New Direct tax code is cleared:Exemption limits hiked, will have to pay less tax under DTC

2 comments Thursday, August 26, 2010
The cabinet has cleared new Direct tax code which is proposed to be implemented from 01-04-2011 onwards. The new Direct Tax code proposes to raise the basic exemption limit for individual tax payers from Rs 1.6 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. So there will be no tax on incomes below Rs 2 lakh. The exemption for senior citizens has been raised to Rs 2.5 lakh, up from 2.4 lakh at present.

Direct Tax Code incorporates all three direct tax act; IT Act of 1961, Wealth Tax of 1957, Dividend Distribution Tax of 1997.The Bill also seeks to remove surcharge and cess on corporate tax, providing relief to business houses. According to the new direct tax code corporate tax rate will be 30 per cent including all taxes, down from the existing 33 per cent.

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