The Central Board of Indirect Taxes (CBIC) has given instructions to all field offices to clear all pending applications for goods and services tax (GST) registration by July 30 under a ‘special push.’ Applications pending until 30 June and not processed until 15 July will be deemed to have been accepted, while applications submitted from 1 July 2020 and pending until 28 July will be deemed to have been accepted on 31 July. You can do Gst search for any company here.

“The three days considered approval of registration application will be resumed from 1 August 2020,” the Board reported in a letter to all chief commissioners and commissioners across different jurisdictions. ET has seen a copy of the GST policy wing communiqué issued on July 17. “Therefore, it is demanded that all pending registration applications be disposed of as a special drive, on or before July 30,” the letter added. ET had written last month about the issue.

The step to fast track registration follows that of full stoppage as the government had agreed not to issue any deemed approvals for GST registration since March 25 – the start of the lockdown to combat the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic – for fear of potential misuse during the time when central or state tax offices were either closed or working with skeletal staff.

Documents that would normally only take three working days to process were delayed for months, as the government extended the lockout for more than two months until June 1, after which offices began reopening.

The Board asked GST Network to provide jurisdictional officers with a list of registration applications that were deemed to have been approved during the lockdown period — due to technical failures — to conduct physical verification of business premises ‘wherever necessary.’