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Navigating the GST Portal: A Guide for Businesses


The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Portal ( is a one-stop online platform for businesses to manage their GST obligations in India. This guide explores key features and functionalities of the portal, making it easier for you to register, file returns, track applications, and avail of various services.


·       New businesses can register for GST on the portal if their annual turnover exceeds the threshold (₹20 lakhs for most, ₹10 lakhs for some northeastern and hill states, ₹40 lakhs for service providers).

·       Navigate to the "Register Now" section and follow the steps, providing the necessary details and documents.

·       Upon successful application, you will receive a GST registration number, User ID, and password for all future logins.

Login Process:

·       Returning users can log in using their User ID and password on the top right corner of the homepage.

·       First-time users must click "First Time Login" and enter the ID/UIN/GSTIN and password received via email.

·       Set up a new username and password for future logins.

Services Offered:

·       Registration: As mentioned earlier, the portal facilitates business GST registration.

·       Payments: Generate and pay challans (tax payment slips) for your GST liabilities. Track your payment history for reference.

·       Returns: File your regular GST returns electronically through the portal.

·       Refunds: Track the status of any refund applications you've submitted.

·       E-way Bill System: Generate and manage e-way bills and electronic documents required for transporting goods exceeding ₹50,000 within India. Access FAQs and user manuals for assistance.

·       User Services: 

o   Access the "Holiday List" to stay informed about GST portal closure dates.

o   Generate a user ID for unregistered users who need to access specific portal functionalities.

   Locate a GST Tax professional to assist you with complex GST matters.

·       Track Application Status: Use the "Track Application Status" option to follow the progress of your GST registration or other applications submitted on the portal. Enter the relevant Application Reference Number (ARN) for details.

·       Cancellation of Registration: Businesses can also initiate the cancellation of their GST registration through the portal.

Additional Notes:

·       The portal offers functionalities for filing clarifications, generating GST challans, and more.

·       Remember to keep your registration information updated for smooth functioning.

·       Utilize the portal's resources, like FAQs and user manuals, to navigate its features effectively.

Familiarise yourself with the GST Portal's services to streamline your compliance processes and save valuable time and effort.