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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 Ease LLP.

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A Society after its registration shall do the following compliance:

  • iconObtain PAN card
  • iconOpen a bank account
  • iconNITI Ayog Registration
  • iconBook-keeping and accounts
  • iconIncome Tax return filing
  • iconGST registration, if applicable
  • iconCompliance 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:

  • iconMinimum 7 members required of which at least one female is compulsory.
  • iconSigned copy of By-laws by President, Secretary and Treasurer.
  • icon2 Photographs of each Proposed members.
  • iconPan and Aadhar Copy Of all the Proposed Members.
  • iconRegistered office proof – Rent Agreement/ NOC/ Utility Bill Copy.
  • iconPhotographs of Office premises.
  • iconA covering letter mentioning the purpose for which society is being formed.

Recommendation letter from local authority (in some states)

Registration of a Society Deed is completely a legal work and it requires knowledge of The Society Registration Act, 1860 and in-hand experience of clearing any objections raised by the concerned Sub-Registrar.

Even though the processes of application differs from one state to another, the following forms should be submitted with the duplicates of the following and the applicable registration fee:

  • iconMemorandum of Association and rules and regulations (Need not be executed on stamp paper).
  • iconAffidavit by the society secretary or president on a non-judicial stamp paper
  • iconConsent letters from every managing committee member.
  • iconA declaration from the managing committee members that the society funds will only be used for executing its aims and purposes.
  • iconAuthority letter that has been signed by managing committee members.

In case of the societies, the main instruments are the Memorandums of Association and the Rules and Regulations that enlist the aims of the society and the way it is going to be managed.

The memorandum of association must mention:

  • iconName of the society
  • iconAddress of the registered office
  • iconNames, addresses and occupations of the designated governing body
  • iconThe objective of the NGO
  • iconMinimum of 7 members in the society. There is no upper limit on the number of members in the society.
  • iconThese members have various designations that can be decided among them. Common designations are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Joint-Secretary and Treasurer etc.
  • iconThese members are collectively the governing body of the NGO. This body controls and regulates the functioning of the NGO.
  • iconAll the members of society are elected for a specific period (which should be mentioned in the MOA). After expiry of this period; the post is filled through elections in which members of the Governing Body take part.
  • iconBecause of the involvement of election process –societies are more democratic than trusts. But at the same time –power struggle and politics may also creep in as drawbacks.

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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.