New Delhi, August 22: The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on Friday issued a circular stating that businesses can opt Aadhaar verification for registration of Goods and Services Tax or else be ready for physical verification of the place of business. Usually, physical verification takes 21 days, while the verification through Aadhaar can be done in 3 days.

Issuing a notification, CBIC directed that the new applicants can opt for the authentication of Aadhaar number while applying for GST registration. The new notification will be effective from August 21. However, the government stated that the applicant will have to undertake the said authentication while applying for GST registration.

The notification stated, "Where a person... fails to undergo authentication of Aadhaar number or does not opt for authentication of Aadhaar number, the registration shall be granted only after physical verification of the place of business in the presence of the said person."

As per details, the linkage of Aadhaar with GST and PAN (permanent account number) would help the government build centralised database available facilitating data analytics and help in checking tax evasion. With this, the GST registration can be granted within 3 days without a physical inspection of the premises.