MCA directs Companies to file Return for Delayed Payment to MSMEs
The overall development and expansion of small businesses have been the key drives of the Indian government.
It is beyond any doubt that today MSMEs have become the trailblazers of economic growth and play a major role in the rapid progress of our globalized economy. Roughly, the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises constitute 99% of corporate taxpayers in India. A large portion of the industrial sector is dependent on the MSME sector, as the MSMEs provide many large scale industries with resources, raw material and other inputs as well as services. Considering their crucial role in India’s economic growth and fiscal consolidation, the government has introduced a series of noteworthy reforms for the MSME sector.
Recently, the government had taken a concrete step towards its mission of empowerment of MSMEs by providing all MSMEs having an MSME registration certificate, easy loans up to ₹ 1 crores within 59 minutes.
Apart from that, the government has also provided legal support from time to time to all the Indian MSMEs. In this context, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has recently directed all the companies, who procure supplies of goods & services from MSMEs but their payments are still outstanding, have to furnish a half yearly return to the Ministry stating the details and reasons for the delay.
#1. When did the Government notify this update?
The Central Government had notified on the 2nd November 2018 that all those companies, who have taken supplies of goods or services or both from the Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises, but payments of whom are still due, shall submit a half yearly return to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. This return will include the following details:
- The total amount of payment due
- Reasons for the delay
This notification has now been made effective from 22nd January 2019.
#2. What is the period of the delay covered under this notification?
As per the notification published by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs-
- All those companies, herein referred to as the “Specified Companies” have to submit the aforesaid return, who have procured supplies from MSMEs having MSME registration, but whose payments are due beyond 45 days since the date of acceptance of the consignment.
- Otherwise, the date of deemed acceptance of the goods & services can also be treated as the base for the delay of payment from companies’ end.
#3. Whether it is a legal notification?
Yes, the current direction has been made by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in accordance with the provisions under the section 9 of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act 2006. The Specified Companies shall submit a half yearly return to the MCA that will state the following:
- The total amount of payment due; and
- The valid reason for the delay
#4. How to file the half-yearly return in respect of delay of payment to MSMEs?
The Specified Companies shall furnish the half-yearly return in respect of delay of payment against the supplies they have received from MSMEs, in the newly introduced MSME Form I. The MSME Form I shall be submitted to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The half-yearly returns in MSME Form I shall be submitted on or before the following dates-
Period of Return
April to September
October to March
#5. What is the due date for filing the MSME Form I?
As per the MCA notification, all specified companies shall file the MSME Form I, specifying all details of outstanding payments to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises suppliers having MSME registration. This MSME Form I has to be filed within 30 days from the date of publication of this MCA notification. Thus, the current due date for filing of MSME Form I is 22nd January 2019.
#6. What all information is to furnished in MSME Form I?
- Name of Suppliers
- PAN of Suppliers
- Amount Due
- Date from which amount is due
- Reasons for Delay in the amount of payment due
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