shared at your Aadhaar registered number for signature verification.
  • Verification through the use of an EVC, or Electronic Verification Code, in which an OTP is sent to your listed mobile number

After completing this step, you will be given an Application Reference Number (ARN), which you can use to follow the progress of your GST registration.

Visit the GST portal and select Services > Registration > Track Application to track an application. You will get your GSTIN via SMS and email once the status is Approved.

To access the GST portal, a temporary user name and password will also be made available. The password can be modified later, and the username will be GSTIN. Your GST Registration Certificate is available for download after 3-5 days, but no more than 7 days.

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