Charitable Trust Registration

In India, charitable organizations and NGOs are widely registered under Indian Trust ACT 1982. Tamil Nadu does not have a separate Act for Trust registration, however, registration of trust deeds with a registration department of the respective area is mandatory. We specialized in customized trust deed drafting and registration of trusts and further compliance.

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    What is Trust registration ?

    Trust is a separate legal entity registered as per Indian Trust ACT 1982. Trust Act 1982 specifies who can be register a trust, What are the responsibilities and rights of the founders, trustees, and beneficiaries. The is no separate ACT for Tamil Nadu and central act is adopted as it is, and few amendments were made by state government in relation to holding of agricultural land by trusts. The founder is the person who is also called author, entrusts properties towards the objects of the trusts to the trustee.



    How to register a trust in Chennai ?

    Trust registration in Chennai can be completed with the minimum of two members, there should be a founder and trustee for registration of trusts. A trust deed is first drafted with details of founders, their contribution towards the properties of the trusts, rights of responsibilities of the trustee and other rules. After the trust deed is drafted, the trust is registered with the respective state registration office. After completion of Trust registration, PAN card is applied for Trust.

    What are the details and documents required for Trust registration in Chennai ?

    1. Filled up Trust registration checklist.
    2. Aadhaar card and PAN  card of all the founders and trustees.
    3. E-mail id and mobile NOS of founders and trustees.
    4. Details regarding any specific points to be added, etc.

    Steps to Register

    Initial discussion

    Initial discussion with client is carried on to understand the requirements of the clients, proposed main objects to be carried out through trust.

    Trust deed drafting

    The trust deed is drafted after considering the inputs from discussion with the client. Additional attention is given to drafting of important activities to be carried out through trust.

    Appointment for Registrtion

    Appointment for registration of TRUST with state registration department is fixed after getting flexible dates for registration.

    Registration of Trust DEED

    Trust deed will be signed by the founders and other trustees will be signed on the date of registration and trust deed will be executed.

    Application for PAN card

    PAN card application for trust is applied after receiving registered trust deed from the registration department.


    Final consultation to the client is provided on how to proceed to application for exemption and details regarding the other compliances required are provided.

    From Auditor DESK

    Trust registration is primarily done for carrying out the charitable activities and other activities which are for advancements of public, so it is recommended to register trust only for the recommended objectives. In case of Trust is registered for pure business activities, it will add up to additional tax burden and legal compliance.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    We make it easy for you to find the answer to frequently asked questions here...
    Drafting and approval of trust deed by the client takes 2-3 working days, additional 2-3 working days for registration of trust with state registration department. Once trust registration is completed with the registration department, PAN application for trust shall be done
    Filing of income tax return is mandatory if income before giving effect to exemption is above the basic exemption limit.
    For Every charitable trust which does not opt for exemption under 12A the due date is the end of JULY, if the trust opts to claim an exemption under 12A then an audit is mandatory therefore the due date for filing the return is 31 st of October. 
    If the trust deed has the provision for the addition of a trustee, then the trustee can be added after following the conditions provided in the trust deed.
    As per section 172A for each day of delay an amount of Rs.100 is to be paid as a penalty from the day following the due date and till the date of filing the income tax return. In addition to the penalty under section 272A, the penalty under section 234F is also applicable in case of delay in filing the income tax return.
    Exemption to specified services is provided in nature of charitable nature through notification no 12/2017 to the charitable organization, therefore if the trust engages in any of the activities covered under the said notification then the exemption is available. The threshold exemption limit applicable for individuals is applicable for the trust, therefore even though the exemption is not provided through notification threshold exemption limit can be claimed for the charitable trusts.