Budget 2022 gives start-ups tax sop extension  

by Nilesh Wadhwa 01 Feb 2022

The Union Budget 2022, recognising the significant importance of nurturing the start-up ecosystem, has given them an extension for another year.

Describing them as “drivers of growth for our economy”, the finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman in her speech said that new start-ups which were given tax incentives for the first three years of their incorporation will now be extended to four years. This is in taking into account the pandemic-induced fiscal challenges that start-ups faced.

Earlier, start-ups that were incorporated between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2022 were eligible for a 100 percent tax rebate. The eligibility now has been extended by a year to March 31, 2023. The beneficiaries can now avail 100 percent tax rebate for a period of three consecutive years out of ten years from incorporation.

Venture capital investors and start-up founders will benefit from a tax tweak on the surcharge on long-term capital gains (LTCG) tax, which has been capped at 15 percent for all listed and unlisted companies.

The Economic Survey tabled on 31 January, states that start-ups in India have grown remarkably over the last six years. The number of recognised start ups was 14,000 in the ongoing fiscal as against 733 in 2016-17. As a result, the survey said, India has become the third largest start-up ecosystem in the world after the USA and China. Further, a record 44 Indian start-ups have achieved unicorn status in 2021 taking the overall tally of unicorns in India to 83, most of these operating in the services sector.