Charitable Trust or Society : When is Filing of Return or Getting Accounts Audited Not Mandatory ?

I am often asked by readers or tax professionals about registering an NGO or trust or a society with the Income Tax Department exemption wing . The purpose is to get exemption under sec. 11 and sec. 12 of the Income Tax Act from tax . But ,the difficulty or confusion is on account of non filing of tax return by the trust or society or NGO in the past .  Whether the tax department will raise question about non-filing or not grant registration on the basis of non-filing of tax return. This post is going to explain why in many cases , such notices are simply noting to worry about and that there was no need to panic as there may no be any need for either filing of tax return or even getting the accounts audited.

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