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The Government is striving hard to meet its ambitious target to roll out a pan-India Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) from April 1, 2017. One of the biggest challenges in implementation of GST is migration of existing taxpayers to GST System to ensure smooth transition to GST regime. In series of events to witness the GST light of the day, enrolment is now open for the assessee presently registered with State Tax or VAT in Puducherry, the first in the Country (along with Sikkim), from November 8, 2016 which will continue up to November 23, 2016.

On the same day, GST System Portal ‘’ (“GSTN Portal”) has been launched by the Government of India. Mr. Navin Kumar, Chairman of GST Network (“GSTN”) said “The enrolment of other States will be done subsequently and the entire process completed by January 15, 2017”. Thus, the schedule of the GST enrolment plan State-wise has been provided by the Government, which is as follows:


Start Date

End Date

Puducherry, Sikkim

November 8, 2016

November 23, 2016

Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Daman and Diu, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Chhattisgarh

November 14,  2016

November 29, 2016

Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram

November 30,  2016

December 15, 2016

Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan

December16, 2016

December 31, 2016

Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

January 1,  2017

January 15, 2017

Service Tax Registrants

January 1, 2017

January 31, 2017

Delta All Registrants (All Groups)

February 1, 2017

March 20, 2017

The assessee is required to complete the GST enrolment during the aforesaid specified dates. However, the window will be open till January 31, 2017 for those who miss the chance.



Recently, the GSTN, has released 56 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for enrolment of the existing taxpayer on the GSTN Portal.

Indeed, these FAQs will be an effective tool in disseminating knowledge on Migration of existing taxpayers to GST System. We are summarising herewith key highlights of the FAQs for easy digest-

1. Meaning of existing taxpayer:

An existing taxpayer is an entity currently registered under any of the Acts as given below-

  • Central Excise
  • Service tax
  • State Sales tax / VAT (except exclusive liquor dealers if registered under VAT)
  • Entry tax
  • Luxury tax
  • Entertainment tax (except levied by the local bodies).

2. Enrolment under GST:

  • Enrolment under GST means validating the data of existing taxpayers and filling up the remaining key fields.
  • The data available with various tax authorities is incomplete. Thus, fresh enrolment is required for all existing taxpayers so as to ensure smooth transition to GST regime and enrolment process is common for all taxpayers registered under Centre/State/UT Tax Acts etc.
  • No paper based enrolment will be allowed and taxpayers need to enrol as a user on the GSTN Portal to enable them for GST compliance requirement viz. return filing, tax payment, etc.
  • The taxpayers registered under State VAT and Central Excise can start enrolling from November 8, 2016 (in FAQs, October, 2016 was mentioned) as per plan indicated supra, on GSTN portal. However, the taxpayers registered under Service tax will be enrolled on a later date for which separate intimation will be given.
  • No concept of deemed enrolment.
  • There is no fee/charge for enrolment with GSTN portal.
  • Common enrolment for both Centre GST & State GST and there will be common registration, return and challan for the same.

3. Procedure for migration of existing taxpayers under GST:

a. Login through GSTN Portal

  • For the first time login, username and password received from the State VAT/Centre Tax Department is to be provided and in case user name and password is not received, then, contact concerned jurisdiction State/Centre authorities.
  • For subsequent login, username and password as created by the taxpayer while enrolling with GSTN portal.

b. Prefilled details in enrolment application

The following details will be auto-populated in the enrolment application based on existing data-

  • PAN of the Business
  • Legal Name of Business
  • State
  • Reason of liability to obtain registration
  • Email Address and Mobile number of primary Authorized Signatory entered during enrolling with GSTN Portal.

The legal name, State name and PAN cannot be changed in the enrolment application.

c. Information/ Documents required for enrolling with GST

Before enrolling with GSTN Portal, you must ensure to have the following information/ documents available with you:-

  1. Provisional ID received from State/Central Authorities,
  2. Password received from the State/Central Authorities,
  3. Valid Email Address & Mobile Number (only of the primary authorised signatory* appointed by taxpayer or taxpayer himself and not of tax professional, which will be verified by separate one time passwords),
  4. Bank Account Number (Bank accounts used for purpose of carrying out business transaction subject to maximum of 10 Bank accounts),
  5. Bank IFSC

* Primary authorized signatory is a person who is primarily responsible to perform action on GSTN Portal on behalf of taxpayer. All communication from GSTN Portal relating to taxpayer will be sent to him. For example in case of proprietor, the proprietor himself or any person authorized by him etc.

  • State jurisdiction in enrolment application is same as given in existing taxpayers VAT Registration certificate and Centre jurisdiction for Central Excise dealers is as given in Registration certificate. However, Centre jurisdiction for dealers registered only in VAT is to be found out based on the address of Principal place of Business of existing taxpayers.
  • Every page of the application is to be saved after filling of the details.
  • Aadhaar is not mandatory for filling of enrolment application. However, Digital Signature (DSC) or Aadhaar based E-signing would be required for submission of enrolment application.
  • Application for enrolment to be mandatorily signed by DSC for enrolment by Companies, Foreign Companies, Limited Liability Partnership (LLPs) and Foreign Limited Liability Partnership (FLLPs).
  • Application for enrolment can be signed through Electronic Signature (E-sign), which is an online Electronic Signature service to facilitate Aadhaar holder to digitally sign a document.
  • Documents required-

d. Proof of Constitution of Business:

In case of Partnership firm- Partnership Deed of Partnership Firm (PDF and JPEG format in maximum size of 1 MB).
In case of Others- Registration certificate of the Business Entity (PDF and JPEG format in maximum size of 1 MB).

  1. Photograph of Promoters/Partners/Karta of HUF (JPEG format in maximum size of 100 KB).
  2. Proof of Appointment of Authorized Signatory (PDF and JPEG format in maximum size of 1 MB).
  3. Photograph of Authorized Signatory (JPEG format in maximum size of 100 KB).
  4. Opening page of Bank Passbook/ Statement containing Bank Account Number of < Account Number>, Address of Branch, Address of Account holder and few transaction details (PDF and JPEG format in maximum size of 1 MB).

4. Generation of Application Reference Number (ARN)-

  • ARN will be generated after submission of enrolment application.
  • It is a unique 15 digit number assigned to each transaction completed at GSTN Portal with first 2 digit regarding alphabets, next 2 digits will be State code, next 2 will be Month, next 2 will be year, next 6 digits will be system generated code and last digit will be check sum digit.
  • ARN can be used to track the status of enrolment application.

5. Acceptance/ Rejection of enrolment application

The application for enrolment with GSTN Portal can be rejected (after reasonable opportunity of being heard) in case wrong or fake or incorrect document has been furnished/uploaded with DSC or E-Sign.

6. Issuance of Provisional and Final Registration certificate

  • Provisional Registration certificate will be available on the dashboard of the taxpayer on the appointed date if enrolment application has been filed successfully.
  • The final Registration certificate will be provided after verification of documents (within 6 months) by proper officer(s) Centre/State of concerned jurisdiction(s) after appointed date.

7. Registration of multiple businesses in one State: As one PAN allows one GST Registration in a State, register one business entity first. For the remaining business verticals within the State, please get in touch with the concerned jurisdictional authority.

8. A fresh registration for Input Service Distributor (ISD): An existing ISD taxpayer, need to apply afresh in the GSTN Portal for the State where it desire to seek registration. Concerned Central jurisdictional authority needs to be informed.


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