To make filing GST easy and user-friendly, the Indian Government has given every taxpayer access to an online portal. The official GST portal simplifies the process, but to start, you need to register your company. You can proceed with an online application and complete the registration online. Once done, it takes 15 days for your application to get registered. In the meantime, you can check the GST registration status using your Application Reference Number (ARN) on the GST official portal.
What is ARN Number?
The acquirer reference number (ARN) is a unique number that tags a credit card transaction from the acquiring bank to the cardholder's bank. Banks could use this number to trace a transaction with an acquirer.
How to check GST registration status
- First, make your way to the GST official portal
- Then, proceed to the 'services' tab. Under this tab, you will find a header by the name of 'registration'
- Next, click on the 'registration' header to get three options: 'New Registration', 'Track Application Status', and 'Application for Filing Clarifications'
- Now, click 'Track Application Status' and enter your ARN in the given space. Input the captcha code in the next step and click 'search'
If you enter the right code without any spaces or typos, you will receive your GST registration status on your screen within seconds. However, each terminology represents a different set of information. Read on to the next segment to know what each entails.
Additional Read: What is GSTIN (goods and services tax identification number)
What does each GST registration status mean?
At every stage of your registration application, you will get a written status basis of the stage it is. By decoding your status, it will be easy for you to gauge your application's progress. Here are the terms you will come across when checking your GST registration status:
This means your application has not been filed yet. However, owing to the successful submission of your application, a provisional ID has been released for you.
Pending for verification status
This status means that your application has been successfully filed. However, the same has not been verified yet.
Validation against error status
This status means the PAN details you provided do not match with the details provided by the IT department. On seeing this status, proceed to rectify your application at the earliest.
This status gives you a positive head-up and mentions that your application for migration to GST has been made successfully.
A cancelled status indicates that your application has failed. This means you will have to reapply by rectifying the problems or are not entitled to GST registration as per GST laws.
Based on your GST registration status, plan the way forward. Since you need to file GST within a prescribed timeline, it is best to initiate the process as soon as you get a heads-up on your status. This will allow you to be on track with GST returns.
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