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Digital Signature Certificate for GST

Digital Signature Certificate for GST

Digital Signature Certificate acts as a substitute for handwritten signatures which are used to file GST. A company can get registered under GST only by verifying its GST application through a digital signature.

A digital signature is used in validating the authenticity and integrity of a message, software or a digital document by making use of mathematical techniques. It uses 2 keys that are mathematically linked: public and private key. The digital information can only be accessed when these two keys match.

What is GST?

Goods and Services Tax is an indirect tax used in India on supply of goods and services. GST was introduced in order to remove all other indirect taxes (VAT, excise, service tax) and replace them with a single comprehensive tax.
For GST enrollment, a Class 2 or Class 3 DSC is necessary for filing GST.

How to register for DSC

  1. Visit the website

  2. Select the class for the DSC option you want to apply for and fill in other required details.

  3. Make an online payment for your application

  4. After submission, the DSC registration experts will analyse and process your application

  5. The DSC will be sent to your registered email-id. You can check your email after 1-2 hours of submission.
    If you applied for a hard-copy of DSC (a USB token), then it will be sent to your registered address.

Once you have received your DSC, you can use this to file your GST on the GST portal.
The prerequisites to register DSC on the GST portal are:

  1. You need to have a ‘registered login account’ on the GST portal

  2. A DSC USB token is needed

  3. You will also need to download a DSC software (DSC Client Installer) on your PC.
The rest of the steps need to be completed on the GST portal itself.

How is DSC used for GST return?

GST Common Portal allows businesses to designate employees as authorized signatories, which enables them to sign and file returns on behalf of the business, as well as to make payments online. Any person registered on the Authorized Person tab of the GST Common Portal for an enterprise can sign and file GSTR on behalf of that enterprise, using (DSC) digital signature certificates .

A DSC replaces a hand-written signature and is mandatory for companies and Limited Liability Partnership (LLPs), Limited Liability Partnership (LLPs) and optional for other taxpayers to sign and file returns in the GST Common Portal. For this purpose either a Class 2 or a Class 3 digital signature certificate is required which comes with 1, 2 and 3 year validity.

Uses of Digital Signature Certificate

DSC is used for the following purposes:

  • For security of email and web-based transactions as well as identifying other participants of web-based transactions.

  • For a developer the authorship of a code is provided, also retaining the integrity of distributed software programs.

  • To sign web forms, file income tax returns, e-tendering documents and access membership based websites automatically without having to enter a username and password.

About Us is a Private Consultancy Firm, providing consultancy services. We provide registration for Class 2, Class 3 and DGFT digital signatures. We also provide services for renewal of a DSC.
You can refer to our FAQ option on our website homepage, should you have any questions regarding DSC. For any complaints, please feel free to lodge one by submitting it on our website.

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