Society Registration

WHAT IS A SOCIETY REGISTRATION?

A Society is a non-profit organization formed by a group of individuals for literary, scientific, charitable, social or religious purposes. It functions under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. Unlike a company, a society focuses on social welfare and doesn't aim for profit distribution. 

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 Benefits of Society Registration 

  • Legal Recognition: Registration grants a legal identity to your organization, enabling you to open bank accounts, hold property, and enter into contracts. 
  • Credibility and Trust: A registered society fosters trust and credibility among donors, stakeholders, and the public. 
  • Tax Exemptions: Registered societies can avail tax benefits on donations received under specific Income Tax Act provisions. 
  • Limited Liability: The liability of members is limited to their contribution to the society's corpus.

Eligibility for Society Registration 

  • Minimum Members: A minimum of seven individuals above 18 years old are required. 
  • Non-profit Motive: The society's objective should be social welfare and not profit generation. 
  • Common Goal: Members should share a common goal aligned with the society's objectives. 

Documents Required for Society Registration 

  • Memorandum of Association (MoA): A document outlining the society's name, objectives, and governing body. 
  • Rules and Regulations: A set of rules defining the functioning, membership, and management of the society. 
  • Affidavit: A sworn statement by the President/Secretary verifying the society's objectives and members' details. 
  • Identity & Address Proof: KYC documents of founding members and office address proof. 
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC): NOC from the landlord for using the registered office address (if rented). 

The Society Registration Process

  1. Society Name Selection: Choose a unique and relevant name that complies with the registration guidelines. 
  2. Drafting MoA & Rules: Draft a clear MoA and detailed rules & regulations for the society's operation. 
  3. Document Preparation: Collect and prepare all the required documents mentioned above. 
  4. Application Filing: Submit the application form with all documents to the Registrar of Societies in your state. 
  5. Scrutiny and Approval: The registrar will scrutinize your application and may request clarifications or additional documents. 
  6. Certificate of Registration: Upon successful registration, you'll receive a Certificate of Registration from the Registrar's office.  

Drawbacks of Society Registration 

  • Stricter Regulations: Compared to a Trust, societies face stricter regulations and government scrutiny. 
  • Limited Fundraising: Societies have limitations on fundraising activities compared to NGOs. 
  • Bureaucracy: The registration process might involve some bureaucratic hurdles. 

24efiling Can Help You With Society Registration 

24efiling streamlines your Society Registration process with: 

  • Expert Guidance: Our experienced professionals will guide you through every step, ensuring a smooth registration process. 
  • Document Assistance: We'll assist you in drafting the MoA, Rules & Regulations, and other required documents. 
  • Online Application Filing: We'll handle the online application filing process for efficient registration. 
  • Post-registration Support: We'll provide ongoing support with post-registration compliances. 

 Ready to Register Your Society? 

24efiling is your one-stop solution for hassle-free Society Registration in India. Contact us today for a free consultation and get started on your social initiative! 

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The fees vary depending on your state and chosen services. 

The typical processing time can range from 15 days to 2 months. 

Yes, some states offer online registration options. 24efiling can guide you through this process. 

Registered societies need to file annual reports and maintain proper financial records. 

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