MCA extends due date of DIR-3KYC / E-KYC of Directors

MCA extends due date of DIR -3KYC / E-KYC of Directors

In order to update the Directors database of The Ministry of Corporate Affairs(MCA), MCA has requested all Directors holding a DIN to complete DIN KYC before 15th September 2018.

To complete DIN KYC, the Director would be required to file a form known as DIR-3 KYC or DIN e-KYC.

The notification issued by Ministry of Corporate Affairs has been reproduced below:

 

 

Government of India 
MINISTRY OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS

Notification

New Delhi, dated 21st August 2018

G.S.R. …… (E).-In exercise of the powers conferred by sections 396,398,399, 403 and 404 read with sub-sections (1) and (2) of section ‘1-69 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014, namely:-

  1. (1) These rules may be called the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Fourth Amendment Rules, 2018.
    (2) They shall come into force from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
  2. In the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014, in the Annexure, under the head VII, for note below Fee for filing e-form DIR-3 KYC, the following note shall be substituted, namely:-

“for the current financial (2018-2019), no fee shall be chargeable till
the 15th September 2018 and fee of Rs.5000 shall be payable on or after the 16th September 2018”.

[F. No. 01/16/2013 CL-V (Pt-I)]

 

Sd/-

K.V.R MURTY, JOINT SECRETARY

Purpose of E-form DIR-3 KYC

The main purpose of e-form DIR-3 KYC is to collect the latest information about the directors of all companies. The information to be provided while completing eKYC procedures include Aadhar, PAN, Passport number, address, phone and email. The information submitted must be authenticated by completing one-time-password (OTP) verification and by signing with Digital Signature of Director and a practising Chartered Accountant.

Applicability

All directors having a DIN as on 31st March of 2018 must file e-form DIR-3 KYC on or before 15th September of 2018. For all Directors who obtained DIN after 31st March, 2018, DIR e-KYC must be filed next year.

Documents Required

The following are the documents required to file E-form DIR-3 KYC:

  • PAN Card for identity proof
  • Aadhar Card for address proof
  • Recent passport size photographs
  • Personal Mobile Number and E-mail ID of director for OTP Verification
  • Digital Signature Certificate of the director (DSC) that must be registered on MCA Portal
  • Passport (if the person holds a foreign citizenship)

Certifying Authority

The E-form DIR-3 KYC has to be duly certified by the Practicing Chartered Accountant (PCA), Practicing Company Secretary (PCS) or Practicing Cost Accountant.

Penalties

If the DIN holders do not file DIR-3, the MCA will mark them as deactivated. If the DIN holder files e-form DIR-3 KYC after 31st August 2018, a fee of Rs. 5,000 will be charged.

Time Limit

All directors to whom DIN has been allocated as of March 2018, the e-form DIR-3 KYC has to be filed by September 15, 2018. Originally, the MCA had provided a due date of 31st August which was subsequently changed to 15th September.

 

Updating the KYC of all directors by MCA

As part of updating its registry, MCA would be conducting KYC of all Directors of all companies annually through a new eform viz. DIR-3 KYC to be notified and deployed shortly.

Accordingly, every Director who has been allotted DIN on or before 31st March, 2018 and whose DIN is in ‘Approved’ status, would be mandatorily required to file form DIR-3 KYC on or before 31st August,2018.

While filing the form,the Unique Personal Mobile Number and Personal Email ID would have to be mandatorily indicated and would be duly verified by One Time Password(OTP).

The form should be filed by every Director using his own DSC and should be duly certified by a practicing professional (CA/CS/CMA).

Filing of DIR-3 KYC would be mandatory for Disqualified Directors also.

After expiry of the due date by which the KYC form is to be filed,the MCA21 system will mark all approved DINs (allotted on or before 31st March 2018) against which DIR-3 KYC form has not been filed as ‘Deactivated’ with reason as ‘Non-filing of DIR-3 KYC’.

After the due date filing of DIR-3 KYC in respect of such deactivated DINs shall be allowed upon payment of a specified fee only, without prejudice to any other action that may be taken.

Companies Act Compliance: Consequences of not filing Annual Return

Last week, the Parliament cleared a bill to further amend the Companies Act.

The financial statements and annual returns of all company must be filed on time with the ROC / MCA each year. As per Companies Act, 2013, non-filing of annual return is an offence, consequences of which affect the directors, as well as the company.

Hence, it is a must for every company to file with the MCA:

1. The annual return within 60 days of the Annual General Meeting and

2. The Financial Statement, within 30 days of the Annual General Meeting.

The various consequences and the penalties for not filing annual return of a company (Forms MGT-7 & AOC-4) are highlighted here.

