Parliament approves LLP Amendment Bill, 2021

Parliament okays amendment to 2008 law on limited liability partnerships.  The Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2021 has been passed by the Lok Sabha today. i.e. 09.08.2021. It was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 4th August, 2021.

Key features of the Bill

  1. De-criminalization of procedural & technical defaults under LLP Act, 2008 will incentivize compliance and reduce burden on NCLT and special courts.

 

  1. The amendments are expected to significantly *enhance the confidence of LLPs on the Government’s resolve to reduce the burden on the criminal Justice system, provide greater Ease of Doing Business and accord highest respect to honest wealth creators in the country.*

 

Few Key Highlights

  • In addition to introducing the idea of “small restricted legal responsibility partnership”, in keeping with the idea of “small firm” underneath the Firms Act 2013, the Invoice additionally seeks to transform a number of offences specified within the LLP Act 2008 into civil defaults and convert the character of punishment from fines to financial penalties.

 

  • Besides introducing the concept of “small limited liability partnership”, in line with the concept of “small company” under the Companies Act 2013, the Bill also seeks to convert several offences specified in the LLP Act 2008 into civil defaults and convert the nature of punishment from fines to monetary penalties.

 

  • Small LLP Concept

 

The Bill defines a “small LLP” as a limited liability partnership where the contribution does not exceed ₹25 lakh or such higher amount — not exceeding ₹5 crore — as may be prescribed; and the turnover in the preceding financial year does not exceed ₹40 lakh or such higher amount — not exceeding ₹50 crore — as may be prescribed.

 

  • Additionally, the Centre is now proposed to be empowered to prescribe “accounting standards” or “auditing standards” for a class or classes of LLPs. The Centre is also proposed to be empowered to establish or designate as many “special courts” as may be necessary for speedy trial of offences under the LLP Act.

 

  • Once the proposed changes are effected, the number of compoundable offences under the legislation will drop to seven from 21 at present, the number of penal provisions will reduce to 22 from 24, and there will be only three non-compoundable offences.

 

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