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Salient Features of Direct Tax Proposals in Union Budget 2017

Salient Features of Direct Tax Proposals in Union Budget 2017

"Personal Income Tax: Personal income tax for people with income in the slab of 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh to be reduced to 5% instead of 10%. This will reduce their tax liability to half while all other tax payers above this slab will also be benefited in terms of lesser tax of Rs.12,500 per individual (revenue loss ofRs.15,500 crores).”

Salient Features of Direct Tax Proposals in Union Budget 2017

The Union Budget 2017 was laid before the Parliament today by the Hon’ble Finance Minister of India. The salient features of Direct Tax proposals are summarised below:

I. Affordable Housing: 1. Three concessions in the scheme of Income Tax exemption for affordable housing:
(a) Area of 30 and 60 Sq.mtr. to be counted as carpet area and not built-up area;
(b) 30 Sq.mtr. only in 4 metropolitan city limits and 60 Sq.mtr. for the rest of the country;
(c) Completion period extended from 3 years to 5 years.

2. Tax on Notional rental income for builders to be calculated only after 1 year from the end of the year in which completion certificate is received.

3. Changes in Capital Gain taxation for immovable properties:
(a) Holding period reduce for computation of long term capital gain from three years to two years
(b) Base year for counting the cost of property shifted from 1.4.1981 to 1.4.2001 for all classes of assets including immovable property.

4. Basket of financial instrument in which capital gain can be invested without payment of tax to be expanded.

5. For joint development agreement, the liability to pay capital gain tax will arise in the year in which project is completed.

6. For Andhra Pradesh capital, land belonging to owners as on 2.6.2014 to be exempted from capital gain if the same is offered under land-pooling mechanism.

II. Measures for stimulating growth: 1. Concessional withholding rate of 5 per cent. for interest received by foreign entities on loans given in India to be continued for another 3 years beyond 30.6.2017.
2. Start-ups to get two relaxations under the scheme of Income Tax holiday given last year.
(a) The condition of continuous holding of 51 per cent. voting rights to be relaxed as long as the original investment of promoter is not diluted.
(b) Exemption available for three years out of any 7 years from the date of establishment instead of 3 out of 5 years

3. The period of carry forward of MAT/AMT credit increased from 10 years to 15 years.

4. The corporate income tax to be reduced from 30% to 25% for companies with turnover upto Rs.50 crore in 2015-16. This will benefit 96% of existing 6.67 lakh companies. This will result into tax saving of 16.67% for these companies.

5. Deduction for provision for NPA of Banks to be increased from to 8.5% instead of 7.5% of profit.
6. In case of NPA of non-scheduled cooperative banks, interest to be recognised as income only when received.

III Promoting Digital Economy:
1. In the presumptive income tax for small traders, income to be taken as 6% of turnover which is received by digital or banking means.
2. Cash expenditure allowable to be reduced to Rs.10,000 from the existing Rs.20,000.
3. Cash transaction of above Rs.3 lakh not to be permitted. The penalty of equal amount to be levied in case of breach.

IV Transparency in Electoral Funding:
1. The cash donation to political parties from one person limited to Rs.2,000/-.
2. Electoral Bond to be introduced for facilitating donation to political parties from explained sources.
3. Political parties to file their return in time limit prescribed in the Income Tax Act.

V. Ease of Doing Business:
1. Domestic transfer pricing to be applied only if one of the two companies enjoys specified profit-linked deduction.
2. The audit limit for business entities opting for presumptive scheme to be increased from Rs.1 crore to Rs.2 crore.
3. Individuals and HUFs not required to keep books of accounts if their turnover is up to Rs.25 lakhs or income is upto Rs.2.5 lakhs.
4. Investment in Category 1 and 2 foreign portfolio investors registered with SEBI to be exempted from provisions of indirect transfer.
5. TDS of 5% not to be deducted for individual insurance agents if they certify their income to be below taxable limit.

