Public Limited Company Annual Filing

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Public Limited Company Annual Filing

A public limited company incorporated under the companies act, 2013 with a minimum of 3 directors & minimum of 7 members. A public limited company is entitled to offer shares to the general public. Since public money is involved, annual compliances become the major answerability to the public regarding the affairs of the company. It is mandatory for all Public Limited companies to file annual compliances on time as per dates defined by ROC. Failure in filing compliance on time leads to heavy penalties on business.

Following are annual compliance of a public limited company:

• Annual Return in Form MGT-7 regarding the latest information about the directors and shareholders of the public limited company
• Financial Statements in Form AOC-4 to be filed with the Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss Account, Directors' Report, Cash Flow Statement, Auditor's Report, and the Consolidated Financial Statement
• Income Tax Returns
• Secretarial Audit Report in Form MR-3
• Annual Compliances under all Rules and Regulations associated with SEBI
• Form MGT-14 for Adoption of Financials and Director's Report
• Form MGT-15 regarding an exclusive report on the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company.

Advantages of Public Limited Company Annual Filing

CREDIBILITY & TRANSPARENCY Proper compliance according to company law is the obligation of every company. This regular compliance helps the company in raising its credibility. In government tenders, loans, etc., the authority or banks, etc. consider the regular compliance as criteria for ensuring the credibility & transparency of an organization.
INVESTMENT For expansion purposes, every company needs investment & it is in the nature of investors to invest in only those ventures or companies which they consider giving them high returns. So, in taking this decision an investor look at the financial records, dates, etc. before making or finalizing any proposal. The regular compliance increases the credibility of the company.
ACTIVE STATUS As stated earlier, regular default in annual compliances results in striking down of name of the company by the registrar. So, annual compliance helps in marinating active status.
CLIENT ASSURANCE Regular annual compliance results in assuring the clients that the company is regularly reviewing its operation. So, they can trust the company regarding their operations.
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE Annual compliance gives a competitive edge in the market. It can be used in advertising the business & assuring the investors or customers about the company’s business.
CORRECTNESS OF DATA Annual compliance by the companies ensures that the data collected for annual compliance is correct.
AVOIDING PENALTIES Many times small businesses end up with heavy penalties as they do not comply with annual compliances. So, regular annual compliances result in avoiding heavy penalties.

Procedure for Public Limited Company Annual Filing

Documents required

1. Balance sheet

2. Consolidated financial statements

3. Directors report

4. P&L Account

5. Details of the Members

6. Details of Directors and Secretarial Certificate (if applicable) & other necessary documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

The annual return is filed every year along with the Balance Sheet, P&L Account and other documents. It is different from the income tax department and it’s governed by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Annual Return consists of the Balance Sheet, P&L account, Directors Report, Details of the Members, Details of Directors and Secretarial Certificate (if applicable)

The Annual Return must be signed by two directors of the company.

On or before the due date i.e. 30th September of each year.

No, Certification by CAs or CSs is required.

In case of non-filing liable to pay additional Fees & penalty.

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