GST Challan: Everything You Need to Know

Understanding the basics of GST challans and how to make payments online is crucial for businesses to stay compliant with GST regulations and avoid penalties.
Business Loan
4 min read
16 January 2024

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax that is levied on most goods and services sold in India. Businesses that are registered under GST have to pay taxes regularly using GST challans. In this article, we will discuss the basics of GST challans, how to generate them, and how to make online payments using GST challans.

What is GST challan?

The GST challan is a document that facilitates the payment of GST dues. Its purpose is to simplify the payment process for businesses by providing a structured format for submitting tax payments. This digital form can be generated online, making the entire GST payment experience hassle-free.

Benefits of GST challan payment

Here are some benefits of using GST challans for tax payments:

  1. Easy payment process: GST challan payment is a quick and straightforward process that can be completed online from the comfort of your home or office.
  2. Secure payment: Online payments using GST challans are safe and secure, reducing the chances of fraud and theft.
  3. Real-time updates: The system provides real-time updates on payment status and transaction details, enabling businesses to track transaction history and stay on top of compliance.
  4. Flexibility: The GST challan system provides multiple payment options such as NEFT, RTGS, and credit/debit cards, making it convenient for businesses to choose the method that works best for them.

How to generate GST challan?

Here are the steps to generate a GST challan:

  1. Visit the GST Portal and go to the "services" tab on the homepage.
  2. Click on the "payments" tab and select "create challan."
  3. Fill in the details such as the taxpayer's GSTIN, taxpayer name, and the amount of tax to be paid.
  4. Click on "generate challan."
  5. Take a printout of the challan or save it in PDF format for future reference.

GST challan payment through net banking

Here are the steps to make an online payment using a GST challan:

  1. Log in to your bank's net banking facility or visit the bank's website.
  2. Go to the payments section and select the "tax payments" option.
  3. Choose the type of GST payment - CGST, SGST, or IGST - and enter the GSTIN, tax period, and amount to be paid.
  4. Enter the unique identification number (GST challan number), and complete the payment process.

GST challan payment through NEFT/RTGS

GST challan payment can be done through NEFT/RTGS by following the below steps:

  1. Login to the GST portal using the valid credentials.
  2. Click on the ‘services’ tab and select ‘payments’ from the drop-down list.
  3. Select the ‘create challan’ option and enter the required details, such as the taxpayer's GSTIN, tax period, and tax type.
  4. Click on the ‘generate challan’ button, and a preview of the challan will be displayed on the screen.
  5. Click on ‘generate GST challan’ and select the payment mode as ‘NEFT/RTGS.’
  6. Download the GST challan and note down the details required for the NEFT/RTGS transaction, such as the bank account number and IFSC code.
  7. Make the NEFT/RTGS payment on the bank’s website by entering the details.
  8. Once the payment is successful, wait for a few hours for the payment to reflect on the GST portal.
  9. Check the payment status on the GST portal to ensure that the challan payment is accepted.

How to make offline payment of GST challan?

To make an offline payment of GST challan, the taxpayer needs to follow the below steps:

  1. Visit the nearest authorised GST bank and collect a copy of the GST challan.
  2. Fill in the required information such as the taxpayer's GSTIN, tax type, and tax period as applicable.
  3. Submit the GST challan and cash/cheque to the bank officer.
  4. The bank officer will verify the details and accept the payment.
  5. After the payment is accepted, the bank will stamp the copy of the GST challan and provide a payment acknowledgment.
  6. This payment acknowledgment is essential for filing GST returns and claiming Input Tax Credit (ITC) against the GST paid.
  7. Once the payment is successful, wait for a few hours for the payment to reflect on the GST portal.
  8. Check the payment status on the GST portal to ensure that the challan payment is accepted.

The GST challan payment system streamlines the process of paying GST taxes, ensuring that businesses stay compliant with GST regulations and avoid penalties. To simplify your GST tax payment process, learn how to generate GST challans and make online payments with ease.

Additional Read: GST calculator

Additional Read: GSTIN Verification

Additional Read: GST return


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Frequently asked questions

Can I make a GST payment through a physical challan?

Yes, you can make a GST payment through a physical challan by generating it on the GST portal, filling the details, and submitting it along with the payment at authorised banks.

What are the modes of paying GST liability?

Modes of GST payment include online methods like NEFT/RTGS, credit/debit cards, and offline methods like over-the-counter payments at authorised banks.

How do I get a GST challan receipt?

Obtain a GST challan receipt by downloading it from the GST portal after successful payment. The receipt includes details such as the Challan Identification Number (CIN) and payment information.

How can I download the GST challan online?

Download the GST challan online by logging into the GST portal, navigating to the 'services' tab, selecting 'payments,' and choosing 'create challan.' Fill in the details, generate the challan, and download it for reference.

What happens if the GST challan is not paid?

Non-payment of GST challan attracts interest and penalties. It may lead to legal consequences, including prosecution and recovery proceedings by tax authorities.

What are the types of GST challan?

There are three types of GST challan:

a) GST PMT-06 - For the payment of tax, penalty, interest, or any other amount.

b) GST PMT-07 - For the generation of a refund.

c) GST PMT-08 - For the payment of self-assessed tax by a casual taxable person or non-resident taxable person.

What is the limit of GST challan payment?

There is no specific limit for GST challan payments. Taxpayers can make payments based on their GST liability, and the mode of payment may vary based on the amount, with NEFT/RTGS for higher values and other methods for smaller transactions.

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