Every NGO or Non Profit Organization or any entity (Section 8 company/ Registered Trust/Registered Society) who are undertaking CSR activities or wants to undertake CSR activities are now required to be registered with Central Government by filing an electronic Form CSR-1.
The companies can now allocate their CSR funds to only those entities who are registered with MCA.
The Form CSR-1 needs to be certified by the Chartered Accountant in practice or a Company Secretary in practice or a Cost Accountant in practice
On the submission of the Form CSR-1 on the portal, a unique CSR Registration Number shall be generated by the system automatically.
CSR-1 forms is governed by section 135 of Companies Act, 2013 and the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 and Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Amendment Rules, 2021.
1. A company established under section 8 of the Act, or a registered public trust or a registered society, registered under section 12A and 80 G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), established by the company, either singly or along with any other company, or
2. A company established under section 8 of the Act or a registered trust or a registered society, established by the Central Government or State Government; or
3. Any entity established under an Act of Parliament or a State legislature; or
4. A company established under section 8 of the Act, or a registered public trust or a registered society, registered under section 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961, and having an established track record of at least three years in undertaking similar activities.
CSR Activities are those activities which are defined under Companies Act, 2013 and COMPANIES (CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY POLICY) RULES, 2014 to be undertaken by prescribed companies by itself or through any other prescribed entities by giving them CSR funds.
Hence, Form CSR-1 is a compulsory form for entities or NGO who wants to undertake CSR activities and who gets CSR funding from other companies.
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