Budget 2019-20 Highlights


Finance minister Nirmala Sitharam presented the Budget 2019-20 today. Following are the key highlights:

MSME and Start-ups

  • A new online payment platform to be created for MSMEs to find their bills and payment details.
  • Loans upto ₹1 crore will be granted to MSMEs within 59 minutes through a dedicated online portal.
  • 2 percent interest SOP for GST compliant MSMEs.
  • Television programme exclusively for startups by startups.
  • Startups will not require scrutiny by IT department.
  • Startups not needed to disclose their share values – extends to category AIF-2


  • 25% corporate tax on companies having 400 cr turnover. This will cover and benefit 99.3 percent of all the companies.
  • GST decreased GST on electronic vehicle from 12 to 5 per cent.
  • Tax deduction on interest rate loan for purchase of electronic vehicle.
  • Surcharge to be increased to 3% and 7% on individual with income from 2 crore to 5 crore and with Rs 5 crore and above, respectively.
  • PAN and Adhaar to be interchangeable for IT Returns.
  • 2 percent TDS on more than 1 crore cash withdrawal per year from a bank account to discourage.
  • Capital gains exemption from profits earned by selling residential house for investing in start-ups. This exemption is allowed up to  March 31, 2021.
  • GST return module by January 2020. No separate e-way bill will be required. E-Invoice System will be introduced.


  • Minimum public shareholding in listed companies can be increased from 25% to 35%.
  • Limit on FPI in a company increased to 24%. NRI investment to merged with FPIs.
  • AA rated bonds as to be considered collateral.
  • Social stock exchange under SEBI.
  • Retail investment in treasury bills.
  • 100 percent FDI will be allowed for insurance intermediaries.
  • On purchase of high-rate pooled assets of NBFC amounting of Rs 1 lakh core in this FY, govt will provide one-time 6 month credit guarantee.
  • One time credit guarantee on first loss of NBFC.


  • E- Vehicles to be incentivized in order to promote pollution free public transport. Custom duty exempted for parts of e-vehicles.
  • Cargo transport estimated to increase by 4 times, in river Ganga, which would increase import bills.
  • One grid power supply for full nation. There will be a reform in electricity Power tariffs.
  • Multiple labour laws to be streamlined into 4 labour codes.
  • No cost on digital payment.

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