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New Income Tax Rates Will Be Optional, Says Nirmala Sitharaman

Sitharaman’s Second Budget, To Be Presented Today, Is Expected To Announce Measures To Restore Economic Growth.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Raghwendra Shukla | Updated on: 01 Feb 2020, 01:18:53 PM
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Cut in Tax Rate is expected to be announced today. (Photo Credit: PTI)

New Delhi:

Presenting the Union Budget in the Parliament on Saturday, Finance Minister Nrimala Sitharaman said the fundamentals of Indian economy are strong and inflation has been contained. The finance minister said that that 60 lakh new taxpayers have been added to the system and several steps on formalisation of economy have also been taken up. "Fundamentals of the economy are strong and inflation has been well curtailed. This Budget will boost income and enhance purchasing power. Our people should be gainfully employed, our businesses should be healthy. For every member of the scheduled caste and schedule tribe, for every woman, for every individual from minority section, this Budget aims to give wings to your aspirations," Sitharaman said after laying the Budget in the Lok Sabha.

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Personal Income tax


10% tax on income of 5 to 7.5 lakh


15% tax on income of  7.5 to 10 lakh


20% tax on on income of 10 to 12.5 lakh


30% tax on on income of 12.5 to 15 lakh

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105 crore e-way bills generated, simplified new return being introduced from April 1 2020.

40 crore returns filed, said Finance Minister.

800 crore invoices were uploaded and extensive engagement with stakeholders: FM

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Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba arrives at the Parliament.

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In last year's budget, home-owners having more than one self-occupied property were exempted from the notional rent on the second -self-occupied house.

For salaried individuals and pensioners, the standard deduction was hiked to Rs 50,000 from Rs 40,000.

To benefit non-working spouses and small depositors, TDS threshold limit was proposed to be hiked to Rs 40,000 from the current of Rs 10,000.

People with gross taxable income up to Rs 6.5 lakh were given tax rebate if they utilise the maximum benefit of Rs 1.5 lakh available under section 80C.

In last year's budget, individuals having income up to Rs 5 lakh were given full tax rebate.

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First Published : 01 Feb 2020, 07:28:40 AM