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Close a Company

In India, every year more than one lakh Companies get registered and majority of them do not even start their business. The Founders of these companies go back to their jobs or get aside leaving the business as it is.

Did you know? It may cause you (as Director) troubles from the Regulatory Department like Income Tax, Registrar of Companies and others. Yes, you read it right. It is a prudent idea to close down the company to get relief from litigation and at the same time saving your DIN getting disqualified.

We at Compliance Ease Cure LLP have a team of Experts who can help you close your company hassle free. You just have to share your company details, assist us in complying with the Fast Track Exit Scheme for closure of company and leave the rest on us. We have helped plenty of companies in successful closure like yours.

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Fast Track Exit (FTE) can be done in two ways:

Suo Moto by Registrar

The ROC may strike off the name of Company on its own if:

  • iconCompany has failed to commence any business in a year of its incorporation.
  • iconThe company is not carrying out any business or Activity for preceding 2 financial years and has not sought the status of Dormant Company.
  • iconThe Registrar sends a notice (STK-1) of his intention to remove the name and seeks the representation of Company in 30 days.
  • iconLiability on the Directors of the company still exists. ROC can invoke penalty clauses anytime and you may fall in troubles.

Voluntary Removal of Name using Form STK 2

The company can also move an application to Registrar of Companies for striking off the name by filing form STK-2 along with a fee of Rs 10,000/-. Once the form is filed, the Registrar has power and duty to satisfy himself. The ROC can also issue a show cause notice in case of default in filing returns or other obligations. After above formalities, ROC issues a public notice and strike off the name of Company after its expiry. This is the safe route and your DIN is saved from getting disqualified.


Application for voluntary removal of names of Companies from Register under sub section (2) of Section 248 can only be filed by the following companies:

  • iconCompany Failing commencement of business within one year of Incorporation; or
  • iconCompany not doing business for 2 years and has not made any application within such period for obtaining the status of dormant company under section 455.

Documents Required for Close a Company

For filing Income Tax returns, we need from you the accurate information on income, deduction and TDS paid. Here is a checklist of what we need for e-Filing your Income Tax returns:

  • iconCopy of Board Resolution;
  • iconCopy of Special Resolution certified by each of the directors of the company or consent of seventy-five percent of the members of the company in terms of paid up share capital as on the date of application;
  • iconIndemnity Bond duly notarized from every director individually or collectively effect that any losses, claim and liabilities on the company, shall be met in full by every Director individually or collectively, even after the name of the company is struck off the Registrar of Companies in Form STK-3;
  • iconAn Affidavit in Form STK-4, sworn by each of the existing director/directors before a First Class Judicial Magistrate/Executive Magistrate/Oath Commissioner/Notary, to the effect that the company did not carry on any business since incorporation or that the company did some business for a period up to a date and then discontinued;
  • iconStatement of Accounts containing assets and liabilities of the company prepared up to a day, not beyond thirty days before the date of application and Certified by a Chartered Accountant;
  • iconBank account closure certificate;
  • iconSelf-attested KYC of Directors of the Company along with the copy of PAN Card of the Company;
  • iconDigital Signature Certificate (DSC) of Directors to file form STK-2; and
  • iconAny other documents as may be required by the concerned ROC.

Legal Procedure of Close a Company

Below are the Steps for e-Filing of Income Tax Return for Salaried Persons:

  • iconCall Board Meeting giving a notice of not less than 7 days for approving the strike off and authorize to Director for filing the application with the ROC;
  • iconSet off liabilities of the Company after passing the Board Resolution;
  • iconCall the Extra Ordinary General Meeting of the members and pass a special resolution approving the application for strike off;
  • iconFile e-form MGT-14 within 30 days of passing the special resolution with the Registrar of Companies;
  • iconAn application for removal of the name of the company shall be made in Form STK-2 along with the fee of INR 10,000 along with the necessary documents under sub-section (2) of section 248;
  • iconE-Form STK-2 shall be certified by Practicing Professional (Company Secretary/ Chartered Accountant/ Cost Accountant in whole time practice); and
  • iconThe concerned ROC may ask for the annual filings of the companies or some additional information/clarifications depending on the case to case basis.

Features & Benefits of Close a Company

  • iconFaster Route: The best feature of company closure under FTE Scheme is that you need not comply with the lengthy winding-up procedure which is not only time taking procedure but also cost much more than what it costs in FTE Scheme which ultimately helps you save every year compliance cost.
  • iconNo Record Keeping: Once your company get closed and the name of your company is removed from the register from ROC, you need not keep any company records and documents year on year basis.
  • iconNo more director in Default: You save your DIN and later on you can join any other company and also incorporate other companies if your DIN is not in default due to non-filing in other companies.
  • iconSave from Income Tax: If you do not close your company properly, the Income Tax Department can send you notice for not filing returns or may even come up with unnecessary IT demands.
  • iconPeace of mind: You live worrying less as your mind would be productive. It is always wiser to shut down something which starts becoming liabilities for you and disturb your peace of mind and health.