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Is it mandatory to obtain a digital signature for GST registration and filing?

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax levied on the supply of goods and services in India. If you are a GST registered taxpayer, you need to file GST returns periodically. GST returns are required to be filed online on the GST portal, and digital signatures are used to authenticate and verify the returns. In this article, we will discuss whether it is mandatory to obtain a digital signature for GST registration and filing.

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Digital Signature for GST registration:

When you apply for GST registration, you need to provide your digital signature to sign and submit the application online. A digital signature is a secure and legally recognized way of signing electronic documents. The digital signature ensures that the application is authentic and has not been tampered with.


According to the GST Act, obtaining a digital signature is mandatory for GST registration. You can obtain a digital signature from a licensed Certifying Authority (CA) in India.

Digital Signature for GST filing: GST returns are required to be filed online on the GST portal. To file the returns, you need to sign and authenticate them using a digital signature. A digital signature ensures that the returns are authentic and have not been tampered with.


According to the GST Act, obtaining a digital signature is not mandatory for filing GST returns. You can file your returns using the Electronic Verification Code (EVC) generated on the GST portal. The EVC is a code that is sent to your registered mobile number and email address, and it can be used to verify and authenticate the returns.


However, if you want to file your returns using a digital signature, you can obtain a digital signature from a licensed Certifying Authority (CA) in India.


In conclusion, obtaining a digital signature is mandatory for GST registration, but it is not mandatory for filing GST returns. You can file your returns using the EVC generated on the GST portal. However, if you prefer to file your returns using a digital signature, you can obtain a digital signature from a licensed Certifying Authority (CA) in India.

 

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