written by khatabook | December 10, 2019

emSigner The Digital Signature for GST Payments Online

An emSigner is an intuitive web-based software-as-a-service that allows a taxpayer to sign legally binding documents online, without traditional means like a pen, paper or fax. It becomes more beneficial as it is faster and more secure than executing documents on paper.

According to its website, “emSigner is flexible and easy-to-use electronic signature optimized for workflow platforms, providing access to admin users to build their own document workflows, templates, create other user groups and map signers to various departments like Human Resources, Legal, Finance, etc. in a few seconds and re-use it later anywhere at any time.”

 This software is a web-based application that doesn’t require hardware installation and leaves no digital footprints on its servers compared to its other competitors. emSigner is supported on select web browsers such as Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Edge and Safari.

There is a list of tools enabled in the trial version which can be availed for 7 days before you decide whether or not to purchase the software.

If you are serious about buying emSigner, here are some of the premium features they offer are:

emSigner Features

Assisted Template Creation

Ready-to-use document workflow templates tailored to your business.

White Labelling

Custom make the signer page with your company’s logo to reinforce your brand.

eVault Services

Encryption and decryption of all sensitive business documents using the eVault feature.

Time Stamping Services

Licensed time stamping authority to eradicate backdating of signed document.

Watermarking

Adding a watermark to important documents can prevent other parties passing off work as their own.

API Integrations

Document signing capabilities can be integrated into your company’s existing systems.

Phone/Email Support

Assistance provided from emSigner support through email or phone call for its premium customers.

Types of GST Filing Return Forms

When paying GST online, there are certain forms to fill and submit. This return system will contain simplified return forms, for ease of filing and submission across taxpayers registered under GST. There are 13 types of GST Return forms listed below along with their particulars and frequency of use.

GSTR-1

Details of outward supplies of goods and services, every month.

GSTR-2

Details of inward supplies of goods and services affected, every month.

GSTR-3

Monthly returns, in case of finalizing details of outward and inward supplies along with the payment of tax.

GSTR-3B

Simple returns where the summary of outward supplies along with Input Tax Credit is declared and payment of tax is affected by the taxpayer, every month.

GSTR-4

For all taxpayers registered under the Composition Scheme, levied every quarter.

GSTR-5

Returns for a non-resident or foreign taxpayer, every month.

GSTR-6

Returns for an input service distributor, every month.

GSTR-7

Returns for authorities deducting TDS (Tax Deducted at Source), every month.

GSTR-8

Details of supplies affected through the e-commerce operator and the amount of tax collected, every month.

GSTR-9

Returns for a normal taxpayer, annually. Read more here.

GSTR-9A

Annual return of a taxpayer registered under the Composition Scheme levied anytime during the year.

GSTR-10

The final return done only once, when GST registration is cancelled or surrendered.

GSTR-11

Details of inward supplies to be furnished by a person having a Unique Identification Number (UIN) and claiming a refund, every month.

When Filing GST Returns

Once the payment is processed successfully, the webpage will be directed to an acknowledgement page where the Application Reference Number (ARN) will be displayed. This 15 digit code is designated to each and every taxpayer who files for GST Returns and can be used to track the status of the returns filed. For example, the ARN is AA0102154567891. The first 2 are alphabets. (AA) The next 2 digits represents the state code. (01) The next 2 digits represents the month. (02) The next 2 digits represent the year. (15) The next 6 digits represent the system generated code. (456789) And the last number is the check sum digit. (1)

How to Check the Status of GST Returns

There are many different ways to check the status of your GST returns, 3 of them are listed below.

Checking GST Return Status using ARN

The taxpayer will receive an ARN on their registered email address or through an SMS.

  • Open the GST portal (www.gst.gov.in)
  • Enter your credentials and log in.
  • Select ‘services’, then ‘returns’ and then ‘track return status’.
  • Enter the ARN in the required field.
  • And click on search.

Checking GST Returns using status

  • Open the GST portal (www.gst.gov.in)
  • Enter your credentials and log in.
  • Select ‘services’, then ‘returns’ and then ‘track return status’.
  • Choose the ‘status of return’ from the drop-down list.
  • And click on search.

Checking Return Filing Period on the GST Portal

Make sure the taxpayer has access to their GST account before proceeding.

  • Open the GST portal (www.gst.gov.in)
  • Enter your credentials and log in.
  • Select ‘services’, then ‘returns’ and then ‘track return status’.
  • Choose the ‘return filing period’ option.
  • Select the financial year for which the returns have been filed.
  • And click on search.

MahaGST

MahaGST is a GST portal specifically targeted for taxpayers in Maharashtra. It was established to ease the payment of taxes and simplify the process by filing your GST returns online.

Very similar in nature to the standard GST portal. MahaGST contains efficient services relating to GST rules and regulations, how to go about your GST registration, tracking your Goods and Service Tax Identification Number (GSTIN). And an in depth FAQ section in case difficulties arise.

If you are a resident of Maharashtra it may benefit you to visit the page, www.mahagst.gov.in.

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