Notice for Registration (GST REG-03)

– Understanding Section 25 of the CGST Act, 2017

Extract of Section 25 of the CGST Act, 2017

Section 25 of the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Act 2017 deals with the registration procedure under the GST regime. The section is crucial as it outlines the requirements and processes for entities to register under GST, which is mandatory for all businesses exceeding the prescribed turnover threshold.

Section 25: Procedure for Registration

(1) Every person liable to be registered under this Act shall apply for registration in every such State in which he is so liable within thirty days from the date on which he becomes liable to registration, in such manner and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed.

(2) The proper officer shall grant a person seeking registration under this Act a registration number in the manner and within such period as may be prescribed.

(3) Every person who makes a supply from the territorial waters of India shall obtain registration in the coastal State or Union territory where the nearest point of the appropriate baseline is located.

Notice for Registration (GST REG-03)

GST REG-03 is a notice issued by the GST authorities to taxpayers who have applied for GST registration but whose application requires additional information or clarification. This notice is a formal communication from the tax authorities seeking further details to process the registration application.

Example Scenario

Suppose a business, XYZ Enterprises, applies for GST registration. During the verification process, the GST officer identifies discrepancies in the documents submitted or requires additional information to confirm the details. The officer issues a GST REG-03 notice requesting XYZ Enterprises to provide the necessary clarifications or additional documents.

Legal Recourse and Proceedings

Legal Recourse

When a taxpayer receives a GST REG-03 notice, they must:

  1. Review the Notice: Carefully read the notice to understand the required information or documents.
  2. Prepare a Response: Gather the requested information and prepare a detailed response.
  3. Submit the Response: Respond to the notice within the specified time frame, typically within seven working days from the date of receipt of the notice.

Legal Proceedings

Failure to respond to the GST REG-03 notice can lead to:

  • Rejection of Registration Application: The GST registration application may be rejected if the taxpayer fails to provide the necessary information or clarification.
  • Reapplication: The taxpayer may need to reapply for GST registration, which could delay the commencement of business operations.

Penalties and Prosecution

While there are no direct penalties associated with failing to respond to a GST REG-03 notice, the consequences of not obtaining GST registration can include:

  • Penalty for Non-Registration: Operating without GST registration when liable to be registered can attract penalties under Section 122 of the CGST Act, which may include a fine of Rs. 10,000 or an amount equivalent to the tax evaded, whichever is higher.
  • Interest on Tax Dues: Any tax dues arising from unregistered transactions may attract interest.
  • Prosecution: In cases of willful evasion, prosecution under GST laws may be initiated.

Do’s and Don’ts on Receiving a GST REG-03 Notice


  1. Read Carefully: Thoroughly read the notice to understand what additional information or documents are required.
  2. Gather Information: Collect all necessary documents and information requested in the notice.
  3. Consult a Professional: Seek advice from a GST practitioner or tax consultant if unsure how to respond.
  4. Respond Promptly: Submit the required information within the stipulated time frame to avoid delays in registration.
  5. Maintain Records: Keep a copy of the notice and your response for future reference.


  1. Ignore the Notice: Ignoring the notice can lead to rejection of your registration application.
  2. Delay Response: Delaying the response can cause unnecessary complications and delay business operations.
  3. Submit Incorrect Information: Ensure the information is accurate and complete to avoid further queries or issues.
  4. Disregard Professional Advice: If in doubt, consult a professional rather than guessing the required response.

Legal Remedy

If a taxpayer believes that the notice is unjust or if the registration application is rejected despite providing the necessary information, the following remedies are available:

  1. Appeal: The taxpayer can file an appeal against the rejection of the registration application under Section 107 of the CGST Act within three months from the date of the rejection order.
  2. Review by Higher Authorities: Request a review of the decision by higher authorities if there is a valid ground to believe that the rejection was not justified.
  3. Reapply for Registration: If the application is rejected, the taxpayer can rectify the highlighted issues and reapply for GST registration.


Section 25 of the CGST Act 2017 outlines the procedure for GST registration, and the GST REG-03 notice is an integral part of this process when additional information is required. Understanding how to respond to this notice is crucial for ensuring timely registration and compliance with GST laws. By following the dos and don’ts and knowing the legal remedies available, taxpayers can navigate the registration process smoothly and avoid potential legal issues.


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