Under the Startup India Action Plan, startups that meet the definition as prescribed under G.S.R. notification 127 (E) are eligible to apply for recognition under the program. The Startups have to provide support documents, at the time of application.
Eligibility Criteria for Startup Recognition:
The Startup should be working towards innovation/ improvement of existing products, services and processes and should have the potential to generate employment/ create wealth. An entity formed by splitting up or reconstruction of an existing business shall not be considered a “Startup”
FORM 80 IAC (TAX DEDUCTION ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE)
Post getting recognition a Startup may apply for Tax exemption under Section 80IAC of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Post getting clearance for Tax exemption the Startup can avail tax holiday for 3 consecutive financial years out of its first ten years since incorporation.
Eligibility Criteria for applying to Income Tax exemption (80 IAC):
1. The entity should be a recognized Startup.
2. Only Private limited or a Limited Liability Partnership is eligible for Tax exemption under Section 80IAC.
3. The Startup should have been incorporated after 1st April, 2016.
1. Memorandum of association (for Pvt Ltd) or LLP Deed (for LLP)
2. Board Resolution (if any)
3. Annual Accounts & Income Tax returns of the startup for the last three financial years.
Toolkit for Financial Statements
Updated financial statements (Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss statement, Income Tax Returns) for the past three years or from the year of incorporation
o Note – The Balance Sheet and the Profit and Loss Statement must be CA Certified
o Note – If your startup was incorporated on 1st April 2018 or later, Income Tax Returns (ITR) is not mandatory. For startups incorporated earlier, ITR is mandatory
4. Startup Video Link.
Toolkit for Video Link
The video should be of a maximum of 2 minutes and should cover the following aspects:
o Brief about what your startup does or is planning to do
o Showcase the working of the prototype/proof-of-concept developed by you
o Market traction that your product/service has generated till now, if your product/service has already been launched in the market
Note: Please upload the Video on a third-party video hosting platform such as Youtube or Vimeo. In case you are uploading on Google Drive please make sure that it is NOT access restricted.
5. Pitch deck.
Toolkit for Pitchdeck
Pitch deck (Maximum 5 slides). Your pitch deck must have the following:
By considering these above points IMB will grant Tax Exemption Certificate.
Link for Filing FORM 80IAC STARTUP INDIA- https://www.startupindia.gov.in/content/sih/en/form80iac.html
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