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    All About CSR-1

    MCA has launched e-form CSR-1 w.e.f. 1st April, 2021. According to Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Rule 4 (1) and (2) of the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 every NGO’s including society, trust, section 8 companies requires filing e-form CSR-1 to undertake CSR activities and register itself with CG.

    After filing of CSR-1, entities would get one ‘Unique CSR Registration No.’ with Format CSRXXXXXXXX where X represents system generated unique sequential number automatically via email on the registered email id.

    On and after 01st April 2021, each entity (implementing agencies) is eligible to undertake CSR activities: After getting both the certificate (Mandatory Certificate)

    1. Letter containing CSR Registration No; and
    2. 12A & 80G certificate under the income tax act, 1961.

    Time limit for filing of CSR-1:

    1. CSR-1 can be filed before obtaining any CSR contribution and undertaking any activities; and
    2. CSR-1 is applicable for all the CSR projects or programmes to be approved on or after 01st April 2021.

    Implementing agencies for CSR activities:

    The CSR activities can be undertaken by the Company itself or through the followings implementing agencies:

    • Section 8 company established under the Companies Act 2013; or
    • Section 25 company established under the Companies Act 1956; or
    • Public Trust registered under the Indian Trust Act; or
    • Society Registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860; or
    • Either singly or along with the other Company; or
    • Above entity established by the CG/ SG; or
    • Any of the above entity having a track record of at least 3 years of undertaking similar activities; or
    • Any of the above entity established under an Act of parliament or a State Legislature.

    Required Documents for filing e-form CSR-1:

    1. Self-certified copy of Registration certificate of Section 8 company/ Society
    2. Self-certified copy of Trust deed
    3. Self-certified copy of PAN of entity
    4. Copy of 12A & 80G certificate
    5. Entity email id & contact no.
    6. Digital signature of authorised signatory
    7. DIN/ Copy of PAN of the authorized signatory
    8. List of directors/ governing body/ trustees (containing name, PAN/DIN, designation & email id)
    9. Activity Report since registration or last three years (From FY 2018-19 to 2020-21)

    After approval of the said form, an acknowledgment shall be sent to the registered email id of the entity on which OTP has received earlier. Thereafter, an approval letter with a unique registration number shall also be sent to the registered email of the entity.


    Within 3 months from 01st April 2021, existing non-profitable entities having 12A & 80G certificate requires to apply for its renewal by online filing in form 10A on the income tax portal. (for in-depth understanding about renewal kindly see our specific blog of NGO Renewal on )