On 6 January 2021, the functionality for Aadhaar Authentication and e-KYC was deployed on the GST Common Portal. With this feature, the existing GST registered Taxpayers can verify their identity using Aadhaar authentication through the GST portal itself. In case the Aadhaar (of the signatories) is not available, the Taxpayers have an option to complete the verification through e-KYC.
To verify the identity of Taxpayers registering on the GST portal, the Government had enabled Aadhaar authentication for newly registered Taxpayers in late 2020. Now, this feature has been extended to the existing registered Taxpayers as well. Through this mechanism, the Government targets to verify the identity of Taxpayers digitally, without having to verify them physically. This will, in turn, save time and effort for both, the Taxpayer and the Government.
With Aadhaar Authentication, the Taxpayer can authenticate the ‘Primary Authorised Signatory’, and one other person who is the Proprietor/Partner/Director/Managing Partner/ Karta of the GST registered entity.
Note: To initiate this process, the signatories should have a valid Aadhaar number.
If the signatories mentioned above (of the GST registered entity) do not have an Aadhaar number, then, the Taxpayer can use their other eKYC documents to complete the authentication. The admissible documents here are:
- Aadhaar enrolment number
- Voter ID card
- KYC form
- Identifying certificate issued by a Competent Authority
- Other documents that might be specified by the GSTN from time to time.
- When a Taxpayer logs in to his/her GST account on the GST portal, he/she will see a pop-up asking ‘Would you like to authenticate Aadhaar of the Partner/Promotor and Primary Authorized Signatory’. Here, the Taxpayer can select ‘Yes, navigate to My Profile’ or ‘Remind me later’.
- The Taxpayers can choose to ignore the pop-up by clicking on ‘REMIND ME LATER’. This will close the pop-up message window.
- If the Taxpayer clicks on ‘Yes, navigate to My Profile’, he/she will be navigated to the ‘My Profile’ page. Here, a new tab called ‘Aadhaar Authentication status’ has been enabled. By clicking on this tab, the Taxpayer can ‘Send Aadhaar Authentication link’.
- In case the Taxpayer selects the option, ‘SEND AADHAAR AUTHENTICATION LINK’, the colour of tab changes from blue to green and the Aadhaar Authentication Status page is displayed. This Aadhaar Authentication Status page displays the list of Promoters/Partners and Primary Authorized Signatory.
- Here, the Promoter/Partner for Aadhaar authentication can be selected by clicking on the check box under the ‘Select for Aadhaar Authentication’ column. Once the selection is made, click on ‘SEND VERIFICATION LINK’ to send the link to the selected promoter/ partner.
- The Taxpayer can select only one name here.
- If the same person is the Primary Authorised Signatory and the Partner/Promoter as well, Aadhaar authentication of that one person alone is sufficient. The check box against the name would be auto-selected, and the Taxpayer is required to click the ‘SEND VERIFICATION LINK’ directly.
Once this is done, a pop-up message window is displayed stating that the link has been shared to the registered Email address and mobile number. Click on ‘OK’ to close the window.
- The status then changes to ‘Pending for Aadhaar Authentication’.
- The Aadhaar authentication link will be received on the number/e-mail ID (as mentioned in the registration application) of the Promoters/Partners and Authorised Signatories and is valid only for 15 days.
- The signatories have to:
- Click on the authentication link received on the registered mobile number/email ID.
- Select the Consent for Authentication.
- Enter your VID or Aadhaar Number.
- Enter the OTP received on the email address/mobile number registered with the UIDAI and click on the ‘VALIDATE OTP’ button.
Note: You can request for Aadhaar OTP again only after 45 seconds of the previous request.
- A success message will be displayed when the Aadhaar is successfully verified. Click on ‘OK’.
Note: If the Aadhaar authentication link is used once for authentication, the same authentication link cannot be accessed again.
If theTaxpayer’s signatories do not have an Aadhaar number, they can opt for the eKYC option. The Taxpayer can navigate to ‘My Profile’ and click on ‘UPLOAD E-KYC DOCUMENTS’ and upload the required documents. The tax officials will scrutinise these documents. Once approved, the authentication process will be complete. Read more about the eKYC option here.