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Key features of Union budget 2017-18 – Complete Details

Union budget 2017 – 18: Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Union budget 2017 has evoked diverse reactions from politicians, industry leaders, experts and the Twitterati.

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Benefits and Drawbacks of Budget 2017 in Different Fields

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Budget helps to aid the planning of actual operations by forcing managers to consider how the conditions might change and what steps should be taken now and by encouraging managers to consider problems before they arise. It also helps co-ordinate the activities of the organization by compelling managers to examine relationships between their own operation and those of other departments. Other essentials of budget include.

  • To control resources
  • To communicate plans to various responsibility center managers.
  • To motivate managers to strive to achieve budget goals.
  • To evaluate the performance of managers
  • To provide visibility into the company’s performance
  • For accountability

Union Budget 2017 : Benefits and Drawbacks

Benefits & Drawbacks of union Budget to people in different fields:

For Tax Payers

Benefits

  • Tax rate for individual income in the lowest Rs 2.5 lakh-5 lakh bracket halved to 5 per cent. One-page tax form for those with taxable income up to Rs 5 lakh.
  • No tax scrutiny for such first-time return filers.
  • Deduction to self-employed on contributions to National Pension Scheme doubled from 10 per cent to 20 per cent, subject to a limit of Rs 1.5 lakh.

Drawbacks

  • Tax rebate cut from 5,000 to 2,500 for individuals with income up to Rs 3.5 lakh.
  • Tax break due to interest paid on rented homes (whether first or second) will now be capped at Rs 2 lakh. This is likely to impact investment in real estate.
  • 10 per cent surcharge on income of Rs 50 lakh-1 crore.
  • Pay up to Rs 10,000 for late filing of tax return.
  • Limit of cash donation to charitable trusts reduced from Rs 10,000 to 2,000/-

For Investors

Benefits

  • Base for computing indexation benefit for long-term capital gains shifted from April 1, 1981 to April 1, 2001. Holding period for computing long-term capital gains on land and building reduced from three years to two years.
  • Reinvestment of capital gains in notified redeemable bonds beyond NHAI, REC to qualify for long-term CG tax exemption.
  • Partial withdrawal from NPS tax-exempt up to 25 percent of employee’s contributions.

Drawbacks

  • No exemption from long-term capital gains on transfer of listed shares if securities transaction tax not paid on purchase of then unlisted shares bought after Oct 1, 2004.

For Consumers

Benefits

  • Professionals, salaried employees and smaller businessmen paying more than 50,000 a month as rent will have to deduct tax at source at 5 per cent.
  • Train travel set to get cheaper with withdrawal of service charge on tickets bought online through IRCTC.
  • Non-residential MBA programmes at IIMs exempt from service tax, to get cheaper.
  • Customs duty exemption revised on goods imported through postal parcels, packets and letters where CIF value less than 1,000.

Drawbacks

  • Excise duty on cigarettes up across the board; pan masala, bidis, gutkha and other tobacco products to also cost more.
  • Silver coins, medallions to become more expensive due to higher customs duty.

For Businessmen

Benefits

  • Reduced tax rate of 25 percent on firms with turnovers up to 50 Cr in FY 2015-16 Period for carry-forward and use of MAT credit increased from 10 to 15 years.
  • Beneficial withholding tax rate of 5 percent on interest on ECBs of Indian firms extended by three yrs till June 2020. Also extended to their rupee-denominated bonds.
  • Tax holiday to start-ups now available for 3 out of 7 years instead of existing 3 out of 5 years.

Drawbacks

  • No cash deals above Rs 3 lakh.
  • No reduction in the corporate tax rate other than for small and medium firms.
  • Money, immovable property or specified movable property worth over Rs 50,000 received as gift or for inadequate sum to be taxable.

For Women

Women and children welfare found ample presence in the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today. The central government has increased the union budget allocation for women and children welfare under various ministries from Rs 1.56 lakh crore to Rs 1.84 lakh crore.

Jaitley mentioned that Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas begins with girl child and woman and for this, the government has allocated Rs 500 crore to set up Mahila Shakti Kendras at the village level in 14 lakh Anganwadi centers.

