Private Limited Company is the most prevalent and popular type of corporate legal entity in India. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs governs private limited company registration in India. Companies are incorporated and regulated under the Companies Act, 2013 and the Companies Incorporation Rules, 2014. estartupindia can help you with company registration across India at a very affordable price point.
To register a private limited company, a minimum of two persons to act as Directors and shareholders are required. The shareholders of a private limited company can be a corporate entity or a natural person. Director can only be a living person with one Director being a resident and Indian Citizen. A person is designated as a resident if he/she spends over 186 days in India.
There are no restrictions on foreign companies or foreign nationals being Directors or shareholders of a private limited company. As, foreign nationals, foreign corporate entities or NRIs are allowed to be Directors and Shareholders of a Company with Foreign Direct Investment, incorporating a company is the preferred choice of entry to India for foreign promoters.
Registering a private limited company has various advantages compared to a partnership firm or LLP as under:
Equity Raise: A company can raise equity capital from persons or entities interested in becoming a shareholder. Hence, a private limited company is a must for Entrepreneurs looking to raise money from angel investors, venture capital firms, private equity firms and hedge funds.
Limited Liability Protection: A private limited company provides limited liability protection to its shareholders. In case of any unforeseen liabilities are created, it would be limited to the company and would not impact the shareholders.
Separate Legal Entity: A private limited company is legally recognised as a separate entity. Hence, a company can have its PAN, bank accounts, licenses, approvals, contracts, assets and liabilities in its unique name.
Perpetual Existence: A company has perpetual existence and never ends without reason. For a company to lose its existence, it has to be wound-up by the Promoters or be wound-up by the Government. Hence, a company can only be wound up for reasons like non-compliance or failure to comply with rules and regulations.
Easy Transferability: As the ownership of a company is represented by shares - the ownership of a company can be transferred to any other legal entity or person in India or abroad easily - in part or whole. Further, since the shareholders control the Board of Directors, the Directors can also be replaced easily by shareholders to ensure business continuity easily at all times.
The documents required for company registration can be grouped under three heads:
Documents for Directors: Two identity proof documents like Aadhaar, PAN, Passport, Drivers License or any other Government-issued identity document would be required. Indian nationals are mandatorily required to provide PAN. Foreign nationals are mandatorily required to submit attested or apostille passport copy.
In addition to the identity proof, the Directors must submit residence proof that is less than three months old. Proof of residence documents includes bank statements, electricity bill, water bill, gas bill and telephone bill.
Documents for Registered Office: Companies registered in India must mandatorily maintain a registered office within India. In the case of leased property, the copy of lease deed for the registered office premises along with a NOC from Landlord and EB bill/property tax receipt/water bill copy of the registered office property. In case of own property, copy of sale deed along with the EB bill/property tax receipt/water bill copy of the registered office property.
Documents for Corporate Entities: In case one of the shareholder or subscriber to the MOA and AOA is a Corporate Entity (Company, LLP, etc.,) then Certificate of Incorporation of the Body Corporate must be attached along with the resolution passed by the Body Corporate to subscribe to the shares of the company under incorporation.
estartupindia can incorporate a company in less than ten days - subject to Government processing times and availability of all documents. On collecting the necessary information and documents digitally, the process for company registration begins with obtaining digital signatures for the proposed Directors and Shareholders. Your estartupindia Engagement Manager will submit the digital signature application and generate a link to complete video eKYC verification. The applicant would then have to complete a short selfie video and verify OTP to authenticate the application. Upon approval of the application, the digital signature will be issued on the same day.
Parallel to the digital signature process, your Engagement Manager will also submit a name approval request to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for approval. Please ensure that you provide multiple options for the company name that are in line with the Companies Naming Regulations in India to ensure quick approval. The Government typically provides name approval within 48 hours in India.
On obtaining name approval, we will prepare all the legal documents that must be signed by the Directors and Shareholders on the same day. Once you have verified the documents and signed off, we will apply for incorporation with the MCA on the same day. The MCA will provide incorporation approval in about 48 - 72 hours during business days. If the incorporation approval is approved, the Government will issue the incorporation certificate, PAN for the company and the TAN.
estartupindia has exclusive relationships with top Banks in India wherein we can help you open a zero-balance Current Account digitally through our platform. Based on your choice of Bank, we can forward the request digitally to the Bank for opening the company's current account from the comfort of your home in any city or town in India. Note: Bank account opening would be subject to the bank's process and products offered by the Bank from time to time.
All companies registered in India are required to maintain compliance under various regulations. Failure to maintain compliance can lead to penalty or disqualification of Directors. estartupindia can help you with accounting and maintaining of statutory compliances for the company at a very affordable price point.
1. Some of the important compliances for companies registered in India include, but not limited to:
Appointment of Statutory Auditor: The Board of Directors must appoint a practising Chartered Accountant within 30 days of incorporation.
Commencement of Business: Within 180 days of incorporation, the capital mentioned in the MOA [Memorandum of Association] must be deposited in a bank and commencement certificate must be obtained from MCA.
Income Tax Filing: Companies registered in India must file income tax return each year in Form ITR-6.
Annual Return: Companies registered in India must file MCA annual return each year in Form AOC-4 and MGT-7.
DIN KYC: DIN KYC procedure must be completed each year for the Directors of the company.