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About Trust Registration

Trust Registration

Trust Registration: Public Trust is the most convenient way of starting a non-governmental organization or NGO. A trust functions on the objective of eradicating poverty, providing education to the underprivileged and offering medical relief apart from the generalized aim of promoting arts, science and literature. It is to be noted that trusts are irrevocable which means they cannot be amended or terminated without the permission of the court. Semantic Taxgen helps in providing you with the trust registration certificate with a few documents like a deed of trust, rental agreement, etc.

In India, there are no specific laws to govern the public trust, however, some states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have their own public trust Act.

Content of the Trust Deed

The trust deed is the primary and the most essential document of the trust which states the reason for forming a trust, its functions, to its working, and until its closure. Following are the important clauses in the Trust Deed:

  • Name of the trust
  • The registered office of the trust
  • Area of operation of the trust
  • Objectives of the trust
  • Details of the Author of the Trust
  • Corpus/Assets of the Trust
  • Details of the Board of Trustees
  • Quorum of the Board with their qualification, terms and tenure
  • Powers and functions of the Managing Trustee and other Trustees
  • Closure and amendment of the trust deed and the applicability of the Act

Documents Required

To get your trust registration certificate, you should require the following documents during the registration of the Trust:

  • A completely drafted trust deed
  • Proof of registered office – (Rental Agreement or ownership document)
  • ID proof of the Founder of the Trust
  • Two witnesses

Constitution of the Trust

The Trust constitutes the Board of Trustees. The Board constitutes the following:

  • Author/Founder/Settlor of the trust
  • Managing trustee(s)
  • Other trustees

The quorum of the Board of Trustees shall not exceed a maximum of 21 members.

Why register a trust?

  • As per the Public Trust Act of all states, registration of Trust is mandatory if it involves charitable purpose or when there is a transfer of immovable property in the name of the trust.
  • Only registered trust is eligible for tax exemptions provided under Section 12 A and 80G of the Income Tax Act.
  • Registering a trust adds more credibility to the same as it involves public money in the form of donations.

Trust Compliances


A trust shall after its registration shall do the following

  • Obtain PAN card
  • Book Keeping and Accounts
  • Annual IT filings
  • Shops and Establishment License – in case of employment
  • Professional Tax Registration – if applicable
  • GST registration – if applicable

There is a general notion that trust need not have to pay tax as they work towards the welfare of the public at large. But this is not true. A trust, like any other legal entity, is liable to pay tax. In order to be exempted from tax, trust is required to obtain certification for the said exemptions such as Section 12 A, 80G etc. from the Income Tax authorities.

How Can We Help In Registering

  • A full consultation to understand your requirement and to explain you the process from end to end
  • All the paperwork needed to apply for a society registration, we will keep you informed about the entire process and progress
  • We help you with all the processes and procedures needed for registering your society

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the property of the Trust be sold?

The Trustees do not have the right to sell the property, however, the trust properties can be sold after obtaining prior permission from the appropriate civil court.

In what other ways an NGO can be registered in India?

Based on the cause and objectives, NGOs can be registered online as Trust or Section 8 companies.

What is the procedure for closure of a trust?

The trust is usually irrevocable in nature. For reasons like disqualification of trustees, absence of trustees, mismanagement of the trust, the trust can be merged with a trust having similar objective with the permission of the court

Is there any certification for registration of a trust?

There is no specific certificate for a trust registration. On the other hand, getting the trust deed registered with the appropriate authorities would suffice.

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