Open MSME Current Account

Open MSME Current Account

27 March, 2023

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the growth engines powering the Indian economy, and these businesses need the right tools to scale up. If you are an entrepreneur, selecting a bank account is one of the primary decisions you need to make to get your business off the ground. Whether the business operates as a sole proprietorship, partnership firm or private limited company, the establishment needs a good current account to facilitate seamless day-to-day transactions.

A current account is a banking account designed specifically for businesses. It allows business owners to deposit cash and cheques at different bank branches, making it easy to collect payments from various customers. It also offers higher limits for cash withdrawals and deposits. Moreover, it allows unlimited banking transactions, automated vendor payments or helps maintain and file GST returns, facilities which may not be available with a savings account.

Additionally, a current account comes with a host of other advantages:

  • Pre-specified number of free cheque leaves, demand drafts, NEFT and RTGS transactions per month

  • Easy availability of overdraft and loan facility

  • Simplified record-keeping and management of business expenses

  • Increased business legitimacy

The eligibility requirement for opening a current account is simple. You can open and operate a current account if you fall under the categories such as Resident Individual, Hindu Undivided Family, Sole Proprietorship Firms, Partnership Firms, Limited Liability Partnership Firms or Private and Public Limited Companies. Today, a lot of new-age banks offer various kinds of current accounts customised to your specific needs. You can choose one based on your turnover, the segment or industry your business belongs to, any specific needs, etc. There are even bespoke current accounts for entrepreneurs that can help them accelerate growth.

Before you approach a bank, here is the list of documents you will have to keep ready beforehand.

Proof of identity

  • Identification of key personnel such as proprietor/professional/institution/association for managing account operations

  • PAN card, Aadhaar card, voter’s ID, passport or driving license

  • Address proof such as utility bill, telephone bill or Gumastha license

Proof of the existence of the business

  • Shops and establishment license/Gumastha license

  • GST registration certificate

  • Business registration certificate issued by the respective state government

  • Registration certificate issued by RBI (Reserve Bank of India) or SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India)

  • Licenses issued by a relevant authority, such as an EXIM license issued by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) or a food and beverage license issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

Proof of business address

  • Title deed/registered rental agreement

  • Property registration document

  • Copy of property tax/water bill

  • Bank account statements

  • TAN (Tax Deduction and Collection Account) allotment letter issued by the IT Department

Additional documents

Depending on the constitution of the business and the profile of key account operators, you may be required to furnish some additional documents, listed as follows.

Partnership firms

  • Businesses that are registered as Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP) need to submit the LLP agreement

  • Certificate of Incorporation for LLP

  • List of all designated partners and their ID (DPID) issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs

  • KYC of all designated partners

  • A resolution stating details of all designated partners who are authorised to be a signatory and operate the account

Private/Public Limited Company

  • Certificate of Incorporation

  • Memorandum of Association

  • Articles of Association

  • List of directors of the company

  • Board resolution appointing signatories.

  • Certificate of Commencement of Business (only for a Public Limited Company)

How to open a current account?

When it comes to opening a current account, most banks are quite liberal in their eligibility criteria for opening a Current Account. For instance, an NRI can easily open a Current Account out of the proceeds from an NRO (Non-Resident Ordinary)/NRE (Non-Resident Rupee)/FCNR (Foreign Currency Non-Resident) account. So, simply visit the website and download the account opening form. You can also find this form easily at any bank branch. Fill up the opening form with all the relevant and necessary details, collect the list of documents required and apply.

Opening a business account with HDFC Bank is a simple, swift and hassle-free process. HDFC Bank offers a suite of different business accounts that can be tailored to your needs. From a simple cash account for physical retailers and small businesses, SmartUp accounts for startups, standard current accounts for professionals such as doctors/lawyers/CAs, etc., and Saksham accounts for government vendors and special e-commerce accounts for digital businesses, to foreign currency accounts for those operating in the EXIM space to a highly customised premium current accounts for scalable businesses with various banking benefits.

To know more about the various current account offerings from HDFC Bank, click here.

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*HDFC Bank recognises the challenges entrepreneurs face while acquiring capital. Thus, HDFC Bank has created MyBusiness, a one-stop solution that gives you easy access to loans, digital solutions and provides you with the essential knowledge you need to run your business. With HDFC Bank MyBusiness, you can scale up, expand your operations, and nurture your business.