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Application for Filing Clarification of GST Registration Process: A Step-by-Step Guide


Last Updated on January 30, 2024 by Kanakkupillai

For every company crossing the threshold limit, compulsory GST registration is applicable. The registration process requires specific information to be provided, including the company’s location, retailer name, and type of goods or services being dealt with. The registration normally lasts 7 to 10 days, but the official sometimes must clarify the documents presented. This article will guide you through the application process for filing clarification of GST registration.

Application for Clarification of GST Registration

There are various situations where the proper officers may require clarification on the GST registration process:

a) When the documents attached during the registration process do not match the relevant documents provided.

b) When old documents, such as an electricity bill issued more than three months ago, have been submitted for verification.

c) When the details of the proprietor, promoter, director, or any authorized person do not match the information mentioned in Aadhaar and PAN.

d) When the submitted documents are not visible or are blurred.

e) When the tax officer requires any additional documents.

These clarifications are necessary for the tax authorities to ensure that applicants for GST registration have a sound financial background and verify the parties’ background. This step aims to prevent fraudulent GST registrations.

Common Mistakes in GST Registration

To avoid potential issues during the GST registration process, it’s important to be aware of common mistakes that are frequently made:

  1. Entering registration with an expired PAN.
  2. Using personal PAN instead of business PAN for registration.
  3. Providing incorrect jurisdictional details.
  4. A mismatch between promoter details and PAN data.
  5. Making transcriptional errors while entering important information in the form.
  6. Attaching false documents.

By rectifying these mistakes early on, registered individuals can avoid minor problems in the future.

How to File Clarification in GST Registration?

For new registrations, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the registration link.
  2. Choose the option for a temporary reference number.
  3. Enter the temporary reference number.
  4. Provide the OTP received on your mobile phone.
  5. Note that the OTP is valid for only 10 minutes.
  6. Click the proceed button to continue.

However, if you are already registered, the steps for filing a clarification application may differ. Please refer to the relevant guidelines provided by the tax authorities.


Filing an application for clarification is essential in the GST registration process. The tax authorities will not accept the registration without submitting the necessary clarifications. Certain documents may be mismatched or unrelated to the relevant attachments. The steps for filing clarification differ depending on whether the company is already registered or is in the initial stages of the registration process.

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