GST Practitioners will be an exciting career for commerce graduates and finance professionals. This article will help you get a clear picture on the procedure for a person to become a certified GST Practitioner
Who is a GST Practitioner?
GST Practitioner is a consultant who provides services to other taxpayers through online mode. A GST Practitioner must be registered on GSTN Portal and must have gained a certificate by going through an application procedure before he can start his or her practice.
- Graduate or post graduate or must possess an equivalent degree in commerce, law, banking, business administration, business management for any recognized Indian University which is approved by law.
- Equivalent degree from a foreign university which is recognized by an Indian University.
- A degree from an Indian University or a Foreign University which is equivalent to degree examination, which may include one of these examinations- Finals of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India/ Finals of Institute of Cost Accountants of India/ Finals of Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
- Chartered Accountant holding COP/ Company Secretary holding COP/ Cost and Management Accountant holding COP/ Advocate/ Retired Government Officials
A person who is eligible based on this criteria, then can submit an application for GST Practitioner exam registration by filling form GST PCT – 01 through GST Common Portal for GST Practitioner exam.
Basic Conditions for becoming a GST Practitioner
- They should be a citizen of India
- They should be not be convicted of an offense with imprisonment of 2 years or more
- They should be of sound mind
- They should not be adjudged as an insolvent
Duties performed by a GST Practitioner
He can assist in making application for GST registration on behalf of the taxpayer or make amendment/cancellation of GST returns.
GST practitioner can assist in filing monthly/quarterly/annual GST returns such as Form GSTR – 3B, Form GSTR – 1 & Form GSTR – 9.
GST practitioner can file refund claims or pay taxes on behalf of the registered persons.
- Authorised representative
GST practitioner would be allowed to appear as an authorised representative before any officer of the GST Department, Appellate authority and the Tribunal.
Benefits of being a GST Practitioner
- He can furnish details of inward and outward supplies
- He can furnish the monthly, quarterly, and annual return on behalf of his taxpayer client
- He can make a deposit for credit into the electronic cash ledger
- He can view
completelist of taxpayers who are engaged in your account.
- He can file an application for his claim for refund
- He can file an application for amendments or cancellation of his registration
- He can help his client to generate an e-waybill for various movement of his goods
- He is enabled to accept or reject the application as a consultant from
- He is also enabled to make changes in the profile of his taxpayer
clientlike placeof his business, his contact details ,andhis other business information. However, a GST practitioner can only save such information and cannot submit it. He must tell his client to submit the information as he has furnished it.
In short, A GST practitioner or GSTP is a person approved by the Central and State Governments to perform any or all of the following activities, on behalf of a taxable person:
- File an application for fresh registration
- File an application for amendment or cancellation of registration
- Furnish details of outward and inward supplies
- Furnish monthly, quarterly, annual or final GST returns
- Make payments for credit into the electronic cash ledger, i.e. payments for tax, interest, penalty, fees or any other amount
- File a claim for refund
- Appear as an authorised representative before any officer of department, appellate authority or appellate tribunal