Economic Times | 01 Feb, 2023 | 07:57PM IST
Income Tax Budget 2023 Highlights: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweaked the income tax slabs under the new tax regime.
What's new in the new income tax regime
1) Basic exemption limit is hiked from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh
2) Rebate under section 87A has been hiked from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh
3) The income tax slabs under the new income tax regime will be as follows:
- Up to Rs 3 lakh - 0% tax
- Between Rs 3 and 6 lakh - 5% tax
- Between Rs 6 and 9 lakh - 10% tax
- Between Rs 9 lakh and Rs 12 lakh - 15% tax
- Between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 15 lakh - 20% tax
- Above Rs 15 lakh above - 30% tax
4) Standard deduction introduced for salaried and individual taxpayers under the new tax regime
5) Highest surcharge rate reduced from 37 per cent to 25 per cent in the new tax regime
Sitharaman announced a one-time small savings scheme ‘Mahila Samman Saving Certificate’. It will be available for two years. The interest rate has been fixed at 7.5 per cent per annum. The maximum investment limit will be Rs 2 lakh. A partial withdrawal option will also be available.
The maximum investment limit under Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS) has been hiked from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 30 lakh.
For business establishments required to have Permanent Account Number (PAN), it will be used as a common identifier for all digital systems of specified government agencies, announced Sitharaman in Budget 2023.
Commenting on the announcements of Budget 2023, Sudhakar Sethuraman, Partner, Deloitte India said, "This budget looks promising for middle class taxpayers with enhanced slabs limits. Revisiting the leave encashment exemption in line with prevalent salary levels is much appreciated. One has to be prepared that new tax regime will be focused going forward. Another point on better targeting of tax concessions and exemptions, limit is fixed for capital gain exemption in case of residential house at INR 10 crore; limit is proposed to be fixed on exemption for proceeds from insurance policies. With eased up compliance and simplified process, the budget can be said to meet the hard-working middle-class taxpayers to a considerable extent."
"The Finance Minister has provided a shot in the arm for smaller taxpayers by increasing rebates and ensuring that there is no income tax levied up to Rs 7 lakh in income. In addition, the revised tax slabs under the new tax regime and the extension of the standard deduction will ensure that the salaries class will have a little more cash in hand this coming year to fuel consumption and or investments in India," said Pallav Pradyumn Narang, Partner, CNK, a chartered accountants firm.
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“The Union Budget is growth accretive, fiscally prudent and consumption supportive. The huge emphasis on capital expenditure could be the perfect recipe for a private investment cycle that is already visible. Support for MSME and Agriculture will broad base credit growth. Reasonable Government borrowing numbers will support lower interest rates and the move towards a clutter free new tax regime will significantly spur consumption. Overall, the budget is forward looking and will support an inclusive economy.”
- Dinesh Khara, Chairman, SBI
Income Tax Budget 2023 Highlights: Digilocker services to aid easy loans access, says expert
"The expansion of the government digital certificate depository Digilocker services for the fintech sector is a welcome boost for fintech startups that are aiming to improve credit penetration in the country. Seamless documentation availability through the DigiLocker will aid in easing the loan journey and help availability of loans in interiors of the country," said Aalesh Avlani, Founder, of Credit Wise Capital, a consumer finance Registered NBFC.
Income Tax Budget 2023 Highlights: How digital transaction grew in 2022
Digital payments continue to find wide acceptance. In 2022, they show an increase of 76 per cent in transactions and 91 per cent in value. Fiscal support for this digital public infrastructure will continue in 2023-24.
Income Tax Budget 2023 Highlights: Budget 2023 announces unified filing process
For obviating the need for separate submission of the same information to different government agencies, a system of ‘Unified Filing Process’ will be set up. Such filing of information or return in simplified forms on a common portal will be shared with other agencies as per the filer’s choice, said Budget 2023.
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: What insurance policyholders must know
Budget 2023 announced that for non-ULIP (traditional) insurance policies issued from the new fiscal year, income from only those policies with aggregate premiums up to Rs 5 lakh shall be exempt This is a bit of a dampener for the insurance industry and increasing penetration of insurance and household financial savings in India.
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Finance Minister has brought in several changes in the tax regime, which can be seen as a welcome move for the common people. The government has announced big incentives under the new tax regime and given a big push on the capex. The finance ministry has also brought revisions to the tax structure by reducing the number of tax slabs to 5 and increasing the tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh. A low tax regime is always beneficial for the taxpayers since introducing tax cuts and giving more money to the hands of people will eventually boost the country’s economy.
