Registration for 80G Certificate to Get Tax Exemption for NGOs

Know about the 80G registration process and how to get 80G Certificate and 12A Certificate to get tax exemption for the charitable trusts and societies (NGOs) in India. Income Tax department issues these certificates for tax exemption on donated money.

I realized that my articles on registration of charitable trust and society became popular and have been helping thousands of people, so I decide to take this series further and write about more related issues. Today, I am going to talk about exemption under the section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

What is 80G Certificate?

Exemption under section 80G gives rebate to a donor on the amount he donates to an organization that has 80G certificate. If the public charitable organization (NGO) has 80G certificate then the donors of that organization would not need to pay tax on the 50% of the donated amount.

How to Register for 80G Certificate to Get Tax Exemption

Exemption under section 80G is applied on a form called 10g. This form can be downloaded from Income Tax department’s website.

Validity of 80G Certificate

Income tax department issues 80G certificate only for a specific period (usually 1-3 years). After expiry, 80G exemption must be reapplied for and renewed.

Update (June 2014): Now Income Tax department is issuing 80G certificate for lifetime. You would no longer need to get it renewed.

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Requirements or Getting 80G Certificate?

There are a few conditions that must to be fulfilled if you want to apply for exemption under the section 80g:

  • NGO should not have any income which are not eligible for exemption. For example, business income. lf, the NGO has business income then it should maintain separate books of accounts and should not divert donations received for the purpose of such business.
  • Bylaws or objectives of the NGOs should not contain any provision for spending the income or assets of the NGO for purposes other than the charitable objectives mentioned in the Trust Deep or Rules of Association.
  • NGO should not be working for the benefit of particular religious community or caste.
  • NGO maintains regular accounts of its receipts & expenditures.
  • NGO is properly registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 or under any law corresponding to that act or is registered under section 25 of the Companies Act 1956.
  • Trustees or governing body members are not drawing any undue benefits from NGO funds.
Documents Required for Registration of 80G Certificate
  • Dully filled in Form – 10G for registration u/s 80G registration;
  • Registration Certificate and MOA /Trust Deed (two copies – self attested by NGO head);
  • NOC from landlord (where registered office is situated);
  • Copy of PAN card of NGO;
  • Electricity Bill / House tax Receipt / Water Bill (photocopy);
  • Evidence of welfare activities carried out & Progress Report since inception or last 3 years;
  • Books of Accounts, Balance Sheet & ITR (if any), since inception or last 3years;
  • List of donors along with their address and PAN;
  • List of governing body I board of trustees members with their contact details;
  • Original RC and MOA /Trust Deed for verification;
  • Authority letter in favor of NGO Factory;
  • Any other document I affidavit / undertaking I information asked by the Income Tax department
When can you apply for 80G exemption certificate?

Exemption certificate u/s 80G can be applied for just after the registration of NGO is completed.

Where is 80G certificate to be applied?

Exemption under section 80G can be applied for at the office of Commissioner of Income-tax (Exemption) having jurisdiction over the institution.

I hope it was useful information for you. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions. Thank you for using TechWelkin.


  1. Murphy says

    Hey Lalit,
    This was quite informative. Thank you. I just wanted to know that if the NGO I work for has the 80G certificate then is it valid from the date of receiving the certificate or from the date of application or from the beginning of that financial year?

  2. Aditya Tripathi says

    Hi Lalit,
    Good to see that you are solving the problems of lots of peoples. I also want to be one of them.
    I have opened a play school in Delhi, which is not yet registered, because i was not aware of registration process of school. Now i came to know that it can be registered under NGO(Trust, Society or Pvt. ltd company). Still not sure which option i should go for. I need government support as well, because i am also looking to open school for uneducated people living in village areas (under Prodh Shiksha Abhiyan).
    Kindly suggest.

    • says

      If profit making is not your interest, then you can register an NGO and begin to support your existing play school with the funds you collect through NGO. As for whether you should register a trust or a society, you may read my article on the differences between the two. Then you’ll be able to decide on your own.

    • says

      80G certificate is given only to registered organizations that work for charitable purposes. If you have such an organization, you should contact the charity commissioner in the Income Tax office of your area.

