Why Do You Need A Society Compliance Calendar?

by Ashwini
Society Compliance Calendar

The Society Compliance Calendar stands as a specialized and indispensable tool for Indian Management Committees, dedicated to addressing the unique compliance needs and regulatory requirements that societies and apartment/villa communities encounter, offering a structured framework to ensure adherence to legal and operational obligations.

Understanding the Importance and Benefits of Society Compliances

Residential societies struggle with a variety of compliance requirements. Without a compliance calendar, meeting the operational, legal or financial requirements becomes a challenge often resulting in heavy fines from the side of the government.

Understanding and meeting compliance obligations can be tricky. With the Society Compliance Calendar, Societies and Apartment/Villa Communities can make sure that all legal requirements are followed to the letter, simplify operational responsibilities, and most importantly, reduce the risks and fines related to non-compliance.

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Impact of Non-Compliance Deadlines on Societies

The legal actions available against a housing society for not following the society compliance calendar and missing important deadlines depend on the specific laws and regulations applicable to your jurisdiction.

From fines to legal action and frustrated residents, the impact of non-compliance is wide-ranging:

Financial Penalties: Just like late payments to any service, missing deadlines for statutory returns often translate to late fees being levied. These can drain your society’s funds, impacting essential services and maintenance.

  • For example: If a housing society fails to file its statutory returns with the Registrar of Societies, they may have to pay a late fees as decided by the government. Such unexpected expense eats into their budget for essential maintenance work, causing inconvenience and potential safety hazards for residents.

Legal Cases: Persistent non-compliance might attract unwanted attention from authorities, potentially leading to legal action against the society’s association or management committee.

  • For example: A housing society might be faced with legal action if found violating waste disposal guidelines as specified by the local municipality.

Loss of Authority: Issues like the above, would result in diminishing trust in the leaders. This may result in less cooperation, causing problems in running the society. In severe cases, the committee could lose authority, and new committee members might get appointed through initiatives of residents or even intervention of government officials.

Remember, prevention is key! Proactive measures like clear communication, reminder systems, and designated responsible individuals can go a long way in avoiding these pitfalls. But even if a deadline slips, don’t panic! Promptly address the issue by following the proper channels, whether it’s contacting relevant authorities or seeking guidance from the legal bodies.

By understanding the potential consequences and taking a proactive approach, committee members can ensure their society operates smoothly and steers clear of unnecessary legal burdens. Let’s build thriving communities together, one timely action at a time!

Maharashtra’s Model for Society Compliance: Inspiration for All

Now, let’s shift gears and focus on a state leading the way in society compliance: Maharashtra. Recognizing the importance of well-functioning housing societies, the Maharashtra government has implemented several commendable measures. These measure help in giving guidelines using which the societies can be run in an effective and efficient manner.

For example: The Maharashtra Co-operative Societies act mandates that Management Committee members need to have at least one meeting in a month. This compliance requirement makes sure that the Management Committee members are all in sync and overall works in a smooth, well managed manner.

There are several other compliances which can become an excellent template for Housing Societies in other states of India to follow. Example: Mandatory annual inspection of Lifts and Bi-Annual Fire Safety Inspection and filing of such reports with respective government bodies.

Maharashtra also offers dedicated support systems, like the Directorate of Cooperative Societies, to guide and assist societies in complying with regulations. This readily available help makes the process less daunting and more achievable.

For example: A society in who wants help in installing solar panels on the rooftop, can reach out to the Directorate of Cooperative Societies, who can guide them towards relevant resources and authorities. This dedicated support system simplifies the process and encourages societies to adopt sustainable solutions.

These initiatives have yielded positive results, making Maharashtra a shining example for other states to follow.

To ensure comprehensive compliance, refer to the downloadable compliance calendar provided above.

Compliances Effective Across the Country

There are certain compliances, particularly those related to taxes, which are relevant all across the country in India. Please check the specific requirements for your area, but ensure that you have a compliance calendar in place for taxes. Examples of few such compliances are mentioned below:

Filing GST Returns: Societies that exceed a specific annual turnover threshold (currently 20 lakhs) must register for Goods and Services Tax (GST) and file regular returns. This ensures proper accounting of taxes collected and paid on various services and purchases, contributing to the government’s revenue stream.

Filing Income Tax Returns: Societies are treated as separate legal entities and must file income tax returns under Section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act. This filing has to be done by 30th September for the last financial year.

Filing Income TDS Return: Societies deducting tax at source (TDS) on payments to vendors or employees must file TDS returns. This ensures transparency and proper remittance of deducted tax to the government.

Payment of GST: Societies registered for GST must pay the collected tax to the government as per GST rules. Timely payment of GST ensures responsible participation in the tax system and avoids penalties.

For all tax-related compliance details, refer the downloadable Tax Compliance calendar provided above.

Imagine the benefits if similar systems were implemented across India:

  • Reduced Disputes: Clear guidelines and efficient processes minimize confusion and potential conflicts within societies.
  • Improved Governance: Resident involvement and empowered committees lead to more transparent and accountable decision-making.
  • Stronger Communities: A focus on compliance fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility, leading to thriving and well-maintained societies.

As committee members, let’s draw inspiration from Maharashtra’s model and advocate for similar initiatives in our own states. By working together, we can create a nationwide environment where compliance isn’t a burden, but a stepping stone towards stronger, more vibrant communities for all.


In conclusion, the Society Compliance Calendar is a strategic asset for societies, it is not just a tool. Its contribution to the development of responsible, cooperative, and well-run societies cannot be emphasized. Adopting the proactive approach made possible by these calendars becomes essential for a thriving community as we navigate the complexities of society management.


1. Is a compliance calendar necessary for all societies?

A: While not mandatory, a compliance calendar significantly aids societies in meeting legal obligations and enhancing operational efficiency.

2. How often should a society update its compliance calendar?

A: Regular updates are crucial, and a quarterly review, at a minimum, is recommended to ensure relevance and accuracy.

3. Can technology replace the need for a compliance calendar?

A: Technology can enhance the efficiency of compliance management, Consider using society management software specifically designed for societies, which often includes calendar functionalities and reminders.

4. What are the consequences of non-compliance for societies?

A: Non-compliance can lead to legal repercussions, financial penalties, and a tarnished reputation, affecting the overall well-being of a society.

5. How can societies encourage member participation in compliance?

A: Effective communication, education, and fostering a sense of responsibility among management committee members contribute to increased participation in compliance activities.

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