Pregnant women and lactating mothers have also got financial assistance in the union budget. Under the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY), the Centre’s maternity benefits program for pregnant and lactating mothers, the allocation has been increased from Rs 400 crore to Rs 21,000 crore in the new budget. In addition to this, the nationwide scheme for pregnant women was announced earlier by PM Narendra Modi on December 31, 2016, under which Rs 6000 will be directly transferred to the bank account of pregnant women.

Introduction

  • In the last two and half years administration has moved from discretionary, favouritism based to system and transparency based
  • Inflation brought under control. CPI-based inflation declined from 6% in July 2016 to 3.4% in December, 2016
  • Economy has moved on a high growth path. India’s Current Account Deficit declined from about 1% of GDP last year to 0.3% of GDP in the first half of 2016-17. FDI grew 36% in H1 2016-17 over H1 2015-16, despite 5% reduction in global FDI inflows. Foreign exchange reserves have reached 361 billion US Dollars as on 20th January, 2017
  • War against black money launched
  • Government continued on path of fiscal consolidation, without compromising on public
  • The Indian economy has been robust to mild shocks and IMF forecasts, India to be one of the fastest growing major economies in 2017

Challenges In 2017-18

  • World economy faces considerable uncertainty, in the aftermath of major economic and political developments during the last year
  • The US Federal Reserve’s , intention to increase policy rates in 2017, may lead to lower capital inflows and higher outflows from the emerging economies
  • Uncertainty around commodity prices, especially that of crude oil, has implications for the fiscal situation of emerging economies
  • Signs of retreat from globalisation of goods, services and people, as pressures for protectionism are building up

Transformation Reforms In Last Year

  • Passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill for GST and the progress for its introduction
  • Demonetisation of high denomination bank notes
  • Enactment of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code; amendment to the RBI Act for inflation targeting; enactment of the Aadhar bill for disbursement of financial subsidies and benefits

Union budget 2017-18 contains 3 major reforms. First, presentation of union  budget advanced to 1st February to enable the Ministries to operationalise all activities from the commencement of the financial year. Second, merger  of Railways Union budget with General Union budget to bring Railways to the centre stage of Government’s Fiscal Policy and Third, removal of plan and non- plan classification of expenditure to facilitate a holistic view of allocations for sectors and ministries

Demonitisation

  • Bold and decisive measure to curb tax evasion and parallel economy
  • Government’s resolve to eliminate corruption, black money, counterfeit currency and terror funding
  • Drop in economic activity, if any, to be temporary
  • Generate long term benefits including reduced corruption, greater digitisation, increased flow of financial savings and greater formalisation of the economy
  • Pace of remonetisation has picked up and will soon reach comfortable levels
  • The surplus liquidity in the banking system will lower borrowing costs and increase the access to credit
  • Announcements made by the Honourable Prime Minister on 31st Dec, 2016 focusing on housing for the poor; relief to farmers; credit support to MSMEs; encouragement to digital transactions; assistance to pregnant women and senior citizens; and priority to dalits, tribals, backward classes and women under the Mudra Yojana, address key concerns of our economy

Roadmap & priorities

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  • Agenda for 2017-18 is : “Transform, Energise and Clean India” – TEC India
  • TEC India seeks to
    • Transform the quality of governance and quality of life of our people;
    • Energise various sections of society, especially the youth and the vulnerable, and enable them to unleash their true potential; and
    • Clean the country from the evils of corruption, black money and non-transparent political funding
  • Ten distinct themes to foster this broad agenda:
  • Farmers : committed to double the income in 5 years;
  • Rural Population : providing employment & basic infrastructure;
  • Youth : energising them through education, skills and jobs;
  • The Poor and the Underprivileged : strengthening the systems of social security, health care and affordable housing;
  • Infrastructure: for efficiency, productivity and quality of life;
  • Financial Sector : growth & stability by stronger institutions;
  • Digital Economy : for speed, accountability and transparency;
  • Public Service : effective governance and efficient service delivery through people’s participation;
  • Prudent Fiscal Management: to ensure optimal deployment of resources and preserve fiscal stability;
  • Tax Administration: honouring the honest

