What is GST Registration?

From 1st July, 2017 Goods and Services Tax will replace Central and State level indirect taxes like VAT, Service tax, Excise etc. Businesses that are registered under VAT or Service Tax need to migrate to Goods & Services tax as per the enrolment plan of State Governments. It is applicable to you if your annual turnover is Rs. 20 lakh or above. In case of North Eastern states (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura) and hilly regions i.e. Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Sikkim, the threshold limit is Rs. 10 lakh. Read our articles to understand more about registration process, its applicability and rules.

Every product goes through multiple stages along the supply chain, which includes the purchasing of raw materials, manufacturing, sale to the wholesaler, selling to the retailer and then the final sale to the consumer. GST will be levied on each of these stages (including value addition) and at the point of consumption, rather than the origin of the product. For example, if the product is produced in Tamil Nadu but consumed in Karnataka, then the entire tax revenue will go to Karnataka instead of Tamil Nadu.

Our Company Registration package includes the following:

  • DSC for one director and DIN for up to three directors
  • Drafting of MoA & AoA
  • Registration fees and stamp duty
  • Company Incorporation Certificate

Also, taxpayers with a turnover of less than Rs.1.5 crore can opt for composition scheme to get rid of tedious GST formalities and pay GST at a fixed rate of turnover.

What are the components of GST?

GST will have 3 tax components, which includes a central component (Central Goods and Services Tax or CGST) and a state component (State Goods and Services Tax or SGST) where centre and state will levy GST on all entities, i.e. when a transaction happens within a state. Inter-state transactions will attract the Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST), to be levied by the centre, i.e. when a transaction happens one state to another.

Transition to GST

All existing Central Excise and Service Tax assessees and VAT dealers will be migrated to GST. To migrate to the new tax system, assessees would be provided a Provisional ID and Password by CBEC/State Commercial Tax Departments. Learn more about the process. All businesses plan your transition into the new Goods & Services Tax regime with our guides available here and make a smooth transition. Find out how you can carry forward your input tax credit from existing tax regime to GST. Read all about the transition provisions in our articles.

Invoice

Invoice is issued on every sale/purchase. The invoice contains S.No., details of the product such as product name, description, quantity, etc along with the details of supplier, purchaser, tax charged and other particulars such as discounts, terms of sale etc. Every business is required to furnish a GST invoice as per the new law. Find out all the details your invoice must have through our articles on the topic.

What is the input tax credit?

Goods and Services tax allows businesses to claim input credit on the taxes paid on the purchases at the time of paying tax on output, you can reduce the tax you have already paid on inputs. It means that if you are a manufacturer, supplier, agent, e-commerce operator, or aggregator then you are eligible to claim input credit for tax paid by you on your purchases. Learn everything about the Input tax credit under the Goods and Services tax regime.

Who needs a GST Registration?

Every business or corporation that are involved in the buying and selling and good of services have to register for GST. It is mandatory for companies whose turnover is more than Rs.20 lakhs (for supply of services) and Rs. 40 lakhs ( for supply of goods) yearly to register for a GST. All businesses making interstate outward supplies of goods have to register for a GST too. The same applies to businesses making taxable supplies on behalf of other taxable persons, example Agents and Brokers. Also, as per the recent notification, e-commerce sellers/aggregators need not register if total sales are less than Rs.20 lakhs.

What are the GST tax rates?
  • Exempted GST Rate Slab (No Tax)

    7% goods and services fall under this category. Some of these that are of regular consumption include fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, butter milk, curd, natural honey, flour, besan, bread, all kinds of salt, jaggery, hulled cereal grains, fresh meat, fish, chicken, eggs, along with bindi, sindoor, kajal, bangles, drawing and coloring books, stamps, judicial papers, printed books, newspapers, jute and handloom, hotels and lodges with tariff below INR 1000 and so on.

  • 5% GST Rate Slab

    14% goods and services fall under this category. Some of these include apparel below INR 1000 and footwear below INR 500, packaged food items, cream, skimmed milk powder, branded paneer, frozen vegetables, coffee, tea, spices, pizza bread, rusk, sabudana, cashew nut, cashew nut in shell, raisin, ice, fish fillet, kerosene, coal, medicine, agarbatti (incense sticks), postage or revenue stamps, fertilizers, rail and economy class air tickets, small restaurants, and so on.

  • 12% GST Rate Slab

    Edibles like frozen meat products, butter, cheese, ghee, dry fruits in packaged form, animal fat, sausages, fruit juices, namkeen, ketchup & sauces, ayurvedic medicines, all diagnostic kits and reagents, cellphones, spoons, forks, tooth powder, umbrella, sewing machine, spectacles, indoor games like playing cards, chess board, carom board, ludo, apparels above INR 1000, non-AC restaurants, business class air ticket, state-run lottery, work contracts and so on attract a 12% GST. 17% of goods and services fall under this category.

  • 18% GST Rate Slab

    43% of goods and services fall under this category. Pasta, biscuits, cornflakes, pastries and cakes, preserved vegetables, jams, soups, ice cream, mayonnaise, mixed condiments and seasonings, mineral water, footwear costing more than INR 500, camera, speakers, monitors, printers, electrical transformer, optical fiber, tissues, sanitary napkins, notebooks, steel products, headgear and its parts, aluminum foil, bamboo furniture, AC restaurants that serve liquor, restaurants in five-star and luxury hotels, telecom services, IT services, branded garments and financial services and so on attract an 18% GST.

  • 28% GST Rate Slab

    19% of goods and services fall under this category. The rest of edibles like chewing gum, bidi, molasses, chocolate not containing cocoa, waffles and wafers coated with chocolate, pan masala, aerated water, personal care items like deodorants, shaving creams, after shave, hair shampoo, dye, sunscreen, paint, water heater, dishwasher, weighing machine, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, automobiles, motorcycles, 5-star hotel stays, race club betting, private lottery and movie tickets above INR 100 etc. have been clubbed together under the 28% GST slab. Some other items that will get costlier also include: Courier services, mobile phone tariffs, Mobile bills, tuition fees, salon visits, insurance premiums, banking charges, broadband services will get costlier by 3%. These were earlier charged a 15% service tax, and will now fall under 18% tax slab. Taxes on aerated drinks, tobacco and luxury goods will now come under the 28 percent tax bracket under GST, so it will get costlier. Real Estate will also get expensive as it will now attract a GST of 12% as opposed to 6%.

What is a GST Return?

A return is a document that a taxpayer is required to file as per the law with the tax administrative authorities. Under the Goods & Services Tax law, a normal taxpayer will be required to furnish three returns monthly and one annual return. Similarly, there are separate returns for a taxpayer registered under the composition scheme, taxpayer registered as an Input Service Distributor, a person liable to deduct or collect the tax (TDS/TCS). Use our expert guides to understand how to file various returns under Goods and Services Tax for your business.

What is GSTIN?

GSTIN is a unique identification number given to each GST taxpayer. To verify a GSTIN number a person who has a GST number can log onto the GST portal.

Payments and Refunds

Refer our guides to understand various provisions and laws related to payment, refunds and settlement of Goods and Services Tax. All payments & refunds will be made online through the electronic ledgers. You will also find a list of the electronic ledgers which will be maintained on Goods & Services Tax portal.

Mandatory documents for Online GST registration
  • PAN Card and address proof of proprietor
  • PAN Card of LLP
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