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Section-8 Company Registration in India

The Section-8 Company is one of the types of companies in India, the main objective of this company is not for profit. It's objectives are to promote fields of arts, commerce, science, researh, education, sports, charity, social welfare, religion, environmental protection etc.,. How do Section-8 companies provide these services without revenue? Yes they provide these serices by collecting donations from public, corporates. These companies will get grants from governments. The nature of Section-8 companies are similar to Trust or Society but will have lot of credibility as it is registered under central government and a statutory auditor gives the audit report at the end of the accounting period. It can appeal the public for a great cause and get the donations easily. The donors can verify the financial reports through www.mca.gov.in, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, government of India web portal. Section-8 Company can be registered as both Private or Public.

Section-8 Company registration is now simplified as you can directly apply for registration without getting license. The registrar will issue license along with the certificate of incorporation. Section-8 Company Registration is regulated by the Central Registration Center (CRC), Manesar, Haryana on behalf of each state jurisdictional Registrar of Companies, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. The governing law for the companies is Companies Act, 2013.

The Government of India had announced on 26th January, 2018 that there is zero incorporation fee for the Companies registered with an Authorized Share Capital up to of Rs. 1,000,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakh), subsequently, it had been increased to Rs. 15 lakh. The Stamp Duty on MOA and AOA is not required to pay in most of the sates in India. The remaining fee such as Name Availability, Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number (TAN) is applicable as usual.

Any person or an association of persons intending to register a limited liability company for objects specified below can opt to apply for registration of Section 8 Company. The following have to be proved to the satisfaction of the Central Government that: (a) its objects includes promotion of commerce, art, science, sports, education, research, social welfare, religion, charity, protection of environment or any such other object; (b) the company after incorporation intends to apply its profits, if any, or other income in promoting such objects only; and (c) the company intends to prohibit the payment of any dividend to its members.

The Section-8 Company registration in India is entirely online. If you’re looking to make your company registered, then CompaniesHouse is the team for you. Register your company online with us today and you’ll be on your way to operating a registered company under 10 working days.

Minimum Requirements to register a Section-8 Company:

Directors Two Directors
Shareholders Two Shareholders
Authorised Share Capital Rs.2
Paidup Share Capital Rs.2
  • Two directors and two shareholders are rquired. The directors and shareholders may be the same persons. They should be majors. The director must be an Individual whereas the shareholder may be the body corporate. One of the directors must be resident Indian.
  • Authorised Share Capital is the amount up to which, you can invest in the company as share capital.
  • Paidup Share Capital is the amount up to which, you can deposit in the Company's Bank Account towards Share Capital.

Documents Required to register a Section-8 Company:

  • A

    Directors Documents

    1. Directors PAN
    2. Directors ID Proofs
      Aadhaar Card or Voter ID or Passport or Driver's License
    3. Directors Address Proofs:
      Latest one month Savings Bank statement or
      Latest Telephone Bill on his own name or
      Latest Moblie Bill on his name or
      Latest Power Bill on his own name.
    4. Directors latest passport size photograph
    5. Directors Email ids
    6. Directors Mobile Numbers linked with their Aadhar
    7. Incase of Foreign direcrtors, International Passport is mandatory
  • B

    Company Documents

    1. Registered Office Address Proof: Latest Power Bill
    2. No-objection letter from the Landlord.
    3. Rental Agreement from the landlord if the premises are rented.
    4. Company email id.

Benefits of a Section-8 Company Registration:

Limited Liability:

The liability of the members of the Company is limited. The Directors or Shareholders are not personally liable for the debts of the Company. For example, when Company is in default of repayment of debt or loan, there is a protection to the personal assets of the Directors or Shareholders. They can recover the loan amount only by selling the assets of the Company.

Donations & Grants:

Section-8 Company can raise donations from public easily. This type of NGOs can get grants from Government easily. The doners will get benefited under section 80G of the Income Tax while filing their Income Tax Return and the company can claim Income Tax benefits under section 12A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 if it gets licenses under Section 80G and 12A.

