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What budget can do to reduce your tax burden

Revisiting tax-free ceiling limit
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Revisiting tax-free ceiling limit
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Interim budgets are not typically known for significant amendments, however this time proposals to keep up old promises may be introduced. While the government would want to maintain the balance between growth and revenue, it may consider increasing the tax-free ceiling limit for individuals.

Raising the limit under Section 80C
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Raising the limit under Section 80C
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Interim budget may increase deduction limit under Section 80C to Rs 2.5 lakh from Rs 1.5 lakh at present.

Reintroducing medical reimbursement and transport allowance
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Reintroducing medical reimbursement and transport allowance
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In the 2018 Budget, Standard Deduction of Rs 40,000 was introduced at the cost of transport allowance and medical reimbursement to provide relief to taxpayers in terms of tax savings. However, the increase in health and education cess (erstwhile education cess) from 3% to 4% takes away some of the benefits arising from the standard deduction. In its pre-budget recommendation, the Confederation of Indian Industry has also suggested to re-introduce the exemption for medical reimbursement and transport allowance.

Making NPS more attractive as an investment option
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Making NPS more attractive as an investment option
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The Union Cabinet has in its meeting dated December 6, 2018 approved the proposal of exempting the lump sum withdrawal of 60% on exit. With this, the 60% lump sum withdrawal and commuted 40% will now be exempt from income tax. In the interim budget, there could be a special mention of the proposed change, which makes NPS comparable with PPF and EPF.

LLPs and Partnerships for concessional tax rates like companies
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LLPs and Partnerships for concessional tax rates like companies
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Various tax concessions / benefits have been phased out for companies as well as for LLPs and partnership firms. Though medium and small companies have been compensated by reduction of corporation tax rate to 25%, the applicable tax rate for LLPs and partnership firms remained unchanged. Therefore, government may align tax rate for LLPs and partnership firms to that of companies to 25% (with similar turnover threshold).

Increasing the turnover threshold of concessional tax rate
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Increasing the turnover threshold of concessional tax rate
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In the 2018 Union Budget, the turnover threshold for availing concessional tax rate of 25% for companies was extended to Rs 250 crore. To extend the benefit to a larger number of companies, the turnover threshold may be raised further.

Clarity on applicability of 'angel tax'
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Clarity on applicability of 'angel tax'
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There has been a lot of confusion and debate around applicability of ‘angel tax’ particularly after CBDT’s issuance and immediate withdrawal of circular, and therefore interim budget should bring clarity on the issue.

The changes in the interim budget would remain a matter of debate till the budget is presented and it would be interesting to see if the government brings in significant tax savings options for the taxpayers or it will be business as usual.

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