Updated on: Dec 7th, 2022
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GST login on the GST portal is crucial for every taxpayer to file GST returns, claim refunds, or reply to notices. In this article, let’s understand the GST login portal, services available before and after GST login, steps to obtain GST login and steps to log in to the GST portal successfully.
GST portal is a PAN-India government website for GST compliance. The GST government website or portal is hosted at https://www.gst.gov.in/. The government portal for GST is a website where a taxpayer can carry out all the compliance activities under GST before and after GST login.
They can take actions such as GST registration, return filing, payment of taxes, application for a refund, etc., on the GST login portal, explained in further sections of this article.
E-way bill system or the e-way bill portal is accessible at https://ewaybillgst.gov.in/. An electronic way bill or e-way bill refers to a document that transporters must carry while moving goods from one place to another where the consignment value exceeds Rs.50,000. It is a document that tracks the movement of goods under the GST law.
All e-way bills are generated on the e-way bill system to obtain a unique e-way bill number for every invoice. The transporter, recipient and supplier use this e-way bill for moving the goods from the origin to the destination within the validity period of the e-way bill.
Before GST, way bills were generated in every state, whereas with the implementation of GST, e-way bills are common across all states or Union Territories.
Visit the gst.gov.in website and make an application for GST Registration. On submission of all the details and documents, an acknowledgement number is allotted for GST login.
After due verification by the GST officer, the registration process is completed by allocating a GST Identification Number (GSTIN). In the process, you will also get a username and can set a password for the official GST login. You can read our article to learn the entire process of GST registration.
The GST portal has several crucial tabs necessary for GST compliance. These are as follows-
There are six options provided under the ‘Services’ tab on the GST portal.
The first option under the ‘Services’ tab contains the link for applying for a new GST registration. A person who is a supplier of goods and services must register under GST if their turnover exceeds the threshold of Rs.40 lakh and Rs 20 lakh, respectively (Rs 10 lakh for NE and hill states, known as special category states). The details of the threshold limit are explained in our article on GST Registration limits.
By using this guide, you can apply for GST registration on the GST Portal online. You can also register under GST quickly and effortlessly through Clear.
The next tab is ‘Payments’. Any GST-registered taxpayer can create a challan and make a payment. There is an option to track the status as well.
Also, you can use the ‘Track PaymentStatus’ facility on the GST portal. There is also an option to submit a ‘Grievance against Payment (GST PMT-07)’ under the ‘Payments’ tab.
The User services tab offers the following options:
A single option is available under this tab enabling the user to track their refund application status.
The e-way bill system tab guides you to the e-way bill portal. You can also access FAQs and the user manual on the e-way bill portal.
This is the final tab under ‘Services’ and provides the user with an option to track the status of their registration and refund applications.
This tab consists of a list of links to the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) and states/UT commercial tax websites. The links host CGST act and rules, SGST act and rules and all other acts and rules relevant to GST. Also, the latest notifications, amendments and circulars around GST can be accessed therefrom.
The tab consists of two main sections – Offline Tools and GST Statistics.
The government has both online and offline methods to file GST returns. The link for GST offline tools provides the offline utility of the GST forms and returns as follows:
The tab gives access to the metrics on the past filing trends on GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B as follows:
You can search for a taxpayer by their GSTIN/UIN, i.e. with the GST search tool or GST number search by PAN to verify the taxpayer’s details or GSTINs registered under a PAN. This feature is available on the home page and also after logging in.
You can also find a composition dealer who has opted in or out of the scheme by entering either the GSTIN or the state from which he is registered. There are other tools, such as the Search composition taxpayer tool and search temporary ID tool.
The help tab on the GST portal homepage contains many how-to guides, system requirements for various GST filings, user manuals, videos and FAQs and a link redirecting users to the grievance redressal portal. Further, advisories on new facilities and a list of errors with resolutions are available.
A list of GST Suvidha Providers (GSPs) and a list of free accounting and billing software are the latest additions to the GST portal. These have been made available to the user on the GST portal to resolve any issue or doubt in the return filing process, GST registration, etc.
This is a new tab on the GST portal which takes the taxpayer to a page with a clickable link that redirects them to the e-invoice portal. You can try Clear e-Invoicing, an AI-based tool to automate e-invoice management without hassles.
There are four more sections on the GST portal that can assist the user in their GST return or form filings:
On scrolling down, you can see all the GST news like the change in due dates, GSTN system updates, and change in the filing processes under this section.
This section helps the user register as a taxpayer or GST practitioner under GST. It also provides a search tool to locate a taxpayer or GST practitioner.
This section lists some of the frequently asked questions, such as how to apply for a refund, how to opt into the composition scheme, etc.
In the ‘Upcoming Due Dates’ section, the upcoming GST return deadlines are notified for the users. Any change in the filing dates can be seen here.
Existing users can follow the below steps for GST login:
Step 1: Visit www.gst.gov.in or the official GST website and click on ‘Login’ appearing on the right-hand corner of the homepage.
