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FCRA Renewal Last Date extended

As all of you aware, that today was the last day for filling Form FC-3 for renewal of FCRA. Major relief for those who have not filled this form. FCRA renewal Last date is extended till June 30, 2016.

Important Announcement by FCRA

So Now, Last date for filling renewal form FC-3 is June 30, 2016.

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Latest Updates FCRA – Quarterly Return

Latest Update

Recently FCRA department has updated website and integrated quarterly return tab. Now every NGO has to file a intimation of quarterly receipts of FCRA. Currently Quater – October 2015 to December 2015 is open. So fill this form and submit to FCRA. See the screenshot below.

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Steps to be followed :

Step 1 – Click on the link shown in the above image.

Step 2 – Login with you user id and password

Step 3 – After login,, first screen is your NGO info page. Click on the last link stating quarterly intimation.

Step 4 – Read all the instruction carefully.

Step 5 – Quarterly Intimation Tab – Select the quarter and entered the total fcra amount received during the quarter. Click Next.

Step 6 – Donorwise Detail Tab – Enter the donor details as per the below screenshot.

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Step 7 – Final Submit – Check all the details again and then, Final Submit.

Deadline :

As such in FCRA amendments rule quarterly details should be updated within 15 days of quarter end. However for this quarter Oct to Dec 2015, update all the information as early as possible.

Video :

 

Video – How to upload FCRA documents to website

As you aware that as per new FCRA Act, all the organizations have to upload FCRA documents to the official website of the organization. Read this blog for more details.

If your organization do not have any website or do not afford to have one. you can create free website as illustrated in this video

Video – How to renew FCRA Online in Form FC3

Hey, Find below tutorial video showing process of renewal of FCRA in Form FC3 as per amendments  in FCRA rules 2015.

Have you Upload FCRA Financials to your NGO Website?

One of the major changes notified in the Amendments Rules 2015 is that now every NGO has to upload FCRA Financials to their websites within 9 months of year end. So the time limit is 31st December to upload FCRA financials to your NGO Website. In the same clause another amendment is to upload quarterly  FCRA receipts within 15 days of the quarter end. Let us discuss this in detail.

A. Upload FCRA Financials (Annually)

Q1 : What should be upload?

A1 :  Receipts and Payments Account (FC Funds), Income and Expenditure Accounts (FC Funds), Balance Sheet (FC Funds) and all the annexures.

Q2 : Is it Audited Statements?

A2 : Yes, all statements must be audited by chartered accountant.

Q3 : What is recommended format?

A3 : No format is recommended by FCRA department. It is preferable to have in PDF format.

Q4 : Where it should be upload?

A4 : NGO’s official website.

Q5 : What is the deadline?

A5 : After 9 months of Financial Year ends. i.e. 31st December.

Q6 : From which year  it should be upload?

A6 : Upload Financial Statements of 2014-15 immediately.

B. Upload Details of FC receipts  (Quarterly)

Q1 : What should be upload?

A1 :  Details of Donors, Amount Received and Date of Receipt.

Q2 : Is it Audited ?

A2 : No, only details to be uploaded.

Q3 : What is recommended format?

A3 : No format is recommended by FCRA department. It is preferable to have in PDF format.

Q4 : Where it should be upload?

A4 : As per the rule 13(b) of amendments 2015, It should be upload to NGO’s official website or website specified by the Central Government. (However no such website is specified by the Government yet, so preferable is to upload to NGO’s website right now)

Q5 : What is the deadline?

A5 : 15 Days after the end of the quarter.

  • Quarter
  • April to June
  • July to September
  • October to December
  • January to March
  • Deadline
  • 15th July
  • 15th October
  • 15th January
  • 15th April

Q6 : From which Quarter  it should be upload?

A6 : As per my opinion, NGO has to upload for three quarters of FY 2015-16  ending on 30 Jun, 30 Sept and 31 Dec  immediately.

C.What if NGO do not have website

If the NGOs do not have website, then it should get one. As the cost of creating and maintaining website is bit higher, I recommended to use below free tools / website :

https://wordpress.com/

https://www.blogger.com

Also watch my video on how to create free website of NGO on wordpress.com.