Stamp Duty:

No stamp duty is payable at the time of incorporation of Section-8 Companies in most of the Indian states except Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The cost of formation of this Company is cheaper when compare to incorporation of companies for profit.

Director Dual Role:

The Director of the Company can be the employee of the Company. He can give his own premises on rent/lease to Company and Collect rent from it, he can give loan to the Company and can take loan from Company, he can supply goods or services to the Company and get consideration for that.

Separate Entity:

The members of the Company may come and may go but Company may not go that means the members are different and the Company is different. Company can own assets on it own name and can sell. It can sue and can be sued in a court of law.

Liense under FCRA:

The Section-8 company can get license under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 easily and get contributions, donations and grants from aborad easily. Getting license under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act is easier to the Section-8 Companies when cmpare to other NGOs.

Section-8 Company ~ Trust ~ Society

In India, there are mainly the three types of non-profit organizations i.e. Section 8 Companies (earlier Section 25): Societies registered under section 20 of the Societies Registration Act 1860. Trusts formed under Indian Trusts Act 1882. The following are the main differences between Section-8 Company, Trust and Society.

Particulars Section-8 Company Trust Society
Governing Law Companies Act, 2013 Indian Trusts Act, 1982 Societies Registration Act, 1860
Rigistering Authority Registrar of Companies Sub-Registrar Society Registrar
Minimum Members 2 Directors cum 2 Shareholders Tow members 7 Members
Cost of Formation High Medium Low
Compliance High Low Medium
Grants and Subsidies High Medium Medium
FCRA Preference Highly preferred Low preferred Low preferred
Section 80G & 12 A Allowed to be registered Allowed to be registered Allowed to be registered
Stamp Duty In most of the Indian states, it is not required To be paid Not required
Transperency High Less Less

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How to Register a Section-8 Company

Below is the 3 step Company Registration process.
  • 1

    Digital Signature Certificates

    Through eMudhra - One Hour Job

    We will apply Class-III DSCs through eMudhra Portal Online. The OTPs will be generated on your Aadhar enabled mobile numbers, we will submit the same OTPs and then the system will send video recording link through SMS and email to you. The DSC will be approved by the eMudhra team after your video recording submission. Then we will download the DSCs in ePass Tokens and use these for signing incorporation forms.

  • 2

    Incorporation

    Through MCA Portal - 5 to 7 Days

    We will prepare the documents provided by you in an order ie. Pan, Id Proof and Address Proof as a single document, we will prepare the Form DIR-2, Form INC-8, Verification under Rule 25 of the Companies Incorporation Rules 2014, draft main objects of the company and then prepare the eSprice+ Form, eMOA, eAOA, eAGILE+ Form and upload with MCA portal by paying the requisite fee.

  • 3

    Certificate of Registration

    Through eMail - 1 Day

    After scrutiny, the officers of MCA will approve the form and issues you the License under Section-8 along with the Certificate of Incorporation through email. You will also get DIN approval letters through email from MCA. You will get ePAN and eTAN through email from NSDL. Further, your company's PF and ESI registration numbers will be generated automatically along with your Zero Balance Company's Current Account. We will also send you MOA, AOA and other documents through email.

What All You Get


  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Articles of Association
  • GST Registration
  • Import Export Code
  • Digital Signature Certificates
  • Company PAN
  • MSME Registration
  • Commencement of Business
  • Director Identification Numbers
  • Company TAN
  • PF Registration
  • Company Resolutions
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Company Bank Account
  • ESI Registration
  • Company Agreements

Why CompaniesHouse?


As an Official Company Registration Agent, we have built strong ties with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt of India since our own formation. Since we began, our goal has been to provide a seamless incorporation process that is quick and simple to use. Today, our company registration system is one of the most effective and efficient in India. In just over 5 minutes you can submit your new company name application, and often in just 3-5 days, your company will be fully registered. We also keep our company formation pricing competitive, while always exploring innovative ways to provide value to our customers. We are pleased to be one of the most affordable ways to start a company in India.

We have the expertise to advise which is the correct corporate structure they need to put in place. Most customers come to us for help registering a company limited by shares. The limited company structure is popular as it allows profits to be distributed amongst the shareholders while at the same time protecting them through the limited liability aspect. Our team has well over 20-years of combined expertise forming companies and providing corporate and secretarial services that help thousands of our clients grow their businesses each year.

