Section 8 Company is a Company licensed under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 (the Act), erstwhile known as Section 25 Company under the Companies Act, 1956, which has main object;
For promoting commerce, art, science, sports, education, research, social welfare, religion, charity, protection of environment or any such other object, provided the profits, if any, or other income is applied for promoting only the objects of the company and No dividend is paid to its members.
Therefore, Section 8 Company is a company registered for charitable or not-for-profit purposes. Section 8 Company is similar to a Trust or Society; exception is that a Section 8 Company is registered under the Central Government’s “Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA)”whereas the Trusts and Societies are registered under State Government regulations. Further, the key feature of a Section 8 Company is that name of the Company can be incorporated without using the word “Limited” or “Private Limited” as the case may be. (Note: Requirement of minimum capital under the Act shall not apply to Section 8 Company vide Notification of June 5, 2015).
Note :- Any one of the directors must self-attest the first three documents. In case of foreign nationals and NRIs, all the documents must be notarised (if currently in India or a non-Commonwealth country) or apostilled (if in a Commonwealth country).