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For promoting entrepreneurship, the government provides special benefits to the small businesses in the form of subsidies and incentives. Also, banks give loans at concessional rates to set up these businesses. For availing those, the small businesses need to register under Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) act.

If a business is registered under MSMEs act, it can avail several benefits like cheaper bank loans, tax benefits, preference during the tender process, and access to various schemes and incentives of government.

What are MSME Enterprises?

MSME enterprises of manufacturing sector can be categorized on the basis of amount invested in plant and machinery –

  • Micro enterprises– Entities investing less than 25 lakhs in plant and machinery
  • Small enterprises– Entities investing between 25 lakhs and ₹ 5 crores in plant and machinery
  • Medium enterprises– Entities investing between 5 crores and ₹ 10 crores in plant and machinery

MSME enterprises in the service sector can be categorized on the basis of amount invested in equipment-

  • Micro enterprises– Entities investing less than ₹ 10 lakhs
  • Small enterprises– Entities investing more than ₹ 10 lakhs but less than ₹ 2 crores
  • Medium enterprises– Entities investing ₹ 2 crores but less than ₹ 5 crores.

Registration Process

Aadhar number is now compulsory for registering under MSME act. An application is to be filed online using Udyog Aadhar Registration, and this can be verified using e-Aadhar OTP.

Provisional registration is given in the initial five years if an entity hasn’t started its business yet. During this period, it can obtain loans from banks, and apply for various NOCs from regulatory bodies. Once the entity commences its operations, it can apply for a permanent license which has a lifetime validity, unless canceled.

Documents Required

The entity has to submit business address proof, copies of purchase and sale bill, and licenses from regulatory bodies.

1. Business Address Proof

If the premise is self-owned– Allotment letter, possession letter, lease deed or property tax receipt. If there is a municipal license in the business name or in the name of the proprietor, partner or director of the business, no other possession document is required to be submitted.

If the premise is rented– Rent receipt and a no objection certificate from the landlord is required. Also, any utility bill or document evidencing the landlord’s ownership is to be submitted.

2. Copies of Sale Bill and Purchase Bill

Business is required to submit copy of sale bill related to each end product that it will supply. Also, for each raw material that it will purchase, a purchase bill has to be submitted.

3. Partnership Deed/ MoA and AoA

If the business is a partnership firm, it has to submit its partnership deed. If the partnership firm is registered, it has to submit registration certificate also.

In case of a company, copy of Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association, and certificate of incorporation has to be submitted. With it, copy of the resolution passed in general meeting, and a copy of board resolution authorizing a director to sign the MSME application is also to be submitted.    

4. Copy of Licenses and Bills of Machinery Purchased

In few cases, the applicant has to submit a copy of industrial license which is to be obtained by giving an application to Govt. of India. Further, all bills and receipts related to purchase and installation of plant and machinery have to be kept safe and required to be submitted on demand.  

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