Return of deposits – amendment

MCA has vide its notification dated 22nd January, 2019 amended the Companies (Acceptance of Deposits), Rules, 2014. The salient features of the amendments are as follows:

1) Any amount received by a company from Real Estate Investment Trusts will be treated as exempt deposits as per amendment to 2(1)(c)(xviii);

2) In Rule 16, an explanation has been added which says that form DPT-3 shall be used for filing return of deposit or particulars of transaction not considered as deposit, or both, by every company, other than government company.

This means that particulars of exempted deposits such as unsecured loans from directors, their relatives, shareholders (within the limit), inter-corporate borrowings etc. all need to be reported in this format.

Further, fail to understand why government companies are exempted from this requirement. If the government is serious about corporate governance, then in my view even government companies should have been asked to comply.

Rule 16 pertains to a return of deposits to be filed with the Registrar in form DPT-3.

3) Rule 16A has been amended by inserting a sub-rule (3), which states that every company, other than a government company,  shall file a one time return of outstanding receipt of money or loan by a company but not considered as deposits, from 1st April, 2014 to the date of the notification of this amendment i.e. 22nd January, 2019 in form DPT-3 within 90 days from the date of publication of this notification alongwith fees.

Rule 16A pertains to disclosures in the financial statements and Rule 16 pertains to return of deposits. Unable to comprehend why this amendment has been carried out in Rule 16A rather than Rule 16 which is the correct rule for this subject matter, which is yet another return. Especially when they have made an amendment to Rule 16 giving an explanation as above, amendment of this item in the Rule 16 would have been apt. Another feature I have observed is the bad drafting in the sub-rule (3). They have mentioned “outstanding receipt of money or loan by a company” it should have been “outstanding receipt of money or loan received by a company.”

It is also not clear, “outstanding” as on what date – 22nd January, 2019 or the last audited financial year ended date i.e. 31st March, 2018.

Here also unable to comprehend why the government companies are exempt from this requirement. Frankly, if the Indian government is serious about corporate governance then they should make an example out of  the government companies in asking them to comply equally with non government companies.

So another one time return to be filed by all the companies in India along with the requisite fees. So an added one time compliance like the KYC one which came in August- September, 2018. This form DPT-3 to be filed within 90 days i.e. on or before 21st April, 2019. Its going to be mayhem in India Inc. because the 2nd round of KYC compliance will start from 1st April, 2019 onwards and that will run for a month and then this compliance will simultaneously run in April 2019. Knowing the tendency and propensity of companies to sleep until the last minute, its going to be mayhem in April, 2019

So much for ease of doing business in India.

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