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Budget '18: E-commerce sector hopeful of corporate tax reduction

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

With the presentation day of the Union Budget inching closer, the Indian are hopeful of a reduction in corporate to provide them a much-needed impetus and relief.

Additionally, a section of the industry is also looking forward to greater capital inflow for Digital India, which has significantly slowed down.

Here are some expectations from the sector, ahead of this year's Union Budget:


"We expect a forward-looking Budget that comes good on reducing corporate rates to 25 percent, and effects administrative and tax reforms suggested by - this will go a long way in ease of doing in the country. Although the government has released clarification for application of taxes on declared tariff, we expect the concept of declared tariff to be replaced with actual tariff as consideration for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on hotel accommodation. The government has executed strong fiscal discipline in the last few years while enabling more startups and jobs through Skill We are hopeful that this momentum continues and there's ample availability of skilled talent in the country not only for us but every company that has both online and offline presence," said Ritesh Agarwal, founder and of


"The capital inflow for Digital has significantly slowed down in 2016 and 2017, if you exclude the top 5 investments each year. So, with this budget, I would like to see specific measures undertaken by the Government to promote start-ups, entrepreneurship and Digital I truly hope the cost of capital in this country goes down, the capital becomes more accessible, there is no capital gain tax on start-up exits, there is no dividend taxes on start-ups, and an company can list outside of India without having to be listed in India after an IPO. I also hope that the government significantly improves with high speed internet, low cost data plans and less choppiness in I would also like government to have a higher sensitivity around level playing for home grown companies and local entrepreneurs versus companies," said Sandeep Aggarwal, founder and CEO,


"The Union Budget for 2018-19 must announce robust incentive plans for women so that they can harness the potential of new and evolve a large ecosystem of entrepreneurs. Comprising nearly half of the population, women can bring about a transformational change by contributing to innovation, inclusive development and nation building. Access to sanitary products should be advocated by the government. The GST on sanitary napkins should be revoked. We need to allocate more funds towards Nirbhaya funds for women's safety. More so, they need to be used in the right direction. The government should focus on creating more and sustainable job opportunities for women," said Upasana Taku, co-founder,


"The is taking great strides forward in digitising the entire country with its movement. That opens a very big opportunity for businesses to go online and sell. We continue to look in the Union Budget that will truly give startups and entrepreneurs a fillip in growing their businesses and taking them online. The country has a great potential to foster a startup environment and with the right initiatives and incentives, can indeed go a long way in encouraging millions of talented individuals to succeed," said Anurag Avula, and CEO,

On a related note, the Union Budget will be presented on February 1.

This will be the last full-fledged budget to be presented by the Narendra Modi-led government, and the first one post the rollout of the GST.

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First Published: Tue, January 30 2018. 19:05 IST