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The Central Board of Indirect taxes and Customs(GST Policy Wing ) had issued Instruction No. 03/2023-GST dated June 14, 2023, regarding Guidelines for processing of applications for registration.



Instances have come to notice regarding unscrupulous elements obtaining fake/ bogus registration under GST and defrauding the Government exchequer. Such fake/ non-genuine registrations are being used to fraudulently pass on input tax credit to unscrupulous recipients by issuing invoices without any underlying supply of goods or services or both. This menace of fake registrations and issuance of bogus invoices for passing of fake ITC has become a serious problem, wherein fraudulent people engage in dubious and complex transactions, causing revenue loss to the government.

To address this problem, it is further felt that verification of applications for registration by the proper officers is one of the most crucial steps to prevent the menace of fake or bogus registrations.

Highlights of these guidelines:

- Directorate General of Analytics and Risk Management (DGARM), in coordination with GSTN, is conducting risk rating of the applications for registration in the form of High, Medium and Low-risk ratings for each application for registration. Proper officers would pay special attention to the cases where “High” risk rating has been assigned to an ARN.

- Proper officer may also give due consideration and special attention to the cases involving inter-alia the following circumstances:

(i) where any registration obtained on the PAN of the applicant has been cancelled previously;

(ii) where any registration obtained on the PAN of the applicant is suspended;

(iii) whether any application for registration on the PAN of the applicant has been rejected previously;

(iv) whether the place of business of the applicant appears to be risky based on local risk parameters;

(v) whether the proof of address of place(s) of business prima facie appear to be suspicious/ doubtful on the basis of scrutiny of the application and the documents.

- Proper officer may seek clarification or information or document(s) inter alia in the following cases:

(i) where any document is incomplete or not legible.

(ii) where the address of the place of business does not match the document uploaded by the applicant.

(iii) where the address of the place of business is incomplete or vague.

(iv) where any GSTIN linked to the PAN of the applicant is found cancelled or suspended.

- Where the applicant has either failed to undergo authentication of Aadhaar number or has not opted for authentication of Aadhaar number, the proper officer shall immediately initiate the process for physical verification of the place of business.


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