DTC bill tabled in LS; proposes exemption limit of Rs 2 Lakh

DTC bill tabled in LS; proposes exemption limit of Rs 2 Lakh

The bill, introduced by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, seeks to widen income tax slabs to levy 10 per cent rate on income between Rs 2 lakh to 5 lakh, 20 per cent on between Rs 5-10 lakh and 30 per cent above Rs 10 lakh.

For senior citizens, tax exemption is sought to be raised to Rs 2.5 lakh from Rs 2.40 lakh.
Currently, income between Rs 1.6-5 lakh attracts 10 per cent tax; between Rs 5-8 lakh, 20 per cent and beyond Rs 8 lakh, 30 per cent.

The proposed tax slabs are much lower than originally suggested in the draft DTC bill -- 10 per cent for Rs 1.6 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, 20 per cent between Rs 10-25 lakh and 30 per cent for income above Rs 30 lakh.

The bill seeks to fix corporate tax at the current 30 per cent but without surcharge and cess. With surcharge and cess, the current tax liability on corporates comes to over 33 per cent.

The legislation also proposes to increase MAT from 18 per cent to 20 per cent of book profit of a company. It seeks to levy dividend distribution tax at 15 per cent.
When enacted, DTC will replace archaic Income Tax Act.

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