Union Budget: What’s In It For Startups

Union Budget: What’s In It For Startups

Welcome to Inc 42’s live and extensive coverage of the Union Budget 2016 with a special focus on startups and entrepreneurship.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented his third Union Budget. The budget has been marked as #VikasKaBudget

Here is a look at the major announcements from the budget speech related to the startup ecosystem:

  • Tax holiday for startups for three of five years of setting up the company

  • Lowering of Corporate IT rate for companies, not exceeding INR 5 Cr. turnover, to 25% plus surcharge.

  • Amendment to the Companies Act to ensure speedy registration and boost startups.
  • 100% deduction on profits for startups for 3 out of first 5 years; MAT to apply.

  • Capital gains not to be taxed on investments in regulated fund of funds for startups.
  • Long-term capital gains for unlisted firms lowered from three years to two years.
  • Hub to support SC/ST entrepreneurs.
  • INR 500 Cr. earmarked for SC/ST and women entrepreneurs under the Startup India scheme.
  • Entrepreneurship to be taught through MOOCS. This will open up access to educational resources across the country.

Other Developments For Digital India

  • A bill on targeted delivery of financial services, using Aadhar, to be introduced.
  • Motor Vehicles Act to be amended to enable entrepreneurship in the road transport sector.
  • INR 1,700 Cr. for 1500 multi-skill development centres.
  • 10 public and 10 private educational institutions to be made world-class.
  • Digital repository for all school leaving certificates and diplomas. INR 1,000 Cr. for higher education financing.
  • Unified e-platform for farmers to be inaugurated on Ambedkar’s birthday


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