1. Anyone can register under GST even      though he may not be required by law.

2. Benefits of Voluntary Registration under GST

  • Provide input tax credit to customers– Since your business is legally recognized, you can issue taxable invoices. Buyers, in turn, can take input credit on their purchases. This will help expand the customer base and make it more competitive.
  • Take input credit– Voluntarily registered persons can take input credit on their own purchases and input services like legal fees, consultation fees etc. This will eventually increase their business margin and profitability.
  • Make inter-state sales without many restrictions– Businesses registered under GST can make inter-state sales without many restrictions. Thus, it widens the potential market for SMEs. These SMEs can also opt for selling their goods online through the e-commerce platform.
  • Be compliant and have good rating– Registration for GST will ensure that the business is compliant and scalable without any barrier of future registration. Also under GST, compliance rating will be maintained and if this is done correctly, it can attract additional business.
  • Better standing– A registered business will find it much easier in other business areas such as getting bank loans, renting premises.

3. Should you opt for voluntary registration?

Before opting you must consider the following-
  • Who are your sellers?
  • Who are your buyers?
  • How much resources do you have?

  • If your buyers & sellers are registered then it may be beneficial for you to register otherwise you will break the ITC chain.
  • If your end-buyers are unregistered it may be beneficial to not to register.
  • If you are planning to expand your business, you might opt for composition scheme. There are lesser taxes to be paid and lesser compliances to be maintained. Registering will help you to get bank loans more easily.

Needless to say that small business must do their math around the cost-benefit of voluntary registration under GST.

4. Is a voluntary registration permanent?

You cancel your voluntary registration anytime later on after one year.
Any person who has taken voluntary registration but has not commenced business within six months from the date of registration will have his registration cancelled. Such cancellation will be done by –
  • a proper officer OR
  • requested by the concerned person himself *** OR
  • on an application filed by his legal heirs, in case of death of such person
***However, application for cancellation of registration by the concerned person who has registered voluntarily will be only after one year from the date of registration.
Please read our in-depth article on cancellation of GST registration.
Click here to know the step-by-step process for GST registration.

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