Last week, I went to McDonalds with friends for brunch. We ordered the food and took our seats. As a habit, I crosschecked the order and the amount (As I have bad experience of fraudulent bills). Moreover, I wanted to check how GST was applied on the total amount. Everything was fine. I continued the discussions. The idea of this post originated here.
Have you ever checked your hotel / restaurant bill after the GST roll out? Do you know that you can easily check the authenticity of your bill? If you don’t know where to start, you are at the right place.
In order to verify the GST in hotel bill, you need to understand following things about GST bills;
- Check GSTIN format
- Verify the GSTIN No
- Verify GST Rates
- How to lodge complaint
Check GSTIN Format to Understand GST in Hotel Bill
GSTIN is mandatory on all GST invoices. Most important thing! GSTIN is unique code. These are actually 15 alphanumeric digits having state code, PAN number of hotel/ restaurant operator information. Following is the structure of the GSTIN code.
The state codes are as follows;
|01||Jammu and Kashmir||19||West Bengal|
|07||Delhi||25||Daman and Diu|
|08||Rajastan||26||Dadar and Nagar Haveli|
|17||Meghalaya||35||Anadaman and Nicobar Islands|
Just remember your state code. In my case it is 27 (Maharashtra).
Verify the GSTIN No
Once you confirm the format of GSTIN no., now you need to cross check it. It is good if you find the name of the hotel / restaurant operator. Government has released all GSTIN related data on public domain. Anyone can check it anytime. Visit the following website to verify the GSTIN/ UIN.
Once you enter the 15-digit GSTIN and complete the captcha, you will get the following information;
- Legal Name of Business
- Centre Jurisdiction
- State Jurisdiction
- Date of registration
- Constitution of Business
- Taxpayer Type
- GSTIN / UIN Status
- Date of Cancellation
If you find everything relevant. You are good to go to next section.
Verify GST Rates
This is crucial as most of the people get confused about the GST rates. I have prepared a simplified chart. It will clarify your doubts about GST rates.
Click here to see the updated rates (official government portal)
How to lodge complaint
If you find something suspicious about the bill, communicate the same to the hotel / restaurant operator. Remember every GST bill should have correct GSTIN on it. Do not pay the tax if correct GSTIN is not printed on bill.
To lodge official complaint against the hotel / restaurant, you can mail your details at firstname.lastname@example.org. They do have a telephonic contact no. 0120-4888999, 011-23370115.
Moreover, you can tweet to @askGST_Goi and @FinMinIndia regarding your concern.
Do you know?
Next time when your employer asks you to submit travel and food bills, be careful about the bill details. Your employer can track your sequence of activities using above-mentioned methods and information. This is especially important for those who are travelling in more than 1 state.
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