We are incredibly passionate about the quality of our service, and we are incredibly proud of our customer feedback, as shown by our excellent reviews and ratings. Time and time again, we are selected for the value and expertise that our team is known for. We have helped shape the industry by providing innovative business services and bundled packages that have evolved alongside the needs of our customers.

Our clients have access to free support from an expert team. We are always on standby to help. If you need assistance at any point before, during, and after the registration of your company, you will be able to reach us by telephone or email.


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What Next Once the Company is Registered

Congratulations!! on registering your new NGO. Most of the enterprenuers do not know what next once the Company is registered. You can find below the other mandatory registratons and statutory compliance requirements of a Company.


Other Registrations

  • A

    GST Registration

    GST registration is Mandatory if you are a Taxable dealer in sale of Goods or supply of Services. If the company is registered under Section 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961 and the services provided by the Company are for charitable cause, then GST is exempted.

  • B

    License under Section 80G & 12A

    Section 80G of the Income Tax Act allows donations made to specified relief funds and charitable institutions as a deduction from gross total income. Section 12A specifies the exemption from paying income tax on surplus income of a specified relief fund or charitable institution.

    A charitable institution can apply for exemption under section 12A of the Income Tax Act in Form 10A and also for permission under Section 80G. It is beneficial for both donors and charitable institution if they have both permissions from Income Tax department because the doner can claim deduction from his gross total income and the charitable institution can claim exemption from paying income tax on surplus income.

  • C

    FCRA Registration

    If your company wishes to receive contributions, donations from abroad, you need to get license under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA).

  • D

    IPR Registration

    If you want to protect your Company, brand, literary work, invention, you need to apply for Trade Mark, Copyright, Patent respectively with the department of Intellectural Properties of India.

  • E

    NITI Ayog Registration

    NITI AYOG Registration is required for NGO if it wants to get Government Grants.

  • F

    Import Export Code (IEC)

    Import Export Code (IEC) is required to be taken if your company wishes to import or export goods or services.

Secton-8 Company Compliance

  • 1

    Appointment of First Auditor

    You need to appoint a First Auditor of the Company with in 30 days from the date of Incorpration and file Form ADT-1 with MCA with in 15 days of appointment otherwise a maximum penalty of Rs. 3,900/- will be payable.

  • 2

    Commencement of Business

    You need to declare the deposit of Share Capital amount in Form INC-20A with the MCA with in 180 days of Incorporation, otherwise MCA will strikeoff your Company. Few banks also insists you to file this Form otherwise they will not activate your Company's Current Account.

  • 3

    Director KYC

    Every Director who has been allotted DIN on or before the end of the financial year, and whose DIN status is 'Approved', would be mandatorily required to file form DIR-3 KYC before 30th April of the immediately next financial year. Failure to file attracts a penalty of Rs. 5,000/- per Director and his/her DIN will be deactivated by the MCA.

  • 4

    Board Meetings

    Section-8 Company has to hold a meeting of it's Board of Directors twice in a Year.

  • 5

    Annual General Meeting (AGM)

    Every Company has to hold a meeting of it's members called Annual General Meeting on or before 6 month after closure of it's financial year.

  • 6

    Annual Report

    Every Company has to file a report called it's Annual Report in Form AOC-4 with MCA with in 30 days from the date it's AGM.

  • 7

    Annual Return

    Every Company has to file it's Annual Return in Form MGT-7 with in 60 days from the date of it's AGM.

  • 8

    Income Tax Return

    Every Company has to file it's Income Tax Return in form ITR-6 on or before 30th September of each year.

  • 9

    TDS Return

    Every Company which is subject to file TDS returns has to file it with in Due date to avoid penalty.

  • 10

    GST Returns

    Any Company which subject to file GST returns on QRMS basis has to file with in due date to avoid penalties.


Let's Clear Your Doubts


What is DIN?

DIN stands for Director Identification Number. Every Director of the company will get this unique Director Identification Number subsequent upon the Company Incorporation. With this DIN, he/she can register any number of companies.

