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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.

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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

FCRA New Rules 2015

From 14th December 2015, FCRA new rules comes into force. Ministry of Home Affairs, FCRA department has issued this notification. The first and major impact of such notification is to file FCRA renewal form again. Read this blog for more details.

Here we are trying to understand the changes in Rule,2015 through some graphical presentations.

1. First Change is Change in Forms

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Forms nomenclature and details has been change in New Rules 2015. Kindly go to this link and click on “Sample Forms”. You can download all the forms from there for your reference. However, filling of forms in paper format or offline mode is not allowed.

FCRA Dos and Don’ts

FCRA Dos and Don’ts

As a crucial Act, an organization should take utmost care regarding FCRA. However, many myths prevails regarding what should be “Dos” and “Donts” regarding FCRA. Ministry of Home Affairs have clearly issued advisory in regard to this. You can download PDF from here. We try to make it simple and in Graphical Format. Lets Start with “Donts”

1. Do Not Mix Foreign Contribution with Domestic Receipts

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Our Interpretation*

  1. Bank accounts must be separate (obviously)
  2. Do not Transfer funds from FC Bank to NonFC (even Direct Bank Transfer)
  3. Books of Accounts must be separate.
  4. Keep Separate Cash Box (it shows good cash control system)

Do you have any grievances related to FCRA ?

Do you have any grievances related to FCRA ? . The answer to this question is YES, then you can now meet Director (FCRA) in Foreigners Division of Ministry of Home Affairs. FCRA department has issued a circular recently stating monthly meeting by Director (FCRA) on 5th of every month for redress of organization’s grievances related to Registration / Prior Permission etc.. (Download Circular from here)

How to meet ?

Organization having any grievances related to FCRA have to take prior appointment.

How to take appointment ?

Email your grievances to ravinder.prasad56@nic.in

Details to be email

Following details to be mentioned in the email stating for appointment :

  1. Name and Address of the association
  2. Name of the person desirous to attend the meeting
  3. Application Number
  4. Issue of Discussion

When and where ?

Room No 104/1, 1st Floor, NDCC-II Building, Ministry of Home Affairs, Jai Sing Road, New Delhi – 110001 on 5th of every month (or on the following working day if 5th happens to be holiday) between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on appointment basis.