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Society Registration

What is Society:

The main objective of the society 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.,. Society may be formed, by way of a memorandum of association, by any seven or more people associated for any literary, scientific or charitable purpose. The memorandum of association has to be filed with the Registrar of Societies. The memorandum has to contain the name of the society, its objects, and the names, addresses and occupations of the members of the governing body, by whatever name it may be called, duly signed for consent by all the members forming the society. A copy of the rules and regulations of the society also has to be filed along with the memorandum of association. One should check Prevention of Names and Emblems Act before selecting a Society Name. Society Registration is regulated by the District Society Registar.

Who shall register a Society: Any seven or more individuals intending to register an NGO to promote fields of arts, commerce, science, researh, education, sports, charity, social welfare, religion, environmental protection.

What is Trust:

The main objective of the Trust 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.,. Trust may be formed, by way of a Trust Deed, by any two or more people associated for any literary, scientific or charitable purpose. The Trust Deed has to be filed with the Office of Jurisdictional Sub-Registrar. One should check Prevention of Names and Emblems Act before selecting a Trust Name. Trust Registration is regulated by the Jurisdictional Sub-Registrar.

What is Section-8 Company:

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.

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.

Who shall register 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.

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

Why Should I register a Society

Below are the main reasons to register a Society.

Donations & Grants:

Society 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.

Low Cost of Formation:

The cost of formation of Society is much ceaper than that of Section-8 Company or a Trust. No stamp duty is payable at the time of incorporation of Society. Digital Signatures are not required. The Annual Compliance Cost is also lower than Section-8 Company. Only Minutes of the members of the Society is required to be filed with the Society Registrar on annual basis.

Liense under FCRA

The Society 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 Society.

How to Register a Society

To register a Society, there should be a minimum of seven individuals who should be a majors. One of the members should be a locally resided person. You can find below the Documents required and Step by Step Society Registration Process.


Documents Required

  • A

    Mmebers Documents

    1. Members PAN
    2. Members ID Proofs
      Aadhaar Card or Voter ID or Passport or Driver's License
    3. Members 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. Members latest passport size photograph
    5. Members Email ids
    6. Members Mobile Numbers linked with their Aadhar
  • B

    Society Address Proofs

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

3 Step Society Registration Process:

  • 1

    Drafting of Bylaws, Rules & Regulations

    Through CompaniesHouse - One Hour Job

    We will draft ByLaws, Rules and Regulations and other documents of the Society.

  • 2

    Online Submission

    Through Society Registrar web portal - One Hour Job

    We will upload the Application forms, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations of the Society online and pay the requisite fee.

  • 3

    Certificate of Registration

    Through Online - 3 to 5 Days

    After scrutiny, the Registrar will approve the form and issues you the Certificate of Incorporation online.


What All You Get

  • Certificate of Registration
  • Society PAN
  • MSME Registration
  • Section 12A License
  • ByLaws of the Society
  • Society TAN
  • Import Export Code (IEC)
  • FCRA Registration
  • Rules & Regulations of the Society
  • GST Registration
  • Section-80G Licesne
  • Niti Ayog Registration Support

What Next Once the Society is Registered

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


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 Society 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 Society, 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 Society wishes to import or export goods or services.

Annual Compliance

  • 1

    Annual General Meeting (AGM)

    Every Society 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.

  • 2

    Filing of Minutes of AGM with the Registrar

    Every Society has to file it's Minutes of AGM with the Registar with in 30 days of it's Annual General Meerting.

  • 3

    Income Tax Return

    Every Society has to file it's Income Tax Return in form ITR-5 on or before 31st July of each year. Incase of Tax Audit, the date will be 30th September of each year.

  • 4

    TDS Return

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

  • 5

    GST Returns

    Any Society 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 Society?

Society may be formed, by way of a memorandum of association, by any seven or more people associated for any literary, scientific or charitable purpose. The memorandum of association has to be filed with the Registrar of Societies. The memorandum has to contain the name of the society, its objects, and the names, addresses and occupations of the members of the governing body, by whatever name it may be called, duly signed for consent by all the members forming the society. A copy of the rules and regulations of the society also has to be filed along with the memorandum of association.

What is Trust?

Trust may be formed, by way of a Turst Deed, by any two or more people associated for any literary, scientific or charitable purpose. The Trust Deed has to be filed with the jurisdictional Sub-Registrar office.

What is Section 8 Company?

Section 8 company may be formed with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, by way of a Memorandum and Articles of Association, by any two or more people associated for any literary, scientific or charitable purpose.

Is there any minimum capital requirement?

Not required.

Do we need to renew the Certificate?

No renewal is required.

In howmany days a society can be registered?

3 to 4 business days.

What is the government fee for Society Registration?

The toal governement fee including incidental expenses will be Rs. 2,000/-.

Can I start Society from my home address?

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

Can I register my Societty on my own?

Yes, but it is suggested to approach a consultant like us as ByLaws need to drafted legally.

What is minimum amount of Capital with wich I can start my Society?

There is no such minimum amount of capital requirement.

What are the minimum number of members required to register a Society?

Seven.

Who can apply for registration of a Society?

Any seven or more Individuals.

Can a Society 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 Society 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 Society Registration Act.

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