Traders can now use their Aadhaar numbers for registration with the GST Network and obtain GST registration number. In its 35th meeting on Friday, the GST Council approved the changes in GST law to this end for the sake of improving ease of business.
In the earlier system, people had to submit proof of identity, proof of address and several other documents. The applicant can now go online and can register on the GSTN portal obtain the GST registration number using his Aadhaar number and OTP authentication, Revenue Secretary AB Pandey said.
It was the first GST Council meeting chaired by the new Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Along with authorising Aadhaar as a valid proof for GSTN portal, the all-powerful council also approved several changes in the GST law to enforce its earlier decisions that were applied in the form of notification.
The GST Council also decided to introduce a new return system with a single return form for every month and phase out the Form GSTR-3B. The new single GST return form will be implemented for all by January 1, 2020. The GST Council also gave its in-principle approval to develop an e-invoicing portal to upload invoices and e-way bills under the GST system.