In 2020, the GST council had its 39th meeting where it has approved the operationalisation of the Aadhaar based authentication, especially for the new taxpayers. Even though it was delayed in March 2020, considering the COVID lockdown situation but the facility was rolled out in August last year. The Aadhar authentication, especially for the new registration, is most likely to ease the running of the business. If you go for Aadhar authentication for new enrolment, then you can avail of it, provided there is no notice issued. The best part is that you don’t need to wait for any physical verifications.
If you don’t go for Aadhaar authentication for GST registration, then you might be granted the same after physical verification of your business or documents. However, if the notice is issued, then it might take at least 21 days.
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the officer might ask for some more documents to complete the verification process featuring pre-registration for physical verification of your space.
All you need to know about Aadhar authentication:
A process by which Aadhar numbers featuring biometric details of the Aadhar holder tend to be submitted to Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) is known as Aadhar authentication. The process is all about verifying your desired action. The main aim of aadhar authentication is to create an online platform where your identity as an Aadhar holder can be validated whenever you want.
Step by step guide for Aadhaar Authentication for GST registration –
- While applying for GST registration, you need to choose an option to authenticate your Aadhar or not.
- You can either select the Yes or No option when it comes to Aadhar authentication.
- If you choose Yes, then you will avail an authentication link on your GST registered mobile number and email ids of the Partners and Authorized Signatories.
- After clicking on the authentication link, you can see a screen where you need to sign the declaration form and enter your Aadhar number. Lastly, you need to click on the option to validate.
- You will get an OTP on your registered mobile number after the details in n registration form align with the UIDAI. After entering the OTP in the box, you can see a message of successful E-KYC authentication on your screen.
- While completing the process, you need to ensure all your details are updated, including your mobile number and email.
- Furthermore, you will get an OTP for radar authentication on your registered mobile number or email id. You can verify your mobile number on https://resident.uidai.gov.in/verify, where you can see the last three digits of your phone number.
- You can choose NO if you don’t want to go for GST registration authentication. Then the GST registration application is likely to be sent through jurisdictional tax authority, which will carry out essential document verification or physical site verification before approving the registration. If there is no action is taken, then the Tax authority will approve the registration as deemed to be agreed in 21 days.
How can you easily avail this facility?
- All you need to do is head to www.gst.gov.in and navigate to Services > Registration > New Registration option.
- Or you can click on the register now link.
Eligibility criteria for this facility:
All Indian citizens can avail of the facility of quick approval of GST registration through Aadhaar authentication. But you need to know that the facility isn’t for you if you fall under the category of Online Information Database Access and Retrieval services (OIDARs), tax deductors, taxpayers featuring Unique Identification Number (UIN) and non-resident taxpayers.
In any of the cases, the officer would act quickly under a specified time for people going for Aadhar authentication. On the flip side, if you don’t go for Aadhar authentication, then the timeline is around 21 days. The application is likely to be said to be deemed to be approved if the registration application has neither been rejected nor accepted after the given deadline.
Lastly, if GST authentication is not allotted to you, then you can choose an alternate means of identification that is available under the GST rules.
Vineet Jindal is a Columnist and Finance Professional. He has keen interests in International Affairs, Politics, Economy and Law.
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