Voluntary Registration means applying for registration under GST (Goods and Service Tax) on a voluntary basis. The taxpayers who are not required to register as per the GST Act can apply for voluntary registration under GST.
- Collect GST on the outward supplies i.e. sales
- Claim the GST Input Tax Credit on the inward supplies i.e. purchases
- Pay GST to the government by making payment of challan on the GST Portal
A business will be required to register under GST if:
- The Aggregate Turnover exceeds the threshold limit for GST Registration
- It falls under the provisions of Compulsory Registration
Thus, a dealer whose aggregate turnover is less than the prescribed threshold limit does not need to register under GST. Such dealers can apply for voluntary registration under GST. The taxpayer may apply for voluntary registration under GST to avail of the benefits available to GST registered dealers.
Who should opt for Voluntary Registration under GST?
Whether a dealer should apply for a GST registration or not depends on various factors. Check when should you apply for registration.
Apply for voluntary registration under GST for following reasons
- Claim ITC on purchases – If you are registered under GST, you can claim the input tax credit of the GST paid on your purchases. You can claim GST input tax credit if you are registered under GST.
- Status of the registered dealer – If you are a GST registered dealer, you will receive a certificate of registration that will act as a valid proof of the legal status of the business.
- Competitive Advantage – Larger organizations and MNCs prefer to work with the GST registered dealers. A GST registered dealer can work with such companies to gain a competitive advantage.
- Inter-state sales – If you plan to sell goods or services outside your state in the future, you can apply for voluntary registration. By voluntary registration, you can avoid compulsory GST registration in the future.
- E-Commerce sales – If you plan to sell goods or services on an e-commerce platform, you can apply for voluntary GST registration to avoid compulsory registration under GST in the future.
- Unutilised ITC of earlier taxes – Dealer who has unutilised input tax credit under service tax, VAT, etc can carry forward this credit. This credit can be used for payment of taxes after registering under GST.
Do not apply for voluntary registration under GST for following reasons
- Sales to unregistered dealers – If your customers are not registered under GST, they cannot claim the credit of GST paid on the purchase. Thus, it would be beneficial to not charge GST from them. In that case, do not apply for registration.
- Purchases from unregistered dealers – If you purchase goods and services from unregistered dealers, you do not pay GST on purchases. Thus, you do not have any input tax credit to claim and registration may not be taken.
- GST Compliances – Once you’re registered under GST, it is compulsory to follow the provisions of the GST Act. To avoid complicated compliances like filing returns, payment of tax, maintenance of accounts, etc, registration should not be taken.
Voluntary Registration means applying for registration under GST (Goods and Service Tax) on a voluntary basis. The dealers who are not required to register as per the GST Act can apply for voluntary registration on GST Portal.
The following can be the reasons for a business to apply for Voluntary GST:
1. Claim ITC on purchases
2. Status of the registered dealer
3. Competitive Advantage
4. Inter-state sales
5. E-Commerce sales
6. Unutilized ITC of earlier taxes
Mentioned below is a brief process for GST Registration on the GST Portal:
1. Under New Registration on GST Portal, enter the basic details
2. You will see a GSTIN/ UIN / Provisional ID
3. Verify using OTP (One-time Password)
4. You will receive a TRN (Temporary Registration Number)
5. Verify the TRN by OTP Verification
6. Enter the relevant details and Upload the documents
7. Verify your application