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How to enroll for GST (if you have a VAT number)

by Arshiya Dey and Tauseef Ahmed on 02/02/2017

If you are an online seller or a prospective online seller and already have a VAT number, you are required to register for GST (Goods and Services Tax). The enrollment process is entirely paperless which means that it will take place online or digitally. There will not be any hard copies or physical print outs required for the enrollment.

Below is the summary of the enrollment process for GST:

Part I: Obtaining your Provisional GST ID

The first step is to obtain the provisional GST ID and password. To obtain your GST provisional ID and password, you can visit your state’s VAT department; alternatively, you can also follow the instructions provided below.

Lets take an example of a dealer from Gujarat proposing to obtain his GST provisional ID from the VAT Portal

The list of State VAT websites is listed here:

Part II: Enroll your GST ID

For this process, you need scanned copies of the following documents and some personal information to validate your identity:

  • A valid personal email address
  • A valid personal phone number
  • Proof of constitution of business
    • In case of a Partnership Firm – Deed of Partnership
    • For Others- Registration Certificate of the business entity
  • Proof of primary place of business
  • Photo of promoter, partner, karta of Hindu undivided family (HUF) (whichever is applicable)
  • Proof of appointment of Authorised Signatory
  • Photo of Authorised Signatory
  • Opening page of bank passbook / statement containing bank account number, branch address, address of account holder and latest transaction details.

Once you have all the above-mentioned documents in place, follow the steps below to start the enrolment process:

Steps to follow (as shown in the above PPT):

Step 1 - Use your provisional GST ID and password to get access to the GST common portal and create a unique username and password.

Step 2 - Login to the GST common portal with your new username and password.

Step 3 - Fill up the details in the GST enrolment application and provide the required business details.

Step 4 - Verify the auto filled details that have been directly acquired from the state VAT system.

Part III: Signing the Enrollment Application electronically

In order to verify your enrollment application, you would need to digitally e-sign the document. 

Part IV: Submitting the Enrollment Application

Submit the enrollment application along with the necessary documents attached electronically/digitally using the steps mentioned below.

Once the enrollment application has been submitted, the details will be verified by the GST system. If the details provided are correct, an Application Reference Number (ARN) will be issued to you in “Migrated” status. The status of provisional ID will change to “Active” on the approved date and a provisional registration certificate will be issued to you.

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Note: The content provided above with respect to GST is indicative in nature and only for informational purposes. Amazon Seller Services Private Limited (“Amazon”) does not guarantee whatsoever as to the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information contained herein and assumes no responsibility for any consequences resulting from your use of this information.  Please reach out to your Tax Consultant or GST service provider for any clarifications/ queries regarding GST.

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