Now a days various restaurants and businesses are putting fake GST number on the bills and charging extra from the customers without registering with the GST department. In this article we will teach you how you can check the validity of the GST number and its really valid of not in just 30 seconds. Its a simple process which can be done with 2 clicks.
GST is now a reality and almost everywhere GST is charged. You can see that suddenly those restaurants who never mentioned any taxes in their bills have also starting adding 18% more on the bill on the name of CGST and SGST (more on that later)
How fake GST number on bills is creating hole in your pocket?
GST is a big reform in the country and while govt claims that its a simple tax, there are lots of inherent complications to this taxation system. A common man thinks that now everything has got costly by an extra 12% or 18% (especially in smaller cities)
One of my friend in Varanasi told me that a small shop near his place is charging extra Rs 2 on a packet of biscuits now telling the poor customers that its GST tax which is now to be paid.
While thats an example of a mid level city, many restaurants have also starting putting fake GST number on the bill and have started charging extra taxes which they will never deposit to anyone.
How to verify GST number?
Verifying GST number online is a very simple procedure. First of all check the GST number on the receipt. Its 100% mandatory to mention GST number on the invoice or bill.
If someone is charging GST, without mentioning the GST number, then its illegal. Earlier it was service tax, now its GST number which is mandatory to put on the invoice.
Here is how to check if GST number is real or fake?
- Check the GST number on the bill and note it down
- Visit this page of GST website and enter the GST number as shown below
- Enter Captcha and press Submit.
- You will see the business name registered, match it with the name of business on invoice
What if I don’t have GST number?
Some businesses still dont have the registration number confirmed, but they have the provisional GST number with them, so you can also check the provisional GST number online and verify them. Even you can verify the business based on their PAN.
Here the steps to verify GST number in this case
Go to this link and you will be asked various details which you need to enter.
Here you need to fill the data required correctly i.e. state, ID type (PAN number, GST number or Provisional ID), ID number and verification code. At last click on submit and then scroll down to see the details of the registered business.
This is how you can verify if GST number is valid or not with the help of provisional ID or PAN number. As of now there is no way of finding or verifying the GST number just by entering the name of the business entity.
GST is a 15 character code
Its an important point to know that GST number is of 15 characters which is a combination of numbers and characters. These 15 digits are broken into 5 parts as follows
- First 2 digits are state code where the business is registered
- Next 10 digits are PAN number of the business
- 13th digit is registration number of that store or business with same PAN number
- 14th digit is Z by default for right now
- And the last i.e. 15th digit is a check code
What is someone says “I have applied for GST number”?
Some shopkeepers and business owners are playing the trick of “I have already applied for GST number, Its not yet approved?”. This is to give a feeling to customer that they are rightfully charging GST. But this is again a fraud.
Because when they apply for GST number, they get a provisional GST number anyways and they need to either put a GST number or provisional GST number on the invoice/bill
Dont fall for this trap and demand to see the GST number.
Where to complain for fake GST number?
GST department has dedicated the helplines for you to complain or ask any queries regarding GST. Here are the emails and phone numbers
- GST Complaint mail id : email@example.com
- GST Helpline Number : 0124-4688999 or 0120-4888999
Let us know if you have more questions on how to check if GST number is valid or fake?