Contributions to political parties are governed by Section 182 of the Companies Act, 2013. A company that is not a Government company and which is in existence for at least last three financial years may contribute up to 7.5% of its average net profits during the last three years to a political party/parties registered under the representation of Peoples Act, 1951. This is subject to further elaborations and restrictions in the said section. Following permission to establish Electoral Trust companies under the Income Tax Act, a company can also make contributions within the above limits and restrictions to ‘Electoral Trust Companies’ and reflect these contributions in their books of accounts. The Electoral Trust Companies are, however, required to indicate the amounts passed on to them by companies and contributed by them to a political party or parties in the manner laid down in section 182(3) of the Companies Act, 2013. There is no proposal to review the above arrangements.

The relevant provisions of the Companies (Donations to National Funds) Act, 1951 have already been incorporated in the Companies Act, 2013. Section 181 and 183 of the Act allows companies to contribute to bonafide and charitable funds and to national funds etc. In view of this, this Ministry has initiated to repeal the Companies (Donations to National Funds) Act, 1951.

This was stated by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, MoS in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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0 responses to “Provision Regarding Contribution to Political Parties by the Companies”

  1. s sudarshana says:

    An attempt to make the contributions to the political parties more transparent. With the change of guard the ruling party can analyse the contribution to it and to the parties on the other side of the fence and can take corrective step (or coercive?)in this regard.
    From the point of public good, govt should legislate for the payment of 30% tax on the income/contribution recd form the companies. Most of the contribution goes to enrich the politicians of the political parties for their yomen service to the mankind.

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