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Overview of obtaining “Dormant Company” Status from ROC

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  1. Inactive Company, or
  2. Not carrying any business activity since past two years
  3. Not made any significant accounting transactions or
  4. Not filers of ROC Annual Returns for the past two years.
The application to obtain the dormant status is filed after obtaining the consent of more than 75% of shareholders. The special resolution passed in EGM or Consent of shareholders is thus filed to ROC in MGT-14 along with the application in MSC-1.

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How to change company status as “Dormant Company”

If a company is inactive or the operations are on hold at present and it is likely to be operational in future or if the company is created to hold immovable property or IPR such as Trademark, Copyright, Patent etc., and does not have any significant accounting transaction, then this kind of company may apply for dormant company status. By changing the status to a “Dormant Company,” the company continues as a going concern and remains a valid legal entity for future projects or use. One of the objectives of converting an active company into a dormant company is to reduce the company’s compliance requirements under the Companies Act 2013. Here is the list of advantages when a company converts a dormant company.

Continue as legal entity

Protect the Company Name

Reduces Compliance Burden

Option to Revive later

Fewer Compliance Requirements

Simplified Annual Return Filing

Rotation of auditor does not apply

Only two Board Meeting in a year

When a company acquires the status of “Dormant Company”, it does not affect the debts, liabilities, obligations, or contracts incurred or executed before the date of change of status from an active company to a dormant company.

Mandatory Requirements for Obtaining Dormant Status

The legal provisions relating to a dormant company are prescribed under section 455(5) of the Companies Act and Rule 6 of the Companies (Miscellaneous) Rules, 2014. Following is the minimum statutory requirement that the applicant must fulfil before making an application to seek the dormant company status.

Minimum Number of Directors

Special Resolution or Shareholder Consent

Convene an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to pass a special resolution to change the status of the company to Dormant Company and file an MGT-14 form to ROC.

Additional Conditions

Note: A company having an outstanding secured or unsecured loan can also obtain the status of Dormant Company after obtaining written consent from all such lenders or creditors. Such NOC shall be attached to the application.

Stepwise Process To Convert an Active Company a Dormant


Convene Board Meeting

The Board of Directors shall pass a resolution approving the filing of an application for conversion of the company’s status as Dormant Company in the Board Meeting. The Board shall also authorise one director to act on this behalf and send Notices to all shareholders for the Extra Ordinary General Meeting.

EGM Notice

Issue appropriate Notice calling the EGM along with an explanatory statement, clearly stating the reasons as to why the Board of directors proposes a change in the status of the company and as a “Dormant Company.”

CA Certification of Statement of Affairs

While the EGM is scheduled, the authorised director needs to work with the Statutory Auditor or a Chartered Accountant in practice for certification of the Company’s Statement of affairs (Financials).

Conduct of EGM

On the designated EGM Date, the meeting of shareholders to be conducted per secretarial standards and with the requisite quorum, a Special Resolution approving the filing of an application for conversion of the status from Active to Dormant Company need to be passed.

Filing of MGT-14

Every special resolution passed in EGM needs to be filed with the Registrar of Companies in the prescribed form MGT-14 with the certified true copy of the resolution along with EGM Notice within 30 days of EGM.

Application for Change in Status

After the MGT-14 is filed with the ROC, an application in the Form MSC-1 along with the scan copy of all resolutions, declarations, consent of creditors and CA Certificate is filed with the ROC for its approval.

Change of Status From Active to Dormant Company

The registrar of companies examines the application made in MSC-1 and, if finds it in order, then issues a Certificate in form MSC-2. With the issue of the MSC-2 form the status of the company is changed as Dormant Company

List of Documents Required To Convert as Dormant Company

Applicable ROC Forms & ROC Fee

To acquire status as a Dormant Company following three applications shall be filed to the Registrar of Companies with the Prescribed Filing Fee
No Form Name Explanation ROC Fee
e-Form - MGT-14
The MGT-14 is filed to the ROC within 30 days of passing a Special Resolution to register the Special Resolution as required under section 117 of the companies act.
Rs. 300/- to Rs 600/-
e-Form - MSC-1
The application for changing the status as Dormant Company is filed to the ROC in e-Form MSC-1 within 30 days of passing of the special resolution for change of status of the company as a dormant company
It depends on the capital of the company as per the table below.

Filing Fee for MSC-1 (Application to make a company a Dormant Company

No Authorised Capital Other than OPC or Small Company OPC or Small Company
Up to Rs. 25,00,000/-
Rs. 2,000/-
Rs. 1,000/-
Rs. 25,00,001 To 50,00,000/-
Rs. 5000/-
Rs. 2,500/-
Rs. 50,00,001 To Rs 5 Crores
Rs. 10,000/-
Rs 5 Crores to Rs 10 Crores
Rs. 15,000/-
Above Rs. 10 Crores
Rs. 20,000/-

Regular Compliance

The companies convert as Dormant to hold property, Intellectual Property Rights or to be utilised for a future business. For example, a real estate developer may buy land for future projects. As a dormant company, ensure that the company meets minimum compliance to following after it has acquired the Dormant Company Status.

1. Minimum Number of Directors

While a company is on Dormant Status, it should meet the requirements of a minimum number of directors all the time under the Companies Act 2013. The minimum number of required directors as per the company type is as follows

2. Board Meeting

Even when the company is dormant, the Board of Directors must meet at least once every six months.

3. Return of Allotment

If the dormant company allots new shares while the company is under Dormant Status, it shall continue to file Return of Allotment in PAS-3 Form.

4. Registered Address

Even if it has acquired dormant status, the company shall continue to maintain its registered office so that communication from the government departments and other stakeholders is received and responded to.

Annual Return of Dormant Company

There is a myth surrounding the status of the Dormant Company. There are people who believe that by converting as a Dormant Company, they don’t have to do anything concerning compliance. Though there is relaxation with respect to several provisions of the Companies Act, it does not mean that the company does not have to do annual compliance for a dormant company. There are four constituents of annual compliance such as accounting, statutory audit, ITR filing, and ROC Returns. We shall be discussing each aspect separately below.

Permitted Accounting Transactions for Dormant Company

An inactive company or a company that does not have any significant accounting transactions acquires a dormant company status. Though no revenue-generating activities are permitted but still a dormant company needs to comply with the applicable laws of India and can only do the following transactions

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