Budget Wish List: ‘Improve India’s positioning for MSMEs’
In it’s bid present industry’s expectations from the next upcoming Union Budget. SMEStreet interacted with some industry experts and found interesting and valuable expectations from the business community. Here is a list of such expectations shared by Mr Deepak Narayanan, Cofounder MyCFO- India’s most sought after virtual CFO platform.
Narayanan spoke about various levels of his expectations which can change the face of the Indian economy and bring great thrust on the GDP growth.
The Budget wish list for Corporate Reforms from the perspective of MSMEs:
1. Set up a portal which will improve governance relating to registration of new companies. The portal will provide steps for registration (Service Tax for instance), documents required for each type of Industry type (Software for instance) & tentative timelines for each of the procedures. The clearance will be given by a ‘nodal agency’ which will act as a single window of clearance and will act as a co-ordination agencies between all departments concerned. This will improve transparency & cut corruption. Will go a long way in improving India’s ranking in ‘doing business’.
2. Businesses upto a certain turnover limit (say INR 5 Crores for instance) will be exempt from payment of Income tax and also exempt from filing tax and statutory returns. This will allow them to focus on business which is paramount especially in the earlier stages of an enterprise.
3. Companies that fail to take off should be given the option to exit easily.
4. Mechanism to link the business and the entrepreneur with a common number (Passport or aadhar) which can then track the entrepreneurs antecedents, link the returns, payments made to statutory authorities over the lifetime of the enterprise. This will once gain improve governance standards and levels of transparency.
Wish list for Taxation:
1. Raise Income tax exemption from INR 2.5L to INR 5L. Make it 10L for Senior Citizens (There is no system of social security in India. Raising the limits will allow pension & interest earning senior citizens to set aside funds for medical & investments).
2. Increase exemption on interest from housing loan from 1.5L to 3L (the cost to own a house has gone up significantly since the time the limit of 1.5L was set a few years back).
3. Exempt people from filing returns whose Gross Total income from salaries is less than 5L (reduction in administrative burden).
4. Link all accounts (Bank, Income Tax, PF, Demat etc) of an individual to a common number (Aadhar or Citizenship no or equivalent). Helps Government to track antecedents of individuals, helps Government to extend welfare schemes efficiently, improve compliances and tax collections.