6. Professionals in presumptive scheme to pay advance tax only in one instalment in March instead of four.

7. The time limit for revising a tax return reduced to 12 months. Also time limit for completion of scrutiny will be brought down to 12 months from Assessment Year 2019-20 onwards.

VI Personal Income Tax:
1. Personal income tax for people with income in the slab of 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh to be reduced to 5% instead of 10%. This will reduce their tax liability to half while all other tax payers above this slab will also be benefited in terms of lesser tax of Rs.12,500 per individual (revenue loss ofRs.15,500 crores).
2. Surcharge of 10% to be levied on individuals with income between Rs.50 lakhs to Rs.1 crore (revenue gain of Rs.2,700 crore).

VII. Miscellaneous:
1. TCS exemption for state transport corporation in respect of purchase of vehicles.
2. Income of Chief Minister’s relief fund exempt from tax.
3. Penalty on accountant, registered valuer and merchant banker for furnishing incorrect information.
4. In order to ensure timely filing of return and expeditious issue of refund, a fee shall be levied for delay in filing of return.

Source: PIB News

Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll – DoPT Orders

Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll – DoPT Orders

General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, 2017 – Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll – regarding

F.No.12/3/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (JCA-2) Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 1st February, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: General Election to the Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, 2017 – Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll – regarding

The undersigned is directed to say that in connection with the General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of the States of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, to be held during the months, of February and March, 2017, the guidelines, issued by this Department vide OM No. 12/ 14/99-JCA dated 10.10.2001, may be followed for closing of the Central Government Offices, including Industrial establishments in the above mentioned States the relevant portion of the OM as referred to above are reproduced here.

(i) The relevant organizations shall remain closed in the notified areas where general elections to the State Legislative Assembly are concerned scheduled to be conducted;

(ii)In connection with bye-election to Lok Sabha/ State Assembly, only such of the employees who are bona-fide voters in the relevant constituency should be granted special casual leave on the day of polling. Special Casual leave may also be granted to an employee who is ordinarily a resident of a constituency and registered as a voter but employed in any Central Government Organization/ Industrial Establishment located outside the constituency having a general/ bye-election.

2. The employees detailed on election duty may also be permitted to remain away from their normal duties on polling day(s) as also on the days required for performing journeys which might be undertaken in order to perform such election duty

3. The above instructions may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

sd/-
(D.K.Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India


Authority: http://dopt.gov.in/

Budget 2017 : Income tax reduced by 5% for Income upto Rs. 5 lakh

Budget 2017 : Income tax reduced by 5% for Income upto Rs. 5 lakh

Finance Minister announced in the budget speech for 2017-18 today in Lok Sabha, there were legitimate expectations of the salary class after demonetization to reduce the tax burden. He proposed reducing the present rate of income tax from 10 to 5 percent for the first slab of income from 2.5 lakhs to 5 lakh rupees

NEW INCOME TAX RATES 2017-18 (ASSESSMENT YEAR 2018-19)

Total Income Normal Rates of Income Tax

Up to Rs.2,50,000 to Rs.5,00,000 5%

All taxpayers above 5 lakh rupees to get benefit of 12,500 rupees across the board

10% Surcharge on individuals with income between 50 lakh to 1 Crore

Surcharge of 10% for individuals earning between Rs 50 lakh- 1 crore; Surcharge for incomes > Rs 1 crore at 15% to continue

A single one-page form for filing IT returns for taxable income up to 5 lakh rupees

Tax on income from 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh reduced from 10 per cent to 5 per cent

Time period of revising tax return to be reduced to 12 months

Expected DA from Jan 2017

Expected DA from Jan 2017

Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100

CPI(IW) Base 2001=100 Monthly Index Letter – November 2016
JANUARY 2016269
FEBRUARY 2016267
MARCH 2016268
APRIL 2016271
MAY 2016275
JUNE 2016277
JULY 2016280
AUGUST 2016278
SEPTEMBER 2016277
OCTOBER 2016278
NOVEMBER 2016277
DECEMBER 2016275
Additional DA from Jan 2017,  may be about to increase 2%.

The total DA from Jan 2017 is expected to rise 4%.


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