Farmers

  • Target for agricultural credit in 2017-18 has been fixed at a record level  of 10 lakh crores
  • Farmers will also benefit from  60  days’  interest  waiver  announced  on 31 Dec 2016
  • To ensure flow of credit to small farmers, Government to support NABARD for computerisation and integration of all 63,000 functional Primary Agriculture Credit Societies with the Core Banking System of District Central Cooperative Banks. This will be done in  3 years at an estimated  cost of ` 1,900 crores
  • Coverage under Fasal Bima Yojana scheme will be increased from 30% of cropped area in 2016-17 to 40% in 2017-18 and 50% in 2018-19 for which a Union budget provision of ` 9000 crore has been made
  • New mini labs in Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and ensure 100% coverage of all 648 KVKs in the country for soil sample testing
  • As announced by the Honourable Prime Minister, the Long Term Irrigation Fund already set up in NABARD to be augmented by 100% to take the total corpus of this Fund to ` 40,000
  • Dedicated Micro Irrigation Fund in NABARD to achieve ‘per drop more crop’ with an initial corpus of ` 5,000 crores
  • Coverage of National Agricultural Market (e-NAM) to be expanded from 250 markets to 585 APMCs. Assistance up to ` 75 lakhs will be provided to every e-NAM
  • A model law on contract farming to be prepared and circulated among the States for adoption
  • Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund to be set up in NABARD with a corpus of ` 2000 crores and will be increased to ` 8000 crores over 3 years

Rural population

  • Over ` 3 lakh crores spent in rural areas every year, for rural poor from Central Union budget, State union budgets, Bank linkage for self-help groups, etc
  • Aim to bring one crore households out of poverty and to make 50,000 Gram Panchayats poverty free by 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji
  • Against target of 5 lakh farm ponds under MGNREGA, 10 lakh farm ponds would be completed by March 2017. During 2017-18, another 5 lakh farm ponds will be taken up
  • Women participation in MGNREGA has increased to 55% from less than 48%
  • MGNREGA allocation to be the highest ever at ` 48,000 crores  in  2017-18.
  • Pace of construction of PMGSY roads accelerated to 133 km roads per day in 2016-17, against an avg. of 73 km during 2011-2014
  • Government has taken up the task of connecting habitations with more than 100 persons in left wing extremism affected Blocks under PMGSY. All such habitations are expected to be covered by 2019 and the allocation for PMGSY, including the State’s Share is ` 27,000 crores in 2017-18
  • Allocation for  Pradhan  Mantri  Awaas  Yojana  –  Gramin  increased   from

` 15,000 crores in BE 2016-17 to ` 23,000 crores in 2017-18 with a target to complete 1 crore houses by 2019 for the houseless and those living in kutcha houses.

  • Well on our way to achieving 100% village electrification by 1st May
  • Allocation for Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program and Credit Support Schemes has been increased three fold
  • Sanitation coverage in rural India has gone up from 42% in Oct 2014 to about 60%. Open Defecation Free villages are now being given priority for piped water
  • As part of a sub mission of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), it is proposed to provide safe drinking water to over 28,000 arsenic and fluoride affected habitations in the next four
  • For imparting new skills to people in rural areas, mason training will be provided to 5 lakh persons by 2022
  • A programme of “human resource reforms for results” will be launched during 2017-18 for human resources development in Panchayati Raj Institutions

Total allocation for Rural, Agriculture and Allied sectors is ` 187223 crores

Youth

  • To introduce a system of measuring annual learning outcomes in our schools
  • Innovation Fund for Secondary Education proposed to encourage local innovation for ensuring universal access, gender parity and quality improvement to be introduced in 3479 educationally backward
  • Good quality higher education institutions to have greater administrative and academic autonomy
  • SWAYAM platform, leveraging IT, to be launched with at least 350 online courses. This would enable students to virtually attend courses taught by the best faculty
  • National Testing Agency to be set-up as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organisation to conduct all entrance examinations for higher education institutions
  • Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras to be extended to more than 600 districts across the country. 100 India International Skills Centres will  be established across the
  • Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion programme (SANKALP) to be launched at a cost of ` 4000 crores. SANKALP will provide market relevant training to 3.5 crore youth
  • Next phase of Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE) will also be launched in 2017-18 at a cost of ` 2,200 crores
  • A scheme for creating employment in the leather and footwear industries along the lines in Textiles Sector to be launched
  • Incredible India 2.0 Campaign will be launched across the world to promote tourism and

