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Section 8 Company Registration

Let Compliance Calendar LLP help you register a Section 8 Company! (Registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India)

To run an NGO in India, a non-profit organisation can be registered under any of the three options as given below:

There is no difference between a Section 8 Company and Section 25 Company. Under the new Companies Act 2013, Section 25 Company (as per the old Act) has now become Section 8 Company due to change in Companies Act from 1956 to 2013.

Well; you can register an NGO/NPO as Section 8 Company in the fields of promotion of arts, commerce, charity, education, protection of environment, science, social welfare, sports, research and religion with the support of our experienced Compliance Managers at Compliance Calendar LLP.

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The Companies Act defines a Section 8 company as one whose objectives is to promote fields of arts, commerce, science, research, education, sports, charity, social welfare, religion, environment protection, or other similar objectives.

Section 8 Company has become the most preferred form of Non-Profit Organization (NPO) or Non-Governmental organizations (NGO) in India due to its easy registration process, online secured data with and many Features & Benefits because it functions exactly like a limited company (including all the rights and obligations that come with such a company). It has the authority to work anywhere in India.

Section 8 Company works as the Non-Profit Organizations. When we say not for profit, it does not mean that Section 8 Company cannot earn profits. In fact, such NGO/NPO can generate profits but the income of the Section 8 Company must be used to promote only charitable objects and it cannot pay any dividend to the members of the company.

This company is similar to trust and society, an exception to this is that Trust and Societies get registered under State Govt. Regulation whereas a Section 8 Company is registered online under aegis of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.

Documents Required of Section 8 Company Registration

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  • Photograph of all the Directors
  • PAN Card of all the Directors
  • ID Proof of all the Directors (Driving License/Passport/Voter ID)
  • Residence Proof (Bank Statement/Mobile Bill/Telephone Bill/Utility Bill)
  • Electricity Bill or any other utility bill for the address proof of the Registered Office (along with Rent Agreement and NOC on case to case basis)
  • We draft registration documents and send the same to you for signing.

Features & Benefits of Section 8 Company Registration

Tax benefits

Section 8 Company being a non-profit organization, they leverage the exemption from the provision of income tax under section 12A and the donors also get tax deductions under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 respectively.

Zero Stamp Duty

A Section 8 company do not have to pay stamp duty on the AOA and MOA on its incorporation, which is compulsorily applicable on other forms of companies.

The ease at transferring ownership/title

The limited liability companies do not have the advantage to transfer their title or ownership, but the Income tax Act, 1961 does not confide Section 8 companies to transfer their ownership or title thereby, enabling the transfer of both movable and immovable interest without any hurdles or restrictions.

Exempted from “Limited” name

In contrast to other limited companies who are under obligation to use their company’s name as ‘limited company’, section 8 companies get exemption from the use of any such title. They use the word like Foundation, Association, Chamber, Confederation etc.

Separate legal entity

Section 8 company has a distinct legal entity which means the company’s existence is different from its members. The company has a perpetual existence along with greater flexibility.

Uniform Registration

Section 8 Company gets nationwide uniform registration unlike the other forms of NGOs, like Trust and Society. Further, their names are secured under CRC-MCA.

CARO Not Applicable

Requirements of Companies Auditor’s Report Order or CARO do not apply to Section 8 Company.

Credibility in the eyes of public

Section 8 Companies are more reliable than Trust and Societies. They are regulated like any other limited company strictly and have to follow the rules and regulations under Companies Act, 2013. This gives a trust and credibility in the eyes of public at large.

Frequently Asked Questions

A non-profit organization in India can be registered as a Section 8 Company under the Companies Act, 2013 other than the two existing options to go for either registering a Trust or as a Society under the Registrar of Societies.

A minimum of two persons are required to register Section 8 Company in India.

Yes. Unlike Societies, a Section 8 Company can be incorporated with the blood relations or even if they happen to be relatives.

Section 8 Company can be incorporated to promote commerce, art, science, research, sports, social welfare, education, charity, religion, and protection of the environment or any such object and for Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) by companies under section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013.

The minimum capital of INR 1 Lac has been done away. Now, Section 8 Companies can be incorporated with any amount. However, we recommend 1 Lac capital to start with and later on the same can be increased anytime in future.

Basic KYC of Directors, Registered office address proof and some documents to sign that we will prepare before submission to the Central Registration Center (CRC)-MCA.

The normal processing time to register a Section 8 Company is somewhere between 15 days to 20 days. This time limit may vary subject to your co-operation of submission of documents to us as well as Ministry’s approval

No. There is no requirement to visit our office (though we welcome you if you wish to) or any department by you in person. Our Compliance Manger will be there to assist you in the complete procedure of Section 8 Company Incorporation. All the documents are filed to the Central Registration Center (CRC)-MCA in the scanned copies.

It depends on case to case basis. If Section 8 Company comes under the purview of the GST Act, it must get registered with GST.

Section 8 Company cannot accept deposits and strictly prohibited under the Companies Act, 2013. However, they can accept donations from the general public.

A Section 8 Company is allowed receive foreign donations only when FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 1976) registration has been obtained from Ministry of Home Affairs. FCRA license is normally applied when the Section 8 Company is minimum 3 years older (in exceptional cases can be allowed-T&C.)

Yes, an NRI or Foreign National can be a Director in a Section 8 Company with a valid Director Identification Number (DIN). However, at least one resident director has to be there on the Board of Section 8 Company.

There are many benefits. To name a few are: Easy registration process with to no requirement to visit any Departments, no minimum capital required, you can get the NGO going after you receive the donations, no stamp duty on MOA & AOA, making any change is hassle free since it is online unlike Trust and Societies, Income Tax deductions benefits u/s 80G to the donors and Income Tax exemptions u/s 12AA for the Section 8 Company and many more.

The CCL has been providing quality and transparent professional services. The moment we take the assignment, we get on the work. You get real-time update on the status of your Section 8 Company registration process and our dedicated Compliance Manager will be there with you round the clock to assist you.

Not to worry at all! Someone from our experienced team will resolve all your queries. Our Compliance Manager will help you to give you the best advice without any fees. Get in touch with us. Write to us at or WhatsApp/Call us +91 99 88 42 42 11.