Control the Currency with Policy Bazaar: Income Tax Guide For Start-ups

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Contrary to popular belief, start-up ventures are not quite the one giant celebration that they are cracked up to be.

Ask any person who has ever been associated with a start-up, and a whole new side to the story comes to the surface, consisting of a lot of necessary evils that no start-up venture could ever avoid—which includes taxation.

But where there is a problem relating to any tax-related issue, there is the expertise of Policy Bazaar that is always there to help you wade through the murky waters of the taxation process with ease.

Income Tax for Startups

The start-ups that are able to fulfil the below mentioned criterion will be considered as eligible start-ups:

  1. Established as a LLP (Limited Liability Partnership) or Company
  2. Established between 1st April 2016 and 1st April 2021 (Increased the last date to 2021 in Finance Act 2018)
  3. Rs. 25 crore is the maximum  turnover of the business
  4. Should be certified by the Inter-Ministerial Board of Certification as an Eligible Business. It means that the business idea should be focussed on innovation, deployment, development or commercialisation of new services, processes or products that are technology-driven or intellectual properties.
  5. Should not be formed by reconstruction or splitting up of an already existing business.

Eligibility for Startups Income Tax India

There were several incentives announced by the Government in Budget 2016 for Income Tax levitation on Start-ups in India. In Budget 2017, these incentives were further enhanced for the benefit of individuals who are interested in starting their ‘start-ups’. .

Brief Idea about Incentives related to Income Tax for Start-ups:

In Budget 2016, the Government announced 100% Tax Deduction for eligible start-ups u/s 80-IAC. Under this newly launched scheme, all the eligible start-ups formed in-between 1st April 2016 to 1st April 2019 can get 100% tax deduction for any Income Tax paid for any 3 subsequent years.

These 3 subsequent years can be chosen from any of the first 7 years by the start-up at its own discretion.

All the start-ups who are eligible for these tax deduction benefits and want to claim the benefits of tax incentives need to:-

  1. Maintain Separate Accounts Books for Eligible Business
  2. provide the Audit Report in Form 10CCB along with Income Tax Return (ITR)
  3. Get the Accounts audited by a CA (Chartered Accountant)

Start-ups and Taxation: How Does It Work?

Start-up companies are subjected to a whole of taxes, most of which are not even known to a rookie who has just entered the playing field. But with some guidance and a whole lot of convenient comparison options and support from Policy Bazaar, nothing is too obscure for long.

There are essentially the following three types of taxes that a start-up company needs to be registered for, which are as follows:

Tax

Levied When

 Threshold

Tax Payable by

Service Tax

Service provided to a customer/work done on behalf of another person/organization

Gross turnover above Rs. 9 lakhs

By March 31 of every year

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Governed by respective State legislation

Gross turnover above Rs. 5 lakhs

15th of every month

Central Sales Tax (CST)

Governed by Central Sales Tax Act, 1956

No compulsory limit; compulsory post any inter-state sale

20th of every month

 

Now, these three are the taxes that a start-up is liable to pay to the Income Tax Department timely by the above-specified dates. Other important dates that all start-up heads need to remember are:

  • October 30—last date for submission of the annual financial statement, complete with Registrar of Companies (RoC).
  • September 30— the last date to file the Income Tax Return (ITR) for the company. The ITR is mandatory to be filed by every single company, irrespective of whether or not any business transactions have been carried out in the financial year by the company in question.

Essentials for a Start-up

To hit the ground running, there are a couple of things that every start-up venture must keep in mind at all times. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  1. Accounts: It is absolutely imperative to always maintain a black and white record of any and every kind of business transaction ever made by the company. These not only act as proof to support your claims in your company’s annual financial statement but also aid you to have the upper hand if and when an argument rears its head. Payments toward raw materials obtained from other corporate establishments and the salaries of employees working in your start-up are the most crucial ones for which an up-to-date record must be maintained.
  2. Timely filing of ITR: Always, always file your Income Tax Return on time, if not before. It is extremely important for any and every company—start-up or not—to file their respective ITR. If the deadlines for submitting ITR forms are not observed by companies, they are liable to pay 1 percent interest per month from the last date of filing to the actual date of filing. An extra amount is also levied as fine for being late.
  3. For companies whose gross turnover exceeds Rs. 40 lakhs in a single financial year, it is mandatory for them to undergo periodic audits, as mentioned in the LLP Act.
  4. RoC must be submitted every single year by the company to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, failing which the company may even be forced to shut down completely.

 Policy Bazaar and You

At Policy Bazaar, we have one simple aim: to make the investment as easy and efficient for you as possible. Irrespective of whether our customer is an individual or a large corporate organization, our goal is and always has been to ensure complete security of your money so that you get the most out of your every single penny you spend.

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FAQs About Income Tax For Startups :

1. What all start-ups can be qualified as a “Start-up” under Government schemes?

A Registered Partnership Firm or a Private Limited Company or Limited Liability Partnership (any of these 3 entities) will be considered as a start-up if –

  • It is up to 7 years from its date of registration. However, for the start-ups in the field of Biotechnology, this period is up to 10 years, and
  • If the turnover of a particular company hasn’t exceeded Rs 25 Crore for any of the fiscal years, and
  • If the company is working towards development, innovation, commercialization or deployment of the new products, services or processes that are technology-driven or intellectual properties.
  • Any of the 3 entities should not be reconstruction or have been set up by splitting up of a corporation already in existence.
  • Any public Limited proprietorship or company will not be considered as a start-up.

2. For how long, a ‘Start-up’ will be recognised as so?

An entity would be recognised as a 'start-up' till:

  • It has completed 7 years from the date of its registration/incorporation (in the event of Start-ups in the field of Biotechnology, the tenure shall be up to 10 years), OR
  • If its turnover for any of the fiscal years has gone beyond INR 25 Crore; OR
  • DIPP should be intimated of any such case within 21 days.

3. What all documents can work as supporting documents while submitting an application to register a “Start-up”?

An individual can submit/upload any one of documents mentioned below along with her/his registration application:

Letter of funding with an amount figure supporting at least 20% in equity by any Angel Fund, Incubation Fund, Accelerator, Private Equity Fund or Angel Network. Please make sure that these institutions need to be duly registered with SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India).

The Letter of Funding should also endorse the innovative nature of the proposed business.

4. Would I receive any certificate for successful registration? Would I be able to download it?

Yes, you would be able to download a verifiable system-generated certificate of recognition, once your registration is successful.

5. Would I be allowed to register my entity as a “Start-up” even if it doesn’t have a PAN?

You can submit a valid copy of the published patent as a supporting document, in case you don’t have a PAN.

6. Can I update two mobile numbers in my registration form?

It is generally advised to provide only a single mobile number of the authorized agent at time of registration. The portal & the mobile app use the updated mobile number to send an OTP to complete registration and authentication process by the user.

7. Is there any prescribed format for getting a letter of recommendation?

Yes, a prescribed format needs to be followed to get a recommendation letter. One can find the prescribed format on Startup India portal.

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