Declaration for Commencement of Business-FORM NO. INC-20A

MCA vide notification Dated 02.11.2018 brought into public domain Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 which contains provisions for the newly incorporated companies having share capital to obtain certificate of commencement within 180 days of incorporation.

Who is required to file INC-20A

Every company incorporated after commencement of COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, 2019 i.e. on and after 02nd of November, 2018 and having share capital shall file e-form INC-20A, within a period of 180 days from the date of incorporation.

e-Form INC-20A is required to be filed pursuant to Pursuant to Section 10A(1)(a) of the Companies Act, 2013 and Rule 23A of the Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014,

Section 10A:

(1) A company incorporated after the commencement of the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 and having a share capital shall not commence any business or exercise any borrowing powers unless—

(a) a declaration is filed by a director within a period of one hundred and eighty days of the  date of incorporation of the company in such form and verified in such manner as may be prescribed, with the Registrar that every subscriber to the memorandum has paid the value of the shares agreed to be taken by him on the date of making of such declaration; and

(b) The company has filed with the Registrar a verification of its registered office as provided in sub-section (2) of section 12.

(2) If any default is made in complying with the requirements of this section, the company shall be liable to a penalty of fifty thousand rupees and every officer who is in default shall be liable to a penalty of one thousand rupees for each day during which such default continues but not exceeding an amount of one lakh rupees.

(3) Where no declaration has been filed with the Registrar under clause (a) of sub-section (1) within a period of one hundred and eighty days of the date of incorporation of the company and the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that the company is not carrying on any business or operations, he may, without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (2), initiate action for the removal of the name of the company from the register of companies under Chapter XVIII.]

Rule 23A: Declaration at the time of commencement of business.-

The declaration under section 10A by a director shall be in Form No, lNC-20A and shall be filed as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 and the contents of the said form shall be verified by a company Secretary or a chartered Accountant or a cost Accountant. in practice: Provided that in the case of a company pursuing objects requiring registration or approval from any sectoral regulators such as the Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, etc., the registration or approval, as the case may be from such regulator shall also be obtained and attached with the declaration.

Purpose of the e-Form

Declaration prior to the commencement of business or exercising borrowing powers

 Attachments

  • Subscribers proof of payment for value of shares
  • Certificate of Registration issued by the RBI (Only in case of Non- Banking Financial Companies) /from other regulators. It is mandatory to attach this document if ‘Yes’ is selected in field 3(a).

Fee for filing e-Forms or documents in case of company have share capital:

Nominal Share Capital Fee applicable
Less than 1,00,000 Rupees 200
1,00,000 to 4,99,999 Rupees 300
5,00,000 to 24,99,999 Rupees 400
25,00,000 to 99,99,999 Rupees 500
1,00,00,000 or more Rupees 600
Additional fee rules Period of delays All forms
Up to 30 days 2 times of normal fees
More than 30 days and up to 60 days 4 times of normal fees
More than 60 days and up to 90 days 6 times of normal fees
More than 90 days and up to 180 days 10 times of normal fees
More than 180 days 12 times of normal fees

Source: MCA

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