GST Notices: What You Need to Know

Published on: Mon Jan 23 2023
GST Notices: What You Need to Know

What is Notice under GST?

Notices are communications from the GST Authorities under the GST. These are issued to taxpayers to notify or warn them of any defaults discovered, especially for failing to comply with GST requirements. Other times, notifications may be sent solely to obtain further Information from the taxpayer.

Rarely do tax authorities issue notifications when products are moved, services are rendered without being subject to tax scrutiny, or when taxpayers behave unusually. GST authorities take action depending on whatever Information they learn by checking a taxpayer’s GST Returns from another government agency or any third parties.

A notice may go by several titles, such as a show cause notice (SCN), scrutiny notice, or demand notice, depending on the circumstances of each case and the nature and severity of the taxpayer’s deficiency. The most frequent reasons for obtaining notifications under GST include mistakes made by the taxpayers, such as failing to register under GST as required by law, failing to file GST returns on time or at all, paying GST late or insufficiently, claiming too many input tax credit claims, etc.

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Most common reasons for GST Notices

A GST-registered taxpayer may get a GST Notice for various reasons, including non-compliance and routine tax official audits. As a consequence, not all notifications are severe.

The top 10 reasons for obtaining a GST Notice are listed below: –

  • There needs to be more consistency between buy-side (inward) invoices and the GSTR 2a report from the GST portal.
  • The most frequent cause is incomplete or late submission of GST returns.
  • Request for revocation of a closed GST number.
  • Incorrect claims for input tax credits on GST returns
  • Taxes not paid
  • Input tax credit refund • Inconsistency between GSTRI invoices and the Information in e-way bills
  • Failing to register for GST even when sales exceed the threshold.
  • (profiteering): applying higher GST rates to sales; providing inadequate or incorrect paperwork when registering for GST;

Types of Notices under GST law

Types of Notices under GST law

Taxpayers may receive various notifications, each with a unique set of requirements for their responses and the validity of their responses.


Name of Notice (Form)Section of Law (CGST Act/ Rules)DescriptionAction to be takenTime limit to respond
REG-03Rule 9(2)Clarification is required on the Information provided in the new registration application or amendment of GST registrationReply, in form REG-04 with clarification, Information and document, if any.Under seven working days from the date of receiving the notice
REG-17Rule 22(1)SCN on why the GST registration not be cancelledReply, in form REG-18, with the reasonsUnder seven working days from the date of receiving the notice
REG-23Rule 23(3)SCN on why the cancellation of GST registration must be revoked for the reasons laid down in the noticeReply in form REG-24Under seven working days from the date of receiving the notice
REG-27Rule 24(3)For cases relating to migration into GST from the VAT regime, for not making an application after obtaining provisional registration or for not giving correct or complete details thereinReply by applying in REG-26 and appear before the tax authority giving reasonable opportunity to be heardnot prescribed
GSTR-3ARule 68Default notice to non-filers of GST returns in GSTR-1 or GSTR-3B or GSTR-4 or GSTR-8File GST Returns along with late fees and interest, if anyfifteen days from the date of receiving the notice
CMP-05Rule 6(4)SCN on eligibility to be a composition dealerNecessary justification in form CMP-06fifteen days of receipt of the notice
PCT-03Rule 83(4)SCN for misconduct by the GST practitionerNecessary justificationWithin the time prescribed in the SCN
RFD-08Rule 92(3)SCN on the rejection of GST refund madeReply in form RFD-09Within fifteen days of receipt of notice
ASMT-02Rule 98(2)Additional Information for provisional assessment under GSTReply (in form ASMT-03 along with documentsWithin fifteen days of the service of the notice
ASMT-06Rule 98(5)Additional Information for final assessment under GSTReply (in form ASMT-03 along with documentsWithin fifteen days of the service of the notice
ASMT10Rule 99(1)Notice for intimating discrepancies in the GST return after scrutinyReply in form ASMT-11 giving reasons for discrepanciesWithin the time prescribed in the SCN or thirty days from the date of service of notice
ASMT-14Rule 100(2)SCN – Assessment u/s 63 (best judgement assessment)Appearance before the concerned authorityWithin fifteen days of the notice
ADT-01Rule 101(2)Notice for conducting Audit u/s 65Attend in person and produce recordsWithin the time prescribed in the notice
RVN-01Rule 109BNotice u/s 108 issued by the revisional authorityReply within the prescribed time and appear before the authorityWithin seven working days of the serving of the notice
DRC-01Rule 100(2) & Rule 142(1)(a)SCN for the demand of tax (served along with DRC-02)Reply, in form DRC-06. Payment in form DRC-03Within thirty days of the notice
DRC 10Rule 144(2)Notice for Auction of Goods u/s 79(1)(b)Pay outstanding demand as per form DRC-09As specified in the notice
DRC-11Rule 144(5) & Rule 147(12)Notice to the successful bidderPay the bid amountWithin fifteen days from the date of auction
DRC-13Rule 145(1)Notice to a third person u/s 79(1)(c)Deposit the amount specified in the notice and reply in the form DRC-14Not Applicable
DRC-16Rule 147(1) & Rule 15 (1)Notice for attachment and sale of immovable/movable goods/shares u/s 79Refrain from transferring/ creating charge on the assetsNot applicable


Valid modes of sending GST Notices

Various communication methods are listed under Section 169(1) of the CGST Act of 2017. The following methods must be used to deliver the GST notifications to the taxpayers: –

  • Via the email address supplied during GST registration
  • Via the GSTN portal on the taxpayer’s dashboard after using his login information
  • Delivered by courier or personally to the taxpayer
  • Using the taxpayer’s last-known residence address as the basis, publishing the notice in the neighborhood’s local newspaper
  • Through speed post or registered mail to the business’s registered address or most recent known address
  • If none of those mentioned above methods is available, the GST notification must be posted in a visible location at his most recent known business address. As a final option, the GST notification must be posted on the notice board of the relevant GST authority if this is also unsuccessful.

Reply to GST Notices & effects of not replying.

A taxpayer is required to respond to notifications within the timeframe stated in the notice with quick action. If this isn’t done, the taxpayer risk getting into legal trouble. The authorities may pursue criminal charges in such a case or see it as a deliberate breach and impose punishment.


  • How can I reply to a GST notice?

Within fifteen days of the notice’s issuance, the applicant must submit a Form GST RFD-09 reply to the notice (sent in Form GST RFD-08).

  • Which section regulates different modes of communication under GST notices?

Section 169 of the CGST act provides different modes of communication under GST notices.

  • How do you handle GST notices?

On the GST website, you may send any response to the notifications about GST. A taxpayer may use his or her own electronic signature, as well as the signature of any of their authorized employees. When tax and interest payment is required, pay the obligation in the appropriate format and manner.

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