FIRST India raises concerns over GST registration issues for online MSMEs in Tamil Nadu

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The Forum for Internet Retailers, Sellers & Traders (FIRST) India, a division of India SME Forum, shared a representation letter with the Principal Chief Commissioner of Central GST and Central Excise of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, on issues faced by online MSMEs seeking respite in Tamil Nadu regarding GST registration. 

Many potential sellers looking to conduct business in Tamil Nadu are encountering significant obstacles in obtaining GST registration. The process, meant to facilitate ease of doing business, has become cumbersome due to incorrect interpretations and stringent requirements from the registration authorities in the state.

Sellers applying for registration are being subjected to scrutiny and unnecessary requests for clarification on trivial matters. These include queries regarding the use of shared spaces for business operations, the presence of the applicant at their desk on all working days, and the justification for choosing Tamil Nadu as the state of registration despite having a presence in other states. The notices received by our members highlight the absurdity of some of these requests. The lack of understanding and adherence to GST guidelines by the authorities is causing unwarranted hardships for honest sellers seeking business opportunities in Tamil Nadu.


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