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GST for Non-Residents in India

You can easily register for GST even when you're not living in India, and it's a lot easier than you think.


What is GST Registration for Non-Residents in India ?

Foreigners who are not from India must register for GST if they are selling goods or services in India. With India becoming an economic powerhouse, many foreigners want to set up business here. So if you're a foreigner who wants to sell something in India, you need to apply for GST registration (for business).

Non-residents of India are people who live outside of India. Foreign businesses and organizations also need to comply with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regulations. Foreigners must appoint a person in India as their representative before they can do business in India and comply with the GST regulations, which is five days before they start doing business.

Provisional GST Registration for Foreigners

  • A non-resident person who has to pay taxes will file their application using the GST REG 09 form. They will attach a copy of their passport that have been attested officially.
  • The GST registration application needs to be signed or verified by the EVC. You need to submit it five days before you start doing business.
  • Foreign businesses that are incorporated or established outside India need to submit an application with the Tax identification number of the country they are in.
  • The applicant must submit an advance deposit with the tax.

Final GST Registration for Foreigners

  • If someone is willing to pay GST, they will need to fill out the application online with Form GST REG 26. You need to do this within 3 months.
  • If you are a Non-resident taxpayer and the information about your business is correct, you will get GST registration in Form GST REG 06.
  • If an officer finds that information is incorrect then they will issue a show-cause notice. An opportunity will be given and the provisional registration will be canceled through Form GST REG 28.
  • If the person’s answer is good, then a show-cause notice can be corrected by issuing an order in the form of GST REG 20.
  • This application will be signed by someone who lives in India. They have need a PAN card.

Documents Required for Processing GST Registration

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PAN Card
Valid Permanent Account Number (PAN) of the Entity or Individual on whose name GST Registration to be applied
Details of Authorized Signatory
At least one Indian resident Proprietor/ Partner/ Director/ Trustee/ Karta / Member with corresponding PAN.
Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)
Class 2 or Class 3 digital signature is required for the authorized signatory to submit the application. In case of Individuals, DSC is optional.
Address Proof for Place of Business
Proof for Place of Business-like Rental agreement, or sale deed along with copies of electricity bill or latest property tax receipt or municipal receipt or consent letter from the landlord must be submitted.
Business Registration Document
Certificate of Incorporation or Partnership deed or Registration Certificate must be submitted
Identity Proof and Letter of Authorisation
Identity Proof of Promoters/ Directors/ Proprietor/ Partner along with Photograph and Authorization letter for Authorized Signatory

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Important instructions for foreigners who want to apply for a GST registration:

  • In order to start a business, the applicant must apply for GST registration.
  • They need to file form GST REG-09 on the common portal at least five days before their business starts.
  • In case of a company established outside India, they need to provide their Tax Identification Number or PAN number (if applicable) to be submitted with the application.
  • The applicant needs to sign or verify through EVC.
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Frequently Asked Questions on Non-Resident GST Registration

As a non-resident Indian, you need to know more about the goods and services tax (GST) registration process in order to avoid mistakes. The information here will help guide your way through it all!

Is it possible to obtain GST Registration without possession of Permanent Account Number (PAN)?
No. Every person shall have a PAN issued under the Income Tax Act, 1961. But for Non-Resident taxable persons GST will be issued based on other documents.
Can a person without GST Registration claim Input Tax Credit or Collect tax?
No, a Person without GST Registration can neither collect GST from his customers nor can claim any input tax credit of GST paid by him
How to File GST Returns of Non-Resident ?
Non-resident taxable people must fill out a form and send it online. That's called the GSTR-5. They need to include details of their outgoing supplies and incoming supplies in this form, and they must pay any taxes, interest, penalties or other fees that are required by law or rule within 20 days after the end of a month or within 7 days after their registration ends.
Who is primary authorized signatory?
The person who performs the action on the GST portal for a taxpayer is a primary authorized signatory.A promoter can be someone who is nominated by the particular person who want to do business.
Does Non-Resident taxable persons eligible for refund under GST law?
Yes, it is possible to get a refund for any money you have paid in advance. However, your refund will not be processed until all of the forms have been completed.
Is there any advance tax to be paid by Casual taxable person and Non-resident taxable person?
Yes. A casual taxable persons and non-resident taxable person have to make an advance deposit of tax in an amount equivalent to the estimated tax liability.
How the Refund of Excess tax paid by Non-Resident will be processed?
If you are not a resident, you need to pay taxes for the whole time you are living here. To get your money back, show all of your tax forms (from the time that this registration certificate was active) to make sure they can do it. This is done in GSTR-5 form.
How long is the Registration as a Non-Resident Taxable Person valid? Can I extend my Registration as a Non-Resident Taxable Person?
A Non-Resident Taxable person certificate is valid for 90 days or the period specified in the application, whichever is earlier.If you want to be a Non-Resident Taxable Person for more than 90 days, you can apply for an extension of registration. This will make it possible for you to do this for an additional period of 90 days.

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