80G and 12A registrations apply only to NGOs and Charitable Organizations if they fulfill the following conditions:
They must not have any income generated from a business
They should either be a charitable trust or a registered society
Also, such organizations should not be using their assets or income for any other purpose other than making charity
Furthermore, they must maintain a regular book of accounts in favor of their receipts and expenses
The trustees or any other body governing the organization should not be involved in deriving any undue benefits from these funds
They should not be working for the benefit of any particular caste or religion
Also, in the case of business-related income, the organization should maintain a separate book of accounts. However, the donations received by the NGO must not be used for such businesses
An NGO Must Apply For 12A And 80G Registration Immediately After Its Incorporation.
What is an 80G Certificate?
An 80G Certificate is issued by the Income Tax Department to a non-governmental organization (NGO) such as a charitable trust, or a Section 8 Company. The 80G Certificate is granted to encourage the donors to donate funds into such non- profit organizations. Furthermore, the donor gets a tax exemption of 50% when they make donations to such organization, as they become eligible to deduct such amount from their Gross Total Income. Additionally, in order to avail the exemption, the donor needs to attach the stamped receipt of the donation made. Such a receipt must contain the donor’s name, date of donation, and PAN of the organization.
About 12A Registration
Now that we have covered the 80G Registration, we will know about Section 12A and how to get registered under Section 12A of the Income Tax Act, 1961
Section 12 A of the Income Tax Act, 1961, is a onetime tax exemption provided to trusts, NGOs and Section 8 Companies. Organizations holding a registration under section 12A are exempted from paying taxes on their surplus income
NGOs are organizations involved in charitable and non-profit activities. However, they do earn income and they are required to pay tax as per normal rates if not registered under section 12A, Income Tax Act