False GST Bills? How to know the GSTIN number & GST Slab Rates of Goods & Services?

GST examined as one of the most significant tax reforms after India got independence. It is presently a reality, as it has been rolled out after 1st July 2017.

The successful implementation of GST at the base level matters the most and giving challenges to its complex structure. At its one-end, there are several concerns in-between traders regarding the slabs of GST tax percentage to apply for various products, and facing few difficulties over the filing of GST returns on a monthly basis.

The GST tax percentage slab classified into 5%, 12%, 18%, and 28%, where the slab structure for general-use goods are as follow:

0% GST

Mostly all natural eatable food products

5% GST

Apparel items of price range below Rs 1000, Artificial food products and fuels like kerosene, coal, medicines, etc. that are below a price range of Rs 500.

12% GST

Apparel items above Rs 1000, Artificial food and drink products of price range above Rs 500, and utensil items of price range not exceeding Rs 1000.

18% GST

All electronic, house-building products and utility bills.

28% GST

Grooming items, House-cleaning accessories, Automobiles, Motorcycles, and Personal Aircraft.

Still, consumers do not have much knowledge about GST, How to identify a false GST bill? Whether the merchants are giving right GST bill for the taxes they levy?

What is GST?

The full form of GST is Goods and Services Tax. It is a multi-frame, destination-based tax that levied on every value addition. The last customer will bear the GST charges of the final trader in the chain. Many VATs and taxes discontinued by the GST system after 1st July 2017.

How to know the GSTIN number

GST Number is of 15 digits

GST Example – 07UVXYZ1234A2Z2

1) First two digits (07) represent the state code, where the business is registered. 07 is for State – Delhi.

2) Next 10 digits (UVXYZ1234A) represent the PAN number of the Business.

3) Next digit (2) represents the number of registrations done by the business within a state.

4) Next digit (Z) represents the number of registrations done by the business within the country or it is marked as Z by-default, if no registrations made.

5) The last digit is for checksum character.

How to identify the genuine and fake GST bills

GSTIN number allotted to each business after the registration, which is there in the market. After a product purchase, the customer provided with the bill, where company, product, tax and some other details mentioned on the bill. The bill will give a brief detail about the product’s actual price, CGST, SGST, IGST and total price, where

  • CGST is Central GST

  • SGST is State GST

  • IGST is Integrated GST

On a genuine bill, one may find all the above price details including GST.

SGST and CGST are applied when the product purchased from the state, where the business located.

IGST applied when the product purchased from outside the state, where the business located.

The GST number is also mentioned on the bill, from there one can check the business, whether it is registered under GST slab or not.

Steps to identify the genuine GST bill

More often, you may find the GST number on the bill. When you have the GST number, open this link GST (Official GST site) and enter the number over there. If the company is registered there on the portal, the details about the company will display on a new webpage.

However, false bill either doesn’t have a GST number or won’t follow above GST criteria.

Screenshot shows the result of a genuine GST number

Enter the GST number in the box

GST Slab Rates of Goods and Services

Enter the GST number in the box

We believe some of the initial-stage challenges can be wiped out from the above tips and make a common man to understand more about the GST levy. If these are less, share more here in the comment box so the readers could find more information on the topic.

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