Private Limited Company ( PLC ) v/s LLP

There are many business forms for entrepreneurs to choose from. Two of the most common business forms are Private Limited Company (PLC) and LLP. Let us understand each of these in detail and also take a look at the differences between the two.

What is LLP – Limited Liability Partnership?

A partnership comprising of two or more partners registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs under the LLP act, 2008 is known as the Limited Liability Partnership. It is a more preferable form of organization as it provides benefits of private limited and partnership firm. It is a legal entity separated from its partners and all the partners have limited liability up to the contribution made by them and no partner is responsible for the act of another partner.

What is Private Limited Company?

A minimum of two shareholders, who may be individuals or body corporates acting through their representatives, can start the Private Limited registration procedure. Further, the Directors can be same as the shareholders or subscribers to Memorandum of Association as well as Articles of Association (MOA and AOA). Additionally, it protects the members from unlimited liability at the time of loss or closure of company.

A private limited company has all the advantages of a partnership firm like flexibility, greater capital contribution as well as advantages of limited liability, greater stability and legal entity.

LLP v/s PLC

Features LLP PLC
Limit on owners of business There is no limit on maximum partners There is a restriction of not having more than 200 members
Minimum Contribution Requirement There is no minimum capital requirement  Minimum capital requirement of INR 1 Lakh
Cost of Formation Cost of incorporation is approximately INR 8,000 The cost of incorporation varies from INR 6,000 to INR 30,000 depending upon the number of directors, number of members, authorized share capital and member fee
Requirement of Audit Audit is only required if:
  • Contributions of LLP exceed INR 25 Lakhs or, 
  • Annual turnover of LLP exceeds INR 40 Lakhs
Statutory audit is compulsory 
Compliance Burden Only have to file the annual return and a statement of accounts and solvency Approx 8-10 compliances per annum are required to be made

FAQs

Is it compulsory to file Form 3 for every LLP?

Yes it is compulsory for every LLP to file Form3 for LLP Agreement within 30 days of its incorporation.

Who can become a Director in a Private Limited Company?

Any person who is over 18 years of age can be a Director in any Private Limited Company. There are no limitations in terms of citizenship or residency. Therefore, foreign nationals can also be directors in a Private Limited Company incorporated in India.

Whether a partner or designated partner shall contribute in LLP?

While the addition of a partner in LLP, the Partner or Designated Partner may contribute the amount agreed by and between all the partners including present in any form whether tangible or intangible. However, it is not mandatory to bring capital to LLP.

Convert Private Limited Company (PLC) into LLP

Lets first understand what is LLP. LLP is governed by Limited Liability Partnership Act- 2008 which came into force from April 1, 2008. It is a combination of both the Company and the Partnership Firm. It is especially suitable for small to medium-sized business enterprises. LLP is a separate legal entity having a minimum of 2 partners. There is no such limit on maximum partners. Consent of all shareholders of Private Limited Company (PLC) is to be taken in order to convert Pvt Ltd into LLP. You Can download forms for conversion from here.

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Procedure to convert Pvt Ltd into LLP

Follow the detail procedure in order to convert Pvt Ltd into LLP:

  1. Obtain DIN for those designated partners who don’t possess DIN already.

    The minimum number of designated partners for the incorporation of an LLP is two. One of them must be an Indian resident.
    Further, it is important to apply for a DSC before applying for the DIN.

  2. The board meeting will be required to be held to consider the proposal of conversion.

    The board resolution is to be passed for Conversion of Company into LLP. And to approve any director to Apply for Name of LLP.

  3. File an application for name availability with ROC.

    The company will have to apply for a reservation of the name of LLP.
    And get the name Approval Certificate from ROC.

  4. Once you get name approval, file Incorporation E Form FiLLiP with ROC.

    File E Form FiLLiP along with information and details on MCA Portal.

  5. File Form 18 with ROC for conversion of company into an LLP.

    Form 18 needs to be filed with form for incorporation itself.
    It needs to be filed along with following attachments:
    1. Statement of the consent of shareholders (Mandatory).
    2. Statement of accounts of the company certified as true and correct by the independent auditor.
    3. List of all the secured creditors along with their consent.
    4. Copy of acknowledgement of latest income tax return (Mandatory).