The poor and the underprivileged

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  • Mahila Shakti Kendra will be set up with an allocation of ` 500 crores in 14 lakh ICDS Anganwadi This will provide one stop convergent support services for empowering rural women with opportunities for skill development, employment, digital literacy, health and nutrition
  • Under Maternity Benefit Scheme ` 6,000 each will be transferred directly to the bank accounts of pregnant women who undergo institutional delivery and vaccinate their children
  • Affordable housing to be given infrastructure status
  • National Housing  Bank  will  refinance  individual  housing  loans  of about` 20,000 crore in 2017-18
  • Government has prepared an action plan to eliminate Kala-Azar and Filariasis by 2017, Leprosy by 2018, Measles by 2020 and Tuberculosis by 2025 is also targeted
  • Action plan has been prepared to reduce IMR from 39 in 2014 to 28 by 2019 and MMR from 167 in 2011-13 to 100 by 2018-2020
  • To create additional 5,000 Post Graduate seats per annum to ensure adequate availability of specialist doctors to strengthen Secondary and Tertiary levels of health care
  • Two new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences to be set up in Jharkhand and Gujarat
  • To foster a conducive labour environment, legislative reforms will be undertaken to simplify, rationalise and amalgamate the existing labour laws into 4 Codes on (i) wages; (ii) industrial relations; (iii) social security and welfare; and (iv) safety and working
  • Propose to amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules to ensure availability of drugs at reasonable prices and promote use of generic medicines
  • The allocation for Scheduled Castes has been increased by 35% compared to BE 2016-17. The allocation for Scheduled Tribes has been increased  to` 31,920 crores and for Minority Affairs to ` 4,195 crores
  • For senior citizens, Aadhar based Smart Cards containing their health details will be introduced

Infrastructure

  • For transportation sector as a whole, including rail, roads, shipping, provision of ` 2,41,387 crores has been made in 2017-18.
  • For 2017-18, the total capital and development expenditure of Railways has been pegged at ` 1,31,000 crores. This includes ` 55,000 crores provided by the Government
  • For passenger safety, a Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh will be created with a corpus of ` 1 lakh crores over a period of 5 years
  • Unmanned level  crossings  on  Broad  Gauge  lines  will  be  eliminated   by 2020
  • In the next 3 years, the throughput is proposed to be enhanced by 10%. This will be done through modernisation and upgradation of identified corridors.
  • Railway lines of 3,500 kms will be commissioned in 2017-18. During 2017-18, at least 25 stations are expected to be awarded for station redevelopment.
  • 500 stations will be made differently abled friendly by providing lifts and escalators.
  • It is proposed to feed about 7,000 stations with solar power in the medium term
  • SMS based Clean My Coach Service has been started
  • ‘Coach Mitra’, a single window interface, to register all coach related complaints and requirements to be launched
  • By 2019, all coaches of Indian Railways will be fitted with bio toilets. Tariffs of Railways would be fixed, taking into consideration costs, quality of service and competition from other forms of transport
  • A new Metro Rail Policy will be announced with focus on innovative models of implementation and financing, as well as standardisation and indigenisation of hardware and software
  • A new Metro Rail Act will be enacted by rationalising the existing laws. This will facilitate greater private participation and investment in construction and
  • In the   road   sector,   Union budget   allocation   for  highways   increased  from 57,976 crores in BE 2016-17 to ` 64,900 crores in 2017-18
  • 2,000 kms of coastal connectivity roads have been identified for construction and development
  • Total length of roads, including those under PMGSY, built from 2014-15 till the current year is about 1,40,000 kms which is significantly higher than previous three years
  • Select airports in Tier 2 cities will be taken up for operation and maintenance in the PPP mode
  • By the end of 2017-18, high speed broadband connectivity on optical fibre will be available in more than 1,50,000 gram panchayats, under BharatNet. A DigiGaon initiative will be launched to provide tele-medicine, education and skills through digital technology
  • Proposed to set up strategic crude oil reserves at 2 more locations, namely, Chandikhole in Odisha and Bikaner in Rajasthan. This will take our strategic reserve capacity to 15.33 MMT
  • Second phase of Solar Park development to be taken up for additional 20,000 MW
  • For creating an eco-system to make India a global hub for electronics manufacturing a provision of ` 745 crores in 2017-18 in incentive schemes like M-SIPS and
  • A new and restructured Central scheme with a focus on export infrastructure, namely, Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) will be launched in 2017-18

