How to Apply for 80G Exemption Certificate in India

Know about the registration process and how to get 80g and 12a exemption certificates for 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 user the section 80 of Income Tax Act.

What is the exemption under 80G

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 apply for 80G 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 Exemption

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.

Conditions for getting 80G exemption?

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

Where is 80G to be applied?
80G can be applied for at the office of Commissioner of Income-tax (Exemption) having jurisdiction over the institution.



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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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?

    • 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.

  5. 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,

  6. 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?

    • 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.

  7. 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?

    • 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.

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