Is TDS applicable to NGO?

Yes, TDS is applicable to the NGOs. There is no general exemption that Trust, Society or Non Profit Organizations are exempt from deducting and paying TDS. It depends on the Financial Transactions and limits of TDS specified every year in the Financial Act. Thus if NGOs makes payments to specific persons above specific limits, needs to deduct and pay TDS within time line specified.

Look the info-graphic below regarding TDS.

Note : Above rates and limits are for FY 2018-19

Rotation of Board Members in NGO

Do your organization have “Board Rotation Policy” ? Many funding agency and corporate asking this question before giving funds. It sounds irrelevant, but it is not. Every donor wants 100% utilization of single rupee, he donates to you. And every donor wants that an NGO should have highly effective governance. Today let us discuss this issue of rotation of board members or trustees in NGO from various view points.

Is it Mandatory?

First and obvious question is about its legal implications. As, there are various acts in india under which an organization can be registered, there is no such specific rule regarding board member rotation and about timing. However, this issue is mostly addressed in the Trust Deed or Memorandum of NGO. If there is a clause in your Memorandum or Trust Deed regarding change or rotation of Board Members, you must follow it strictly.

Of-course, it is beneficial

It is not mandatory to rotate board members of NGO, but the benefits of such policy are very obvious that one should follow this practice. First and foremost, it shows good governance prevail in your NGOs, if you have rotation policy at regular interval. Second, it gives impression that, your NGO is having separate identity than only one or two individual founder members. It gives NGO more life span, when second generation leaders are trained this way.

Rotation or Change?

Depends upon the scenario and what mentioned in Trust Deed. However, only changing designation of same persons over years will definitely gives sense to Donor about just implementing policy on paper and not in true senses. Thus, it is better to have a proper policy for mixture of both rotation and change.

What is best “Board Rotation Policy”

The best policy is one which include robust period for the person to be in the board of the trust. Good boards should always have agreed terms of office so that there is a regular turnover of trustees and boards remain vibrant. Two terms of three years with a review at the end of the first term is fairly typical. NGOs should adopt this as best practice.

Let the world knows – Disclouser

Once you have a policy for board rotation in your NGO, it is best practice to put the same in your Annual Return under some Compliance or Good Practice page.

Hope this will help you in your NGO, if you have any question,  you can ask here or chat with us. Also your comments are welcome on the above subjects.

 

Final Part – How to get Income Tax Refund of NGO Quickly

Before moving into final part of blog on the series of “How to get Income Tax Refund of NGO quickly ?” , lets revise earlier procedures. First of all you need to check refund status and find out for which year/years refunds are pending. (Click here to know procedure for refund status). Then, check whether your refund/return has been processed properly or not. This is very important step. (Click here to check intimation u/s. 143(1)) 

Final procedure to get Income Tax Refund of NGO quickly

So, once you checked that refund you claimed in the return and processed is same, you can submit request for re-issue of Refund. Follow following steps :-

Step 1 : Login to Income Tax Websitehttps://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home


Step 2 : Go to “My Account” -> “Service Request”


Step 3 : Click on “New Reuest” -> “Refund Reissue” and click “Submit” button.


Step 4 : Select the year for which you need to re-issue refund.

Step 5 : Fill the Correct Bank details

Hopefully, you will get the refund amount in the bank account you have given within 15 to 20 days. Hope this will be helpful to your organization. If you have any query or any other problem, write in the comment section of this blog or email to us.

How to get Income Tax Refund of NGO? – Part2

We have already seen in last blog that, how to check status of refund of your NGO for years.

How to get Income Tax Refund of NGO quickly?

Once, you list out which years Income Tax Refund of NGO not received, we need to find out the reasons for the holding of such refunds. There are reasons behind holding you return, some of them mentioned below –

  1. Mismatch of Bank Details given in return
  2. Case transferred to AO for scrutiny
  3. Refund is adjusted against demand of Assessment Year or Years
  4. Errors in Income Tax Return
  5. Mismatch of TDS claimed in Return with 26AS

Intimation U/s 143(1)

To follow up for refund, one of the important document is “Intimation u/s. 143(1)”. After processing Income Tax Return of your NGO, department generally informed you about this in the form called “Intimation u/s. 143(1)” . This document is emailed to email addressed you mentioned in the ITR. This is important to find out how your Return is processed and what errors are generated and why refund is pending. It looks like this.

There is basically comparison between what you have filled in your ITR and how it is processed at IT department. There has to be same figures for both the columns. What is important is point no 49, which states REFUND. See below :-

If this two figures are same (Department column may be more because of Interest), It means your Income Tax Return is processed properly.  If you have not received to your address, you can even request to send it again.

