Pre-Budget Expectations – Fintech
By S Anand, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of PaySprint, a Fintech venture focussed
on Next Gen Neo Banking Solutions, offering a Unified Open API Platform.
“India boasts a staggering 87% adoption rate of fintech, significantly greater than the global average of 64%. Consequently, the Indian Fintech industry is set on a steep growth trajectory, expected to reach Rs 9.2 billion at a CAGR of 24.96% between 2022 and 2027. Supported by the robust startup ecosystem, the Fintech industry is shaping up to be a solid contributor to the nation’s GDP.
Additionally, the Fintech sector is front-lining the cause of Financial Inclusion in India & the sector expects initiatives that will strengthen the relationship between Fintechs & Banks. This will most certainly encourage continued innovation & help extend the reach of financial services to the unbanked population.
More expected measures that will boost the Fintech landscape are discussed below :
Tax relief for growing Fintech startups:
Fintech startups are hopeful for GST exemptions until a certain level of revenue is achieved. Liberalization of the tax structure along with depreciation on the fixed assets used by Fintechs can go a long way in promoting advancement. Announcement of tax benefits for research & development activities would bolster the ideation & execution of differentiating financial products & services for the masses.
The continued push for Digital Payments:
The recent Budgets introduced several incentive schemes to promote digital payments & we expect the momentum to continue in this year’s Budget. The UPI has augmented India’s payments & collections infrastructure and has penetrated the unserved & underserved population in semi-urban & rural regions. New guidelines regarding the UPI transaction cost will be a major development, providing a much-needed impetus to the sector’s expansion.
Tax relief for Fintech startup employees:
Strict qualification criteria accompanied the tax benefits introduced in the previous Budget. It aimed to resolve the dual taxation issue but most startups could not reap the benefits. ESOP holders in Fintech Startups can really gain from the tax being levied on the sale of shares rather than on the exercise of ESOP.
Revised regulations for Fintech players & startups:
Conscious revision of the regulations will help establish an enabling environment for Fintechs to function & evolve. We expect to see regulations regarding digital currencies & how they will take shape in the workings of the industry.
Digitalisation has also given rise to various security threats such as data breaches, data loss, and account hacking among others. Enhancement of data security measures is imperative & we expect the upcoming Budget to facilitate the same.”