GSTIN i.e. GST Identification Number is a unique number issued to a business registered under GST. It is a 15 digit number allotted on the basis of the PAN of the business. GST Number can be verified on the GST Portal. It is important to verify the GSTIN of a taxpayer to ensure that the GSTIN quoted by them on the documents actually belongs to them. Further, it is important to ensure that the GSTIN on the invoice is valid since many sellers enter a fake GST number to fraudulently charge GST from the buyers. To obtain a GSTIN, you should apply for a GST Registration.
|First two digits||State Code|
|Next 10 digits||PAN of the business|
|13th digit||Number of registrations in a state|
|14th digit||Default character ‘Z’|
|Last digit||Checksum digit or number|
To issue GST Number there is no fee charged by the government. However, a professional fee may be charged if services of a GST Practitioner or a Chartered Accountant are used.
Both terms are completely different.
-GSTIN i.e. Goods and Services Tax Identification Number is a unique number allotted to a business registered under GST.
-GSTN i.e. Goods and Services Tax Network is the organization that provides the IT infrastructure to run the GST Portal.
A business registered under GST should report GST Number at the following places:
1. Issue of GST Invoice – Tax Invoice, Bill of Supply, Credit Note, Debit Note, etc
2. Generating E-Way Bill – Single E-Way Bill, Consolidated E-Way Bill
3. Filing GST Return – GSTR-1, GSTR-3B, GSTR-4, GSTR-9
4. Filing Forms and Applications with the GST Department