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: PAN common ID for business establishment
For the business establishments required to have a Permanent Account Number (PAN), the PAN will be used as the common identifier for all digital systems of specified government agencies. This will bring ease of doing business, and it will be facilitated through a legal mandate.
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: One-stop solution for identity and address updating, proposes Budget 2023
A one-stop solution for reconciliation and updating of identity and address of individuals maintained by various government agencies, regulators, and regulated entities will be established using DigiLocker service and Aadhaar as foundational identity announced Budget 2023.
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: How a simpler KYC process will help you
“In Budget 2023, it is laudable that the FM has kept improving ease of business right at the centre of her announcements. In the insurance sector, everything hangs by the delicate thread of customer trust. Simpler KYC processes, enhanced DigiLocker services, and an overall push toward digital transactions will go a long way in improving customer experience. This in turn is bound to improve India’s insurance adoption and further accentuate the growth of our economy,” said Sarbvir Singh, President and CEO, of Policybazaar.com
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: KYC process simplified
The KYC process will be simplified adopting a ‘risk-based’ instead of a ‘one size fits all’ approach. The financial sector regulators will also be encouraged to have a KYC system fully amenable to meet the needs of Digital India, announced Budget 2023
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: FM checked all boxes, says, expert
"The Union Budget 2023-24 is a growth-oriented budget and the FM has checked all the boxes – from consumption to capex to spending to middle class to industry. The income tax benefits announced will boost purchasing power for middle-class consumers," said Umesh Revankar, Executive Vice Chairman, of Shriram Finance.
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An increase of 66 per cent in the Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY) fund outlay is a step in the right direction, which will not only enhance funding to the lower and affordable housing category, but also is in line with the government's ‘Housing for All’ policy.
- Samyak Jain, Director, Siddha Group
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Taking it a notch above the expectations of the middle class, the budget has special thrust on women and youth which makes it truly citizen-centric. To remain the fastest growing major economy in the world, it demonstrates the government’s intent to improve a taxpayer’s purchasing power through income tax rebates, enhanced grievance redressal mechanism for direct tax payers and capital deductions from capital gains on investments, while being overall fiscally prudent to address inflation. Further, rolling out a host of initiatives to support domestic industries, the budget sets positive sentiments in placing India in a resilient position amidst a global slowdown.
- Suresh Agarwal, MD & CEO, Kotak Mahindra General Insurance Company
Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Maximum investment limit under MIS hiked
The maximum deposit limit for Monthly Income Account Scheme will be enhanced from Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 9 lakh for single account and from Rs 9 lakh to Rs 15 lakh for joint account.
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Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Govt took action to tame inflation, says FM
You have seen inflation come down, both the CPI and WPI. Action has been taken by the government, we take inflation-related steps when things develop on the ground and in response to it and that has borne results, says Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Basic tax exemption limit hiked in new tax regime
Basic tax exemption limit hiked to Rs 3 lakh in new tax regime in Budget 2023. Read More
Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Standard deduction introduced in Budget 2023
Standard deduction of Rs 50,000 to salaried individual, and deduction from family pension up to Rs 15,000, is currently allowed only under the old regime. These two deductions will now be available under new tax regime, announced finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Surcharge explained
Surcharge on income-tax under both old regime and new regime is 10 per cent if income is above Rs 50 lakh and up to Rs 1 crore, 15 per cent if income is above Rs 1 crore and up to Rs 2 crore, 25 per cent if income is above Rs 2 crore and up to Rs 5 crore, and 37 per cent if income is above Rs 5 crore. It is proposed that the for those individuals, HUF, AOP (other than co-operative), BOI and AJP under the new regime, surcharge would be same except that the surcharge rate of 37 per cent will not apply. Highest surcharge shall be 25 per cent for income above Rs 2 crore. This would reduce the maximum rate from about 42.7 per cent to about 39 per cent. No change in surcharge is proposed for those who opt to be under the old regime
As was being expected, the FM has proposed various changes in the New tax regime to make it more popular. Out of five major announcements made under personal tax, three proposals have been made for middle class salaried individuals opting for new tax regime which are increase in the rebate under section 87A for people earning taxable income up to Rs 7 lakh, change in tax slab rates and introduction of standard deduction and deduction against family pension, making the new tax regime all the more lucrative.