  6. Once you comply with all the formalities, and receive approval by the Ministry.

    ROC will issue COI as to the conversion of LLP

  7. After that, draft LLP agreement.

    Further file E-Form 3 along with information about the LLP Agreement entered into between the partners.
    File this form within 30 days from the date of conversion of the company into an LLP.

  8. File E- Form 14 (Intimation to ROC) within 15 days from date of conversion.

    Along with the following attachments:
    1. Copy of Certificate of Incorporation (COI) of LLP.
    2. Submit Copy of incorporation document in E-Form FiLLiP to ROC.

FAQs

What are the effects of conversion?

The following are some of the effects of conversion :
1. The private company is dissolved after conversion.
2. The name of the PLC will remove from the register of the ROC.
3. The conversion will not affect existing liabilities, obligations,etc
4. It shall also no affect agreements, contracts and continued employment.
Company has to intimate all the authorities concerned about the conversion. Further make necessary changes in all the registrations and licenses.

Why is LLP better than company?

The following are some of benefits of LLP:
1. There is no limit to the number of partners, which is not so in case of private companies.
2. There is no compulsion on holding a minimum number of meetings and maintaining statutory records.
3. No requirement of minimum contribution
4. No requirement of compulsory Audit

Can an LLP retain profits?

There is no option in an LLP to retain Profits of following year unlike other companies. Therefore all profits made must be distributed in the same financial year.

Process for conversion of Partnership Firm into LLP

Limited Liability Partnerships have more priority over the general partnership structure as it is much more beneficial for the partners. It is a business structure that integrates the advantages of the company’s corporate structure and the flexibility of the partnership. The conversion of a partnership firm to LLP shall be as per Section 55 of the Limited Liability Partnership Act 2008 read with Schedule II of the Act.

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LLP is a separate legal entity with compulsory registration with the central government. However, it is not the case with the partnership firm. LLP offers a host of features mentioned below making it more attractive than a partnership firm:

  • Limited liability protection,
  • Survivability,
  • Ability to take on an unlimited number of partners and
  • Ease of ownership transfer.
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Steps for conversion of Partnership Firm into LLP:

Step by step guide for conversion of Partnership Firm into LLP:

  1. Obtain Digital Signature for all the partners.

    Generally partners in a Partnership Firm would not have a digital signature as the same is not necessary for the registration of a partnership firm.

  2. Partners in LLP require a DPIN/DIN. Therefore obtain DPIN/DIN for all partners.

    A DIN is a unique number for each person who is an LLP Partner or Director.

  3. Make an application in RUN-LLP Form for name reservation on MCA website.

    Before applying for reservation of name, applicant must check the rules for selection of LLP name.

  4. File Form FiLLiP for Application and Statement for the Conversion of Partnership Firm into LLP.

    The documents required for LLP registration and for Form FiLLiP.

  5. Once the process of incorporation is complete by filing Form FiLLiP, the next step is to register the LLP Agreement with MCA.

    File LLP Form 3 for LLP Agreement registration which contains details of LLP agreement along with partners resolution with MCA.

  6. On successful conversion into LLP ROC shall issue Certificate of Incorporation of LLP.

    Further when the LLP is incorporated and the Partnership Firm is converted the Partnership Firm would be deemed to be dissolved.

FAQs

What documents are needed to convert a partnership into an LLP?

Following documents are necessary to convert a partnership into an LLP:
– Address proof of the office
– Regulatory authority’s approval
– Details of all the partners and directors
– Consent of all the partners and directors
– Latest income tax return filing
– NOC from tax authorities
– Creditors and their consent
– Certified liabilities and assets of the partnership

Whether any Annual Return would be required to be filed by an LLP?

Every LLP would be required to file an Annual Return with ROC. LLP shall duly file Annual Return in e- Form-11, with the Registrar. Along with the prescribed fee, within a period of 60 days from the end of every financial year.

What is the difference between designated partner and partner?

Both designated partners and partners are categorized differently in LLP. Additionally, the designated partners are more liable than the partners. Further, they are accountable for the day to day business activities as well as for all regulatory and legal compliances.