Kindly put your queries /questions / suggestions in the below comment box.

 

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FCRA Annual Return Form FC4 Date Extended

FCRA department has extended due date of Filling FC4 form – Annual Return from 31st December 2015 to 15th March 2016 for the financial year 2014-15.

As recently, FCRA Amendments Rules 2015 has been notified, all forms are changed and online filling is now mandatory. In the light of this changes, FCRA department has extended the FCRA annual return form FC4 filling date vide circular dated 22/12/2015,

  • OLD DATE
  • 31.12.2015
  • NEW DATE
  • 15.03.2016

Be Ready to fill Renewal of FCRA again

New Notification by FCRA

On 14th December, FCRA department has issued a notification regarding filling Renewal of FCRA form. You can download this notification here.

Let me summarize this notification –

  1. All the earlier application sent manually in Form FC-5 is now void.
  2. Need to apply again for renewal.
  3.  New Form is FC-3 – (Go to https://fcraonline.nic.in/home/index.aspx)
  4. Only Online Form FC3. Not accepted in manual or offline mode.
  5. Make Payment online. ( Does every organization have online banking account ?????  )
  6. Only those organization listed here are exempted for online payment (because their DDs and cheques are accepted) (What about other organization’s DD??????) – Download organization’s name – payments are accepted.

Many more doubts and questions come up in coming time. Let us give some time to study whole process. We will get back with easy info video on how to file Renewal of FCRA in FC3 form online. Till then watch this space for more info.

FCRA Renewal Status

How do we know, what is the status of application of FCRA renewal ? This is the question, every organization is asking now a days. Yes, we all are waiting regarding any communication from MHA, FCRA department regarding FCRA renewal status.

What is current scenario?

As per our knowledge, no organization,  throughout India has received any Renewal or Query Letter from MHA, FCRA department.

How to check FCRA Renewal Status?

No such mechanism prescribed or available right now online to check where your application is lying. Keep visiting our blog for any new news.

Time limit for FCRA Renewal?

As per section 16 (3) of FCR Act, 2010, renewal certificate should be issued withing 90 days from the date of the application received.

section 16(3)

“The Central Government shall renew the certificate, ordinarily within ninety days from the date of receipt of application for renewal of certificate . . . .

Provided that in case the Central Government does not renew the certificate within the said period of ninety days, it shall communicate the reason thereof to the applicant”

What to do now?

Organization can email to the FCRA department to ds-fcra@nic.dot.in email address (this email address mention on the fcraonline.nic.in website) with the details on which date you apply for renewal and DD no etc..

If you get any communication from FCRA department regarding renewal or any queries, kindly post in the comment so it will be useful to other readers of this blog. Thanks.

Immediately update your NGO details on FCRA portal

Making all FCRA services online

FCRA department is in the process of making all the procedures online. (read this blog), previously asked NGOs to have digital signatures of Chief Functionary. Yesterday,  FCRA department has issued notification dated July 28, 2015 (download it from here) stating that in order to making all FCRA services online, instructed NGOs to go on FCRA portal and update their details.

Which Procedures becoming online?

  • Application for FCRA registration
  • Application for Prior Permission
  • Application for renewal of FCRA
  • Change Application for Name of Association
  • Change Application for Address of Association
  • Change Application for Bank Account of Association
  • Filling Annual Return

Attachments to any applications

All the documents and attachments for the above procedures will  also to be uploaded in scan copies. No hard copies of such documents accepted by FCRA department.

Payment of Fees

After everything will be online, payment of fees for above procedures will also be accepted only through online payments.

When ?

As mentioned in the above notification, after 15 to 20 days all the procedure will be online.

Immediate action to be taken by NGO – Very Important

FCRA department instructed NGOs to update their information –

1) Go to this link – http://fcraonline.nic.in/dat_col_frame.aspx

2) Enter your FCRA Registration No. , State and District (see below image)

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3) Update all the information and save data (see image below)

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