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Budget 2019: India's super-rich peak tax rate, at 42.7%, now higher than US'

Nirmala Sitharaman announced that individuals earning more than Rs 5 crore a year would pay a surcharge of 37.5 percent on their tax, over above their 30 percent marginal tax.

July 05, 2019 / 08:09 PM IST

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced that the tax rate on the super-rich would go up, with a peak effective tax rate of 42.7 percent being higher than the US' 40 percent.

Presenting her maiden Budget, Sitharaman said that individuals earning more than Rs 5 crore a year would pay a surcharge of 37.5 percent on their tax, over above their 30 percent marginal tax. This comes up to an effective rate of 41.1 percent rate (Rs 30 tax on every Rs 100 earned, plus another 37 percent on Rs 30, which is Rs 11.1). Add to that various cess, and the peak tax rate comes up to 42.7 percent.

How the surcharge impacts the super rich

The surcharge on those earning between Rs 2 and Rs 5 crore increased to 25 percent, bringing their effective tax rate to about 39 percent.