Step 2: Enter the username, password, captcha code and then click on the ‘LOGIN’ button.
Step 3: You will see your dashboard upon a successful GST login. You can view a summary of your GST credits, ‘FILE RETURNS’ tab, ‘PAY TAX’ tab, and Annual Aggregate Turnover (AATO) along with notices/orders received and saved forms.
Following are the steps for new users to create login on the GST portal:
Step 1: Click on the login link given in the top right-hand corner of the GST Home page
Step 2: Click on the here link in the instruction at the bottom of the page that says “First time login: If you are logging in for the first time, click here to login”.
Step 3: Enter the provisional ID/GSTIN/UIN and password received on your e-mail address. Also, input the given captcha and then click on “Login”.
Step 4: The new credentials page is displayed. Enter the username and password of your choice. Re-confirm the password and then click on “Submit” button.
Step 5: A success message is displayed once the username and password have been created. You can now login to the GST official Portal using these credentials.
Step 6: When you login for the first time on the official GST website, you will be prompted to file a non-core amendment application to submit bank accounts details. Click on ‘FILE AMENDMENT’ button.
Step 7: The application form for editing is displayed and non-core fields is available in editable form. Edit the details in the bank accounts tab by clicking ‘ADD NEW’ button and submitting the application.
The home page of the gst.gov.in after you log in contains the following options:
A dashboard appears on the screen once you log in to the GST portal.
The home page dashboard page displays the return status (filed/not filed) for the last five return periods. You can access your profile, notices and orders with one click on this dashboard page. You can also file returns or create a tax payment challan from this screen.
You can then click on the ‘Dashboard’ tab to get the ledger balances, i.e. amounts available in your cash, credit, and liability ledgers, as well as the turnover details of any selected financial year.
Apart from the services offered before logging in, the GST portal provides you with an elaborate list of services once you log in.
(a) Under the ‘Registration’ tab, there is an additional facility to amend non-core fields of the GST registration.
Every person is required to register for GST when the annual turnover exceeds the threshold limit through the GST portal. It is a simple 11-step process to register on the government’s GST portal. You can refer this guide to register on the GST portal or get a quick and easy registration done through Clear.
(b) Under the ‘Ledgers’ tab, you can access the following:
(c) Under the ‘Returns’ tab, you can explore the following options:
(d) Under the ‘Payments’ tab, you will find these:
(e) Under the ‘User Services’ tab, you have access to the following list of services:
(f) Under the ‘Refunds’ tab, you will have the below options to choose:
The rest of the tabs such as ‘e-Way Bill System’, ‘Track Application Status’, ‘GST Law’, ‘Search Taxpayers’, and ‘Help and Taxpayer Facilities’ offers you the same options even after logging in to the gst.gov.in.
Here is a list of some services important services available on the GST Portal after logging into the portal. Click on the service to see the detailed guide.
Other than the above services changing core and non-core fields, browsing notices received, filing ITC Forms, Engage/ Disengage GST Practitioner are some of the other services provided on the GST Portal/ GSTN.
One can check the GST registration status either before or after GST login. A GST registration form is processed after 15 days of making an application but one can track the GST portal registration status online on the GST portal. Follow the steps given in the article “How to track GST status” for complete details.
Different documents will be needed based on the business constitution or the GST registration type that is obtained. For complete details, read our article on “GST registration documents”.
GST registration is required or compulsory when the person earns turnover during the financial year exceeding the basic threshold defined under the GST law, depending upon the state of principal place of business.
One can get GST login ID and password by applying for GST registration providing details of businesss such as the name, PAN of the business, phone number and name of authorised person, address of principal place of business and supporting documents. Upon successful filing of application, ID and password for GST login shall be granted.
If one is trying to find their existing GST login details, they can always reset password entering some basic details such as registered phone number or email address to retrieve forgotten password. If a person wants to newly obtain GST login, they must apply for GST registration.
One can create GST login ID and password by making application for GST registration by providing businesss information such as the trade name, PAN of the business, phone number and name of authorised person, complete address of principal place of business along with the supporting documents. Upon successful filing of application, ID and password for GST login shall be granted.
Go to the GST login portal at gst.gov.in login and click on the ‘Login’ button available at the top right corner. Under the first time login tab, press ‘click here to login’ as a first-time user. Thereafter, enter the allotted ARN and password received on the email address for GST login.
On the GST portal, go to Services and then click on ‘Registration’. Thereafter, click on ‘New Registration’. Select the ‘Temporary Reference Number’ option and click to proceed. Verify GST login credentials using the OTP sent to the registered mobile number and e-mail ID.
If one has forgotten GST login password, they can generate a new password or reset the same by using the “Forgot Password” link available on the GST login page. A pop up appears seeking the registered email address. Find the reset link sent to the inbox and reset with a new password.
Granting of GST number usually takes between 3-7 working days.
One cannot login to the GST portal using SCN number or show cause notice number. However, one can track GST registration status using the Service Request Number (SRN).