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A Section 8 Company is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote sports, education, research, social welfare, art, science, and protection of the environment, etc. The concept of such companies is introduced under section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013.

The restriction on these companies is that these companies are permitted to use the profits only for the purpose for which the company was promoted. To register such a company or organisation, a minimum of two directors are required, and there is no requirement for a minimum paid-up capital to set up such a company in India.

Get your non-profit entity registered today with Section 8 Company Registration from Legal251! Our easy-to-use platform lets you quickly register and enjoy numerous tax benefits. Please use our reliable service and worry-free registration process to become a legally registered non-profit entity!


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Proprietorship vs Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) vs Company







A sole proprietorship is a business owned and operated by a single individual.

A partnership is a legal arrangement where two or more individuals or entities agree to share ownership, responsibilities, profits, and liabilities of a business.

An LLP is a hybrid business structure that combines elements of partnerships and company. It offers limited liability to its partners, protecting their personal assets from the liabilities of the business.

A company is a legal entity that exists separately from its owners (shareholders). It can be a private limited company or a public limited company. Shareholders' are the owners of the company and their liability is limited to their investment, and the company's operations and management are governed by the board of directors.


In a proprietorship, a single individual owns and manages the business.

A partnership involves two or more individuals (partners) who share ownership and management responsibilities.

Partners have limited liability, meaning their personal assets are generally protected from business debts or liabilities.

A company is a legal entity separate from its owners (shareholders). Shareholders have limited liability, and their personal assets are not typically at risk for company debts.

Registration Time

7-15 working days

Promoter Liability

Unlimited Liability

Limited Liability


Governed by Local Laws

Under Partnership Act, 1932

LLP Act, 2008

Under Companies Act,2013

Compliance Requirements

Compliance in accordance with- Income Tax Laws and other Local Laws

Compliance in accordance with- Income Tax Laws and other Local Laws

Compliance in accordance with-Income Tax Laws, Local Laws, Companies Act and other as applicable

Compliance in accordance with-Income Tax Laws, Local Laws, Companies Act and other as applicable


Income is taxed at the individual's income tax rates.

Income is generally taxed at the individual partners' income tax rates.

Taxed as a partnership, where partners are individually taxed on their share of profits.

Subject to corporate tax rates. Shareholders are taxed on dividends received.

  How to apply 


Legal recognition

Section 8 Companies are recognized and governed by the Companies Act, 2013. It provides them with a legal framework and legitimacy as an independent legal entity.

Limited liability

The liability of the members or shareholders of a Section 8 Company is limited. In case of any debts or liabilities, the personal assets of the members are not at risk. This feature provides financial security to the promoters and encourages them to contribute towards social welfare activities.

Tax exemptions

Section 8 Companies enjoy various tax benefits. They are exempt from paying income tax on the surplus income generated from their charitable or social welfare activities. Additionally, donors contributing funds to such organisations are eligible for tax deductions under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

Eligibility for foreign donations

Section 8 Companies can receive foreign contributions and donations under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA). This enables them to access global funding for their charitable initiatives.

Perpetual existence

Section 8 Companies have a perpetual existence, meaning they can continue their operations and carry out their objectives even if the founding members resign or pass away. This ensures the continuity of their social welfare activities and long-term impact.

Credibility and trust

Registration as a Section 8 Company enhances the credibility and trustworthiness of the organisation. It assures stakeholders, including donors, volunteers, and beneficiaries, that the company is committed to social causes and operates with transparency and accountability.

Access to grants and funding

Section 8 Companies are eligible to apply for grants, funding, and schemes offered by government departments, corporate entities, and international organisations. This financial support aids in the implementation and expansion of their social initiatives.

Greater reach and impact

Section 8 Companies have wider visibility and recognition in society. They can collaborate with government bodies, NGOs, and other stakeholders to address social issues and make a positive impact on communities at large.


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  Registration Process 

Our team will look into the documents that you have submitted, reviewing any false or mistaken information to keep you comfortable.

Our best experts are here to deal with document necessities & to fulfil your registration needs.

The respective expert will proceed further with your documents in order to apply for your Section 8 Company Registration.

After our team completes DSC, DIN, and formalities, patiently wait for ROC to issue your COI.

We'll share the COI and unique CIN from ROC, officially establishing the Section 8 Company Registration's existence.



A Section 8 Company, as per the Companies Act, 2013 in India, is a non-profit organisation formed with the objective of promoting social welfare, charity, or any other useful purpose. These companies are prohibited from distributing dividends to their members and instead utilise their income for promoting their stated objectives.
The minimum requirements to register a Section 8 Company in India include:
  • A minimum of two shareholders (individuals or corporate entities).
  • A minimum of two directors (individuals).
  • At least one of the directors must be a resident of India.
  • The proposed company must have a unique name.
While Section 8 Companies are primarily formed for charitable or social welfare purposes, they are allowed to generate profits through their activities. However, the profits cannot be distributed among the members as dividends. The surplus generated must be reinvested in the company's objectives.
Yes, foreign nationals and NRIs can be directors or shareholders of a Section 8 Company. However, at least one director must be a resident of India.
The registration process can take around 15 to 30 days, depending on the processing time of the Registrar of Companies (RoC) and the completeness of the application and supporting documents.
To change the registered office address, the Section 8 Company must follow the prescribed procedure, which includes obtaining board and shareholder approval, notifying the Registrar of Companies (RoC), and updating the necessary documents and records.
Section 8 Companies enjoy certain tax exemptions, including income tax exemption on the surplus income generated from their charitable activities. They may also qualify for tax deductions under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act for donors contributing funds to the organisation.
Yes, it is possible to convert a Section 8 Company into a for-profit company. However, this process requires compliance with the relevant laws and regulations, including obtaining necessary approvals from the concerned authorities.

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