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23. GSTN and Frontend Business Process on GST Portal

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  • #16
    Q 16. Will GSTN generate a unique identification for each invoice line in GSTN system?

    Ans. No, GSTN will not generate any new identification. The combination of Supplier’s GSTIN, Invoice no and Financial year will make each Invoice unique.


    • #17
      Q 17. Can invoice data be uploaded on day to day basis?

      Ans. Yes, GST Portal will have functionality for taxpayers to upload invoice data on any time basis. Early upload of invoices by supplier taxpayer will help receiver taxpayer in early reconciliation of data in Invoices as well as help supplier taxpayer in avoiding last minute rush of uploading returns on the last day.


      • #18
        Q 18. Will GSTN provide tools for uploading invoice data on GST portal?

        Ans. Yes, GSTN will provide spreadsheet like tools (such as Microsoft Excel), free of cost, to taxpayers to enable them to compile invoice data in the same and generate files which can then be uploaded on GST portal. This will be an offline tool which can be used to input/capture invoice data without being online and then generate final files in compatible format for uploading to GST portal.


        • #19
          Q 19. Will GSTN be providing mobile based Apps to view ledgers and other accounts?

          Ans. The GST portal is being designed in such a way that it can be seen on any smart phone. Thus ledgers like cash ledger, liability ledger, ITC ledger etc. can be seen on a mobile phone using compatible browsers.


          • #20
            Q 20. Will GSTN provide separate user ID and password for GST Practitioner to enable them to work on behalf of their customers (Taxpayers) without requiring user ID and password of taxpayers, as happens today?

            Ans. Yes, GSTN will be providing separate user ID and Password to GST Practitioner to enable them to work on behalf of their clients without asking for their user ID and passwords. They will be able to do all the work on behalf of taxpayers as allowed under GST Law.


            • #21
              Q 21. Will tax payer be able to change the GST Practitioner once chosen in above mentioned facility?

              Ans. Yes, a taxpayer may choose a different GST Practitioner by simply unselecting the previous one and then choosing a new GST Practitioner on the GST portal.


              • #22
                Q 22. Will existing taxpayers under Central Excise or Service Tax or State VAT have to apply for fresh registration under GST?

                Ans. No, the existing taxpayers under taxes which are to be subsumed under GST and whose PAN have been validated from CBDT database will not be required to apply afresh. They will be issued provisional GSTIN by GST portal, which will be valid for six months. Such taxpayers will be required to provide relevant data as per GST enrollment form online on GST Portal. On completion of data filing the status of taxpayer will change to Migrated. On appointed day the status of taxpayer will change to Active and he will be able to comply with requirements of GST regime for payment of taxes, filing of returns etc., on GST Portal.

                GSTN has issued Provisional IDs and passwords to all such taxpayers and the same has been shared with tax authorities for conveying the same to the taxpayers. Enrolment of existing taxpayers for GST started at GST portal on 8th November 2016 and by end of March 2017 a large number of them have activated the Provisional ID and many have completed the migration process. More details are available at


                • #23
                  Q 23. What material will be provided by GSTN, on various aspects of working on GST portal, for the benefit of taxpayers?

                  Ans. GSTN is preparing Computer Based Training materials (CBT’s) which have videos embedded into them for each process to be performed on the GST portal. These will be put on the GST portal as well as on the website of all tax authorities. Apart from CBT’s, Various User Manuals, FAQ’s etc., will also be placed on GST Portal for education of the taxpayers. Apart from it, a helpdesk has been set up for the taxpayers for logging of their tickets via mail ( or phone (0124-4688999). CBT, FAQ and User Manual for enrolment process are available at


                  • #24
                    Q 24. Will the return and registration data furnished by the taxpayers on the GST Common Portal will remain Confidential?

                    Ans. Yes, all steps are being taken by GSTN to ensure the confidentiality of personal and business information furnished by the taxpayers on GST Common Portal. This will be done by ensuring Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and encryption of critical data of taxpayers both during transit and in storage. Only the authorized tax authorities will be able to see and read the data.


                    • #25
                      Q 25. What are the security measures being taken by GSTN to ensure security of the GST system?

                      Ans. GST Systems project has incorporated state of art security framework for data and service security. Besides high end firewalls, intrusion detection, data encryption at rest as well as in motion, complete audit trail, tamper proofing using consistent hashing algorithms, OS and host hardening etc., GSTN is also establishing a primary and secondary Security Operations Command & Control center, which will proactively monitor and protect malicious attack in real time. GSTN is also ensuring secure coding practices through continuous scanning of source code & libraries being used in GST system to protect against commonly known and unknown threats.


                      • #26
                        Q 26. What is GSTIN Format Number?

                        Goods and Services Tax Identification Number (GSTIN) is a 15 digit ID. Register your GSTIN Number Format with our experts at Finacbooks. Inquire now!
                        GST Number is unique 15 digit code assigned to a taxpayer. First two digits represents state code, followed by 10 digits of PAN number, thirteenth digit is based on no. of registrations in state, 14th digit is left blank for future use and last digit is for check code. Checkout the detailed format of GST registration number with example.