MCA raises threshold of small and medium companies in updated accounting standards rules – The Economic Times

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According to the notification on Wednesday, SMCs have been defined as unlisted firms with a turnover not exceeding Rs 250 crore and with no borrowings in excess of Rs 50 crore.

The ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) has raised the threshold turnover and borrowing limits in its definition of small and medium companies (SMCs) to align the applicable accounting standards rules with the latest definition as per the ministry of micro, small & medium enterprises.

According to the notification on Wednesday, SMCs have been defined as unlisted firms with a turnover not exceeding Rs 250 crore and with no borrowings in excess of Rs 50 crore.

“The main objective was to mirror the existing accounting standards under the Companies Act, 1956, in the 2013 act, and while doing so, the SMC definition, which has since been revised, has also been revised in the accounting standards,” a government official said.

Earlier in a December 2006 notification, the ministry had defined the thresholds for SMCs as firms with a turnover not exceeding Rs 50 crore and no borrowings in excess of Rs 10 crore.

SMCs which are banks, financial institutions, insurance firms or holding companies are excluded from the definition within these rules.

“These accounting standards involve less complexity in its application including the number of required disclosures being less onerous,” said Vikas Bagaria, partner, Deloitte India.

The revised thresholds were in line with the definition of non-corporate entities by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and would promote ease of doing business, said Sanjeev Singhal, partner, SRBatliboiNSE -0.32 % & Co LLP.

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