A. Consequences – for Directors

The Directors of a company are responsible for ensuring the compliance of the company with all applicable rules and regulations. When a company defaults on compliance or dues payable, the Directors are held responsible for the default. The following are penal consequences for a Director of a company for default of non-filing of the Annual Return.

Director Disqualification

In case a company has not been filed its Annual Return for three continuous financial years, then every person who has been a director or is currently the director of the specific company could be disqualified under the Companies Act, 2013. If a Director is disqualified, his/her DIN would become inactive and the person would not be eligible to be appointed as a Director of any company for a period of five years from the date of disqualification. Further, disqualified Directors would not also be allowed to incorporate another company for a period of five years.

Fine & Imprisonment

A director of the company can be punished if the company has not been filed even after 270 days from the date when the company should have originally filed with additional penalty. Any Director who has defaulted in the filing of annual return of a company can also be penalized with an imprisonment of a term extended up to six months or with a fine of an amount not lesser than fifty thousand rupees and it might extend up to five lakh rupees, or with both imprisonment and fine. However, this provision provided under the Companies Act, 2013 is rarely used.

In addition, if any information filed by a Director or any other person in the annual return is false by any nature or if he/she failed to mention any fact or material that is true can be punished with imprisonment for a term  which is not lesser than six months and which could extend up to 10 years. Further, he/she can also be liable for payment of a fine which is not lesser than the amount subject to the fraud involved and it may extend to an amount three times of the sum concerned with the fraud.

B. Consequences of Default – For Company

The following are some of the penal consequences for a company that has not filed its annual return:

Penalty

Normally, the Government fee for filing or registering any document under the Companies Act required or authorized to be filed with the Registrar is Rs.200. A private limited company would be required to file form MGT-7 and form AOC-4 each year and the government fee applicable if filed on time would be Rs.400. In case of delay in filing of annual return, the penalty as mentioned would be applicable:

The penalty for not filing a company’s annual return (Form MGT-7 and Form AOC-4) is increased to Rs.100 per day w.e.f.July 1, 2018.

Strike-Off

In case the company has not filed its Annual Return for the last two financial years continuously, then such companies would be termed as an “inactive company”. On such a classification, the bank account of the company could be frozen. Further, the Registrar could also issue a notice to the Company and initiate strike-off of the company from the MCA records.

 

In case you need any assistance to file annual return for your company, you can contact us at Director@Sunkrish.com

I-T department bars CAs from valuing shares of closely held firms

The income tax (I-T) has barred all Chartered Accountants (CAs) from valuing shares of closely-held companies.

Earlier, the fair market value of unlisted equity shares was calculated at the option of the company on either the book value on the valuation date or by the discounted cash flow method. Calculated by a merchant banker or a CA.

However, the Central Board of Direct Taxes has removed the CAs from the list of authorised professionals in this regard. From Thursday, only a merchant banker may do this. This change brings this provision at par with Rule 3 of the I-T Act, which says only a merchant banker may calculate the value of unlisted shares issued under Employee Stock Ownership schemes.

Interestingly valuation of shares may still be done by CAs under the Companies Act.

So, unlisted shares or unlisted companies may be sold or valued by a CA’s valuation but, for I-T purposes, it will require a merchant banker’s valuation report.

It is expected that the government is considering a qualifying course for valuation; only those who clear it may do valuation.

Source: Business Standard

Non-compliance to be ‘very costly’ for companies: Government

Last week, the Parliament cleared a bill to further amend the Companies Act.

Sending out a strong message to corporates, the government has said non-compliance will be “very costly” and strong deterrents will be there to curb the dangerous adventure of using companies for wrongful purposes.

Continuing the clampdown on illicit fund flows, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has already struck off more than 2.24 lakh companies that have not been doing business for long and has disqualified over three lakh directors associated with such entities.

Against this backdrop, Corporate Affairs Secretary Injeti Srinivas said things are being simplified for legitimate businesses while checks are being strengthened against illegal business activities.

Highlights

  • Ministry of Corporate Affairs has already struck off more than 2.24 lakh companies that have not been doing business for long
  • It has also disqualified over three lakh directors associated with such entities

“It should be very easy to be compliant and very costly to be non-compliant. We want this… There should be a strong deterrent against illegal business. People using the company for wrong purposes, that should be a very dangerous adventure,” he told PTI in an interview.

About the ongoing action with respect to suspected shell companies, he said investigations are being carried out with urgency.

“When you go for prosecution, it should serve as a deterrent. Imprisonment option should essentially be confined to violations involving criminality and fraud,” Srinivas said.

On the scenario of certain genuine entities also facing the heat in the clampdown, Srinivas said every effort is made to ensure that “innocent companies are not inconvenienced”, adding that investigations are carried out only after preliminary scrutiny.

“In any such large exercise, it is not unusual that there could be some collateral damage. It cannot be so perfect but effectively, it is very focused and every effort is made that innocent companies are not inconvenienced,” he noted.

