DPIIT for shortening compliance time to just 1 hr/month for start-ups

New Delhi, May 26 (PTI):
The Commerce and Industry Ministry has proposed cutting down compliance time significantly to just one hour per month for start-ups as part of measures to ease regulatory requirements for budding entrepreneurs, an official said.
The proposal is a part of ‘Start-up India Vision 2024’, prepared by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) for the new government to promote the growth of budding entrepreneurs. At present, start-ups comply with a plethora of requirements such as GST filings, tax returns and other local laws every month, the official said. Compliance to these processes takes a lot of time and cost. “Monthly compliance for start-ups needs to be reduced to one hour per month so that they can concentrate on their core work,” the official added.
MicroGo LLP founder Rachna Dave said, Reducing the compliance time to 1 hour will be an extremely welcoming step giving startups enough time to focus on their core activity. It will also create a stronger startup support ecosystem in the country”.
MicroGo LLP is a Tamil Nadu-based startup that has received a patent for ‘Tubelet’ technology mainly used for water purification, sanitisation and sterilisation.The vision document has suggested a total of 11 measures for easing regulatory burden to provide a business-friendly environment to start-ups.
The suggestions include setting up of a regulatory sandbox or innovation hub to help fintech startups; tax incentives for investments in ventures of budding entrepreneurs; reduction in GST rates on alternate investment fund management services; and amendment in income tax laws pertaining to sale of residential properties and carrying forward of losses.
Besides the document has proposed taxation on ESOPs as start-ups use ESOPs as an alternate provision instead of cash salary to attract talented employees away from larger corporations.
It also said that a specialist team within banks or a separate private agency to assess start-up loan applications are required to improve debt financing ecosystem for them.
The vision document aims at facilitating setting up of 50,000 new start-ups in the country by 2024 and creating 20 lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities.
The DPIIT, under the commerce and industry ministry, which has prepared the document, has also suggested setting up of 500 new incubators and accelerators by 2024; 100 innovation zones in urban local bodies; deployment of entire corpus of Rs 10,000 crore Fund of Funds; and expanding CSR funding to incubators.

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