Restriction on receiving contributions from NRI donors

Dear Sir,

During 2014-15, I was told by our bank that RBI has placed a restriction on receiving contributions from NRI donors in the form of cheques and that only wire transfer of funds are allowed. What could be the reason for such a restriction?

Regards,

Ramamohan Rao Kakani
Secretary
BREAD Society,
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Clarification on issue of 12A and 80G

Dear Sir

ARS Education Trust was established on 13-12-2013. We applied for 12A & 80G to the Income Tax Commissioner (Exemption) of Hyderabad. She rejected our application asking us to limit the objects in our Trust Deed. She also directed us to include the IT Provisions in the Deed as an amendment. However the local Sub Registrar did not agree to make amendments to the Deed. Will you please clarify what is to be done to get the approval for 12A & 80 G in this situation?

Purna Rao
ARS Education Trust

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Is there a restriction in the maximum number of trustees in a trust?

Dear members,

I would like to know, Is there a restriction in the maximum number of trustees in a trust? If yes, what is the maximum number of trustees a trust can have?

Thanks,
Satya Prakash Mishra

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Comparative State-wise analysis of FCRA receipts for FY 2013-14

Based on data available at FCRA site, SRRF has undertaken an analysis of FCRA returns. This shows following state-wise position of Foreign Contribution received. Total contribution received is Rs 12,930 crores for FY 2013-14. This compares to Rs 11,066 crores for FY 12-13, indicating an increase of 16.8%.

State-wise data of FCRA funds received for FY 2013-14 and FY 2012-13 with data for number of organisations who have not filed their annual return. Key findings are:

  • Top 5 states constitute around 66% of overall FCRA funds rec’d during FY 2013-14. Details and comparison with previous year are as follows:
    • Delhi : Rs 2828 crores (22% of total FCRA funds rec’d during FY 2013-14), Increase in funds over FY 2012-13 : 25%.
    • Tamilnadu : Rs 1752 crores (13.5%), increase in funds rec’d during FY 2012-13 : 6.6%
    • Andhra Pradesh (undivided) : Rs 1338 crores (10.3%), increase over FY 2012-13 : 15%
    • Karnataka : Rs 1323 crores (10.2%), increase over FY 2012-13: 17%
    • Maharashtra : Rs 1293 crores (10.0%), increase over FY 2012-13: 22.6%
  • However what is a matter of concern that a large number of NGOs are still not filing annual return. It is observed that of 39087 entities registered with the FCRA Dept only 16868 NGOs have filed their annual return (FC6) with the Dept, in other words almost 57% have not filed the annual returns.
  • This is really serious since this could result in further tightening by the FCRA Dept. putting a number of genuine organisations who otherwise follow the procedures at backfoot too.
  • It may be noted that the above analysis is for only those organisations which are registered with FCRA Dept and does not cover organisations which have prior permission. Thus it is quite likely that the amount of FCRA funds received could increase further.

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Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008
e-mail: socio-research@sma.net.in; website: http://www.srr-foundation.org

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Rejection of S.10(23C) no ground for cancellation of S.12AA registration – Court decision

A series on Impact on Taxation of NPOs due to hardening of tax authorities’ attitude …..(2)

Facts
In today’s series we bring out a case where Varanasi Catholic Education Society’s registration under S. 12AA was cancelled on the ground that its S. 10(23C) application has been rejected. The Order of the Commissioner tax while cancelling S. 12AA registration stated that the activities of the Society are not entirely charitable in nature and that the same was not in accordance with the aim and objects of the Society. However no material for arriving at this conclusion was made available in the order.

Decision
The Society appealed to Tribunal against the cancellation of S.12AA who decided against the Commissioner’s order and set it aside. Tax authorities appealed to the High Court against the Tribunal Order. High Court agreed with the Tribunal order and rejected tax authorities’ appeal.

Reasoning by High Court
Reason that some activities being undertaken were not solely for charitable purpose may not be a ground for cancelling the S.12AA registration, although it may be a ground for rejection for the registration under S.10(23C). It observed that the Commissioner has not recorded any reason if the charitable activities being undertaken by the Society are not genuine or if the Society’s activities are not in accordance with its objects. The Order stated that the Commissioner has solely relied on the order of the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax passed under Section 10(23C) (vi) of the Act while cancelling exemption under S.12AA.

[citation: 2014 (6) TMI 48 – Allahabad HC: CIT Vs Varanasi Catholic Education Society]

 


Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008
e-mail: socio-research@sma.net.in; website: http://www.srr-foundation.org

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Is FCRA needed for “Gram Panchayaths” to get foreign funds?

