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GST Registration Threshold Limits

By Annapoorna

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Updated on: May 27th, 2024

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3 min read

The GST Council, on considering the demands raised by MSME, increased the GST registration threshold limits. These changes were proposed in the 32nd GST Council meeting held on 10th January 2019. It was subsequently notified by the CBIC. It helps to ease compliance under GST.  

This article explains the GST registration threshold limits. Find out the earlier threshold limits, new GST registration limits, and the persons to whom it applies. Meanwhile, if you want to check your vendors’ or buyers’ registration status, you can use our GST search tool. Enter the GSTIN and get results in no time!

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Overview of earlier limits, new limits and the date of applicability

Aggregate TurnoverRegistration RequiredApplicability
Earlier Limits – For the sale of Goods/Providing Services
Exceeds Rs.20 lakhYes – For Normal Category StatesUp to 31st March 2019
Exceeds Rs.10 lakhYes – For Special Category StatesUp to 31st March 2019
New Limits – For Sale of Goods
Exceeds Rs.40 lakhYes – For Normal Category StatesFrom 1st April 2019
Exceeds Rs.20 lakhYes – For Special Category StatesFrom 1st April 2019
New Limits – For Providing Services
There has been no change in the threshold limits for service providers. Persons providing services need to register if their aggregate turnover exceeds Rs.20 lakh (for normal category states) and Rs.10 lakh (for special category states).

States who opted for the new limit

An option was provided to the states to opt for the new limits or continue the earlier ones (status quo).

Normal Category States/UT who opted for a new limit of Rs.40 lakhNormal Category States who choose status quoSpecial Category States/UT who opted for new limit of Rs.40 lakhSpecial Category States/UT who opted for new limit of Rs.20 lakh
Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Delhi, Bihar, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Goa, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Lakshadweep, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and ChandigarhTelanganaJammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and AssamPuducherry, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand

Note 1: Two hilly states J&K and Assam have also opted to raise the limit to Rs.40 lakh. These two states had the option to remain under lower threshold limits as they fall under the Special Category States. Even previously when these two states had the option to charge GST only on aggregate turnover exceeding Rs.10 lakh, they had opted for a higher threshold limit of Rs.20 lakh.   

Note 2: Kerala can now charge ‘calamity cess’ up to 1% on all intra-state supply of goods and services to cope up with natural calamities faced by the state last year.

Financial Year to reckon the aggregate turnover

Aggregate turnover for the current financial year (for instance, in the above case, FY 2019-2020) is considered for applicability of new threshold limits. Every supplier whose aggregate turnover in the current financial year exceeds the threshold limits will have to get registered under GST. However, certain category of persons are required to compulsorily get registered under GST:

  • Interstate suppliers
  • Casual Taxable persons
  • Persons taxable under the reverse charge basis
  • Non-resident taxable persons
  • Persons required to deduct TDS under GST
  • Persons required to deduct TCS under GST
  • Input Service Distributors
  • Persons making a sale on behalf of someone else whether as an Agent or Principal.
  • Every e-commerce operator providing a platform to suppliers to make supply through it.
  • Suppliers who supply goods through e-commerce operators who are liable to collect tax at source.
  • Online Service Providers providing service from outside India to a non-registered person in India.

Changes in the threshold limits to opt into the Composition Scheme

  • Changes in the composition scheme: The threshold of annual turnover for composition scheme was  increased to Rs.1.5 crore from 1st April 2019. The taxpayers registered under the scheme have to pay tax quarterly and file returns annually from 1st April 2019. The limit remains unchanged at Rs.75 lakh for North Eastern states & Uttarakhand.  The limit also applies to restaurants (not serving alcoholic beverages).
  • Composition scheme was made available to service providers: New scheme introduces a fixed tax rate of 6% with 3% CGST and 3% SGST. Independent service providers, as well as mixed suppliers of goods and services with an annual turnover of up to Rs.50 lakh in the preceding financial year can opt for this scheme.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the GST registration limit 20 lakhs or 40 lakhs?

In India, businesses with annual turnover over Rs. 40 lakhs (Rs. 20 lakhs in special category states) must register for GST.

What is the minimum turnover to register for GST?

Businesses with annual sales of Rs. 40 lakhs or more for goods, and Rs. 20 lakhs or more for services, must register for GST.

About the Author

I preach the words, “Learning never exhausts the mind.” An aspiring CA and a passionate content writer having 4+ years of hands-on experience in deciphering jargon in Indian GST, Income Tax, off late also into the much larger Indian finance ecosystem, I love curating content in various forms to the interest of tax professionals, and enterprises, both big and small. While not writing, you can catch me singing Shāstriya Sangeetha and tuning my violin ;). Read more

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