Request for re-issue of 143(1) Intimation

This is how you can request for re-issue of intimation of particular years.

Step – 1 : Go to https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home

Step -2 : Login with your password

Step -3 : In “My Account” click on “Service Request”

Step -4 : Now select “Request Type” – New Request and “Request Category” – Intimation 143(1)

Step -5 : Click Submit, then enter as below:

Return Type – Income Tax

Assessment Year – As per your excel

Category – Intimation U/s. 143(1)

Sub Category – Resend by Email

Step -6 : Click Submit. Within 2 to 10 days, you will receive an email form Income tax department with attached 143(1) Intimation.

 

So, once you compare all the years Income Tax Refund, which are pending, with 143(1) intimation, you need to now request for re-issue of Refund.

Coming Soon – Part 3 How to request for re-issue of Refund of NGO

How to get Income Tax Refund of NGO quickly?

Income Tax Refund of NGO

Mostly, TDS is deducted by Banks on the Interest income of NGO. As, NGOs / Trusts are having 12A certificate of Income Tax Exemption, there is no tax on income of NGO and thus all TDS amount is to be refunded by Income Tax Department. However, due to technical and other problems, Income Tax Refund of NGOs are pending with the IT Department for many years. Lets have a look on how to get Income Tax Refund of NGO quickly. But before that you need to first make sure Income Tax Return of your NGO is properly filled in ITR7 form.

All you need to know about Income Tax Return of NGO – ITR7

Also need to check which years refunds are pending and why. So lets find out how to check status of refund of ngo.

There are two ways to check Income Tax Refund of NGO

1) from NSDL Website.

Go to this website : https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/oltas/refundstatuslogin.html , enter your PAN, Assessment Year and Captcha.

 

It will show you the status of your Refund. If Refund is already issued,it will show date when refund is credited to your Bank Account. If your refund was send by Department, but due some errors like wrong Bank Account Number or any such technical issues, it was returned and not credited to your Bank Accounts. In such a case you have to apply for re-issue of Refund. Third possibility is that your case is transferred to AO for scrutiny and thus refund is on hold.

2) With your login ID and Password

If you have login ID and Password of Income Tax Website, you can login and check status from there. If you do not have password, ask to your CA or consultant who has filled your online return.

Importnat Tip

You must keep password of your Income Tax Website with you. Never allow to give email or phone of your CA in your NGO return.

 

Go to this website :- https://www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/home and login with UserID (your NGO PAN) and password.

Go to “My Account” button and click on “Refund/Demand Status”. Under this tab it will display Assessment Year, Status, Reason (for Refund Failure if any) and mode of payment.

Conclusion

Do not only rely on your CA or consultant for Income Tax Refund of NGO. Check your status of refund as mentioned above. In my next blog I will show you steps on how to get refund quickly, after checking refunds of which years are pending.

How to get Income Tax Refund of NGO quickly? – Part 2

How to get CSR Funding for your NGO ?- Internal Control System

Why a company having huge CSR funds and want to implement genuine projects, should give funds to your organization ?  This is the question you should ask to yourself and do not indulge into the malpractices as mentioned in this part 1 of this CSR series.

How to get CSR funding for your NGO?-PART 1

Most of the organizations are good at what they are doing in terms of implementing projects and grass root work, but they are not good in maintaining documentations and showing their good work to the world. Read this Part 2 blog, where I mentioned how you should showcase your good work.

How to get CSR Funding for your NGO ?- Program Quality – PART 2

Before we go ahead with Part 3 of this series regarding maintenance of Financial and Internal Control System, look at this latest news regarding spending Rs. 2,80,00,00,00,000 in last three years under CSR by the companies.

Accounting and Financial Control System

When you are approaching companies for CSR funding, it is almost prerequisite that NGO’s Accounting and Financial Control system is matched with the industry standards. You have to remember this:-

  • Regular Accounting (zero backlog)
  • Accurate Accounting
  • High Quality of Supporting (Single rupee spent hast to be  supported by Bills and Vouchers)
  • Strong Internal Control System
  • Watertight Cash Management System
  • Efficient Advance Management System

 

Statutory Compliance

No company will be ready to fund your organization if you have not followed all the Statutory Compliance. As a first step, list down the following compliance and check which  you followed in your organization. For remaining compliance, why you are not following it. Take expert opinion whether it is applicable to your NGO or not.

  • 12A – 80G
  • TDS
  • Income Tax Act
  • GST
  • FCRA
  • PF
  • ESIC
  • Professional Tax
  • Trust and Society Act

 

Governance

How your NGOs working is governing by the members ? Is your NGO is  one man army? Is it look like Proprietorship or Partnership Firm? Whose taking decision and how? These are some of the questions which may be asked at the time or per-scrutiny of project.

