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Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Registration
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) was introduced in India by way of the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008. The basic premise behind the introduction of Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) is to provide a form of business entity that is simple to maintain while providing limited liability to the owners. Since, its introduction in 2010, LLPs have been well received with over 1 lakhs registrations so far until September, 2014.
The main advantage of a Limited Liability Partnership over a traditional partnership firm is that in a LLP, one partner is not responsible or liable for another partner’s misconduct or negligence. A LLP also provides limited liability protection for the owners from the debts of the LLP. Therefore, all partners in a LLP enjoy a form of limited liability protection for each individual’s protection within the partnership, similar to that of the shareholders of a private limited company. However, unlike private limited company shareholder, the partners of a LLP have the right to manage the business directly.
LLP is one of the easiest form of business to incorporate and manage in India. With an easy incorporation process and simple compliance formalities, LLP is preferred by Professionals, Micro and Small businesses that are family owned or closely-held. Since, LLPs are not capable of issuing equity shares, LLP should be used for any business that has plans for raising equity funds during its lifecycle.
Constitutional Counselsis the market leader in LLP registration services in India. In addition to LLP registration, Constitutional Counsels also offers a variety of business registration services like private limited company registration, one person company registration, Nidhi Company Registration, Section 8 Company Registration, Producer Company Registration and Indian Subsidiary registration. The average time taken to complete a LLP registration is about 15 – 20 working days, subject to government processing time and client document submission. Get a free consultation on LLP registration and business setup in India by scheduling an appointment with an IndiaFilings Advisor.
Reasons to Register a Limited Liability Partnership
Documents Required for LLP Registration
Identity and Address Proof
Identity and address proof will be required for all partners of the LLP to be incorporated. In case of Indian nationals, PAN is mandatory. For foreign nationals, apostilled or notarised copy of passport must be submitted mandatorily. All documents submitted must be valid. Residence proof documents like bank statement or electricity bill must be less than 2 months old.
Registered Office Proof
All LLPs must have a registered office in India. To prove access to the registered office, a recent copy of the electricity bill or property tax receipt or water bill must be submitted. Along with the utility bill, rental agreement or sale deed and a letter from the landlord with his/her consent to use the office as a registered office of a company must be submitted.
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LLP Registration FAQ,s
How many people are required to incorporate a LLP?
To incorporate a Limited Liability Partnership, a minimum of two people are required. A Limited Liability Partnership must have a minimum of two Partners and can have a maximum of any number of Partners.
What are the requirements to be a Partner in a LLP?
The Designated Partners needs to be over 18 years of age and must be a natural person. There are no limitations in terms of citizenship or residency. Therefore, the LLP Act 2008 allows Foreign Nationals including Foreign Companies & LLPs to incorporate a LLP in India provided at least one designated partner is resident of India.
What is the capital required to start a Limited Liability Partnership?
You can start a Limited Liability Partnership with any amount of capital. There is no requirement to show proof of capital invested during the incorporation process. Partner’s contribution may consist of both tangible and/or intangible property and any other benefit to the LLP.
Can a LLP be incorporated for undertaking "Not-For-Profit" activities?
No,one of the essential requirements for setting LLP is ‘carrying on a lawful business with a view to profit’. Therefore, LLP cannot be incorporated for undertaking “Not-For-Profit” activities.
Is an office required for starting a Limited Liability Partnership?
An address in India where the registered office of the LLP will be situated is required. The premises can be a commercial / industrial / residential where communication from the MCA will be received.
Do I have to be present in person to incorporate a LLP?
No, you will not have to be present at our office or appear at any office for the incorporation of a Limited Liability Partnership. All the documents can be scanned and sent through email to our office. Some documents will also have to be couriered to our office.
What are the documents required for incorporation of LLP?
Identity proof and address proof is mandatory for all the proposed Designated Partners of the LLP. PAN Card is mandatory for Indian Nationals. In addition, the landlord of the registered office premises must provide a No Objection Certificate for having the registered office in his/her premises and must submit his/her identity proof and address proof.
How long will it take to incorporate a LLP?
Constitutional Council can incorporate a Limited Liability Partnership in 14-20 days. The time taken for incorporation will depend on submission of relevant documents by the client and speed of Government Approvals. To ensure speedy incorporation, please choose a unique name for your LLP and ensure you have all the required documents prior to starting the incorporation process.
What do I need to quickly incorporate my LLP?
To incorporate a LLP quickly, make sure the proposed name of the Limited Liability Partnership is very unique. Names that are similar to an existing private limited company / limited liability partnership / trademark can be rejected and additional time will be required for resubmission of names.
How long is the incorporation of the LLP valid for?
Once a Limited Liability Partnership is incorporated, it will be active and in-existence as long as the annual compliances are met with regularly. In case, annual compliances are not complied with, the LLP will become a Dormant and maybe struck off from the register after a period of time.
What are the annual compliance requirements for a LLP?
LLPs are required to file an annual filing with the Registrar each year. However, if the LLP has a turnover of less than Rs.40 lakhs and/or has a capital contribution of less than Rs.25 lakhs, the financial statements do not have to be audited.
What is a Digital Signature Certificate?
A Digital Signature establishes the identity of the sender or signee electronically while filing documents through the Internet. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) mandates that allDesignated Partnersapply with a Digital Signature for Designated Partner Identification Number. Hence, a Digital Signature is required for all Designated Partner of a proposed LLP.
What is Designated Partner Identification Number (DPIN)?
Designated Partner Identification Number is a unique identification number assigned to all existing and proposed Designated Partner of a LLP. It is mandatory for all present or proposed Designated Partner to have a Designated Partner Identification Number. Designated Partner Identification Number never expires and a person can have only one Designated Partner Identification Number.
Can NRIs / Foreign Nationals be a Designated Partners in a LLP?
Yes, a NRI or Foreign National can be a Designated Partner in a Limited Liability Partnership after obtaining Designated Partner Identification Number. However, atleast one Designated Partner in the LLP must be a Resident India.
Is Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) allowed in LLP?
Yes, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is allowed in LLP under the automatic route in sectors allowed by the Foreign Investments Promotion Board (FIPB). However, Foreign Institutional Investors (Flls) and Foreign Venture Capital Investors (FVCIs) will not be permitted to invest in LLPs. LLPs will also not be permitted to avail External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs).
Can an existing partnership firm or company be converted to LLP?
Yes, an existing partnership firm or a company that is unlisted can be converted into LLP. There are many advantages of converting a partnership firm into a LLP; however, the same doesn’t apply for the conversion of a Company to a LLP.