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Society Registration

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(Registered state-wise with the concerned Sub-Registrar)

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

A society is an association of several individuals combined using a mutual accord to deliberate, govern and act cooperatively for some communal purpose. Societies are usually registered for the advancement of charitable activities like sports, music, culture, religion, art, education, etc.

Well; you can register an NGO/NPO as Society with a charitable purpose. Such purposes may include the advancement of literature, fine arts, science or distribution of awareness for bountiful purposes. The Society Registration Act, 1860 has been accepted by several state governments without or with further amendments.

The registration of a society in India is governed by the Societies Registration Act, 1860 that aims at legalizing and bringing uniformity to the way such societies are governed. The Act has been adopted by all Indian states, many of which have made amended the original Act. Know more about Society Registration with the support of our experienced Compliance Managers at Compliance Calendar LLP.

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A Society after its registration shall do the following compliance:

  • Obtain PAN card
  • Open a bank account
  • NITI Ayog Registration
  • Book-keeping and accounts
  • Income Tax return filing
  • GST registration, if applicable
  • Compliance with the Registrar of Firm - Filing of AGM resolution, accounts to be disclosed and member list to be filed with the Registrar of Firms.

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Documents Required of Society Registration

To register an NGO as Society, we require certain fixed documents whose quick checklist has been given below for your easy understanding:

  • Minimum 7 members required of which at least one female is compulsory.
  • Signed copy of By-laws by President, Secretary and Treasurer.
  • 2 Photographs of each Proposed members.
  • Pan and Aadhar Copy Of all the Proposed Members.
  • Registered office proof – Rent Agreement/ NOC/ Utility Bill Copy.
  • Photographs of Office premises.
  • A covering letter mentioning the purpose for which society is being formed.

Recommendation letter from local authority (in some states)

Features & Benefits of Society Registration

Tax benefits

Society 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.

Oldest Form of NGO

Society even today stands the oldest form of Non-Profit making organization in India.

Separate Legal Entity

A Society becomes a separate legal entity once registered.

Contract on its own name

A society has the right to lease, rent, buy & sell property, borrow money and enter contracts in its own name. No member of the society has personal right or interest in any of the assets of the society.

Proper Running

The rules governing the incorporated society must meet the minimum requirements set out in the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. Thus, members can be assured of the certainty in the way the society is run.

Suitable to Schools

Even today, most of the schools have their NGOs in the form of Society.

Not personally liable

Members are not personally liable for the debts, contracts or other obligations of the society.

Easy to recognise

Almost everyone is familiar with the name of Society in India being the oldest form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Societies are generally formed for the promotion of charitable causes, such as education, art and culture without financial gain.

A minimum of seven persons are required to register a Society in India.

No, a Society cannot be registered with the blood relations or even if they happen to be relatives.

Promotion of Science, Literature, Fine Arts, Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, Grant of Charitable Assistance, Creation of Military Orphan Funds, Foundation or Maintenance of Libraries or Reading Rooms, Foundation or Maintenance of Public Museum or Galleries, Social Welfare and Social Development and for Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) by companies under section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013.

Basic KYC, Registered office address proof, Memorandum, Consent Letters, Affidavits etc.

The normal processing time to register a Society is somewhere between 20 days to 30 days. This time limit may vary subject to the Registrar Availability.

Yes. Our Compliance Manger will be there to assist you in the complete procedure of Society Registration.

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

A Society 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 Society is minimum 3 years older (in exceptional cases can be allowed-T&C.)

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