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Tax Exemption

Section 8 companies, commonly known as non-profit organizations (NPOs) or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), play a crucial role in social welfare and community development. These entities are established with the primary objective of promoting charitable activities, advancement of education, science, research, sports, art, culture, and other such endeavors for the public good.


One significant benefit that Section 8 companies enjoy is tax exemption status. Here’s a detailed overview of the tax exemptions applicable to Section 8 companies in India:

Income Tax Exemption

  1. Section 11 of the Income Tax Act, 1961: Section 8 companies are eligible for income tax exemption under Section 11 if their income is applied towards charitable or philanthropic purposes. Any surplus generated by the organization must be plowed back into its objectives and cannot be distributed to its members.

  2. Donations Exemption under Section 12A: Donations made to a Section 8 company are eligible for tax deduction under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act. Moreover, the Section 8 company itself is exempt from tax on its income if it has obtained a Section 12A registration. This provision encourages individuals and corporations to contribute funds to support the organization’s activities.

Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA)

  1. Foreign Donations: Section 8 companies registered under FCRA can receive foreign contributions for carrying out specified activities. Such contributions are exempt from income tax under Section 11 of the Income Tax Act.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) Exemption

  1. Exemption on Services: Section 8 companies engaged in providing certain specified services, such as healthcare, education, or charitable activities, may qualify for exemptions under GST. Services provided by such organizations for charitable purposes are generally exempted from GST liability.

Property Tax Exemption

  1. Local Tax Exemptions: Many states in India provide property tax exemptions to Section 8 companies for properties used exclusively for charitable or educational purposes. This further reduces the operational costs for such organizations.

Compliance Requirements

  1. Annual Compliance: While enjoying tax exemptions, Section 8 companies are required to fulfill certain compliance requirements. These include timely filing of annual returns, maintaining proper accounts, and adhering to the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013.


Tax exemption status for Section 8 companies is a significant incentive provided by the government to promote philanthropic activities and social welfare initiatives. By exempting these organizations from various taxes, the government encourages the flow of funds towards charitable causes and supports the growth of the non-profit sector, ultimately contributing to the betterment of society. However, it’s essential for Section 8 companies to ensure compliance with the relevant regulations to continue availing these tax benefits and maintain their status as vehicles for social change and development.


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