  • Authority Matrix
  • Decision Flow
  • Rotation in the Board Members
  • Election or Selection procedure of new board members
  • General Meeting and Executive Body Meetings
  • Maintenance of Minutes of such meetings
  • Intimation of Change in the Board Members

 

Policies

Following policy documents should be prepared and implemented in the NGO

  • Financial Policy
  • HR Policy
  • Accounting Manual
  • General Work Policy
  • Anti Corruption Policy
  • Gender Policy
  • Child Policy, if applicable

Hope the above information will be useful to you in getting CSR funds. We will discuss in next part of this series on how to approach companies for CSR funding.

Part -4 How to approach companies for CSR funds? – Coming Soon

Disclaimer : This blog is purely for the education purpose and author is NOT providing any services to get CSR funding.

Change in objects of NGO – Whom to intimate?

Every NGO, whether registered as Trust or Society or Sec8 Company has very specific main objects. However, sometimes during the lifespan of trust, it need to change (add or modified) some of the objects already stated in the constitution of the NGO.  The question is to whom NGO should intimate regarding the change.

Registration Authority

Depending upon the entity, NGO should intimate to the authority under which it got registration originally. Suppose, NGO is registered as Trust under the Bombay Public Trust Act and Society Registration Act. Then, intimation should be sent to Charity Commissioner and Society Registrar. It is mandatory to intimate the authority.

FCRA Department

If NGO has FCRA registration, at the time of registration, nature of association is to be mentioned. There are five types of nature of association specified in the Act. They are Religious, Cultural, Economic, Educational, Social. It is advisable to check the registration certificate of FCRA where it is clearly mentioned. If NGO has change its objects and which is not mentioned in the registration certificate, NGO has to file Form FC6 regarding change of objects of the trust.

Income Tax Department

 

After the amendments in Income Tax Rules 2018, Income tax department has notified on 19.02.2018 ,If you are a registered charitable trust, society or a company registered u/s 8 of the Indian Companies Act 2013 and if you have changed or amended the objects of your organization, the Income tax Act 1961 now requires your organization to apply afresh for registration u/s 12A in the new online Form 10A. This must be done within “thirty days from the date of such adoption or modifications of the objects”.

Donor / Funding Agency

It is not mandatory, but advisable to even intimate about change in main objects of the trust to donors and Funding Agency. It is a good practice.

List of Banks allowed by FCRA -UPDATED

NEW LIST UPDATED – 46 Banks

https://fcraonline.nic.in/fc_bank_list.aspx

Bank Integration – FCRA

FCRA department has issued a notification dated 22.12.2017, instructing organization to have FCRA Bank Account only with the list of banks mentioned in the attachment.

Purpose

The purpose is to link FCRA Bank Account with PFMS – Public Financial Management System.  However, system of some of the banks are such that account can not be linked with PFMS.

Action

Thus, if your organization having bank account with the bank other than mentioned in the list, you need to change the FC account with the given 32 Banks within a month.

FCRA makes it compulsory to take DARPAN ID

As per FCRA latest notice, all the NGOs now need to acquire DARPAN Unique ID. This it the portal offered by NITI Aayog in association with National Informatics Center.

Also, it is mentioned in the notice, that all the all FCRA related services like Registration, Renewal, Filling of Return etc.. shall require DARPAN Unique ID.

Public Notice for DARPAN ID

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How to Register for DARPAN ID

Step 1 – Login

http://www.ngodarpan.gov.in/

Click on “Register” button on right corner.

Step 2 – Enter Details

You have to give details of your organization – NAME, MOBILE and EMAIL. OTPs will be sent to given Mobile number and email.

Step 3 – Verify OTPs

Once you submit, OTPs will be send to your email and mobile. Also, here you need to provide PAN of your Organization and Name of mentioned in the PAN.

Step 4 – Create Password

Once your PAN is verified, Unique ID is generated and you need to create your own password for the login. Thereafter, it re-direct you to login page

How to give this Unique ID to FCRA

Once you get the Unique ID, you need to login to your FCRA account, where a pop up form appear, you need to provide Unique ID there. Refer our last blog.

Update – FCRA department has issued show cause notice

Recently, FCRA has issued show cause notice to 5992 NGOs asking for reasons why their FCRA registration may not cancel.

Earlier in this May, FCRA has issued list of organizations, who have not filled FC returns online for previous year or years. And give them opportunities to update the same as early as possible. Also after that, 5992 organizations have not updated their FC returns and thus final show cause notice issued to them.

Download Notice from here.

Download List of 5992 NGOs from here.

It is also mentioned that, these organization have to give their reply in email to fcrarenewal-mha@gov.in within 15 days.