GST Number Format | Understanding GSTIN Format
Understanding the GST Registration Number
Before GST came into existence, businesses or entities registered under the state VAT law were allocated a unique TIN number by their respective state tax authorities. Let’s find out more details about GST number and the format of GST registration number:
All the business entities or taxpayers who register themselves under GST are assigned a unique 15 digit identification number known as GSTIN or GST Identification Number.
Format of GST Identification Number
GST number of a business or entity is a unique 15 digit alphanumeric number. The first 2 digit of GST registration number are based on state code as per Indian Census 2011, followed by next 10 digits of PAN card of applicant which might be a person’s PAN card in case of Proprietorship firm or company PAN card in case of a Limited or Partnership Company. Out of last 3 digits of a GST number, first digit represents entity code, 2nd digit is left blank and last digit is a check.
An Example of GST Number
Here is an example to help you understand the format break-down of the GSTIN:
State Code in GST Number
The first two digits in GST registration number represents the state code are as per the 2011 Indian Census.
Below is the list of The state code in the GST registration number represents the all 35 Indian states:
- Jammu & Kashmir
- Himachal Pradesh
- Uttar Pradesh
- Arunachal Pradesh
- West Bengal
- Madhya Pradesh
- Daman & Diu
- Dadra & Nagar Haveli
- Andhra Pradesh
- Tamil Nadu
- Andaman & Nicobar Islands
How to Verify GST Number
Verifying GSTIN ensure that your paying taxes to genuine business or entity. You can also spot a fake GST registration number if this is not mentioned on GST invoice as per the defined format.