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Can Societies Be Exempted From Tax?

Societies can only be exempted from tax, if they acquire a certification for the exemptions such as Section 12 A, 80G etc. from the income tax authorities.

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  Society registration in India - An overview

A society is an organization in which a group of individuals with similar interest come together to perform some functions. The said societies are governed by the Societies Registration Act of 1860 and the said act is amended by the respective states. The societies are registered and governed as per the said act. Registration of society is required to promote the fine arts, science, literature, or knowledge sharing for a purposeful matter or for charity. On the other hand, society is also formed for the maintenance of a residential or commercial complex or for creating the Apartment Association.

  Documents Required

Memorandum of Association or MoA: The Memorandum of Association basically contains the name of the society, registered office address of the society, the area of its operations, and the objectives for which the society is established.

  Trust Compliances

A trust shall after its registration shall do the following

   Plicability of tax exemption

There is a general notion that society need not pay tax as they work towards the welfare of the public at large. But this is not true. A society, like any other legal entity, is liable to pay tax. In order to be exempted from tax, a society is required to obtain certification for the said exemptions such as Section 12 A, 80G etc. from the income tax authorities.

No. The society can any have any number of members. There is no prescribed upper limit according to the Societies Registration Act. However, there needs to be a minimum of 7 members.

FAQs on Society Registration

There is a general notion that society need not pay tax as they work towards the welfare of the public at large. But this is not true. A society, like any other legal entity, is liable to pay tax. In order to be exempted from tax, a society is required to obtain certification for the said exemptions such as Section 12 A, 80G etc. from the income tax authorities.

No. The society can any have any number of members. There is no prescribed upper limit according to the Societies Registration Act. However, there needs to be a minimum of 7 members.

Based on the cause and objectives, NGOs can be registered as Trust or Section 8 companies.

Yes. Government employees or officers can be part of NGOs, provided the NGO is not working towards any anti-government activities or programmes. The intended members should ensure the particular organization is not profit making and that its members do not draw any salary from the NGO.

The property of the society vests in the name of the society and the same can be sold as per the terms mentioned in the bye-laws of the society. (e.g., approval from the Executive Committee Member)

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