MCA plans to increase crackdown on shell companies

Rashmi , Last updated: 22 June 2023  
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Introduction

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) is taking strong action against non-functional companies, commonly known as shell companies, as part of its ongoing efforts to combat illegal activities. MCA is planning to further intensify its crackdown on these companies, which are often used for illegal money transactions.

Cracking Down on Shell Companies

The MCA has already taken action by striking off a significant number of shell companies that are known for facilitating the flow of black money. This move has been highly effective in curbing illegal financial practices.

MCA plans to increase crackdown on shell companies

Enhanced Verification Measures

To ensure better compliance and discipline, the MCA is now planning to implement physical verification processes for non-functional or non-compliant firms. This means that these companies will be subjected to closer scrutiny by the Registrar of Companies (ROC), compelling them to take compliance more seriously.

Importance of Registered Offices

Every company is required to have a registered office within thirty days of its establishment. This office should be capable of receiving and acknowledging all communications and notices related to the company. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in severe consequences.

Past Actions and Future Plans

In the past three years, a significant number of companies, approximately 127,952, were removed from records, according to a statement by Minister of State for Corporate Affairs, Rao Inderjit Singh, in the Lok Sabha. The MCA has been actively working since 2016 to crack down on shell companies.

 

Collaborative Efforts

The MCA's initiatives will complement the ongoing drives by the Enforcement Directorate and Tax officials against shell companies. The coordinated efforts of these agencies aim to eradicate illegal financial practices and promote a transparent business environment.

Role of MAC21 Portal

The MAC21 portal, designed for various filings under the Companies Act and the LLP Act, will play a crucial role in identifying and taking action against shell companies. Its comprehensive database will aid in tracking non-compliant firms and supporting the crackdown.

 

Conclusion

The MCA's decision to intensify its crackdown on shell companies demonstrates its commitment to combatting illegal financial activities. By implementing stricter verification processes and collaborating with other enforcement agencies, the MCA aims to create a more transparent and accountable corporate landscape.

The author is a Chartered Accountant with 2 decades of experience into Accounting, Taxation, Auditing, Risk & Compliance, Credit Controls, Due diligence. Currently, the author is the founder and managing partner at RRL Global services.  


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