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To understand what is GST Number Search, let us first look at the concept of GSTIN.
In India, each taxpayer registered under the GST regime is allotted a unique alphanumeric identification number known as GSTIN. Alphanumeric means consisting of letters and numbers. A business registered under the GST regime is compulsorily required to mention GSTIN in its invoice.
GSTIN is 15 digits long. The first two digits give the state code. Suppose the first two digits are ‘27’, which means GSTIN is of a Maharashtra-based business. The next ten digits are from the PAN of the taxpayer. The 13th digit states the number of registrations of the same PAN holder in the same state. The next digit is ‘Z’ by default, and the last digit is a random checksum digit.
Suppose your GSTIN is 24AKQPR4577F1ZN. Here,
GSTIN is used for various purposes such as identifying businesses, tracking the sales and supply details, payments etc. Businesses need to use GSTIN in their GST software to issue invoices, debit notes etc. GST software like Khatabook provides various services where a taxpayer can quickly get all the necessary details required to follow the GST laws. One of the services is GST Number Search by name.
Let’s explore this simple but helpful service. To use this service, you need to:
This displays the registered name of the business as per the registration documents. You must use the legal name on all agreements, documents, such as MoA, AoA, Registration Certificate etc.
Most businesses have a trading name apart from their legal name. A trade name is the brand name of the business. It is how a business makes its name easily recognisable to customers. For example, “McDonald’s” is the trade name, whereas the legal name is “McDonald’s Corporation.”
Here, you will get the date of registration of the business with the GST regime.
You can get an overview of the business type, whether it's a company, partnership or proprietorship, or trust, or any other form.
GSTIN status shows whether the business is active or inactive.
The taxpayer section shows whether a taxpayer is a regular, composition dealer or any other type of taxpayer.
It shows the GST jurisdiction under which the business operates. The administrative office shows the jurisdiction office of the Centre and the other office shows the jurisdiction office of the state.
It displays the primary place from where the business is run and details of other branches.
It shows whether the Aadhaar verification has been done or not.
It shows whether e-KYC verification has been done or not.
Sometimes a business may have multiple products or services. So this field shows the primary business activity.
This section shows the details of goods & services provided by the taxpayer along with the HSN/SAC code.
Clicking on this button at the bottom gives details of filing of GSTR3B/GSTR1 of various tax periods of the respective financial year along with the date of filing and status.
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Now let’s understand how to use the service GST Number Search By Name. Go to the Khatabook website or app and click on the “Search” tab. You just need to enter the name of the business. The software will display the details of the business, such as GSTIN, registration date, etc.
The search tab looks very informative, right? It is. Let's have a look at why it's a good practice for a business.
By providing these services, the GST system has been made more reliable. Businesses can verify if a supplier is consistent in following the GST laws and procedures, which help in claiming the input credit. GST Number Search By Name helps in the smooth flow of business and prevents tax leakage for the government.
1. Can I obtain information from the search tab with the PAN of the business?
Yes, you can get the information even if you have only the PAN number of the business. For this, you need to go to the 'Search by PAN' option and proceed accordingly.
2. Is it possible to get details of different states’ registration based on the GSTIN of any one state?
Yes, you can get details of different states’ registration based on the GSTIN of any one state. You need to copy PAN from the GSTIN you have and enter it in the 'Search by PAN' field. Suppose GSTIN is 24AKQPR4577F1ZN, then the number in bold is your PAN.
3. Can I get details of the Annual Return GSTR-9 and filing status on this search tab?
No, this field is now not available anymore. However, these details were previously available on the search tab.
4. Do GSTIN holders get to know that their details have been accessed from the search tab?
No, GSTIN holders do not get any alert or message on such a search by anyone.
5. Is there any monitoring of such GSTIN holders who are being searched?
No, there's no monitoring as there is no confidential information being displayed on this search tab.
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