New Budget Highlights 2017


1.INDIVIDUALS

  • Existing tax rate for personal income of INR 2.5 – 5 lakhs reduced from 10% to 5%
  • 50% tax savings if a person is earning less than INR 5 lakhs
  • 10% surcharge to be levied on annual income from INR 50 lakhs – 1 Crore
  • 87A Rebate decreased from INR 5000 to INR 2500
  • Dividend Income taxable @ 10% if exceeds Rs 10 Lakhs, except for domestic companies or trust or institution or fund registered under
  • section 12AA or referred to in section 10(23C).
  • Simple one-page form to be filed as Income Tax Return – if taxable income other than business income is up to 5 lakhs
  • Levy of Additional Fees Max to 10000 for delay in Return Filling.
  • LIC to issue pension with 8% return
  • Once in A Year TDS @ 5% to be deducted on Rent Paid beyond 50000 P.M.
  • Restriction on set off of loss from house property to Rs 2 lakhs
  • Indexation benefit to be obtained from 1/4/2001 instead of 1/4/1981
  • Holding period for immovable property for LTCG reduced to 2 years

2. BUSINESS/PROFESSION

  • Corporate tax of 25% on Domestic Companies with turn over less than the INR 50 Crore
  • MAT credit can be availed up to 15 years
  • No Cash transaction above INR 3 lakhs, Penalty may be Levi able.
  • Allowable cash limits for cash payments reduced from INR 20,000 to INR 10,000 for all revenue and capital expenditure
  • No major changes under indirect taxation
  • Allocation to Make in India Schemes to be increased
  • A tax return can be revised in 12 months from completion of F.Y
  • For turnover up to INR 2 Crores, presumptive income is reduced from 8% to 6% for turnover which is by non- cash means
  • Maintenance of book of accounts for individual & HUF, if annual turnover is 25 lakhs (what about Professionals)

3. OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • FIPB to be phased out
  • A new ETF with diversified CPSE stocks and other Government holdings to be launched in 2017-18
  • By 2019, all coaches of Indian Railways will be fitted with bio toilets
  • New Metro policy to be announced
  • Tier 2 airports infrastructure to be taken under PPP mode
  • A proposal to mandate all government receipts through digital means, beyond a prescribed limit, is under consideration
  • Strategic crude oil reserves proposed to be set up at 2 more locations
  • Head post office to issue PASSPORTS<
  • Introduction of a system to measure annual learning outcomes in schools
  • Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion programme (SANKALP) to be launched
  • Next phase of Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE) to also be launched in 2017-18
  • A scheme for creating employment in the leather and footwear industries along the lines in Textiles Sector to be launched

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