MCA Portal : Track Payment Status

There are two payment options on the MCA Portal after eForm is uploaded successfully. You can select Pay Now option and make payment immediately or you can select Pay Later option. Uploaded eForm will be processed only once payment of fees is done. You can use Track Payment Status service to check the payment status of uploaded eForm or to download the paid challan copy.

Steps to Track Payment Status: MCA Portal

  1. Go to MCA Portal

    Click on MCA Services > Fee and Payment Services > Track Payment Status

  2. Enter the SRN of the uploaded eForm. Click on the Submit.

    In the Track Payment Search Box, enter the SRN Number, and click Submit.

  3. The status will appear. No action is required if the payment status is Paid.

    And you can download the copy of eForm Challan/Receipt/Acknowledgement by clicking on it.

If the payment status is Not Paid. You can go to Pay Later services to make payment of fees.

FAQs

How can I download MCA Paid Challan?

You can download the copy of challan using Track Payment Status service of MCA. Following are the steps to download MCA paid challan:

– Go to mca.gov.in,
– Go to MCA Services > Fee and Payment Services > Track Payment Status,
– Enter SRN of uploaded eForm and click Submit,
– Click on copy of eForm Challan/Receipt/Acknowledgement to download copy of Paid Challan.

What are the different mode available for making MCA fees payment?

The different modes of payment available are:
– Credit card/ Debit Card (Pay online)
– Challan (Generate the Challan online, fill it and deposit it off-line at an authorized bank branch)
– NEFT
– Net Banking (Pay online)

Which Banks provide a Net Banking Payment facility for making MCA Payments?

Net banking payment facility of following bank is available on MCA Portal
– State Bank of India
– Punjab National bank
– ICICI Bank
– HDFC Bank
– Union Bank of India
– Indian Bank
– Union Bank of India

MCA Portal : Apply for Refund

MCA allows Refund of form fees in specific cases. Refund is allowed on forms filed by both Companies and LLPs. You can claim a refund in the following cases:

  • Multiple payments are made for the same eForm,
  • Incorrect Payment is made,
  • Excess Payment is made.
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You can apply for a refund by filing Refund Form. The Refund Form can not be filed without the DSC of an authorized person. So make sure that the DSC of an authorized person is associated with MCA Portal.

MCA Portal: Steps to file Refund Form

  1. Go to MCA portal

    Go to MCA Services > Company Services > Compliance Filing

  2. Go to Refund Form

    Download e-Form with Instruction kit zip.

  3. Extract the Zip and OPEN the Form_REFUND

    Enter CIN / LLPIN and click on Pre-fill. All basic details of Company / LLP will be prefilled.

  4. Enter the necessary details

    Enter Mode of Payment of refund, Payee details, Reason for refund, SRN of the eForm for which refund is claimed.

  5. Enter the required details

    Enter Details of Application and attach Scanned Copy of Cancelled Cheque

  6. Click on Check Form.

    Upon successful form check Attach the DSC of an authorized person.

  7. Click on Prescrutiny.

    Upon successful prescrutiny Upload the eForm from your login.

Make sure that the cancelled cheque is provided for the same Bank Account whose details are mentioned in Refund Form
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FAQs

Can I claim a refund of fees if payment status is Not Paid?

No. You can not claim a refund of fees if payment status is Not Paid. You can only claim a refund of fees if payment status is Paid.

Can I claim a refund of Stamp Duty Paid using this refund form?

No. Refund Form can be filed only for claiming refund of MCA Services. For refund of stamp duty, you need to contact the concerned state/union government where it is paid.

What are the different mode available for making MCA fees payment?

The different modes of payment available are:
– Credit card/ Debit Card (Pay online)
– Challan (Generate the Challan online, fill it and deposit it off-line at an authorized bank branch)
– NEFT
– Net Banking (Pay online)

MCA Portal : Track Service Related Complaint Status

You can track service related complaint status without logging into your account on MCA Portal. You can use Track Service Related Complaint service to request the following:

  • Status of Ticket
  • Update Ticket
  • Reopen Ticket
  • Close Ticket

You can not track the status of a ticket without Ticket Number and Email ID mentioned. Ticket number gets generated after submission of a service-related complaint.