  3. Mahendran says

    Hi Lalit,

    I am in the process of starting a company. I need your input.
    – What is the difference between Foundation and Trust?
    Hope you are aware of Murugappa group. I would like to start a business like that under foundation. Would it be possible?
    I want to do some social work under foundation name with my part of the salary I earn from IT work. This foundation can accept donations from people for social work.
    In this case, what is your suggestion? Can it have tax relief?
    If I run a business (some manufacturing work) under foundation then do I need to register the manufacturing company as a private limited or it is fine to register as trademark?

    BTW, Your article is very clean and understandable. Thank you so much.

    • says

      Hi Mahendran, you should actually start a Section 25 company (which is a form of an NGO). Section 25 company allows you operate business and do social work at the same time. Please consult a lawyer or company registrar for this.

  4. Shreekkanth Bhaskaran says

    Dear Lalit,

    I am planning to register a trust and I am in the process of preparing the trust deed. What are the next steps and what is the order that needs to be followed?

    1. Register the trust
    2. Open a bank account for the trust
    3. Apply PAN for the trust
    4. Apply for tax exemptions under Section 12A and 80G
    4. Apply for FCRA clearance

    Let me know if this is the right order. Thanks

      • Shreekkanth Bhaskaran says

        Thanks Lalit. Much appreciated!!

        I also have another question on Step 1. Register the Trust

        A) To register a trust, first i need to create and register a trust deed
        B) Use the trust deed to register a trust along with covering letter, Application form (Schedule II under rule 6), court fee stamp of Rs 2 affixed on application form, consent letter of Trustees.

        Is this right? Also is there a format for consent letter for Trustees? if so, can you share the same with me? Thanks.

  5. sameer says

    sir in dec 2014 we start welfare activities…but have not registered . now we think to take 12a registration and 80g registration…..shall we have to audit our accounts of previous year……..i.e. 31st march 2015 ..our receipt is less than taxable limit in previous year…..but in this year it might be more than taxable limit

    • says

      First you’ll need to register an organization, i.e. a trust or a society. Assuming that you have already done that, yes, you would need to get the accounts audited for previous year as well.



  7. Anuradha says

    The site is very informative – thanks to you.

    I need to change the registered address of a trust as mentioned in the 80G certificate.
    How should I go about this ? Is there any specific form to be filled in ?
    Any documents to be attached ?

    Thanks and all the best for the efforts you put in making others life easy.

    • says

      Anuradha, I have never come across such a query. I don’t know the answer but I think that you should go to the Income Tax office and meet the Income Tax Commissioner (or their aide). They can tell you how to proceed for changing the registered office address in 80G certificate. In any case, you need to notify Income Tax department for the change in your registered address. When you’re done with this change in 80G, please come back and share the process here for the benefit of other people.

  8. mohanjit says

    Namaste sir,
    Found ur article very useful . m planning to set up public Trust for Organic farming in Punjab . I do have my family ancestor home in my village which i wants to use as operational building for trust n official address too. Can i take my own building on long lease instead of declaring it trust property ?

  9. Rohan Nazarene says

    Dear Sir,
    I’ve regd NGO in 2010, but I couldn’t apply 12A & 80G still today. But want to apply FCRA directly, is that possible?

  10. jacob k says

    i registered a charitable trust at
    sub -register office in kerala last month. The trust’s registered office is at Kerala and administrative office is working in delhi. Opened a bank account in Delhi in the name of trust. My question is that.. could i apply 12A and 80G registration in Delhi. .Is Pan card necessary for appling 80g.
    thanking u

    • says

      You will have to get a PAN before applying for 80g and 12a exemption certificates. Also, you’ll have to apply for these certificates in the Income Tax office that has jurisdiction over your registered office. So, you will have to apply in Kerala.

  11. Vaibhav Shukla says

    Dear Sir,

    We have a society running since 2000 and is a non profitable society which works for the welfare of the people, awareness and education programm in Telemedicine. And is registerd as Telemedicine Society of India under socities registration act 21 of 1860.

    How we can get the 80 G certificate and 135 certificate i.e; CSR ( Corporate Social Responsibility).

    • says

      Vaibhav, this article is exactly about how to get 80g exemption certificate. Please read it. As for the other certificate you mention (CSR certificate), I am afraid, I don’t have information on that.

  12. Ambar says

    Hello Sir,
    I have just got my society registered. I have got the PAN card. I have applied for a bank account. Now I have not started any work with the society. How can I get my society registered under 80G?. Would I get it for lifetime?. What is the fees for 80G and 12A registration.

