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February 23, 2023
By
Pranjal Gupta

Reporting Fake GST Registrations under your PAN

As a responsible citizen of India, it is our duty to report any fraudulent activity that we come across. In the same vein, it is important for business owners to report any fake GST registrations that may have been made under their PAN. Not only is this a legal obligation, but it also helps to maintain the integrity of the GST system.

What is GST Registration?

GST (Goods and Services Tax) is a single tax that replaced all other indirect taxes in India. All businesses in India that have an annual turnover of more than Rs. 20 lakhs are required to register for GST. This registration is done under a unique PAN (Permanent Account Number) that is assigned to every individual or entity that pays taxes in India.

What is Fake GST Registration?

A fake GST registration is when someone uses your PAN to register for GST without your knowledge or consent. This is a serious offense and can lead to legal consequences for both the person who made the fake registration and for you, if you do not report it.

How to Report Fake GST Registrations?

If you believe that a fake GST registration has been made under your PAN, you must take immediate action to report it. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Visit the GST portal (https://www.gst.gov.in/) and log in to your account using your PAN and password.
  2. Go to the ‘Services’ tab and select ‘User Services’ from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on ‘Report Suspected Fraud’ and fill in the necessary details, such as the GSTIN (GST Identification Number) of the fake registration and any other relevant information.
  4. Once you have submitted the report, the GST department will investigate the matter and take appropriate action.

Why Should You Report Fake GST Registrations?

Reporting fake GST registrations is not just a legal obligation, but it is also in your best interest. Here are some reasons why you should report fake GST registrations:

  1. Prevents misuse of your PAN: If someone has made a fake GST registration using your PAN, they can use it to make false claims for input tax credit or to evade taxes. This can lead to legal trouble for you, as the GST department may hold you responsible for the fraudulent activity.
  2. Protects the integrity of the GST system: The GST system is designed to make tax collection and compliance easier for businesses. By reporting fake GST registrations, you help to maintain the integrity of the system and ensure that taxes are collected fairly.
  3. Helps to combat tax evasion: Tax evasion is a serious problem in India, and it has a negative impact on the economy as a whole. By reporting fake GST registrations, you are doing your part to combat tax evasion and promote economic growth.

Conclusion

Reporting fake GST registrations is not just a legal obligation, but it is also a civic duty. By doing so, you help to maintain the integrity of the GST system, protect your PAN from misuse, and combat tax evasion. So, if you suspect that a fake GST registration has been made under your PAN, don’t hesitate to report it.

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