When married, unmarried Indians had separate tax slabs

Budget 2021 | When married and unmarried Indians had different tax slabs

India has had its share of iconic and revolting revisions of the income tax slab

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There are only a few days left for Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to present the much-awaited Union Budget, which is set to be unlike any other previous Budgets. Due to the Covid-19 norms, the Budget document will not be printed, but will be presented in a digital format for the very first time.

As is the case every other year, experts and the aam aadmi alike will have their eyes fixed on a possible revision of the income tax slabs as the government seeks to plug the hole in the Indian economy that the Covid-19 pandemic ate into. 

India has had its share of iconic and revolting revisions of the income tax slab, but none come quite as close to this:

In the 1955-56 Union Budget, Finance Minister C D Deshmukh sought to push the tax slab for married Indians from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 and bring down the same for unmarried Indians from Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,000.

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As quoted by Times Now, Deshmukh had said that the reason for introducing a separate tax slab for married and unmarried Indians was to make a "suitable scheme of family allowances."

The remaining five tax slabs were not changed.