GST Enrollment is scheduled to reopen again on June 25th for businesses that had missed the earlier deadline for enrollment.
Many businesses have missed the deadline to enroll under Goods and Services Tax. As per the government data, 60.5 lakh entities have enrolled themselves with the Goods and Services Tax Network since November of 2016. However, approximately 2 million businesses are yet to enroll on the GST portal.
The migration process of taxpayers who are already registered under Value Added Tax of state government or Services Tax, Excise Duty under Central Board of Excise and Customs was initiated from November 8, 2016. The initial deadline to complete the enrollment was January 31, 2017, however, this deadline was extended multiple times, until April 30. Since then, there has been panic among businesses which could not get their businesses enrolled. But the good news is, this window for enrollment will again open from June 25.
Why was Enrollment Closed?
GSTN is building one of the most complex business software that will revolutionize how India does business and adheres to GST’s compliances. It is going to be one of the biggest collaborative tax compliance systems. To ensure that all logic is tested adequately, it needed to be shared with stakeholders for extensive testing. This was one of the reasons why curtains were pulled down on the enrollment process so that it does not affect the system testing.
However, enrollment will again start from June 25, 2017, as stated recently by Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia.
What Will be the Period of Enrollment?
GST enrollment will be opened for one final time from June 25. The government is very serious about implementing GST on time and is taking all steps possible to ensure the transition is done before launch. However, even if businesses miss this deadline they should not panic. Under GST law, anyone registered in the VAT regime will have time and opportunity to transition to the new regime since the PAN number will still be valid.
How Should You Prepare for Enrollment
As a next step, you must keep all your documents handy which are required for GST enrollment. Once the authorities reopen enrollment again, we will notify our users about the same. A list of these documents is provided below along with size and format for upload:
- Provisional ID received from State/Central Authorities
- Password received from the State/Central Authorities
- Valid E-mail Address
- Valid Mobile Number
- Bank Account Number
- Bank IFSC
|S.No.||Documents||File Size Format||Maximum Allowable Size|
|1.||Proof of Constitution of Business
||PDF or JPEG||1 MB|
|2.||Photograph of Promoters/ Partners/ Karta of HUF||JPEG||100 KB|
|3.||Proof of Appointment of Authorized Signatory||PDF or JPEG||1 MB|
|4.||Photograph of Authorized Signatory||JPEG||100 KB|
|5.||Opening page of Bank Passbook/ Statement containing Bank Account Number of < Account Number>, Address of Branch,
Address of Account holder and few transaction details
|PDF and JPEG||1 MB|
Please Note: Electronically signing the Enrollment Application using DSC is mandatory for enrollment by Companies, Foreign Companies, Limited Liability Partnership (LLPs) and Foreign Limited Liability Partnership (FLLPs).
For other taxpayers, electronically signing using DSC is optional.
At ClearTax we have always striven for simplifying compliance for our users and we will continue to do so for Goods and Services Tax. Register for our GST Software and ensure your business is GST compliant from day zero!