Steps to Track Service-Related Complaint in MCA Portal

  1. Access the MCA Portal

    Go to MCA Services > Complaint > Track Service Related Complaint Status

  2. Select Request Type.

    Enter Ticket Number, Email ID and click on Submit.

  3. The Status of Ticket page will be displayed.

    It contains details of the ticket along with a solution provided by the helpdesk.

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What are the different ticket statuses?

Following are the different ticket statuses:
– Under process
– Waiting for information (i.e. Waiting for response from Complainant)
– Forwarded (Forwarded to Other Departments)
– Closed
– Reopened
– Resolved

Can I add details of Company to the created ticket on MCA Portal?

Yes. You can add details of the Company to the ticket by using Update Ticket service. You will need a Ticket Number and Email ID of a created ticket to make changes. Go to MCA Services > Complaint > Track Service-Related Complaint Status > Update Ticket.

Which Banks provide Net Banking Payment facility for making MCA Payments?

Net banking payment facility of following bank is available on MCA Portal
– State Bank of India
– Punjab National bank
– ICICI Bank
– HDFC Bank
– Union Bank of India
– Indian Bank
– Union Bank of India

MCA Portal : Create Service Related Complaint

You can file Service Related Complaint if you are facing any technical issues in using MCA Portal. You can create a complaint about the following issues related to:

  • Login on MCA Portal,
  • eForm Download,
  • Attaching a DSC on an eForm,
  • Uploading an eForm,
  • Making online payment through portal.

You can also track the status of filed complaints through MCA Portal.

Steps to Create Service Related Complaint

  1. Access the MCA Portal

    Go to MCA Services > Complaint > Create Service-Related Complaint

  2. Enter details in the form

    Enter personal details i.e, your name, city, country, Mobile Number, Email id. Enter Type of entity, Severity of complaint, Description of the problem, Form ID and SRN of form.

  3. Click on submit

    A confirmation message will be shown. Click OK to proceed. Ticket details with the ticket number will be shown. You can also track the status of the service-related complaints.

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When will I receive a response to a complaint?

A response will be received on an email id mentioned in a complaint. It usually takes 2-3 working days to receive a response from MCA.

Can I also upload supporting document with service related complaint?

Yes. If you are facing any issue in signing or uploading the eForm you can also attach the same with service related complaint.

Is it mandatory to add CIN / LLPIN while filing service related complaint?

No, it is not mandatory to add CIN / LLPIN in a complaint. But is it always advisable to add CIN / LLPIN for faster resolution of an issue.

How can I file an Investor related complaint?

To file an Investor related complaint, you need to download and Investor Complain eForm or Serious Compliant eForm, fill the same and upload it from your Login. Your complaint will be assigned to an MCA official who will look into the complaint and work towards its resolution.

MCA Portal : Request for Scanned Documents

You can request Scanned Documents that are not visible through View Public Document” user service. Under this service, An MCA official scans the document available with MCA in paper form and uploads it in the MCA repository once a request is placed. Once the document is uploaded in the MCA repository, you can place a request to view the public document. You can create a request for the following category of documents:

  • Incorporation of Company,
  • Allotment, Share Capital,
  • Charge Management, IEPF,
  • Accounts, Register of Members,
  • Miscellaneous Services,
  • Mediator,
  • Authorize to Register, Registered Value,
  • Remuneration of MGP,
  • Audit,
  • Director,
  • Strike Off,
  • Foreign Companies,
  • Nidhi Companies.

Steps to Request for Scanned Documents: MCA Portal

  1. Go to the MCA Portal.

    Firstly, login to your account on MCA Portal. Click on MCA Services > Document Related Services > Request for Scanned Documents

  2. Enter CIN / LLPIN

    Select Document Type, Enter Document Description and click on Submit.

  3. Service Request Number (SRN) will be generated.

    And the date by which the documents will be available will be shown on screen.

  4. Once the document is uploaded on the MCA repository, you can see the same under My Workspace > Documents

    And you can place a request to view the public documents to download it.

