The “National Financial Reporting Authority” constituted as per sub-section (1) of section 132 of Companies Act, 2013 to provide for matters relating to accounting and auditing standards under the Companies Act, 2013.

BACKGROUND

The National Financial Reporting Authority Rules, 2018 published vide Ministry of Corporate Affairs Gazattee Notification No. G.S.R. 1111(E) dated 13th November, 2018.

As per Rules 3(1) of – following classes of companies will be governed by NFRA Rules:

(a) Listed companies;

(b) Unlisted companies with paid up capital of INR 500 CR or more / Annual Turnover of INR 1000 CR or more / outstanding loans, debentures and deposit of more than INR 500 Cr or more, as on 31st March of immediate preceding FY

(c) Insurance Companies, banking companies, companies with business of generation or supply of electricity, companies governed with special act or companies incorporated in reference with clauses (b) to (f) of Section 1(4)

(d) Any reference made by Central Government to NFRA authority

(e) Body corporate registered outside India, which is subsidiary or associate company of companies / body corporate registered in India, with income / Networth of subsidiary or associate company is +20% of consolidated income / consolidated Networth (body corporate as defined in this clause are required to file Form NFRA – 1)

Rule 3(2) – Following companies to file Form NFRA – 1 (details of auditor) within 30 days from rules been notified:

(f) Private companies

(g) Unlisted companies which are not covered under Rule 3(1)

(h) Any other companies / body corporate which are not governed under NFRA authority and NFRA Rules

Rule 3(3) – Following body corporate to file Form NFRA – 1 on appointment of auditor within 15 days:

  • Body corporate other than companies as defined under Section 2(20) to intimate appointment of auditor within 15 days in Form NFRA -1

Please note that as per Rule 3(2), companies from (a) to (d) are not required to file form NFRA – 1.

NFRA Form-1 filing Before 31st July, 2019

In line with the above background, the NFRA Website is active and public can access the website and download Form NFRA-1 on https://nfra.gov.in/.

Further, vide notification no. NF-11/1/2019-O/0 Secy-NFRA dated 1st July , 2019, notified the last date of filling up Form NFRA-1.

The Entities as stated in 3(2) and 3(3) of the Gazette Notification dated 13th November, 2018 are required to inform the details of appointment of their auditor to the Authority in Form NFRA-1.

Subsequently, the time limit for filing NFRA-1 will be 30 days from deployment of Form on the Website of NFRA https://nfra.gov.in/.

In connection to the above, it is intimated that Form NFRA-1 is available on https://nfra.gov.in/ and the last date of filing the same by Entities concerned is 31st July, 2019.

(The author is Practising Company Secretary and can be reached at 8375877464 or E-mail [email protected])

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16 Comments

  1. Ranjith says:

    Today I saw FAQ clarifying who needs to file Form NFRA-1.

    https://taxguru.in/corporate-law/faqs-filing-nfra-1-form.html

    But the clarification to Q1 chart and response to Q12 is differing. The chart is saying something and the response is referring rule 3(2) again which needs clarification.

    In the Query 12, it is mentioned “one time RETURN” and in the response it is written “refer to the clarifications at S.N. 1, 8 and Clause 3(2) and 3(3) of NFRA Rule 2018. NFRA – 1 form need to be filed by the Entity accordingly.”

    What type of Query, what type of chart, what type of response???

    Can a clarification given on a site which does not have any number, date, signing is legally valid??

    Can a clarification which is on plain paper override the provisions of Act and Rules?

    Can a clarification given as above valid in the court of Law?

  2. divyabajpai says:

    Dear Readers

    I shared the Information based on Notification and Circulars . Please apply due diligence before acting on it.

    While doing new user registration , we all facing issue under Step 13 as per bNFRA user Registration Instructions available on the NFRA portal.

    As selection of rule 3(c),3(d), 3(e) is available but if we all refer to the rules references of rules are given as Rule 3(1) (a) , 3(1) (b), 3(1) (c) , 3(1) (d),3 (1) (e) apart from Rule 3(2) and Rule 3(3).

    We all need clarification from NFRA/MCA before taking any further action on this.

    Thanks

  3. CA Lucky Nanwani says:

    Dear Divya,
    It seems that there is an ambiguity in the Rule 3(2). On a plain reading of the provisions of Rule 3 (2) of the NFRA Rules, it is evident that there is certainly a drafting error, as the provisions requires the companies which are not covered by the NFRA Rules, to file form NFRA-1, intimating about the details of the auditors which is completely vague.

    The provisions are as follows:
    “(2) Every existing body corporate other than a company governed by these rules, shall inform the Authority within thirty days of the commencement of these rules, in Form NFRA-1, the particulars of the auditor as on the date of commencement of these rules.”

    Quite likely, corporate professionals across the country will be confused whether these Rules require all companies, big and small, to file the form about their auditor details, one time and periodic. However, this is NOT the intent of the Rules.

    Rule 3 (1) delimits the scope of the Rules – only certain companies and bodies corporate are covered by the Rules. Of these “bodies corporate and companies governed by the Rules”, those that are not companies, will have to file the form NFRA-1, on one-time basis under Rule 3 (2), and every time there is a change, under Rule 3 (3).

    Therefore, considering the intent of the law, the provisions, should rather be read in the following way:
    (2) Every existing body corporate, other than a company, governed by these rules, shall inform the Authority within thirty days of the commencement of these rules, in Form NFRA-1, the particulars of the auditor as on the date of commencement of these rules.

  4. divyabajpai says:

    Dear Readers,

    All Companies or Body Corporate falling under Rule 3(2), 3(3), and 3(1)(e) of National Financial Reporting Authority Rules, 2018 are required to file NFRA Form-1.

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