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Most experts agree that the budget has been good for the common man.
Find out all about the budget and how it affects your pocket, that too, minus the jargon. Get tips from experts on what you can do now. Also meet people like you and find out what they think about the budget. First we spoke to Blessen Varghese and then to Ritu Khanna.
Name: Blessen Varghese
Industry: Information Technology
Profile: Technical writer/ Instructional designer
Income: Rs 228,949 per annum (gross)
Tax deducted at source: Rs 22,620 per annum
Investments: LIC premium of Rs 11,232 half-yearly
What happened in the budget for him?
The measure: Tax slabs have changed for the better. Here are the new tax slabs for men:
However, surcharge and education cess remain the same.
The measure: Postal time deposits schemes included under section 80C
The impact: Blessen can now invest in postal time deposit schemes and get a tax deduction of up to Rs 1 lakh.
The measure: Excise duties reduced on two wheelers, small and hybrid cars. But duties on non filter cigarettes and cellular mobile phones will go up.
The impact: If Blessen was planning to buy a vehicle, they will now come cheaper. If he is a smoker, he will now pay more on non filter cigarettes. Also, he will pay more for cellular mobile phones.
What is his reaction?
“I am very happy about the increase in tax exemption from Rs 110,000 to Rs 150,000. I have been thinking of buying a car for a while. Now that the excise duty for small cars has decreased to 12% (from 16%), I think I will finally own a car. But I am certainly not happy about the increase of cigarette prices.”
What should he do now to plan his money better?
- Since Blessen’s tax outgo will decrease, he will have more money on hand to save and spend. He must choose his investments wisely and save smartly. Expert, HP Ranina says, “The budget is a good move for common tax payers. They can make substantial saving following the enhancement of the threshold.”
- Although he can invest in postal term deposits to get a deduction, he must consider instruments like equity linked savings schemes, the returns of which are more tax efficient. ELSS is also good from a long-term wealth creation point of view. Alternately, he can look at public provident fund schemes that give tax-free interest.
Tags: Tax report, budget, budget expectations, tax and investment, E&Y, Sanjeev Jain, Mediclaim policy, Blessen, Gaurav Mashruwalla, Sandeep Shnabhag, financial planning, budget planning
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