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New Functionalities made available for Taxpayers on GST Portal (March, 2021)

1 – Registration: Form/ Functionality Functionality made available for Taxpayers
1 Assignment of new applications of registration, in certain cases, with the same PAN, and in the same State/ UT New registration applications of the applicants, whose previous application for registration were either rejected by the Tax Officer or whose GSTIN was cancelled (either suo-moto or is surrendered by the taxpayer), will now be assigned to the respective authority of the State or Centre (who had earlier rejected the same), whenever these applicants/ taxpayers apply for registration under the same PAN and within the same State/ UT.
2 Aadhaar Authentication enabled for Persons/ applicants applying for GST registration through MCA portal in SPICe -AGILE Form Persons/ applicants applying for new registration in GST, through the MCA portal in SPICe -AGILE Form, can now opt for Aadhaar Authentication (while applying for registration).
3 Disabling entering Aadhaar number by Taxpayers/Applicants in the registration application The field for entering Aadhaar number has been disabled for:

• Taxpayers in the following scenarios.

o While adding Authorized Signatory/Authorized Representative through Noncore amendment of registration.

o While adding Promoter/ Partner through Core amendment of registration.

• Applicants/ taxpayers adding details of Authorized  Representative in New Registration application.

4 Selection of Core Business Activity by existing Taxpayers on the GST Porta The existing taxpayers have been provided with functionality on the GST portal to select their core business activity. They can select one of the following categories as their core business activity, based on their turnover:
• Manufacturer
• Wholesaler/Distributors/ Retailers
• Service Providers and others

2 – Returns:

S.No Form/ Functionality Functionality made available for Taxpayers
1 RESET button enabled on GST Portal for Form GSTR-1/ IFF (Invoice Furnishing Facility Normal taxpayers, irrespective of their filing profile (of quarterly or monthly), have now been provided with a RESET button on the GST Portal, in Form GSTR-1/IFF. This will enable them to delete the entire saved data, for the specific return period, but not yet submitted or filed their Form GSTR-1/IFF.
2 Reporting and paying interest & other amounts, in Form GSTR-5A by OIDAR registrants A person registered as OIDAR can now declare interest and any other liabilities in Table 6 – Interest or any other amount of their Form GSTR 5A and discharge it through Electronic Cash Ledger.
3 The download of Table 5 data, after filing, enabled for Form GST ITC-04 Registered manufacturers who are required to file quarterly Form GST ITC-04 (to furnish details of inputs or capital goods, sent to a job worker without payment of tax), can now download the data of Table 5 of Form GST ITC-04 (on the GST Portal), after filing the Form, when there is a change in the state code, due to merger or creation of a State/ UT. This is to download data, when there is a change in State/ UT code before the goods are received back.

3 – Refunds:

Sl No Form/ Functionality Functionality made available for Taxpayers
1 Sl No The system earlier validated the refund amount claimed by the exporter of services (with payment of tax), against the proceeds realized (against exports, as submitted by the claimant in form of FIRC). If the value realized mentioned in BRC/FIRC column, was less than the refund amount claimed, then such taxpayers were not allowed to file their refund application on GST Portal. This validation has now been removed and taxpayers will be able to file refund applications now in such cases (As the value realized in BRC/FIRC may fluctuate due to foreign exchange fluctuations and net realization may be less than the refund amount).


4 – Audit:

S.No Form/ Functionality Functionality made available for Taxpayers
1 Audit related functionalities made available to taxpayers • All notices and report issued by the tax office will be available to taxpayers under ‘Additional Notices and Orders’

• Taxpayer can reply to the audit notices and can upload a document

• Taxpayer can accept/reject/pay the liabilities, discrepancy-wise, as outlined in the Notice for Discrepancies or in Addl. Notice for Discrepancies (if any) or in Audit Report (Form GST ADT-02).

• Taxpayers can apply for Adjournment or for extension of the date of Audit to the tax officer


5 – Front Office:

S.No Form/ Functionality Functionality made available for Taxpayers
1 Status of Aadhaar authentication or EKYC verification of a GSTIN in search taxpayer functionality In the Search Taxpayer functionality (both pre-login and post-login), the user will now be shown the status of Aadhaar authentication or E-KYC verification of the searched GSTIN.
2 Change in label and functionality of HSN / Service Classification Code Tax Rate search The label for “Search HSN / Service Classification Code Tax Rate” has now been changed to “Search HSN Code”. The functionality also has been enhanced wherein if the user searches for an item or an HSN code, the output is displayed systematically under the associated Chapter head, the description of the keyed in HSN code, and also other associated HSN codes (all hyperlinked) along with it. (Services> User Services > Search HSN Code).


6 – Webinars conducted:

S.No. Topic Language English
1 Webinar on e-Invoicing for Taxpayers (especially for those who are going to start e-invoicing from 01.04.2021 onwards)


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New Functionalities made available for Taxpayers on GST Portal (March, 2021)

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