Budget relief to middle class, 5% income tax for Rs 2.5-5 lakh earners

However, earners in between Rs 50 lakh and Rs one crore will have to pay 10% surcharge

The Budget gave relief to on personal income tax front, mainly the salaried group in the middle class, by halving the tax to five per cent up to the income of Rs 5 lakh to ease the pains of demonetisation. However, those earning above Rs 50 lakh and up to Rs one crore will have to shell out additional 10 per cent surcharge.

The cut in the tax rate for the lowest slab will also save up to Rs 12,500 for incomes in other slabs, increasing disposable income of the middle class that can provide spur to the slowing down economic growth. The present super rich tax in the form of 15 per cent surcharge will remain for those earning income over Rs one crore.

The finance minister also put more money in the hands of small and medium enterprises by reducing the corporate tax rate to 25 per cent from the current 30 per cent for annual turnover up to Rs 50 crore. Ninety six per cent of companies which file returns come under this category.

Besides middle class and SMEs, the finance minister also addressed the concerns of foreign portfolio investors by exempting India-based funds them from the indirect transfer provisions. The government had put on hold the recent rules by the Central Board of direct taxes in this regard.

Budget 2017 News, India Union Budget 2017-18, Latest News & Stories, Live Updates, Headlines & Highlights for Budget 2017-2018 | Business Standard

Big relief to middle class! I-T rate for Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh annual income bracket halved to 5%

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