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When is document description in a request?

Document description helps to identify the document for which a scanning request is made. For example, you want to create a request for the MOA of a company. Then select the document category as Incorporation of Company. And enter MOA in Document Description.

Is request for scanned document service free?

Yes. There is no charge for creating a request for scanned documents. However, for downloading the same you need to use View Public Document Service and pay the fees.

How do you inspect a document on MCA?

– Go to MCA Portal
– Go to Service > Inspection public documents > Fill the CIN of the desired company
– After showing detail on MCA portal, click on the first column and wait for payment detail
– Pay the online amount of INR 50
– Inspect the desired documents on the ‘My Documents’ on MCA Portal.
– Click Download

MCA Portal : View Public Documents

MCA allows you to view the public documents of all registered companies / LLPs. You can view public documents of a company / LLP on payment of a fee. Here you can only view the document, you do not get the certified physical copy of the same. For getting a certified copy of any document of company / LLP you can use the “Get Certified Copy” service of MCA.

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You can create a request for the following category of documents:

  • Certificates,
  • Change in Directors,
  • Incorporation Documents,
  • Charge Documents,
  • Annual Returns and Balance Sheet eForms,
  • LLP Forms (Conversion of company to LLP),
  • Other eForm Documents,
  • Other Attachments filed with MCA.

You can view documents of registered Indian / Foreign Company and LLP.

Steps to View Public Documents of a company

Time needed: 10 minutes.

Follow steps 1 through 8 to view public documents of a company and steps 9 through 15 to get certified copies for an LLP.

  1. Go to the MCA Portal

    Firstly, login to your account on MCA Portal. Click on MCA Services > Document Related Services > View Public Documents

  2. Click on the checkbox to select at least one search criteria

    You can select Company Name, Company CIN, or Company Registration Number. Enter details according to criteria selected and click on Submit.

  3. A list of companies with a similar name will appear. Click on hyperlink against the CIN of the company

    Enter Document Category and Year of Filing. Click on Submit.

  4. List of all the documents will be shown

    Click on Add this Company to Cart.

  5. Click on Make Payment for fee payment

    You can also click on add more companies to cart for viewing documents of multiple companies.

  6. Select a convenient Payment Option

    You can make online payment through Credit/ Prepaid Card or Internet Banking. You can also make offline payment via Challan, Pay Through NEFT or Pay Later option.

  7. Save the payment challan

    After Payment is done. SRN will be generated with Payment Challan. Save the same for future reference.

  8. The status of a request will be under My Workspace > Documents

    It takes 24 hours to process the request on MCA Portal.

  9. Follow these steps to Get Certified Copies for an LLP

    Click on MCA Services > Document Related Services > View Public Documents

  10. Click on Checkbox against LLP option

    Click on the checkbox to select at least one search criterion. You can select LLP Name or LLPIN. Enter details according to criteria selected and click on Submit.

  11. List of LLP with a similar name will appear

    Click on hyperlink against the LLPIN of the company. Enter Document Category and Year of Filing. Click on Submit.

  12. List of all the documents will be shown

    Click on Add this Company to Cart

  13. Click on Make Payment for fee payment

    You can also click on add more companies to cart for viewing documents of multiple companies.

  14. Select a convenient Payment Option

    You can make online payment through Credit/ Prepaid Card or Internet Banking. You can also make offline payment via Challan, Pay Through NEFT or Pay Later option.

  15. After Payment is done. SRN will be generated with Payment Challan

    Save the same for future reference. It takes 24 hours to process the request on MCA Portal. After 24 hours you will see the status of a request from your login. It will be under My Workspace > Documents.

FAQs

When can I view documents?

You can view the document only within 7 days after the payment has been confirmed. The documents are available for viewing only for 3 hours after you have started viewing the first document of the company.

How can I view public documents?

You can view requested public documents in the following manner:

– Login to MCA Portal,
– Go to MY WORKSPACE > Documents,
– Click on the Download button to view the documents.

How do you inspect a document on MCA?

