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Feb 28, 2011, 01.27 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

BUDGET 2011 HIGHLIGHTS: TAX IMPACTS & KEY ISSUES

Corporate tax surcharge reduced from 7.5% to 5%. Minimum alternate tax rate up from 18% to 18.5%. IT exemption for taxpayers raised from Rs 1.6 lakh to Rs 1.8 lakh. Tax relief is about Rs 2,000 across-the-board

BUDGET 2011 HIGHLIGHTS: TAX IMPACTS & KEY ISSUES
  • Corporate tax surcharge reduced from 7.5% to 5%. Minimum alternate tax rate up from 18% to 18.5%.
  • IT exemption for taxpayers raised from Rs 1.6 lakh to Rs 1.8 lakh. Tax relief is about Rs 2,000 across-the-board.
  • Senior citizens to get higher IT deduction limit of Rs 2.5 lakh. Entitlement age reduced to 60 from current 65
  • New category of senior citizens above 80 years to get higher IT deduction limit of Rs 5 lakh from this year
  • Service tax levels and excise stay at 10%; Peak rate of customs duty remains unchanged
  • Excise exemptions withdrawn on 130 items; to pay minimum excise of 1% from next year
  • Foreign individual investors allowed to invest directly in mutual funds subject to KYC requirements
  • Govt to allow issue of Rs 30,000 crore worth of tax-free bonds by infrastructure companies in 2011-12
  • Tax deduction for investment in infrastructure bonds of Rs 20,000 extended for one more year
  • Investment in fertiliser plants and machinery to be treated as infrastructure investment
  • Fiscal deficit for 2010-11 seen at 5.1% against 5.5% budgeted; deficit for 2011-12 projected at 4.6% of GDP
  • Government to introduce direct cash payments for those entitled to subsidies in kerosene, cooking gas and fertiliser by March, 2012.
  • Government considering extension of nutrient-based subsidy for urea, the largest chunk of fertilisers used in agriculture
  • National mission for electric and hybrid vehicles to be set up to create environment-friendly automobiles
  • Priority sector home loans limit raised to Rs 25 lakh from Rs 20 lakh.
  • Interest subvention on home loans up to Rs 15 lakh. Mortgage risk guarantee corporation to insure loans to the poor
  • Public sector disinvestment target for 2011-12 is raised to Rs 40,000 crore
  • Centre's net borrowing figure for 2011-12 fixed at Rs 3,43,000 crore; fiscal deficit figure at Rs 4,12,000 crore
  • Cement excise duties will be shifted to valorem basis from specific duty now
  • Loss on direct tax reliefs at Rs 11,500 crore; gain on indirect tax changes at Rs 11,300 crore
  • FM says no need to remove stimulus package at this stage, but will withdraw excise exemptions

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