Goods and Service tax (GST) was introduced in India on the first day of July 2017. Since then, probably most of you who deal with GST must have visited the government website at www.gst.gov.in, commonly known as the GST portal. This guide is for those users who need to understand the portal better, with an intention to make their experience on the GST website a breeze.
On the homepage of the gst portal, you will find several drop-down menus from which you can access various features and services of the website. Let’s understand each menu one by one:
Inside the “Services” menu, you can find various services provided by the GST government portal (1) which are listed below:
Here, you will find all the Acts, rules, amendments and notifications related to GST which are issued by Central and / or State Government may be accessed from the websites of Centre (www.cbec.gov.in) and the respective state GST website through the links provided under this tab.
[ Read: What is GST? ]
Under this tab, you will find offline utility tools that will help you in filing various returns and forms are available under this tab. List of tools available are listed below:
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This is one of the most frequently used tabs on the portal as it allows you to find details about your suppliers or vendors with the help of their GSTIN. There are two ways to find the details of a taxpayer here:
You can use this option to find the details of any taxpayer registered under Composition Scheme of GST.
You can use this option to find the details of any taxpayer registered under GST.
Once you enter the GSTIN / UIN of a taxpayer in the box provided, you will get the following details:
This tab includes training kits, quick videos, user manuals and FAQs regarding return filing process, documents required for registration.
This tab provides details regarding the use of e-Way Bill, modes of generation, rules, contents and validity of e-Way bill. It also provides a direct link to the e-Way Bill portal.
In this section of the portal, all the latest news regarding the due dates and advisory on problems being faced by the taxpayers are covered. Schedules of various webinars are also displayed here.
There are manuals available in the “Help” tab that provide step by step details relating to those problems that a user frequently faces while operating the GST portal. In this section, the links direct the user to those exact pages in manuals.
Since there are multiple returns that need to be filed by various taxpayers, the due dates related to those returns are displayed on the portal in this section. Below is the list of important due dates that will be relevant for the coming months.
|GST Return Forms||Filing Due Dates|
20th April 2018
20th May 2018
20th June 2018
|GSTR 1 (Quarterly)
30th April 2018
31st July 2018
|GSTR 1 (Monthly)
10th April 2018
10th May 2018
31st May 2018
10th June 2018
10th July 2018
|GST TRAN-2||30th June 2018|
|GSTR 4 (January-March)||18th April 2018|
Once you log in to your account at the GST Portal, you will have access to the following services:
Permanent Account number (PAN), a copy of bank statement, a cancelled cheque, a declaration to comply with provisions are some of the documents required during the registration process.
Check if the DND (Do not Disturb) feature is active. If yes, please deactivate it. In case of an entity with many GSTINs whose returns are being filed centrally, please verify which mobile number is mentioned during registration.
You can track the status by using the Services tab on the homepage. Services—Returns—Track return status. Different types of return application status are: Submitted but not filed, Filed (Valid), Filed (Invalid).
No, once a challan has been generated the taxpayer cannot re-initiate a failed transaction with the same challan. You need to generate a new challan to deposit amount in electronic cash ledger.