GSTN (Goods and Service Tax Network), the company which handles technological part of GST has issued various APIs for developers to build applications and help in compliance. Before we understand various APIs and how you can access these APIs, lets understand the purpose for which APIs are issued.
As you are aware through API, you can interact with a server. Using these APIs one can have access to GSTN servers and perform various functions.
You can implement or design a new software for filing of GST returns. GSTN provides APIs, using which you can:
You can use E-way bill APIs, to generate E-way bills. You can:
As a developer you can use E-way bill APIs to integrate in your accounting software or ERP to enable users directly generate E-way bill instead of visiting government E-way bill portal.
GSTN also provides public APIs to verify GST numbers. You can use these APIs to:
Above I have discussed few use cases of APIs, however there are few other APIs also available. It depends on you, how you want to use these APIs and enhance your application.
In above heading, I have explained APIs available and purpose of these APIs and how you can use them in your application. However there are many challenges of using these APIs.
Challenges are both technical and monetary.
Technical challenges are not much relevant as these can be taken care of by continuous monitoring GSTN update notifications.
The reason as a developer you will use APIs is to enhance your existing product or launch a new product. There are various challenges you will face to break even with investment.
You can read GSTN is not startup friendly for understanding various challenges. Here is summary of main concerns.
We launched KnowyourGST to help taxpayers understand GST laws. We have built products on GST APIs and many big brands are using these products.
If you are a startup or planning to use GST APIs, you can use APIs provided by KnowyourGST.
KnowyourGST is the only portal to provide unlimited API calls for fixed prices. You can access GST verification API page here.
GSTN provides API access to GSP (GST Suvidha Providers) and GSP further can appoint ASP (Application Suvidha Provider).
So, you should either become an ASP or GSP to access GST APIs.
GSTN as of now has stopped accepting new GSP registration, so only option is to become an ASP.
If you are looking for a solution to verify GST numbers and integration GST verification APIs, you can use KnowyourGST GST verification API.
Benefits of using our APIs are:
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