Start-ups get an extended window of benefits from the government

26 May 2017 | By Anish Chakraborty
Start-ups will now get benefits for seven years

The NDA government has now rehashed the definition of a start-up under its 'Start-up India' scheme.

This move is aimed to promote ease of business and eliminate hiccups for budding entrepreneurs in receiving incentives slotted for start-ups.

Enterprises will now be considered as a start-up for seven years from the date of their official incorporation.

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In context: Start-ups will now get benefits for seven years

26 May 2017Start-ups get an extended window of benefits from the government

ChangesSignificant changes made

From now on, a start-up would mean an entity, which has been operating officially for 7 years or less; the previous limit was 5 years.

In case of start-ups in the bio-tech sector, the window has been pushed up to 10 years.

Furthermore, start-ups will no longer need a letter of recommendation from an incubator or industry association to avail the tax sops.

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This extended period of tax benefits and incentives will help start-ups to solidify their stance and create more jobs.

Department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), which is the nodal body for Start-up India said, "These changes are an effort to ensure ease of starting up new businesses to promote the start-up ecosystem and build a nation of job creators instead of job seekers."

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The release said, "A wide availability of talent, thriving ecosystem of investors, access to industry experts and the presence of start-up accelerators are contributing to Bangalore's dominance."

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