Due Date for filing Annual Return:
All Companies registered in india must file annual returns each year, irrespective of business turnover or activity. The annual return must be filed in form AOC-4 is also filed along with annual return. In this article, we look at the due date for the annual return for a company.
Filing Annual Return:
A company’s annual return has to be filed with the MCA within 60 days from the date of Annual General Meeting. All companies are required to conduct an Annual General Meeting within 6 months of the closing of the financial year. Hence the last date for conducting the Annual General Meeting would be 30th September and the due date for filing the annual return would be 29th November
If a company cannot hold an Annual General meeting in any year, the annual return still has to be filed within 60 days from the date on which the Annual General Meeting should have been held together with the statement specifying reasons for not holding the Annual General Meeting. Hence a company cannot excuse itself from filing an annual return on the plea of the Annual General Meeting not having been held.
Statutory Fee for filing Annual Return:
|For Submitting, filing, registering, or recording any document Rs. by this Act required or authorized to be submitted, filed, registered, or recoreded||RS.|
|In respect of a company having a nominal share capital of upto 200 Rs.1,00,000||Rs.200|
|In respect of a company having a nominal share capital of 300 Rs.1,00,000 or more but less than Rs.5,00,000||Rs.300|
|In respect of a company having a nominal share capital of 400 Rs.5,00,000 or more but less than Rs.25,00,000||Rs.400|
|In respect of a company having a nominal share capital of 500 Rs.25,00,000 or more but less than Rs.1 crore or more||Rs.500|
|In respect of a company having a nominal share capital of 600 Rs.1 crore or more||Rs.600|
Penalty for Late Filing Annual return
In case a company files its annual return after 60 days of the date of the Annual General Meeting or after 29th November, a penalty would be applicable date of the event and date of filing. Further, the ministry of Corporate affairs has proposed to increase the penalty for late filing of annual return multi fold as follows from the year 2018.
|Number of days default||Current Penalty||Proposed Penalty|
|Up to 15 days||Rs.400||Up to Rs.3,000|
|More than 15 days and up to 30 days||Rs.800||Up to Rs.6000|
|More than 30 days and up to 60 days||Rs.1600||Up to Rs.12,000|
|More than 60 days and up to 90 days||Rs.2400||Up to Rs.18,000|
|More than 90 days and up to 180 days||Rs.4000||Up to Rs.36,000|
|More than 180 days and up to 270 days||Rs.4800||Up to Rs.54,000|
|More than 270 days||Rs.100 per day penalty||Rs.200 per day penalty|
Note: The above chart has been worked for the company with the share capital of Rs.1,00,000. The new Penalty proposed by the MCA from the year 2018 for the late filing of annual returns is Rs.100 per day per filing. Since a company will have to file MGT-7 and AOC-4, the penalty of the day of default would be Rs.200.
The MCA Announcement about the upcoming changes to the penalty structure has been published on the website as under:
“It is proposed to amend shortly, the companies (registration office and fees) Rules 2014 to levy additional fee @ Rs.100 per day for filing under section 92 (annual return) or 137 ( Annual Finance Statement) of the companies Act 2013. Once notified, the additional fee @Rs.100 per day (beyond the normal date of filing) shall become payable in respect of 23AC, 23ACA, 23AC XBRL, 23ACA XBRL,20B,21A, MGT-7,Aoc-4, AoC-4 XBRL and Aoc-4 CFS. Stakeholders are advised to take note and plan accordingly”.
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