Dear Friends,                                   
Is FCRA needed for “Gram Panchayaths” to get foreign funds?
As a corollary is FCRA needed for any local body to receive foreign funds?
Can Gram Panchayath and local bodies spend these and other funds they may raise from other than tax revenue with freedom we in Voluntary sector have, of course subject to government audit? Or do they need the consent of Government Officer?
Regards,
V.B.Chandrasekaran,
Chatti Mahatma Gandhi Aashramam, 
Chatti Post, Chinthur Mandal, East Godavari District, 
Andhra Pradesh, Pin Code: 507129. 
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Is Repair and renovation of house allotted to an senior employee from CSR fund valid?

Dear Sir,
Is Repair and renovation of house allotted to an senior employee from CSR fund  valid ?  Should we treat  it as CSR project cost or to be treated as Admin Cost of that  particular CSR donor. As per CSR rule 5% admin is allowable. Pl suggest.
Ashok Mishra
SNS Foundation
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Is it necessary to have original FCRA letter?

Greetings from AMIN trust Chairman

Dear friends
May you please write to me regarding FCRA permission letter from MOHA. We have registered trust from DELHI and had applied for FCRA  on 19th April 2014. It was November we went to J&K for relief work and there was no body in our Delhi office.
Ministry of Home Affairs FCRA department had sent a FCRA permission letter to our office.Since there was no body in the office,the post man didn`t deliver and was sent back to FCRA department. Which we came to know just two days ago from the post man.
Other hand,FCRA Department has sent one FCRA permission letter to the bank also where we have opened FCRA account.The Manager of the bank gave us a photocopy of the same letter the bank has received.In a letter FCRA registration is mentioned that means we are permitted FCRA.And I found our trust is permitted fcra registration from the website also.
Here my quiëry is  that “Is it necessary to have original FCRA letter that we supposed to receive from the post office from Ministry of Home affairs FCRA department or just knowing FCRA registration number and having its photocopy for our record? “
Please circulate this and write us fair reply.
Hope to hear from you all.
Thanks
Nazir Ahmad
Chairman/Founder
Amin Social Welfare Trust
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Cancellation of S.80G certificate – Court decision

A series on Impact on Taxation of NPOs due to hardening of tax authorities’ attitude……(1)

We are increasingly finding situations where the Dept. is denying charitable status to various running NGOs by cancelling S.12AA & S.80G. We start a series from today highlighting some major decisions taken by the courts on these issues, most of you would find it of interest, considering it has a direct impact on taxability of NGOs.

In today’s edition we share a case, where the NGO concerned leased some of its surplus land to a commercial organisation having common directors, due to which tax authorities did not renew its S.80G certificate and even cancelled S.12AA. Ashoka Education Foundation while running school gave leased part of its surplus land to another organisation on rental purposes. The authorities alleged that the letting out of land to a commercial organisation for installation of RMC Plant on its land amounted to commercial activity. It further stated that the since there were common persons on the Board of the company to whom the land was let out and that of the charitable organisation, which means benefit had been given to persons covered under S.13(3) and hence it should be denied S.80G registration and its S.12AA registration cancelled.

Income Tax Tribunal (Pune) in its order stated that CIT while renewing the application for S.80G needs to verify if Charitable institution was undertaking the charitable activities as covered under its objects. Merely if some part of its land, it has let out on commercial basis does not mean that the entity is no longer undertaking the education / charitable activities as specified in its objects.

The judgement further stated that even if CIT has established that there was benefit given to persons falling under S.13(3), that will need to be considered at the time of tax assessment for that particular year by the assessing officer. Thus the charitable organisation cannot be denied S.80G registration if it is undertaking the educational & charitable activities as specified in its objects. It also declared S.12AA cancellation null & void, since the assessee was not given sufficient opportunity to defend why the same should not be cancelled. [citation: Ashoka Education Foundation v CIT (ITAT-Pune) 2009]

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Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008
e-mail: socio-research@sma.net.in; website: http://www.srr-foundation.org

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Admin Expenses under CSR

Dear Sir,

We have a query from a Corporate partner on whether they can pay a registered charity organisation, its 10 per cent administration fees to run the projects, because the recent CSR bill caps administration expenses to 5 per cent.

As we understand the current CSR rule. Provision of administrative expenses of 5 per cent in the recent CSR rule is been made to enable corporates to build their internal capacity  and / or consult with for profit organisation for CSR strategy / implementation plans etc. Once the corporate donate its 95 per cent CSR funds to a registered charity organisation, the registered charity organisation can charge 10 per cent admin fee from / within the 95 per cent donation received from the corporate to run the project. This does not violate the 5 per cent administration expenses clause of CSR rule.

Please do share your views on the same.

Thanks and regards,

Manish

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