Financial sector

  • Foreign Investment Promotion Board to be abolished in 2017-18 and further liberalisation of FDI policy is under consideration
  • An expert committee will be constituted to study and promote creation of an operational and legal framework to integrate spot market and derivatives market in the  agricultural  sector,  for  commodities    e- NAM to be an integral part of the framework.
  • Bill relating to curtail the menace of illicit deposit schemes will be introduced. A bill relating to resolution of financial firms will be introduced in the current Union budget Session of Parliament. This will contribute to stability and resilience of our financial system
  • A mechanism to streamline institutional arrangements for resolution of disputes in infrastructure related construction contracts, PPP and public utility contracts will be introduced as an amendment to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act
  • A Computer Emergency Response Team for our Financial Sector (CERT-Fin) will be established
  • Government will put in place a revised mechanism and procedure to ensure time bound listing of identified CPSEs on stock exchanges. The shares of Railway PSEs like IRCTC, IRFC and IRCON will be listed in stock exchanges.
  • Propose to create an integrated public sector ‘oil major’ which will be able to match the performance of international and domestic private sector oil and gas companies
  • A new ETF with diversified CPSE stocks and other Government holdings will be launched in 2017-18
  • In line with the ‘Indradhanush’ roadmap, ` 10,000 crores for recapitalisation of Banks provided in 2017-18
  • Lending target under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana to be set at ` 44 lakh crores. Priority will be given to Dalits, Tribals, Backward Classes and Women.

Digital economy

  • 125 lakh people have adopted the BHIM app so far. The Government will launch two new schemes to promote the usage of BHIM; these are, Referral Bonus Scheme for individuals and a Cashback Scheme for merchants
  • Aadhar Pay, a merchant version of Aadhar Enabled Payment System, will be launched shortly
  • A Mission will be set up with a target of 2,500 crore digital transactions for 2017-18 through UPI, USSD, Aadhar Pay, IMPS and debit cards
  • A proposal to mandate all Government receipts through digital means, beyond a prescribed limit, is under consideration
  • Banks have targeted to introduce additional 10 lakh new POS terminals by March 2017. They will be encouraged to introduce 20 lakh Aadhar based POS by September 2017
  • Proposed to create a Payments Regulatory Board in the Reserve Bank of India by replacing the existing Board for Regulation and Supervision of Payment and Settlement Systems

Public service

  • The Government e-market place which is now functional for procurement of goods and services
  • To utilise the Head Post Offices as front offices for rendering passport services
  • A Centralised Defence Travel System has been developed through which travel tickets can be booked online by our soldiers and officers
  • Web based interactive Pension Disbursement System for Defence Pensioners will be established
  • To rationalise the number of tribunals and merge tribunals wherever appropriate
  • Commemorate both Champaran and Khordha revolts appropriately

