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What is INC 20A? Who should file INC 20A?

INC 20A- Commencement of Business Certificate explained

Companies registered after the commencement of the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 in India and having a share capital are required to file for the commencement of business certificate before commencing any business or exercising any borrowing powers. Any company incorporated after 2nd November 2018 would be required to get a Commencement of Business Certificate.

Time Limit for Obtaining Commencement of Business Certificate.

The commencement of business certificate must be obtained within 180 days of incorporation of the company.

Consequences of late filing of INC 20A: 

As per a new amendment, INC 20A can be now filed with late fees as follows:

Fee for Obtaining Commencement of Business Certificate.


The Government fee for obtaining Commencement of Business Certificate is as below:

Nominal Share Capital Fee applicable
Less than 1,00,000 Rupees 200
1,00,000 to 4,99,999 Rupees 300
5,00,000 to 24,99,999 Rupees 400
25,00,000 to 99,99,999 Rupees 500
1,00,00,000 or more Rupees 600

If a company does not have a share capital, a fee of Rs.200 would be applicable. Further, in case of late filing of an application for Commencement of Business certificate, additional or higher Government fee as mentioned below would be applicable on top of the penalty payable.

Period of delay All forms
Up to 30 days 2 times of normal fees
More than 30 days and up to 60 days 4 times of normal fees
More than 60 days and up to 90 days 6 times of normal fees
More than 90 days and up to 180 days 10 times of normal fees
More than 180 days 12 times of normal fees

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Category Corporate Law, Other Articles by - Ishita Ramani