Is GST applicable on GRANT received by a Society

Dear Sir,

We are a Society registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860. Majorly, our receipts are GRANTs, both FCRA and non-FCRA.

We are registered under GST. Want to know, whether GST applicable on a GRANT (both FCRA and non-FCRA grants)?



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Can an NGO continue to receive money under FCRA Renewal

Good afternoon

I wanted to know if an NGO whose FCRA is under renewal, can they continue to receive FC money.



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Show Cause Notice issued to 1775 NGOs for non-submission of mandatory ‎Annual Return

In May 2017 and again in April 2018, FCRA Department issued a public notice ‎asking NGOs to submit missing annual returns online from 2010-11 to 2014-‎‎15 without payment of any penalty. However, many NGOs still have not ‎complied with the directive issued by the FCRA Department.‎

On 16th November 2018, the FCRA Department has now come out with a show ‎cause notice directing 1,775 NGOs to explain why should their FCRA not be ‎cancelled. Last date for this is 1-Dec-18. List can be accessed on the following link:‎
FCRA Notice 16-11-2018
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NGOs are advised to check their name attached with notice, if their names ‎appear on the list, send a letter to MHA explaining why the return was missing. ‎

In case you have already submitted the annual returns and your name still ‎appears on the list, please send an e-mail to enclosing ‎proof of submission along with annual return. ‎
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Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
‎512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008

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GST Implications for NGOs on transfer of goods outside state

Dear Sir/ Madam,

PO has been raised by an NGO for printing documents to a printing agency and in this PO the shipment address is mentioned outside Delhi and the billing address is mentioned as Delhi because vendor belongs to Delhi. The vendor himself couriers the consignment on behalf of NGO outside Delhi. PO states that the freight charges will be paid to Printing Agency as per actual.

1. Can printing agency raise the freight bill to NGO? Or is there any other way out?
2. Is it required to generate e-way bill by the printing Agency to dispatch the materials?
3. Is there any GST implication? (Let me clear that this shipment is not for furtherance of business)
4. Will it be GST bill or IGST bill?
5. on POD printing agency can write the name of NGO as a consignor.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

thank you.

Ravi Shankar

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How CSR Defines Normal Course of Business?‎

Dear Members

Greetings for the day!‎

May I invite comments on the clause for CSR ACTIVITIES as per CSR Rules 2014 para 4(1) under Sec 135 ‎of the Companies Act, 2013, “The CSR activities shall be undertaken by the company, as per its stated ‎CSR policy, as projects or programs or activities (either new or ongoing), excluding activities ‎undertaken in pursuance of its normal course of business.”‎

So a Sec 8 company/ foundation/ NPO of a Private Limited (Subsidiary of an International Company) if ‎has a common Key Management Personnel (KMP) as also the Foundation is directly promoting the main business of the Pvt Co which ‎is a “Tech partner” & sourcing the “products”, will this constitute a conflict of interest & violate the ‎above rule?‎



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No GST on religious, yoga or meditation programme by such ‎registered organisation

Ministry of Finance has come out with a Circular (No. 66/40/2018) dt 26 Sep ‎‎2018 stating that entity registered under S.12AA for the purposes of ‎advancement of spirituality, religious activities or yoga’ would not be subjected ‎to GST on any amount charged towards fee or any consideration towards, ‎camps or classes for organizing religious, meditation or any other spiritual ‎programme, including towards any lodging boarding costs. ‎

However if the entity is involved only for organizing accommodation, etc. and ‎does not organize the programme, in such case, GST would become applicable, ‎even on compulsory donation. ‎

It may be further noted any other programme of music, dance, dance aerobics, ‎etc. would be subject to GST. ‎

Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008

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Is it possible for NGO to open branch office outside India

Dear Members,

Is it possible for a Trust (NGO) to open a branch office outside India, If required modification can be done in Trust deed?

We can take assumption that we’ll not use any funds raised in India for that office whether it is FCRA or Local.

Vikas Pandey

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CSR Literature

Dear Members,

Can you suggest me any article/sample audit/annual report explaining the

1) CSR Budgeting
2) CSR Financial Expenditure

when an Implementing Agency is involved in CSR Policy.

PS: Please suggest at earliest. I am aware of 2% expenditure and annual report format. But I need information on finance explained for every expenditure

Clarification Needed:

1) Company can show upto 5% of CSR Expenditure as Administrative Expenses (Skill Improvement is not included)
2) What percentage of CSR Expenditure can Implementing Agency show at maximum..??


Harsha S
Program and Project Manager

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Bank Refuses to credit FD amount to FCRA Account

Dear Members,
Good Morning

I have a query that if any NGO who received Foreign dontion from their foreign donor to their FCRA account (XYZ bank). With that donation they prepared fixed deposits. But now they want to utilize that fixed deposit. But bank manager told that they cannot credit the fixed deposit which is made out of foreign donation.

My question is that now that NGO wants to credit that FD in the same bank (XYZ bank). Is it possible to credit that FD in the same XYZ bank or they have to open separate account to utilize that fixed deposit donation.

Please reply to my email.

Thanks and Regards,

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Corpus Donation


I had read in one of your answers that under CSR cos can donate to corpus fund ? is it true?Under what section of the act ?whatever details we can get from your forum we will like others will be too hapyy.

Thanking you.

With Best regards,

Devendra Desai
Founder / Managing Trustee
Children Toy Foundation

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