    • says

      Now you can apply for 80g and 12a. These exemption certificates are now given for lifetime validity (or unless explicitly revoked by the Income Tax department)

  13. shilpa says

    Hello Sir ,

    I Have registered my NGO section 8 company in December 2014 . so can I apply for 80 G , 12 A and what is the document required fro both certification . Please suggest me

    • says

      If you have a PAN card and bank account for your NGO, you can apply for 80g and 12a exemption certificates. I would suggest that you speak with a CA for applying for the certificates.

  14. ravindra Kuveskar says

    hello sir

    i register my ngo under society act.

    but im nt maintained bookkeeping and other record last 4 year’s. bt nw i wany to maintain it and apply for 80g so wht i do

    • says

      If you do not have audited financial records of last three years, you may not get 80G. So, I would suggest that you wait for 2-3 years, keep books, get them audited and then apply for 80G.

  15. meena patel says

    hi, sir
    my NGO is registered from last 15 years.
    can I apply directly income tax commisner office for 80 G and 12 A ? ang how much time get 80 g and 12 A to me ? and how much fees have to pay for this ?

    please quick reply

    • says

      You can apply for the 80G and 12A certificates anytime you feel like. Time and fee vary on the basis of how you want to apply. Using a CA is more expensive but it takes lesser time because CAs know the whole process and can do it fast.

  16. nawal kishore says

    Thank u lalit your information very useful. I had many questions but all r solve to read your article.
    nawal kishore

  17. Kirti Singh says

    Respected Sir,

    I want 80G Certificate from ito do I first need to take 12A certificate and then apply for 80G or simultaneously both can be done If yes do I need to do documentation twice

  18. vipin says

    Dear Lalit,

    Thanks for the information.
    1,Please let me know what are the registrations required other 10A and 80g for smooth running of trust.
    2,Does the trust need to collect service tax for the fees collected in the educational institution run by trust
    3,Can a trustee be removed from trust if he is not actively participating in trust activities
    4,is a chairman and vice chairman mandatory for trust,if so is it mandatory that the vice chairman and chairman should be elected from trustees

  19. Jyoti says

    Sir I have registered my ngo in 2011 at state level and now in the last year i have registered it at national level with little addition in the name of NGO. Please help me in knowimg thet can i apply for 12a, FCRA, ACG, Income Tax exemptions, etc. papers now? or i have to wait for 3 years? Please help asap. As some one told me to do all these before completing one year of the registration of NGO

  20. Nitish says

    if NGO is registered last month under trust act, can I apply for regstratn under 12a and 80g immediately? Since its the year of inception i do not have audited accounts so how can I get such regsitration?

  21. Rajender Nim says

    Respected Sir/Mam.
    My name is Rajender Nim, I have registered a trust in this month. Now I want to know that what more registrations are need to have to run that trust.
    It is said that this is very necessary to have trust registration with Act of 80G & 12A and FCRA Act I would like to know from you sir/mam directly that when I have to apply for Both registration.
    plz reply
    Rajender Nim.

  22. Karthik says

    Hi Lalit,

    Very informative article. I had a quick question. If I donate money to a charity that is 80G registered, what document will they give me (and what stamps should it have) so that I can claim the tax relief when I file my tax returns?

    Just want to know what it looks like from the donor's side.



    • says

      Hi Karthik, good question! Well, when you donate to a charity and you want to claim tax exemption, you should take a receipt for your donations. On the receipt 80g registration number should mentioned. This receipt is all you would need to claim tax exemption. If you are donating large amount, you may ask the charity to give you a photocopy of their 80g certificate (just to be sure that they indeed have such a valid certificate). You would get tax exemption on the 50% of the donated money.

    • says

      No, you can not (and should not) create a trust in the thin air! It must have a physical address and therefore a property as registered office of the trust is must.

  23. Revathi says

    Hi Lalit, thanks for the extensive info here.

    My question: What is the maintenance work required for a trust? In other words, after the trust has been registered, and I’ve obtained the exemption certificates, what procedures do I need to follow to ensure the validity of all the certificates? I understand that yearly IT returns & audits are necessary, could you explain these and any other requirements?

    • says

      Hi Revathi, primarily you need to maintain the transparent money flow. You must get the audit done from a qualified CA and file your IT returns on time. In addition, you should keep a proper register of your donors’ information (like name, address, amount, date of donation etc.) —it will also help you during the audit. It is also important that you keep the minutes of meetings of the Board of Trustees. You should also notify Income Tax department of any changes you make in Trust Deed. That should suffice.

