This article deals with filing of RNI return with Registrar of Newspapers for India by the newspaper publishers.  Common questions asked by the newspaper publishers has been answered in the article.

Q1- Is it mandatory to file RNI return?

Ans- Yes, It is mandatory to file the RNI return. It is not optional in nature.

Q2- Who is required to file the RNI return?

Ans- Every newspaper publisher is required to file the RNI return.

Q3- What is the frequency of filing the RNI return?

Ans- Every Publisher should furnish to the Press registrar an annual statement regarding the newspaper. Failure in timely submission of the annual statement is liable for penal action under the PRB Act.

Q4- What is the time limit allowed to file the RNI return?

Ans- RNI return should reach the Press Registrar on or before the last day of month of the following year. Suppose If you are filing the RNI return for the FY 2020-21 then it must reach the Press Registrar on or before 31st May 2021.

Q5- Is there any requirement of CA Certificate  or self certification is enough?

Ans- Where the circulation of newspaper exceeds 2000 copies per publishing day, a certificate from a Chartered Accountant is required to filed along with the annual return. If the certificate is not produced then the filed return will be held invalid. If the circulation is below 2000 copies then only self certification is required to be submitted.


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