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Union Budget 2022: Lower levy on start-up capital gains

Currently, the long-term capital gains on listed equity shares and units among others are subject to a surcharge of up to 15 per cent
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Our Special Correspondent   |   Mumbai   |   Published 02.02.22, 02:48 AM

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has reduced the surcharge on long-term capital gains arising from the transfer of unlisted shares to 15 per cent. This will benefit start-ups.

Currently, the long-term capital gains on listed equity shares and units among others are subject to a surcharge of up to 15 per cent. However, in the case of other instruments suc as unlisted equity shares, they are subject to a graded surcharge of up to 37 per cent. This has now been brought on par with listed equity shares.

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“I propose to cap the surcharge on long-term capital gains arising on transfer of any type of assets at 15 per cent. This step will give a boost to the start-up community and along with my proposal on extending tax benefits to manufacturing companies and start-ups reaffirms our commitment to Atma Nirbhar Bharat,’’ Sitharaman said in her budget speech.

Industry circles welcomed the proposal. Sandeep Jethwani, co-founder, dezerv — a wealth tech & wealth management company —  said that budget 2022 had taken away one big challenge investors in start-ups and unlisted companies face —  that of a higher surcharge.

He pointed out that the reduction of 22 per cent on surcharge would effectively mean a saving of around 4-5 per cent on the long- term capital gains made from these investments. “This is a welcome move that hopefully will boost investments in unlisted securities,’’ Jethwani noted.

K.T. Chandy, partner and leader— private tax, EY India added that the tax related sops would go a long way in boosting capital formation and kicking off a virtuous cycle for growth in the start-up ecosystem.

According to a recent report from Nasscom and Zinnov, more than 2,250 start-ups were added in 2021.



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