GSTIN is GST identification number or GST number. A GSTIN is a 15-digit PAN-based unique identification number allotted to every registered person under GST. As a GST-registered dealer, you might want to do a GST Number (GSTIN) verification before entering it in your GST Returns.
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There can be multiple GSTIN for a single person, being an assessee under the Income Tax Act for every State or Union Territory in which such person operates from. It becomes compulsory to obtain GSTIN when the person crosses the threshold limit for GST registration by registering himself under GST.
Unlike the previous indirect tax regime, where multiple registration numbers were present for different laws like Excise, Service Tax and VAT, it is a single registration number under GST- GSTIN .
GSTIN or GST number is public information. GST number search by name is an important task that every business dealing with GST registered taxpayers must carry out to ensure the authenticity of the vendor and the GSTIN or GST number being used in the invoice. Technology has enabled you to verify GSTIN by a click of a button from anywhere and anytime. Search GST number before you proceed with a deal. You can partly verify GSTIN or GST number on the first look of it by checking if the vendor’s PAN number matches with the digits between 3 and 10 in the GSTIN. Use the ClearTax GSTIN verification tool and GSTIN Validator to verify GSTIN or verify GST number in jippy!
First 2 numbers → State code of the registered person
Next 10 characters → PAN of the registered person
Next number→ Entity number of the same PAN
Next character → Alphabet Z by default
Last number → Check code which may be alpha or digit, used for detection of errors
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3. What is the ClearTax GST Number Search Tool?
The ClearTax GST Number Search Tool and GSTIN Validator enables businesses to verify any GSTIN with a single-click GSTIN search. This feature can be used by anyone free of cost, provided they have the requisite GSTIN on hand.
4. How to use the ClearTax GST Number Search Tool and GSTIN Validator?
All you have to do is-
Enter a valid GSTIN number in the search box below
Click on “Search” button
If the GSTIN is correct, the details that can be verified here are-
The legal name of the business
Date of registration
Constitution of business – company, sole-proprietor or partnership
Taxpayer type – regular taxpayer or composition dealer
GSTIN status / UIN status
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5. Advantages of online GSTIN search & verification tool or GSTIN Validator
The benefits of verification of a GSTIN using GSTIN Validator are:
To check the authenticity of any GSTIN
A GSTIN on a hand-written invoice can be verified easily, if unclear
You can prevent yourself from associating with vendors using fake GSTINs
Avoid a GSTIN fraud
Help vendors correct any potential error in reporting GSTIN
6. Frequently Asked Questions
When will a GSTIN be allocated?
Once the GST registration application is processed successfully, the GST portal will allocate 15 digits GSTIN to the applicant.
Is it mandatory to mention GSTIN on the invoices?
Yes, it is mandatory to mention GSTIN on all the invoices raised by a taxpayer. Also, the GST registered person should display the GST registration certificate at all place of businesses.
How to get GST Identification Number?
To get GSTIN, one has to submit the Form GST REG-01 along with the required documents using the GST portal. After an officer performs a verification, GSTIN will be allocated to the applicant.
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What are the uses of GSTIN?
GSTIN is one of the pre-requisites for starting a business. As per the GST law, GSTIN has to be displayed at all places of businesses of a registered individual. Also, it has to be quoted during the process of raising invoices, while generating e-way bills, during GST return filing, and during the submission of information to the tax department.
Can I hold multiple GSTIN’s or GST numbers?
If a business operates from more than one state, the taxpayer can hold separate GST registration for each state. For instance, If a textile company sells in Telangana and Delhi, he has to apply for separate GST registration in Telangana and Delhi respectively.