Prudent fiscal management

  • Stepped up allocation for Capital expenditure by 25.4% over the previous year
  • Total resources being transferred to the States and the Union Territories with Legislatures is ` 11 lakh crores, against ` 3.60 lakh crores in BE 2016-17
  • For the first time, a consolidated Outcome Union budget, covering all Ministries and Departments, is being laid along with the other Union budget documents
  • FRBM Committee has recommended 3% fiscal deficit for the next three years, keeping in mind the sustainable debt target and need for public investment, fiscal deficit for 2017-18 is targeted at 3.2% of GDP and Government remains committed to achieve 3% in the following year
  • Net market borrowing of Government restricted to ` 48 lakh crores after buyback in 2017-18, much lower than ` 4.25 lakh crores of the previous year
  • Revenue Deficit of 2.3% in BE 2016-17 stands reduced to 2.1% in the Revised Estimates. The Revenue Deficit for next year is pegged at 1.9% , against 2% mandated by the FRBM Act

Promoting affordable housing and real estate sector

  • Between 8th November and 30th December 2016, deposits between 2 lakh Rupees and 80 lakh Rupees were made in about 1.09 crore accounts with an average deposit size of ` 03 lakh. Deposits of more than 80 lakh were made in 1.48 lakh accounts with average deposit size of ` 3.31 crores.
  • Under the scheme for profit-linked income tax deduction for promotion of affordable housing, carpet area instead of built up area of 30 and 60 Sq.mtr. will be
  • The 30 Sq.mtr. limit will apply only in case of municipal limits of 4 metropolitan cities while for the rest of the country including in the peripheral areas of metros, limit of 60 Sq.mtr. will apply
  • For builders for whom constructed buildings are stock-in-trade, tax on notional rental income will only apply after one year of the end of the year in which completion certificate is received
  • Reduction in the holding period for computing long term capital gains  from transfer of immovable property from 3 years to 2 years. Also, the  base year for indexation is proposed to be shifted from 1.4.1981 to 1.4.2001 for all classes of assets including immovable property
  • For Joint Development Agreement signed for development of property, the liability to pay capital gain tax will arise in the year the project is completed
  • Exemption from capital gain tax for persons holding land on 2.6.2014, the date on which the State of Andhra Pradesh was reorganised, and whose land is being pooled for creation of capital city of Andhra Pradesh under the Government scheme

Measures for stimulating growth

  • Concessional withholding rate of 5% charged on interest earned by foreign entities in external commercial borrowings or in bonds and Government securities is extended to 30.6.2020. This benefit is also extended to Rupee Denominated (Masala) Bonds
  • For the purpose of carry forward of losses in respect of start-ups, the condition of continuous holding of 51% of voting rights has been relaxed subject to the condition that the holding of the original promoter/promoters continues. Also the profit (linked deduction) exemption available to the start-ups for 3 years out of 5 years is changed to 3 years out of 7 years
  • MAT credit is allowed to be carried forward up to a period of 15 years instead of 10 years at present
  • In order to make MSME companies more viable, income tax for companies with annual turnover upto ` 50 crore is reduced to 25%
  • Allowable provision for Non-Performing Asset of Banks increased from 7.5% to 8.5%. Interest taxable on actual receipt instead of accrual basis in respect of NPA accounts of all non-scheduled cooperative banks also to be treated at par with scheduled banks
  • Basic customs duty on LNG reduced from 5% to 5%

Promoting digital economy

  • Under scheme of presumptive income for small and medium tax payers whose turnover is upto 2 crores, the present, 8% of their turnover which is counted as presumptive income is reduced to 6% in respect of turnover which is by non-cash means
  • No transaction above ` 3 lakh would be permitted in cash subject to certain exceptions
  • Miniaturised POS card reader for m-POS (other than mobile phones or tablet computers), micro ATM standards version 1.5.1, Finger Print Readers

/ Scanners and Iris Scanners and on their parts and components for manufacture of such devices to be exempt from BCD, Excise/CV duty and SAD

Transparency in electoral funding

  • Need to cleanse the system of political funding in India
  • Maximum amount  of cash donation, a  political party  can receive, will  be 2000/- from one person.
  • Political parties will be entitled to receive donations by cheque or digital mode from their
  • Amendment to the Reserve Bank of India Act to enable the issuance of electoral bonds in accordance with a scheme that the Government of India would frame in this
  • Every political party would have to file its return within the time prescribed in accordance with the provision of the Income-tax Act
  • Existing exemption to the political parties from payment of income-tax would be available only subject to the fulfilment of these conditions

