All LLPs registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs need to file Annual Returns and Statement of Accounts for every Financial Year. It is mandatory for a LLP to file a return irrespective of whether it has done any business. There are three mandatory compliance requirements to be followed by LLPs.
- Filing of Annual Return
- Filing of Statement of the Accounts or Financial Statements
- Filing of Income Tax Returns
Filing LLP Annual Return
Annual Return or Form 11 is a summary of an LLP’s Partners. It is also an indication of whether there is any change in the management. Every LLP is required to file Annual Return in Form 11 to the Registrar within 60 days from the closure of a financial year. That is, the Annual Return has to be filed on or before 30th May every year.
Form 11 or Annual Return is applicable to those LLP’s which were registered till 30th September 2017. For LLPs registered after 1st October 2017, the return can be filed in the year 2019.
Filing Annual Accounts or Statement of Accounts or P&L and Balance Sheet
All LLPs are required to maintain their Books of Accounts in Double Entry System. They also need to prepare a Statement of Solvency (Accounts) every year ending on 31st March. For this purpose, LLP Form 8 should be filed with the Registrar of Companies on or before 30th October every year.
Form 8 or Annual Statements is applicable to the LLPs registered till 30th September 2017. For LLPs registered after 1st October 2017, the Annual Statements can be filed in 2019.
It should be noted that LLPs whose annual turnover exceeds Rs. 40 lakh or whose contribution exceeds Rs. 25 lakh are required to get their accounts audited by a qualified Chartered Accountant mandatorily.
*An Audit of accounts is mandatory under the Income Tax Act when the annual turnover of LLP is more than one hundred lakh rupees.
|Forms to be filed||Last date for filing|
|Annual Return (Form 11)||30-05-2018|
|Accounts (Form 8)||30-10-2018|
|INCOME TAX RETURN||Last date for filing|
|In case Audit is not required||31-07-2018|
|In Case Audit is required||30-09-2018|
Running a business, be it in the form of a One Person company, LLP or as a Private Limited Company, is no easy task. It is an investment of time, money, and effort and also requires the know how of many formalities, regulatory or financial. Filing of all the forms and returns on time is very essential. Heavy penalties are imposed if the Forms are are not filed on time with the Registrar.
Nikita Bhatia is the co-founder of VenturEasy, an online platform for Company registration, book-keeping, accounting, tax consultancy and legal compliances in India. A Chartered Accountant and company secretary by profession, she has wide experience in the fields of audit, accountancy, taxation and corporate governance.