  24. Aabid says

    Is this necessary to get 80G/12A certificate from the same state where the trust is registered or we can apply for the same from any other state.
    Please tell me is this possible to transfer the trust/head office of the trust from one state to another?.

    • says

      You will have to apply for 80G or 12A exemption certificates from the office which has jurisdiction over your current registered address. However, it may be possible to change the registered address through a resolution. Please speak with your lawyer about it.

  25. Mohit Saini says

    Thank you Lalit for this wonderful site. I received much important and helpful information regarding opening a NGO.
    Thanks :)


    Very useful information about 80G exemption you provided. i am very happy. i hope your services are recognised very well. thank you

  27. Bharat Raul says

    Dear Lalit
    I have an NGO registered 2 years back in Pune, now I am looking for 80 G, 12 A & 35 Ac certifications so please suggest me a help desk or a agent who will do all this paper work and filing for me.

    • says

      I am sorry, Bharat, I will not be able to to give such specific details. I am sure you must have CAs and lawyers in your area who can help you in applying for income tax exemption certificates. Find and contact them.

  28. prem says

    Hi Lalit,my doubt is that think i am a settler now,i started a trust and funds are in trusts account and now who can draw the money from that account and who and al cant draw fund.who is eligible to draw funds completely for lifetime.

    • says

      When you open a bank account in the name of the trust, you need to tell the bank who will be the authorized signatory. Only that person will be able to sign cheques to make payments or withdraw cash. This person is usually one (or two) of the founding trustes.

  29. RAJESH KUMAR says

    Hi, Lalit, My organization is in mizoram and will it possible to apply from mizoram itself. There is no income tax office in mizoram and where should i apply for 80G?

    • Lalit Kumar says

      Hi Rajesh, you’ll have to find where is the Income Tax office under whose jurisdiction your registered office lies. Even if there is no IT office in Mizoram, there must be an IT office somewhere that takes care of IT matters of Mizoram. Find it out.

  30. RAJESH KUMAR says

    Hi, Lalit, Please help me in getting 80G as soon as possible.Is it possible to apply the same online?

  31. manish says

    hi Lalit, thank you for the good work. If it is not mandatory to register trust deed with office of sub registrar, and as you said getting Income Tax exemptions is the effective registration, then is the following process correct to establish public trust?

    step 1 – signed trust deed on non judicial stamp paper
    step 2 – fill form 10A
    step 3 – fill form 10G

    Is trust established at step 1 itself?
    At what stage can I open a bank account?
    Do I need a PAN for the trust?
    Form 10A asks for copy of accounts? How do I provide that upfront?

    • Lalit Kumar says

      Hi Manish, in theory, it is not necessary to register a trust with the sub-registrar. BUT for all practical purposes, you have to register! If you don’t register, you can not open a bank account. Yes, you need a PAN card (without which you can not apply for 10A or 10G). If the trust is newly established, you don’t need to show copy of accounts.

  32. jaipal takria says

    we have new ragistred section 25 act company 3 month old. can we alligeble for ragistration of 80g certificate

  33. Jabez says

    hi Lalit, thank you for the article it is very helpful. can u please let me know. after registering a NGO as a trust or society does there need to be a time period before applying for 80g exemption? or can we immediately apply for 80g after registering the NGO.
    thank you,

  34. mone says

    How many working days does it take to get the 80g certificate?

    What is the fee required to pay for the certificate?

    Is there any specific criteria for members in the ngo that should be a problem with the procurement of the certificate?

    • Lalit Kumar says

      It all depends on the Income Tax department. There is no specific time frame. NGO trustees should not draw personal benefits from the NGO funds -this is the most important criteria for getting 80G.

  35. Amit Sarawgi says

    Whether any specific clause is required in trust deed or any things which must be in trust deed for applying 80G certification

    • Lalit Kumar says

      Hi Amit, yes, the Trust Deed must mention that the trust’s funds will not be used for personal benefits of any of the trustees.

  36. Yogesh Verma says

    The Trustee donete the to trust Rs. 5 Lacs, Can allowed deduction u/s 80 G or any other section of income tax act.

    • Lalit Kumar says

      If the trust has 80G exemption and if the amount was not paid as Settler’s initial contribution to the trust, the amount would be tax-deductible under section 80G.


    For applying or for getting 80-G certificate is it necessary to have 12 A certificate.

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