CBIC notified provision for biometric Aadhar Authentication for GST Registration
GST council was recommended in its recent council meeting to make it mandatory of biometric authentication for registration under GST. However currently this provision applicable only to the state of Gujarat. CBIC has notified the recommendation of council vide Notification number 04/2023 – Central Tax & 05/2023 – Central Tax dated 31st March 2023.
Full Notification can be read as under;
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 164 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (12 of 2017), the Central Government, on the recommendations of the Council, hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017, namely:—
Short title and commencement.— (1) These rules may be called the Central Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Rules, 2023.
(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force from the 26th day of December, 2022.
2. In the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017 in rule 8,-
(i) for sub-rule (4A), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-
“(4A) Where an applicant, other than a person notified under sub-section (6D) of section 25, opts for authentication of Aadhaar number, he shall, while submitting the application under sub-rule (4), undergo authentication of Aadhaar number and the date of submission of the application in such cases shall be the date of authentication of the Aadhaar number, or fifteen days from the submission of the application in Part B of FORM GST REG-01 under sub-rule (4), whichever is earlier. Provided that every application made under sub-rule (4) by a person, other than a person notified under sub-section (6D) of section 25, who has opted for authentication of Aadhaar number and is identified on the common portal, based on data analysis and risk parameters, shall be followed by biometric-based Aadhaar authentication and taking photograph of the applicant where the applicant is an individual or of such individuals in relation to the applicant as notified under sub-section (6C) of section 25 where the applicant is not an individual, along with the verification of the original copy of the documents uploaded with the application in FORM GST REG-01 at one of the Facilitation Centres notified by the Commissioner for the purpose of this sub-rule and the application shall be deemed to be complete only after completion of the process laid down under this proviso.”;
(ii) in sub-rule (4B), for and words, “provisions of”, the words “proviso to”, shall be substituted.