A DIN holder has to file his KYC with MCA every year on or before 30th day of September otherwise a penalty of Rs. 5000/- will be imposed.

What is DSC?

DSC stands for Digital Signature Certificate. Class-III Digital Signature Certificate is required for each Shareholder while registering his/her company.

There are different companies who issue Class-III DSCs. These companies are called DSC Certifying Authorities. We have associated with eMudhra Tamil Nadu. eMudhra is one of the largest Digital Signature Certifying Authority in India.

What is Authorised Share Capital?

An authorized share capital is a share capital amount upto which the shareholders can invest in equity of the company.infact, this the permission limit to invest amount into Equity Sharecapital.

What is Paidup Sharecapital?

Paid up share capital is an amount, which is deposited by the shareholders of the compnay in company's bank account towards share capital.

Now the company can be registed with a minimum amount of share capital of Rs. 2/- ie. Rs.1/- investment by each shareholder.

What is CIN?

A CIN is a company identificaton number, which is generated by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs while generating the Certificate of Incorporation.

We can treat it as the company registration number.

What is the duration for Company Registration?

If we apply direct incorporation without applying for Certificate of Name Availability, it may take 3 to 5 working days. Some times, it may be incorporated even in one day.

But it is advisable to apply first company name and then incorporation and in this case it may take 10 to 15 days.

What is the Government fee for Company Registration?

For one lakh authorised share capital company, the total government fee including Digital Signature Certificates would be approximately Rs. 4,000/-.

CompaniesHouse is authorised by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to provide company registration service throughout India at an affordable cost of Rs. 1,999/-.

Can I start company from my home address?

Yes, you can start a Company from your home address too.

Can I register my Company on my own?

No, you can not register Company on your own as Professionals like Company Secretary/Chartered Accountant has to sign digitally along with a Director on the application forms, then only your Companay will be registered.

What is minimum amount of Sharecapital with wich I can start my Company?

Now. For a two person private limited company Rs. 2/- is the minimum sharecapital and for one person private limited company Rs. 1 will be the minimum amount of sharecapital is required.

What are the minimum number of Directors required to register a Section-8 Company?

Minimum of two directors are required to register a Section-8 Company.

Who can apply for registration of a Section 8 Company?

Any person or an association of persons intending to register a limited liability company for objects specified below can opt to apply for registration of Section 8 Company.

The following have to be proved to the satisfaction of the Central Government that:
(a) its objects includes promotion of commerce, art, science, sports, education, research, social welfare, religion, charity, protection of environment or any such other object;.
(b) the company after incorporation intends to apply its profits, if any, or other income in promoting such objects only; and
(c) the company intends to prohibit the payment of any dividend to its members.

Is it mandatory that the name of section 8 Company shall include the words like – Foundation, forum, association, federation, chamber, confederation, Council, electoral trust etc.?

Yes.

Can a One Person Company (OPC) be incorporated as or convert into a Section 8 Company?

No. Rule 3 of the Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014 prohibits a one person company to be incorporated as section 8 company or to convert into a Section 8 Company.

Can a one person company become a member of Section 8 Company?

No, Rule 3(6) of the Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014 prohibits one person company to invest in securities of any body corporate.

Can a partnership firm or an Limited Liability Partnership become a member of Section 8 Company?

Yes, under the Companies Act, 2013, a Partnership firm or an LLP can become the member of Section 8 Company. The provisions of respective Acts need to be complied with by the partnership firm or LLP as the case may be.

Can a Trust become a member of Section 8 Company?

Yes, trust can become a member of the Section-8 Company.

Whether a Co-operative society can become subscriber/ member of a Section 8 Company?

A Co-operative society can be regarded as Person and thus capable of becoming subscriber of a company including Section 8 Company.

Can Section 8 Companies receive contributions from overseas or non-residents?

There are special requirements to be complied with under the Foreign Contribution and Regulation Act, 2010 before a Section 8 Company can receive any contributions or donations from overseas/outside India from non-residents. The provisions of the said Act are in addition to the provisions under the Companies Act.

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