To provide a three-month window for defaulting companies to submit their filings, the ministry would be coming out with the Condonation of Delay Scheme. It is to be in place from January 1 to March 31, 2018.

While making it clear that a law should not be too onerous, he said there is a continuous effort to simplify the law “but non-negotiable in terms of essential compliance”.

Last week, the Parliament cleared a bill to further amend the Companies Act.

The bill would bring about some far reaching changes, Srinivas said, adding that almost 100 sections would get revised and many would contribute towards the ease of doing business.

“At the same time, there is also strengthening of provisions relating to areas such as identification of mismanagement, fraud detection, disclosures and related party transactions,” he said.

The MCA 21 system — which is used by the companies to submit their filings to the ministry — is a strong technology platform that is well entrenched, he noted.

“It is a very robust platform for regulation of companies. It is a huge resource of filings from more than 1.5 million companies. It is user-friendly… It also facilitates better enforcement without being unduly invasive,” Srinivas said.

At the end of November 30, there were a little over 17.12 lakh companies and out of them more than 11.36 lakh entities were active.

Source: Times of India

MCA introduces Condonation of Delay Scheme 2018 for defaulting companies

MCA introduces Condonation of Delay Scheme 2018 (CODS-2018) for defaulting companies to file its overdue returns/documents due for filing till 30.06.2017 by temporarily activating DIN of disqualified directors

 

 

 

General Circular No………./2017

File No. 02/04//2017

 

Ministry of Corporate Affairs

5thFloor,‘A’ Wing, Shastri Bhawan

Dr.Rajendra Prasad Road,

NewDelhi-110001.

 

To

 

All Regional Directors,

All Registrar of Companies,

All Stakeholders.

 

Sir,

 

Subject: Condonation of Delay Scheme 2018

Whereas,companies registered under the Companies Act,2013 (or its predecessor Act) are inter-alia required to file their Annual Financial statements and Annual Returns with the Registrar of Companies and non-filing of such reports is an offence under the said Act.

 

Whereas, section 164(2) of the Act read with section 167 of the Companies Act, 2013 [the Act], which provisions were commenced with effect from 01.04.2014, provide for disqualification of a director on account of default by a company in filing an annual return or a financial statement for a continuous period of three years.

 

Whereas, Rule 14 of the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014 further prescribes that every director shall inform to the company concerned about his disqualification, if any, under section 164(2), in form DIR-8.

 

Whereas, consequent upon notification of provisions of section 164(2), Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) had launched a Company Law Settlement Scheme 2014 providing an opportunity to the defaulting companies to clear their defaults within the time period specified therein and following the due process as notified.

 

 

Whereas, MCA in September 2017, identified 3,09,614 directors associated with the companies that had failed to file financial statements or annual returns in the MCA21 online registry for a continuous period of three financial years 2013-14 to 2015-16 in terms of provisions of section 164(2) r/w 167(1)(a) of the Act and they were barred from accessing the online registry and a list of such directors was published on the website of MCA.

 

Whereas, as a result of above action, there have been a spate of representations from industry, defaulting companies and their directors seeking an opportunity for the defaulting companies to become compliant and normalize operations.

 

Whereas, certain affected persons have also filed writ petitions before various High Courts seeking relief from the disqualification.

 

Whereas, with a view to giving an opportunity for the non-compliant, defaulting companies to rectify the default, in exercise of its powers conferred under sections 403, 459 and 460 of the Companies Act, 2013, the Central Government has decided to introduce a Scheme namely “Condonation of Delay Scheme 2018” [CODS-2018] as follows.

 

  1. The scheme shall come into force with effect from 01.01.2018 and shall remain in force up to 31.03.2018

 

  1. Definitions – In this scheme, unless the context otherwise requires, –

 

(i) “Act” means the Companies Act, 2013 and Companies Act, 1956 (where ever applicable);

 

(ii) ‘overdue documents’ means the financial statements or the annual returns or other associated documents, as applicable, in the case of a defaulting company and refer to documents mentioned in paragraph 5 of the scheme.

 

(iii) “Company” means a company as defined in clause of 20 of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013;

 

(iv)  “Defaulting company” means a company which has not filed its financial statements or annual return as required under the Companies Act, 1956 or Companies Act, 2013, as the case may be, and the Rules made thereunder for a continuous period of three yea

 

(v) “Designated authority” means the Registrar of Companies having jurisdiction over the registered office of the company.

 

  1. Applicability: – This scheme is applicable to all defaulting companies (other than the companies which have been stuck off/whose names have been removed from the register of companies under section 248(5) of the Act). A defaulting company is permitted to file its overdue documents which were due for filing till 30.06.2017 in accordance with the provisions of this Scheme.

