GST 2017 - One Nation, One Tax, 8 Tax Rates

GST 2017 – One Nation, One Tax, 8 Tax Rates

As the country inches closer to the final rollout of GST, economists, financial experts and entire industries are preparing themselves for the potential impact GST would have on the various sectors. GST, touted as one of the most revolutionary bills to ever be implemented, is expected to benefit the common man and make a positive impact on most industries barring a few. Let’s take a quick look at the tax rates and tax slabs recently announced by the GST Council.

Would Apple Setting Up Shop In India Do Good For The SME Industry?

Would Apple Setting Up Shop In India Do Good For The SME Industry?

Tech giant, Apple Inc.’s plans to set up an iPhone SE manufacturing plant in Bengaluru is still in talks. The iPhone maker’s request for tax relief and exemption from customs duty on imported components and equipment for 15 years is being looked into by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the Ministry of Finance. The PMO is expected to make the final decision about the proposal, though it is expected to be a favorable one. If Apple has its way, would it have a positive impact for the country and the SME industry in particular?

Should India Press For A Unified GST Tax Rate?

Should India Press For A Unified GST Tax Rate?

On 19 December 2014, the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill was introduced in the Parliament for the first time. GST promised a unified market and an unparalleled economic growth that India had never witnessed before. But amidst all that, the idea of GST in the years since it was first introduced, underwent multiple changes at the hands of bureaucratic committees. It is common for reforms of this magnitude to be debated over and continuously evolve, but will the decision to introduce six different tax rates instead of a single tax rate dilute the effect of GST?

Has the Credit Guarantee Scheme Really Helped The SME Industry?

Has The Credit Guarantee Scheme Really Helped The SME Industry?

The improving SME landscape in India is a testament to the efforts of the government through the years. In the past, applying for funding or availing loans for SME’s was no easy task. To help with this issue, the Government of India and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) set up the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Small and Micro Enterprises (CGTMSE) in August, 2000 under the Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS). The CGTMSE was introduced with an intention to allay all issues surrounding loans and funding within the small, micro and medium enterprises segment. The scheme sent out directives to banks wherein they were required to sanction loans of up to Rs.1 Crore without collaterals or third party guarantee to SME’s. While the introduction of the scheme brought about some much needed changes within the sector, there were still a number of shortfalls.

4 Ways To Not Be The Next 'Big Time' Economic Offender

4 Ways To Not Be The Next ‘Big Time’ Economic Offender

It’s common knowledge that businesses face cash crunches and issues with capital from time to time. With money issues comes a myriad of other issues that may lead to defaulting of loans and economic offences. Such issues can come knocking on your door anytime, whether you are a seasoned businessman or a first time entrepreneur. And nobody wants to find themselves tagged as a “big time” economic offender. So what can you do to ensure that you don’t find yourself in such a situation?

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MSMED Act – Is it really helping SMEs in India?

In a country riddled with bureaucracy and corruption, a move by the government in 2006 that promised support to the MSME industry was a breath of fresh air. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act (MSMED Act) of 2006 was enacted with great hope and promise. Its primary aim was to promote and develop this nascent industry while increasing competitiveness within it. It’s been a decade since, but has the act really benefitted SMEs in India?

Udyog Aadhaar Benefits

Udyog Aadhaar Registration – Why & How

The MSME industry in India contributes to almost 40% of the gross industrial value. As a result of this, it has an extended support system from the central and state governments these days. In an effort to further simplify the processes within the industry, the Udyog Aadhaar registration was introduced. The Udyog Aadhaar (UA) is nothing but an ID for your business much like the Aadhaar cards we have for ourselves. It’s a 12-digit number that helps the government identify your company and gives you a slew of benefits under the MSMED Act of 2006.