What is GSTIN and How to Verify GSTIN?

What is GSTIN and How to Verify GSTIN?

efore GST was implemented, all dealers registered under the state VAT law were assigned a unique TIN number by the respective state tax authorities. Similarly, service providers were assigned a service tax registration number by the Central Board of Excise and Custom (CBEC).

Going forward, in the new GST regime, all registered taxpayers will get consolidated into one single platform for compliance and administration purposes and will be assigned registration under a single authority. It is expected that 8 million taxpayers will be migrated from various platforms into GST.

All of these businesses will be assigned a unique Goods and Services Tax Identification Number (GSTIN). 

Verification of GSTIN can be done on the GST Portal. Check out our article on GST Verification for a step-by-step guide.

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Structure of GSTIN

Each taxpayer is assigned a state-wise PAN-based 15-digit Goods and Services Taxpayer Identification Number (GSTIN).

  • The first two digits represent the state code as per Indian Census 2011. Every state has a unique code.  For instance,
    • State code of Karnataka is 29
    • State code of Delhi is 07
  • The next ten digits will be the PAN number of the taxpayer
  • The thirteenth digit will be assigned based on the number of registration within a state
  • The fourteenth digit will be Z by default
  • The last digit will be for check code. It may be an alphabet or a number.

How to verify GSTIN Number

It has also come to notice that the guys have devised innovative ways to fool people and ultimately the government. They just put an alpha-numeric code, against the GSTIN heading to dupe the consumers, which unarguably resembles a GSTIN. It is also critical to know, how a GSTIN is structured to spot any malpractices. Let us see, what constitutes a 15 character GSTIN or GST Number:

How to Search GSTIN Number

It’s difficult to search GST number or GSTIN of a business with PAN number, in current scenario no such functionality is provided by Tax department of the country. However, we still try to search a GST number by PAN using a trial and error method.

For instance, in GST number the initial 2 code is for state and the next 10 numbers are the PAN number and 13 initial is 1st in most instances, while the 14th character is generally Z and the last character can fall between numbers 0 to 9 or in the characters A to Z.

Understanding the taxpayer need, this trial and error method will help you to find the GST number using PAN with most accurate business information.

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