REG-23 Notice:

Understanding Section 30 of the CGST Act, 2017

Extract of Section 30 of the CGST Act, 2017

Section 30 of the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Act, 2017, deals with the revocation of GST registration cancellation. This section provides the provisions and procedures for taxpayers to apply for the revocation of their GST registration cancellation.

Section 30: Revocation of Cancellation of Registration

(1) Subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, any registered person whose registration is cancelled by the proper officer on their motion may apply to such officer for revocation of cancellation of the registration in the manner and within such time as may be prescribed.

(2) The proper officer may, in such manner and within such period as may be prescribed by the order, either revoke the cancellation of the registration or reject the application, Provided that the proper officer shall not reject the application for revocation of cancellation of registration without giving the person an opportunity of being heard.

REG-23 Notice

GST REG-23 is a notice issued by the GST authorities to a taxpayer whose application for revocation of cancellation of GST registration has been rejected. This notice serves as an official communication requiring the taxpayer to explain why their application for revocation should not be dismissed.

Example Scenario

Suppose a business, XYZ Pvt Ltd, had its GST registration cancelled due to a prolonged period of non-filing returns. Subsequently, XYZ Pvt Ltd files an application for the revocation of the cancellation. However, the GST officer finds discrepancies or incomplete information in the application and issues a REG-23 notice to XYZ Pvt Ltd, asking them to provide additional information or clarify the discrepancies.

Legal Recourse and Proceedings

Legal Recourse

When a taxpayer receives a REG-23 notice, they should:

  1. Review the Notice: Carefully read the notice to understand the reasons for the potential rejection of the revocation application.
  2. Prepare a Response: Gather relevant documents and evidence to support the application for revocation and address the issues raised in the notice.
  3. Submit the Response: File the response within the specified time frame, typically seven working days from receipt of the notice.

Legal Proceedings

If the taxpayer fails to respond adequately or if the response is not satisfactory, the GST authorities may proceed with the following:

  • Rejection of Revocation Application: The application to revoke the cancellation of GST registration will be rejected, and the cancellation will remain in effect.
  • Continued Non-Compliance: The taxpayer will be considered non-compliant, which may result in further legal and financial repercussions.

Penalties and Prosecution

While there are no direct penalties associated with failing to respond to a REG-23 notice, the consequences of not obtaining revocation of the GST registration can include the following:

  • Continued Ineligibility to Operate: The business cannot legally operate under the GST regime, affecting its ability to conduct business activities.
  • 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 REG-23 Notice


  1. Read Carefully: Thoroughly read the notice to understand the reasons for the potential rejection of the revocation application.
  2. Gather Information: Collect all necessary documents and information requested in the notice to support your case.
  3. Consult a Professional: Seek advice from a GST practitioner or tax consultant if unsure how to respond.
  4. Respond Promptly: To avoid having the revocation application rejected, submit the required information within the stipulated time frame.
  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 the rejection of your revocation application.
  2. Delay Response: Delaying the response can cause unnecessary complications and prolong the period of non-compliance.
  3. Provide 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 application for revocation 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 revocation 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 Revocation: If the revocation application is rejected, the taxpayer can rectify the issues highlighted and reapply for revocation or cancellation of GST registration.


Section 30 of the CGST Act 2017 outlines the procedure for revoking cancellation of GST registration. The GST REG-23 notice is integral to this process, allowing taxpayers to address any issues or discrepancies in their revocation application. Understanding how to respond to this notice is crucial for ensuring timely revocation of cancellation and compliance with GST laws. By following the dos and don’ts and knowing the legal remedies available, taxpayers can navigate the revocation process smoothly and avoid potential legal issues.

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