A Digital Signature Certificate authenticates your identify electronically. It also provides you with a high level of security for your online transactions by ensuring absolute privacy of the information exchanged using a Digital Signature Certificate. You can use certificates to encrypt information such that only the intended recipient can read it. You can digitally sign information to assure the recipient that it has not been changed in transit, and also verify your identify as the sender of the message.

A Digital Signature Certificate is a secure digital key that is issued by the certifying authorities for the purpose of validating and certifying the identity of the person holding this certificate. Digital Signatures make use of the public key encryptions to create the signatures.

A digital signature certificate (DSC) contains information about the user’s name, pin code, country, email address, date of issuance of certificate and name of the certifying authority.

Why are e-signatures and trust services important?

Businesses and individuals involved in commercial transactions or messaging activities need to have confidence in, and be trusting of, any communication that is sent in relation to that activity. This helps to ensure that documents sent electronically have not been altered in any way, that the sender can be easily recognised, and that the document has the necessary security. Trust is the basis of business and commercial activity, and can be enhanced by the use of electronic signatures and trust services. Generally, electronic signatures and trust services can prove the origin of the communication or document, show whether a message has been altered and ensure messages remain confidential. More and more businesses and individuals are using, or are seeking to use, electronic signatures and trust services and, with an increasing number of Government services available digitally, there will be continued growth in this market for some time to come. What is an e-signature and why should you use one? Electronic signatures deliver a way to sign documents in the online world, much like one signs a document with a pen in the offline world.

Electronic signatures come in many forms, including:

  • Typewritten
  • Scanned
  • An electronic representation of a handwritten signature
  • A unique representation of characters
  • A digital representation of characteristics, for example, fingerprint or retina scan
  • A signature created by cryptographic means

Classes of Digital Signature

The type of applicant and the purpose for which the Digital Signature Certificate is obtained defines the kind of DSC one must apply for depending on the need. There are three types of Digital Signature certificates issued by the certifying authorities.

Class 1 Certificates

These are issued to individual/private subscribers and are used to confirm that the user’s name and email contact details from the clearly defined subject lie within the database of the certifying authority.

Class 2 Certificates

These are issued to the director/signatory authorities of the companies for the purpose of e-filing with the Registrar of Companies (ROC). Class 2 certificate is mandatory for individuals who have to sign manual documents while filing of returns with the ROC.

Class 3 Certificates

These certificates are used in online participation/bidding in e-auctions and online tenders anywhere in India. The vendors who wish to participate in the online tenders must have a Class 3 digital signature certificate.

How to Get Digital Signature Certificate?

Following are the requirements for Applying for Digital Signature Certificate

  • Submission of DSC Application form duly filled in by the applicant
  • Producing Photo ID proof
  • Producing Address proof
Easier e-Filing of Income Tax with Digital Signature Certificate

A Digital Signature Certificate lets you file your Tax Returns easier and more secure. According to revised provisions under section 44AB of IT Act "E-Filing is mandatory for all the individuals/professionals having an annual gross receipt of INR 25 Lakhs and above, and for business houses with annual turnover of INR 1 Crore and above.

Digital Signature Certificate and e-Filing of Income Taxes Use of a Digital Signature Certificate is mandatory for e-filing by a certain section of businesses, families, and individuals. For individuals businesses not covered by the latest mandate, a Digital Signature Certificate assures greater convenience while filing tax returns, and greater security during any electronic transactions.

Easier Returns Filing of Goods and services Tax with Digital Signature Certificate

Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is one of the options for authenticating users on the GST portal. In addition to DSC, users can authenticate various actions performed on the GST portal including GST returns, through electronic code verification (EVC). After the procurement of DSC, the user is obligated to register it with the portal. This article examines the process of registering DSC into the portal. DSC IS MA NDATORY COMPANY GST RETURN FILINGS.

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