Finance Minister P. Chidambaram presented Union Budget 2013 on 28th Feb-2013, the 82nd Budget in India’s history. This budget is 8th Budget presented by MR P. Chidambaram.
Below are the key highlights of Union Budget 2013. Budget will be applicable from 1st April, 2013.
1. Direct Taxes:
A) Income Tax Rates/ Income Tax Slab -2013
- Exemption limit for the general category of individual taxpayers remain same as last year .
- There is no increase in Income tax Limit or income tax slab.
- Some relief to tax payers under 2 to 5 lakh income group. Tax credit of Rs 2,000 for income up to Rs 5 lakh.
- Propose to reduce STT rate on equity futures and mutual funds to 0.01% to 0.017%.- 1% TDS to be applicable on immovable property deals above Rs 50 lakhs.
- The Income tax rates and slabs for financial year 2013-2014 are as follows:
|Annual Income||Tax Slab|
|Up-to Rs 200,000 (for senior citizens 250,000)||Nil|
|Between Rs 200,000 to 500,000||10%|
|Between Rs 500,000 to 1,000,000||20%|
|Above Rs 1,000,000||30%|
|No enhanced limit for women. Men and women are treated same now .|
Other Direct tax Highlights in Budget:
- Surcharge of 10 percent on persons (other than companies) whose taxable income exceed 1 crore to augment revenues.
- Increase surcharge from 5 to 10 percent on domestic companies whose taxable income exceed 10 crore.
- In case of foreign companies who pay a higher rate of corporate tax, surcharge to increase from 2 to 5 percent, if the taxabale income exceeds 10 crore.
- In all other cases such as dividend distribution tax or tax on distributed income, current surcharge increased from 5 to 10 percent. Additional surcharges to be in force for only one year.
- Education cess to continue at 3 percent.
- Permissible premium rate increased from 10 percent to 15 percent of the sum assured by relaxing eligibility conditions of life insurance policies for persons suffering from disability and certain ailments.
- Contributions made to schemes of Central and State Governments(CGHS) similar to Central Government Health Scheme, eligible for section 80D of the Income tax Act.
- Donations under section80 G made to National Children Fund eligible for 100 percent deduction.
- Investment allowance at the rate of 15 percent to manufacturing companies that invest more than ` 100 crore in plant and machinery during the period 1.4.2013 to 31.3.2015.
- ‘Eligible date’ for projects in the power sector to avail benefit under Section 80- IA extended from 31.3.2013 to 31.3.2014.
- Concessional rate of tax of 15 percent on dividend received by an Indian company from its foreign subsidiary proposed to continue for one more year.
- Securitisation Trust to be exempted from Income Tax. Tax to be levied at specified rates only at the time of distribution of income for companies, individual or HUF etc. No further tax on income received by investors from the Trust.
- Investor Protection Fund of depositories exempt from Income-tax in some cases.
- Parity in taxation between IDF-Mutual Fund and IDF-NBFC.
- A Category I AIF set up as Venture capital fund allowed pass through status under Income-tax Act.
- TDS at the rate of 1 percent on the value of the transfer of immovable properties where consideration exceeds ` 50 lakhs. Agricultural land to be exempted.
- A final withholding tax at the rate of 20 percent on profits distributed by unlisted companies to shareholders through buyback of shares.
- Proposal to increase the rate of tax on payments by way of royalty and fees for technical services to non-residents from 10 percent to 25 percent.
- Reductions made in rates of Securities Transaction Tax in respect of certain transaction.
- Proposal to introduce Commodity Transaction Tax (CTT) in a limited way.Agricultural commodities will be exempted.
- Modified provisions of GAAR will come into effect from 1.4.2016.
2. Indirect Taxes:
- No change in the normal rates of 12 percent for excise duty and service tax.
- No change in the peak rate of basic customs duty of 10 perent for non-agricultural products
- Increase in import duty on set top boxes.
- Excise duty on cigarettes hiked to 18%.
- Excise duty on SUV’s raised from 27% to 30%. Not applicable for SUVs registered as taxies.
- Custom duty on imported motor vehicles hiked.
- Service tax on all AC restaurant will make eating out costlier
- Excise duty on marble increased from `30 per square meter to ` 60 per square meter.
- Proposals to levy 4 percent excise duty on silver manufactured from smelting zinc or lead.
- Duty on mobile phones priced at more than Rs 2000 raised to 6 percent.