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Union Budget 2022: Lawyers seek tax benefits, push for legal reforms

For most small-scale practitioners, the pandemic years have been tumultuous and many of them faced hardships trying to make a living.

January 29, 2022 / 08:39 AM IST

There’s been a paradigm shift in the way lawyers and the justice delivery system have functioned over the past two years because of the pandemic and this has highlighted some aspects that legal practitioners hope will be considered in the upcoming budget.

The expectations range from a benevolent fund for lawyers to boosting the judicial infrastructure, and from tax benefits for legal practitioners to legal reforms for boosting the overall economy. Here’s what experts told Moneycontrol they hope and expect the Union Budget to consider.

Tax benefits

Like most salaried people and business owners, professionals too are concerned over what the government has in store for them in terms of tax benefits. While it’s not feasible or likely to make specific provisions for lawyers, the presumptive tax benefit in the Income Tax Act for service providers covers law practitioners as well.