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Raise I-T Exemption Cap to Rs 5 L'

A Deloitte survey shows 58% of respondents want exemption limit to be raised to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 2.5 lakh
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley should double the basic income tax exemption limit to Rs.5 lakh per year and raise the ceiling for claiming deduction under Section 80C to Rs.2.50 lakh, according to a survey by tax consultant Deloitte.
Almost all respondents want the I-T exemption limit to be raised substantially while 58% of the respondents were in favour of raising it to Rs.5 lakh. “It will place more money in the hands of consumers resulting in increase in demand pick-up. Also, the increase in the slab limit will kick-start savings which will ultimately lead to increase in investment in the system,“ stated a Pre-budget Expectations Survey Report by Deloitte. It said that 71% respondents want the limit of the Section 80C to be increased to Rs.2.50 lakh, from Rs.1.50 lakh. “Given the increase in income levels and inflation, the existing limit is low.Increase in limit will help channeli…

FPIs, Private Equity Firms Search for New Routes to Invest in India

Investment strategy being reworked due to Singapore tax treaty, GAAR arrival from FY18 As the Indian government amended the Singapore treaty to give clarity on taxation, many foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) and private equity firms are exploring new structures and routes for Indian investments, people in the know said.
The new routes or structures being explored by the investors are also in the context of GAAR (general anti-avoidance rule) -the direct taxation regulation that is set to come into force from April 1 this year. Many FPIs are taking a relook at their investment strategy in the context of these two main changes, and whether they need to or could change the way they invest to save on some taxes. “There are several recentim pending tax developments that investors will have to look at, including amended tax treaties, GAAR and also, what offshore transactions amount to indirect transfer of shares. In relation to private equity firms, given grandfathering of investments made til…

Start ups Likely to Get Tax Benefits in Union Budget

DIPP proposes tax concessions on ESOPs, unlisted securities and convertible instruments Prime Minister Narendra Modi's key Startup India programme may get a boost in the upcoming budget with the industry department drawing up a list of tax concessions on employee stock options, unlisted securities and convertible instruments. The union budget is expected to be announced on February 1.
The push comes amid concerns that the startup movement in India was losing steam and there hasn't been a significant improvement in ease of doing business. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has proposed that ESOPs for startups be taxed at the time of sale, when they have greater liquidity to pay taxes and the instruments get a fair valuation. DIPP has also said that the period of long-term capital gains for unlisted securities be reduced from the current limit of 24 months, keeping in mind that investing in startups is risky and subject to a higher rate of tax. “We are trying …

I-T Dept Mining Data Pile to Dig Out Unaccounted Income

May put names involved in suspect transactions on website, making explanations mandatory Anyone who has deposited cash or purchased highvalue items after the November 8 demonetisation not in line with income declared in tax returns may have reason to worry as the authorities sift through tonnes of data generated in the past two months or so. They are also using data analytics to parse for points of similarity to see if any attempt has been made to split up transactions to avoid suspicion. The income tax department is likely to put such names on its website soon, making it mandatory for them to explain such transactions. Armed with information on deposits and purchases in the wake of demonetisation, the tax department is pursuing presumed wrongdoing with unprecedented intensity. “We are working on a new online mechanism whereby names of those whose deposits or trans actions do not match will be put up and information be accessed via permanent account number (PAN) of the individual,“ said a…

Banks slash rates in New Year gift

The country’s largest bank State Bank of India (SBI)announced a steep interest rate cut in several years on Sunday,by reducing its marginal cost of funds based lending rate(MCLR)by 90 basis points(bps)across all maturities. With this cut,SBI has passed on benefit of 200 bps since January 2015 to customers,which is more than 175 bps reduction in the Reserve Bank of India’s(RBI)policy rate cut in the same period. The new rates come into force from today.SBI’s one-year MCLR stands reduced to eight percent from 8.9 percent,while the rate on overnight loans is now 7.75 percent,against 8.65 percent. Banks are flush with funds after the note ban, with Rs.12.4 lakh crore having been deposited with banks till December 10.SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya said, “There is huge liquidity with the bank due to the large flow of deposits. This has driven us to reduce lending rates,which, hopefully,will kick-start credit demand and growth.” Two other public sector lenders — Punjab National Bank(PNB)an…