About Annual Return
Under section-92 of the companies act, 2013 deals with the annual return of the company. Every company needs to file this with the ROC within 60 days from the date of AGM of the company.
Preparation of Annual Return-
Every company shall prepare Annual Return in Form No.MGT-7. Particulars of Annual Return:
Authentication of Annual Return:
All Companies (Except OPC)
Annual Return shall be signed by:
– A director and the company secretary, or
– Where there is no company secretary, by a PCS
OPC and small company
Annual Return shall be signed by –
– The company secretary, or
– Where there is no company secretary, by the director of the company.
Certification by PCS:
The annual return, filed by a listed company or, by a company having such paid-up capital of Rs.5 Crores and turnover of Rs.25 Crores or more shall be certified by a PCS in Form No. MGT-8 stating that the annual return discloses the facts correctly and adequately and that the company has complied with all the provisions of this Act.
Annual Return by Foreign Company:
Every foreign company shall prepare and file, within a period of sixty days from the last day of its financial year, to the Registrar annual return in Form FC.4 along with such fee as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 containing the particulars as they stood on the close of the financial year.
Preservation of annual return:
Copies of all annual returns and copies of all certificates and documents required to be annexed thereto shall be preserved for a period of 8 years from the date of filing with the Registrar.
|Details||Companies Act,1956||Companies Act,2013|
|Provisions||Sec. 159,160,161,162 & Schedule V||Sec.92, & Form 7.7 along with 7.8|
|As per Sec.159(1), if any of the 5 immediately preceding returns has given the full particulars required as to past and present members and the shares held and transferred by them, the return in question may contain only changes in those particulars.||No Such Provision|
|Certification||Certification of Annual Return by a Secretary in Whole-time practice in case of Listed Companies.||This requirement extend to the unlisted companies having PSC of Rs.5 Crs and turnover of Rs.25 Crs.|
|Extract of AR –
part of BOR
|No Such Provision||An extract of Annual Return shall form part of Board’s Report.|
|No Such Provision||Fine which shall not be less than Rs.50,000/-
but which may extend to Rs.5,00,000/-
On Company-Fine which shall not be less than Rs.50, 000/- but which may extend to Rs5, 00,000/-
On Officer- Imprisonment for a term which may extend to 6 months or Fine which shall not be less than Rs.25,000/- but which may extend to Rs.5,00,000/- or with both.
On PCS- Fine which shall not be less than Rs.50, 000/- but which may extend to Rs.5, 00,000/–
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