FCRA Registration

FCRA Registration

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    Overview of FCRA Registration

    An organization having a definite cultural, economic, educational, religious or social program shall accept foreign contribution, only after such organization obtains a certificate of registration from the Central Government.

    Charitable Trusts, Societies, Section 8 Company that receive foreign contribution or donation from foreign sources are required to obtain registration under Section 6(1) of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010. Such a registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 is called a FCRA registration. In this article, we look at the procedure for obtaining FCRA registration in India.

    Documents required for FCRA Registration

    Frequently Asked Questions

    FCRA, 2010 has been enacted by the Parliament to consolidate the law to regulate the acceptance and utilization of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality by certain individuals or associations or companies and to prohibit acceptance and utilization of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality for any activities detrimental to national interest and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

    Any “Person” can receive foreign contribution subject to the following conditions:-
    a) It must have a definite cultural, economic, educational, religious or social programme.
    b) It must obtain the FCRA registration/prior permission from the Central Government.
    c) It must not be prohibited under Section 3 of FCRA,2010.

    Yes. Any donation, delivery or transfer received from a ‘foreign source’ whether in rupees or in foreign currency is construed as ‘foreign contribution’ under FCRA, 2010. Such transactions including interest on foreign contribution on income derived from foreign contribution even in rupees term are considered as foreign contribution.

    No. As clarified at Explanation 3 under section 2(1)(h), foreign contribution excludes earnings from foreign client(s) by a person in lieu of goods sold or services rendered by it as this is a transaction of commercial nature/quid pro quo in the normal course of business trade etc within or outside India.

    Contributions made by a citizen of India living in another country (i.e., Non-Resident Indian), from his personal savings, through the normal banking channels, cannot be treated as foreign contribution. However, while accepting any donations from such NRI, it is advisable to obtain his passport details to ascertain that he/she is actually an Indian citizen.

    Yes. Donation from an Indian origin person who has acquired foreign citizenship is treated as foreign contribution. This will also apply to PIO / OCI cardholders. They are foreigners. However, this will not apply to 'Non-resident Indians', who still hold Indian citizenship as they are not foreigners.

    There are two modes of obtaining permission to accept foreign contribution according to FCRA,2010:
    i. Registration
    ii. Prior Permission

    For grant of registration under FCRA, 2010, the association should:
    (i) be registered under an existing statute like the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 or section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 (Now Section8 of Companies Act, 2013) etc;
    (ii) Normally be in existence for at least three years and has undertaken reasonable activityinitschosenfieldforthebenefitofthesocietyforwhichtheforeigncontribution is proposed to be utilised. The applicant NGO/association will be free to choose its items of expenditure (excluding the administrative expenditure as defined in Rule 5 of FCRR, 2011) to become eligible for the minimum threshold of Rs. 15.00 lac spent during the last three years. It the association wants inclusion of its capital investment in assets like land, building, other permanent structures, vehicles, equipments etc, then the Chief Functionary shall have to give an undertaking that these assets shall be utilized only for the FCRA activities and they will not be diverted for any other purpose till FCRA registration of the NGO holds.

    An organization in formative stage is not eligible for certificate of registration. Such organization may apply for grant of prior permission under FCRA, 2010. Prior permission is granted for receipt of a specific amount from specific donor/donors for carrying out specific activities/projects. For this purpose, the association should meet following criteria:

    (i) be registered under an existing statute like the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 or section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956etc;

    (ii)submit a specific commitment letter from the donor indicating the amount of foreign contribution and the purpose for which it is proposed to be given; and

    (iii)For Indian recipient organizations and foreign donor organizations having common members, FCRA Prior Permission shall be granted to the Indian recipient organizations subject to its satisfying the following:

    i)The Chief Functionary of the recipient Indian organization should not be a part of the donor organization.

    ii) At least 75% of the office-bearers/ members of the Governing body of the Indian recipient organization should not be members/employees of the foreign donor organization.

    iii) In case of foreign donor organization being a single person/individual that person should not be the Chief Functionary or office bearer of the recipient Indian organization.

    iv) In case of a single foreign donor, at least 75% office bearers/members of the governing body of the recipient organization should not be the family members and close relatives of the donor.

    Yes, a private limited company too may seek prior permission/registration for receiving foreign funds in case they wish to do some work useful/beneficial to society.

    For all FCRA services provided through online portal, Aadhar Number & Darpan ID are mandatory now.

    The applicant should be ready with the scanned copies of the following documents before filing the application online:

    (i) jpg file of signature of the chief functionary (size:50kb)
    (ii) self-certified copy of registration certificate/Trust deed etc., of the association (size:1mb)
    (iii) self-certified copy of relevant pages of Memorandum of Association/ Article of Association showing aim and objects of the association. (size:5mb)
    (iv)Activity Report indicating details of activities during the last three years;(size:3mb)
    (v) Copies of relevant audited statement of accounts for the past three years (Assets and Liabilities, Receipt and Payment, Income and Expenditure) clearly reflecting expenditure incurred on aims and objects of the association and on administrative expenditure; (size:5mb)
    (vi) Fee of Rs. 10,000/- is to be paid online through payment gateway

    (i) jpg file of signature of the chief functionary(size:50kb)
    (ii) self-certified copy of registration certificate/Trust deed etc., of the association (size:1mb)
    (iii) duly signed Commitment Letter from Donor. (size:5mb)
    (iv) If functioning as editor, owner, printer or publisher of a publication registered under the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, a certificate from the Registrar of Newspapers for India that the publication is not a newspaper in terms of section 1(1) of the said Act.
    (v) Fee of Rs. 5000/- is to be paid online through payment gateway.
    (vi) Project Report for which FC will be received. (size:3mb)

    For registration the association is required to pay a fee of Rs. 10,000/- and for prior permission, the fee is Rs. 5,000/- and for renewal, the fee is Rs 5000/- only.

    The fee is to be paid while filling online form through payment gateway. No Bank
    draft/cheque is accepted.

    FCRA registered NGO shall have to open ‘FCRA account’ in SBI, Sansad marg, Main branch, New Delhi for receipt of foreign contribution. Organisations located anywhere in India can open and maintain designated FCRA account at SBI, Main branch, New Delhi without visiting physically to New Delhi. In this regard, a detailed SOP of State Bank of India is available in public domain on the portal of SBI & FCRA.

    As per amendment under FCRA, 2010, no organization shall receive foreign contribution in any other bank/ branch account other than SBI, Main branch, New Delhi.

    The foreign contribution should be received only in the exclusive single “FCRA account” of New Delhi Main Branch of SBI (also called designated FC account), as mentioned in the order for registration or prior permission granted and shall be independently maintained by the associations. Besides, this “FCRA Account”, the association may also open “another FCRA Account” in any scheduled bank of its choice & link these accounts for transfer of foreign contribution. Also, one or more accounts (called Utilization Account) in one or more scheduled banks may be opened by the association for ‘utilising’ the foreign contribution after it has been received in the designated FCRA bank account, provided that no fund other than foreign contribution shall be received or deposited in such account or accounts and in all cases of any change, intimation in FC-6D is to be given online within 15 days of opening of such account.

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