– Go to MCA Portal
– Go to Service > Inspection public documents > Fill the CIN of the desired company
– After showing detail on MCA portal, click on the first column and wait for payment detail
– Pay the online amount of INR 50
– Inspect the desired documents on the ‘My Documents’ on MCA Portal.
– Click Download

MCA Portal : Get Certified Copies of filed eForms

All public documents are available for viewing on MCA Portal. You can use the “Get Certified Copies” service of MCA to request the required documents. You need to pay the requisite fees and physical certified copy of the requested document will be sent to you. This service is useful to companies / LLP who have lost their filed eForms with MCA. You can create a request for the following category of documents:

  • Certificates,
  • Change in Directors,
  • Incorporation Documents,
  • Charge Documents,
  • Annual Returns and Balance Sheet eForms,
  • LLP Forms (Conversion of company to LLP),
  • Other eForm Documents,
  • Other Attachments filed with MCA.

You can get certified copies for registered Indian / Foreign Company and LLP.

Steps to Get Certified Copies of eForms for a company: MCA Portal

  1. Go to MCA Portal

    Firstly, Login to your account on MCA Portal. Click on MCA Services > Document Related Services > Get Certified Copies

  2. Click on the checkbox to select at least one search criteria.

    You can select Company Name, Company CIN or Company Registration Number. Enter details according to criteria selected and click on Submit.

  3. List of companies with a similar name will appear.

    Click on hyperlink against the CIN of the company.

  4. Enter Document Category and Year of Filing. Click on Submit.

    List of all the documents will be shown. Select the required document and click on Continue.

  5. Enter Document Details.

    Pages of document and Number of Certified Copies required. Click on Get Fee Details.

  6. Details of documents selected will be shown in cart details. Click on View Payment Details to confirm payment details.

    If you wish to add more documents then you can click on Add more Documents to cart.

  7. Click on Make Payment to pay fees. Select a convenient Payment Option.

    You can make online payment through Credit/ Prepaid Card or Internet Banking. You can also make offline payment via Challan, Pay Through NEFT or Pay Later option.

  8. After Payment is done. SRN will be generated with Payment Challan.

    Save the same for future reference.

  9.  The status of a request will be under My Workspace > Certified Copies.

     It takes 24 hours to process the request for certified copies on MCA Portal.

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Steps to Get Certified Copies of eForms for an LLP: MCA Portal

1 Go to MCA Portal

2 Login to your account on MCA Portal

3 Click on MCA Services > Document Related Services > Get Certified Copies

4 Click on Checkbox against the LLP option. Click on the checkbox to select at least one search criteria.

You can select LLP Name or LLPIN. Enter details according to criteria selected and click on Submit.

5 List of LLP with a similar name will appear. Click on hyperlink against the LLPIN of the company.

Enter Document Category and Year of Filing. Click on Submit.

6 List of all the documents will be shown.

Select the required document and click on Continue.

7 Enter Document Details

Pages of document and Number of Certified Copies required. Click on Get Fee Details.

8 Details of the documents selected will be shown in cart details. Click on View Payment Details to confirm payment details.

If you wish to add more documents then you can click on Add more Documents to cart.

9 Click on Make Payment to pay fees. Select a convenient Payment Option.

You can make online payment through Credit/ Prepaid Card or Internet Banking. You can also make offline payment via Challan, Pay Through NEFT or Pay Later option.

10 After Payment is done. SRN will be generated with Payment Challan.

Save the same for future reference.

11 It takes 24 hours to process the request for certified copies on MCA Portal.

After 24 hours you will see the status of a request from your login. It will be under My Workspace > Certified Copies.

FAQs

When will I receive the certified copies requested?

It usually takes 15-20 days to receive requested certified copies of documents from MCA.

How can I get a copy of MOA and AOA of my company?

You can get a copy of your companies MOA and AOA using Get Certified Copy service of MCA. Select Document Category as Incorporation Documents and select Year of Filing i.e, Incorporation Year. Make a payment of fees and create a request for its certified copies.

Can I get a copy of the filed financials of a company for the previous year?

Yes. Financials of the company are attached to AOC-4 eForm of company. Use Get Certified Copy service of MCA for it. Select Document Category as Other Attachments and select Year of Filing of eForm and not a financial year while creating request.