Now a days various restaurants and businesses are putting fake GST number on the bills and charging extra from the customers without registering with the GST department. In this article we will tell you about the method of checking the validity of the GST number. You will be able to check the validity of GSTIN mentioned on any bill in just 30 seconds with 2 clicks.
GST is now a reality and almost everywhere GST is charged. You can see that suddenly those restaurants who never mentioned any taxes in their bills have also started adding 18% more on the bill on the name of CGST and SGST.
GST is a big reform in the country and while the government claims that it’s a simple tax, there are lots of inherent complications to this taxation system. A common man thinks that now everything has got costly by an extra 12% or 18% (especially in smaller cities).
One of my friend in Varanasi told me that a small shop near his place is charging extra Rs 2 on a packet of biscuits now telling the poor customers that its GST tax which is now to be paid.
While that’s an example of a mid-level city, many restaurants have also started putting fake GST number on the bill and have started charging extra taxes which they will never deposit to anyone.
Verifying GST Identification Number online is a very simple procedure. First of all, you need to check the GST Identification Number on the receipt. Its 100% mandatory to mention GST number on the invoice or bill.
If someone is charging GST, without mentioning the GSTIN, then it’s illegal. Earlier it was service tax, now its GSTIN which must be mandatorily put on the invoice.
Follow the given steps to check the validity of GST Identification Number:
Some businesses still don’t have the registration number confirmed, but they have the provisional GSTIN with them, so you can also check the provisional GSTIN online and verify them. Even you can verify the business based on their PAN.
Some shopkeepers and business owners are playing the trick of “I have already applied for GSTIN, Its not yet approved?” This is to give a feeling to customer that they are rightfully charging GST. But this is again a fraud. Because when they apply for GSTIN, they get a provisional GSTIN anyways and they need to either put a GSTIN or provisional GSTIN on the invoice/bill. Don’t fall for this trap and demand to see the GSTIN.
It’s an important point to know that GSTIN is of 15 characters which is a combination of numbers and characters. These 15 digits are broken into 5 parts as follows:
GST department has dedicated the helplines for you to complain or ask any queries regarding GST. Here are the emails and phone numbers:
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