MSME Budget 2019: 5 Key Takeaways for Small Businesses

Budget 2019: Key takeaways for small businesses
(Last Updated On: February 14, 2019)

Union minister Piyush Goyal presented the Interim Budget 2019 a few hours ago. His address began with a list of the fiscal and economic achievements of the current government. Furthermore, this will be the last budget from the current government ahead of the general election. Here are some the MSME Budget highlights from the address today:

Key takeaways from the Budget:

Investing in more Women-led businesses and startups

Through MUDRA, Startup India and Standup India, the Government has provided an interim budget of INR 1330 crores in 2019-20 for women-led enterprises. This falls under the Mission for Protection and Empowerment for Women and is an increase of INR 174 crores from the last year. The mission is to promote more women-led small businesses and help them become job creators from job seekers, Goyal said.

Provision of National Centre for Artificial Intelligence to aid startups

To promote technology in businesses across India, Piyush Goyal proposed a new centre to aid startups with advanced Artificial Intelligence. The centre identified nine priority areas and plans to begin development on the national portal on AI soon.

“The new scheme on AI is a futuristic scheme, which may promote the use of technology and digitization,” Gulzar Didwania, Director, Deloitte India.

MSMEs can sell on the Government Marketplace (GeM)

The budget highlighted the role of Government Marketplace in promoting MSME growth for the economy. On GeM, transactions over INR 17,500 crores have taken place, which also resulted in savings of over 25% for MSMEs. The GeM is focusing on supporting domestic trade and services.

“GeM created by the government two years ago has transformed the procurement process, making it fully transparent, inclusive and efficient. Thousands of MSMEs have now the opportunity to benefit to sell via the platform.” said Goyal (source: ET Times)

MSME Sourcing requirement increases by 25%

Proceeding in their bid to strengthen MSME base, the requirement of sourcing from SMEs by Government enterprises is increased by 25%. Of this, the material to the extent of at least 3% will be sourced from women-owned SMEs.

2% interim subvention for MSMEs with INR 1 crore loan

If you belong to the MSME sector, at the time of filing for GST returns, you will be asked if you want a loan. As per this budget, GST registered SMEs will get 2% interest subvention on fresh or incremental loans.

MSME Presumptive Taxation limit raised from INR 1-2 crore.

The Threshold limit for presumptive taxation of all small businesses was raised from Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore. In a first for SMEs, the benefit of presumptive taxation was extended to small professionals fixing threshold limit at Rs 50 lakh.

Budgetary allocation to promote Startups and Make In India

India is the third-largest startup hub based on the number of startups globally.

To promote the Make in India initiative, the government has abolished duties on 36 capital goods.

Government’s flagship schemes such as Ayushman Bharat, MUDRA, Startup India, Digital India and Skill India are expected to get a fair share of budgetary allocation.

With India’s bid to invest in building 1 lakh digital villages in the next 5 years, there will consequently be an increase in rural startups in the otherwise untapped rural segment.

The government has allocated funds to promote growth in different startup sectors: health tech startups, agritech startups, defence startups and more.

A few updates in the budget were out in the public a few months ago. They were mentioned again in the budget session.

Bonus: Expectation vs Reality of MSME Budget 2019

Digital India is reaching every sector of the economy.

India to become a trillion dollar economy in the next 5 years

Direct tax collection from Rs. 6.38 Lakh cr in 2013 to almost 12 Lakh

The tax base is up from Rs. 3.79 cr to 6.85 Cr.

India to become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the next 5 years and aspires to become a 10 trillion dollar economy in the next 5 years.

The budget may not have completely met our expectations, and it might take the Government time to meet the long list of requirements for MSMEs. What were your expectations for the interim budget of 2019? You can compare your notes with our own forecast for the year.

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