 

  1. Procedure to be followed for the purposes of the scheme:– (1) In the case of defaulting companies whose names have not been removed from register of companies,-

 

(i) The DINs of the disqualified directors de-activated at present shall be temporarily activated during the validity of the scheme to enable them to file the overdue documents.

 

(ii) The defaulting company shall file the overdue documents in the respective prescribed eForms paying the statutory filing fee and additional fee payable as per section 403 of the Act read with Companies (Registration Offices and fee) Rules, 2014 for filing these overdue documents.

 

(iii) The defaulting company after filing documents under this scheme, shall seek condonation of delay by filing form e-CODS 2018 attached to this scheme along with a fee of 30,000/- (Rs. Thirty Thousand only) as prescribed under the Companies (Registration Offices and Fee) Rules, 2014 well before the last date of the scheme.

 

(iv) The DINs of the Directors associated with the defaulting companies that have not filed their overdue documents and the eform CODS, and these are not taken on record in the MCA21 registry and are still found to be disqualified on the conclusion of the scheme in terms of section 164(2)(a) r/w 167(1)(a) of the Act shall be liable to be deactivated on expiry of the scheme period.

 

(2) In the event of defaulting companies whose names have been removed from the register of companies under section 248 of the Act and which have filed applications for revival under section 252 of the Act up to the date of this scheme, the Director’s DIN shall be re-activated only NCLT order of revival subject to the company having filing of all overdue documents.

 

  1. Scheme not to apply for certain documents – This scheme shall not apply to the filing of documents other than the following overdue documents:

(i) Form Number 20B/MGT-7- Form for filing Annual return by a company having share capital.

(ii) Form 21A/MGT-7- Particulars of Annual return for the company not having share capital.

(iii) Form 23AC, 23ACA, 23AC-XBRL, 23ACA-XBRL, AOC-4, AOC-4(CFS), AOC (XBRL)    and     AOC-4(non-XBRL)   –     Forms     for     filing     Balance Sheet/Financial Statement and profit and loss account.

(iv) Form 66-  Form  for  submission  of  Compliance  Certificate  with  the Registrar.

(v) Form 23B/ADT-1- Form for intimation for Appointment of Auditors.

 

  1. The Registrar concerned shall withdraw the prosecution(s) pending if any before the concerned Court(s) for all documents filed under the scheme. However, this scheme is without prejudice to action under section 167(2) of the Act or civil and criminal liabilities, if any, of such disqualified directors during the period they remained disqualified.

 

  1. At the conclusion of the Scheme, the Registrar shall take all necessary actions under the Companies Act, 1956/ 2013 against the companies who have not availed themselves of this Scheme and continue to be in default in filing the overdue documents

 

Yours faithfully,

 

(KMS. Narayanan)

 

Assistant Director (Policy)

MCA-CODs-2018.

MCA extends the due date for filing all AOC-4 (Annual Financial Statemet) till 28.11.2017.

MCA has relaxed additional fees and extended the last date of filing of AOC-4 XBRL & non-XBRL e-filing for the companies.

 

Ministry of Corporate Affairs has extended the due date for filing the Audited Financial Statement for Financial Year 2016-17 till November 28,2017.

 

 

Keeping in view the requests received from various stakeholders, for allowing extension of time for filing of financial statements for the financial year ended 3I.03.2017 on account of various factors, it has been decided to extend the time for liling e-forms AOC-4 and AOC-4 (XBRL non-Ind AS) and the corresponding AOC-4 CFC e-forms up to 28.11.20l7 without levying additional fee.

 

The official circular in this regard is appended below.

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F No. 01/34/2013-CL-V
Government of India
Ministry of Corporate Affairs

5th Floor, A Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
Dr. R.P. Road, New Delhi – 110001
Dated:- 27th October, 2017

To

All Regional Directors,
All Registrar of Companies,
All stakeholders

Subject: Relaxation of additional fees and extension of last date of filing of AOC-4 and AOC-4 (XBRL Non-IndAS) under the Companies Act, 2013 – reg.

  1. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has extended the date of filing of AOC-4 (XBRL E-Forms using Ind AS) for the financial Year 2016-17 without additional fees till 31.03.2018 vide General Circular No. 13/2017 dt 26.10.2017. Keeping in view the requests received from various stakeholders, for allowing extension of time for filing of financial statements for the financial year ending on 31.03.2017 on account of various factors, it has been decided to extend the time of filing e-forms AOC-4 and AOC-4 (XBRL Non-IndAS) and the corresponding AOC-4 CFC e-forms upto 28.11.2017 without levying additional fees.
  2. This issues with the approval of competent authority.

Yours faithfully,

KMS Narayanan

Assistant Director

011-23387263

 

Ministry of Corporate Affairs – General Circular14_28102017