Ease of doing business

  • Scope of domestic transfer pricing restricted to only if one of the entities involved in related party transaction enjoys specified profit-linked deduction
  • Threshold limit for audit of business entities who opt for presumptive income scheme increased from ` 1 crore to ` 2 crores. Similarly, the threshold for maintenance of books for individuals and HUF increased from turnover of 10 lakhs to 25 lakhs or income from 1.2 lakhs to 2.5 lakhs
  • Foreign Portfolio Investor (FPI) Category I & II exempted from indirect transfer provision. Indirect transfer provision shall not apply in case of redemption of shares or interests outside India as a result of or arising out of redemption or sale of investment in India which is chargeable to tax in India
  • Commission payable to individual insurance agents exempt from the requirement of TDS subject to their filing a self-declaration that their income is below taxable limit
  • Under scheme for presumptive taxation for professionals with receipt upt 50 lakhs p.a.  advance tax can be paid in one instalment instead of four

Time period for revising a tax return is being reduced to 12 months from completion of financial year, at par with the time period for filing of return. Also the time for completion of scrutiny assessments is being compressed further from 21 months to 18 months for Assessment Year 2018-19 and further to 12 months for Assessment Year 2019-20 and thereafter

Personal income-tax

  • Existing rate  of  taxation  for  individual  assesses  between  income of `2.5 lakhs to 5 lakhs reduced to 5% from the present rate of 10%
  • Surcharge of 10% of tax payable on categories of individuals whose annual taxable income is between `50 lakhs and ` 1 crore
  • Simple one-page form to be filed as Income Tax Return for the category of individuals having taxable income upto ` 5 lakhs other than business income
  • Appeal to all citizens of India to contribute to Nation Building by making a small payment of 5% tax if their income is falling in the lowest slab of 2.5 lakhs to 5

Goods and services tax

  • The GST Council has finalised its recommendations on almost all the issues based on consensus on the basis of 9 meetings held
  • Preparation of IT system for GST is also on Schesuled

The extensive reach-out efforts to trade and industry for GST will start  from 1st April, 2017 to make them aware of the new taxation system

RAPID (Revenue, Accountability, Probity, Information and Digitisation)

  • Maximise efforts for e-assessment in the coming year
  • Enforcing greater accountability of officers of Tax Department for specific act of commission and omission

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Check ICAI’s Reaction on Union Budget 2017 – 18

The Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley in his union Budget Speech underlined that one of the main priorities of the Government is to eliminate black money component from the economy. He highlighted the positive role of demonetization in reducing corruption, increasing digitization of the economy and transferring the resources from the tax evaders to the Government for deployment in the welfare schemes for the poor. In this direction, the main objective of the tax proposals include, inter alia, promoting digital economy and ensuring transparency in political funding

The Direct Taxes Committee, Indirect Taxes Committee and Committee on International Taxation invite suggestions on the tax proposals of the Finance Bill, 2017 for consideration and inclusion of the same in the Post Budget Memorandum to be submitted to the Ministry of Finance.

Some of the above union budget recommendations of ICAI which have been accepted.

  • The additional deduction of ₹ 50,000 per annum towards interest on housing loan for first time small home buyers is a welcome proposal. Service tax exemption on construction of affordable houses under any Scheme of Central or State Government  will  further facilitate first time home buyers.
  • The Government is proposing to tax  60% of  provident fund withdrawals, which are as of now completely exempt from income-tax. In a country like India, since not many social security schemes are in place, this provision may require reconsideration in the interest of welfare of senior citizens who may not have alternate sources of income post retirement.
  • In a bid to rationalize NPS, the settled position relating to tax exemption of PF and superannuation funds has been disturbed.
  • Such withdrawals  would continue to be exempt only for employees participating in RPF with a monthly salary of upto ₹ 15,000, which threshold is very low. A significant number of employees would fall outside the scope of this exemption.
  • Furthermore, the proposal for placing a monetary cap of ₹ 1,50,000 on employer’s contribution to recognized provident fund would once again be detrimental to the interest of salaried class.

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