New Delhi, February 1, 2017  

To make MSME companies more viable and encouraging firms to migrate to company format.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today reduced the income tax for small companies with annual turnover of up to Rs. 50 crore to 25 per cent with a view to making MSME companies more viable and encouraging firms to migrate to company format.

Unveiling the Budgetary proposals for 2017-18, Jaitley said, “As per the data of assessment year 2015-16, there are 6.94 lakh companies filing returns, out of which 6.67 lakh companies fall in this category. Therefore percentage wise, the 96 per cent companies will get the benefit of this lower taxation”.

The Finance Minister pointed out that as a result of the move, the companies with annual turnover of up to Rs. 50 crore will have to pay 5 per cent less tax.

This will make our MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) sector more competitive as compared to larger companies, Jaitley said, adding that the revenue foregone estimate for this measure is expected to be Rs. 7,200 crore per annum.

As per the data of assessment year 2015-16, there are 6.94 lakh companies filing returns, out of which 6.67 lakh companies fall in this category. Therefore percentage wise, 96 per cent of India’s companies will get the benefit of lower taxation. imp step This will make our MSME sector more competitive as compared to larger companies. The revenue foregone estimate for this measure is expected to be Rs. 7,200 crore per annum.

[The Hindu Business Line]