- Divya Baweja, Partner, Deloitte India
Budget focussed on empowering women, self-help group: FM
Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: New income tax regime is now more attractive, says FM
The new income tax regime has now got greater incentives, so that people can unhesitatingly move from the old to the new. We are not compelling anyone. But the new income tax regime is now attractive as it gives greater rebates, said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Tweaked new tax regime, so more people adopt it: FM Nirmala Sitharaman
Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Old Vs new tax regime post-budget 2023: Who should opt for which income tax regime now
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman revised the income tax slabs under the new income tax regime. To make it attractive among taxpayers, the government has introduced standard deductions for salaried individuals and pensioners under the concessional income tax regime. Further, the basic exemption limit has also been increased from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. Read More
Budget 2020 introduced a simplified personal tax regime with effect from assessment year 2020-2021 with the objective of providing relief to taxpayers and simplifying the Income-tax law. However, since the savings under the scheme were not significant, there were not many takers for the scheme. The government has now proposed a revamp of the scheme to make it more attractive by increasing the basic exemption limit under this scheme from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh, allowing higher rebate of Rs 25,000 for low taxpayers (as compared to Rs 12,500 under the regular regime), allowing taxpayers to claim the standard deduction from their taxable salary up to Rs 50,000 and restricting the surcharge for high taxpayers (taxable income exceeding 5 Crore) to 25 per cent instead of 37 per cent.
- Homi Mistry, Partner, Deloitte India
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Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: TDS rate on EPF withdrawals reduced in these cases
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Saraswathi Kasturirangan, Partner, Deloitte India, explained, "The Finance Minister has proposed to curtail the surcharge at income levels exceeding Rs 5 crore from 37 per cent to 25 per cent under the new tax regime. This will reduce the effective tax rate for individuals in the highest tax slab from 42.744 per cent to 39 per cent. This is a welcome move since moderation of individual tax rates in India would also make the country more attractive for individuals in the region and would prevent the flight of capital abroad."
The Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has presented a distinctive set of measures in the Union Budget 2023-24 with a streamlined focus on rapid, holistic and inclusive economic growth. It is a well-crafted statement of intent, drawn from the success and learnings from the past with the potential to further enhance India’s growth prospects.
- Akash Sinha, Co-founder & CEO, Cashfree Payments
Budget 2023-24 is a well-rounded progressive & inclusive budget. The focus on important parameters like boosting consumption and inclusion is a welcome measure for our growing economy. The government has laid an important thrust on capital Investment which will enhance consumption and create employment, both of which have been important areas of attention, especially post the pandemic
- Chandrashekhar Gosh, MD & CEO of Bandhan Bank
New Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: What is the leave encashment rule for non-govt emlpoyees?
If a person is employed in the private sector, their leave encashment following retirement or resignation is taxable as "Income from Salary" under Section 10 (10AA)(ii). However, section 10 of the Income-Tax Act, 1961, provides for some tax exemptions (10AA), according to the income tax department’s website.Any payment received as leave encashment at the time of retirement or on leaving job otherwise shall be exempt up to the least of following amounts Under Section 10 (10AA)(ii). The limit is now increased to Rs 25 lakh from earlier Rs 3 lakh.
New Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Tax exemption on leave encashment on retirement of non-government salaried employees increased
The limit of Rs 3 lakh for tax exemption on leave encashment on retirement of non-government salaried employees has been increased to Rs 25 lakh in Budget 2023.
The budget is indicative of the continued economic growth resolve that the government has underlined via a slew of reforms, rebates and announcements all aimed at turning India into a consumption economy
- Susheel Tejuja, Founder & MD, PolicyBoss.com
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Life insurance proceeds taxable for premium over Rs 5 lakh
For life insurance policies issued on or after April 1, 2023, the tax exemption on maturity benefits under Section 10(10D) will only be applicable if the aggregate premium paid by an individual is up to Rs 5 lakh.
New Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: How hike in presumptive tax will help you
While this measure will provide relief in income tax, with no corresponding measures for reduction of TDS, professionals may continue to face cash constraints due to higher deduction of TDS," said Neeraj Agarwala, Partner, Nangia Andersen India.
New Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Limit for presumptive tax scheme hiked
The limit for the presumptive tax scheme has been increased from Rs 50 lakhs to Rs 75 lakhs. Earlier, professionals with gross receipts of up to Rs 50 lakh were given the option to straightaway offer 50 percent of their gross receipts as taxable income and pay taxes at applicable slab rates. Now, professionals with gross receipts of up to Rs 75 lakh will have the same option.
New Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Will the proposed changes in the new tax regime help the middle-class taxpayers?
Answering to whether the changes in the new tax regime help the middle-class taxpayers, Ankit Jain, Partner, Ved Jain & Associates, a chartered accountant firm said, "The proposed changes in the new tax regime, combined with no changes being made in the old tax regime, may result in the savings sector and social sector becoming the primary losers. The new tax regime does not offer any tax deductions for investments or for donations to charitable organisations, thereby removing any incentives for individuals to continue making investments in mutual funds, insurance, pension schemes, provident funds, or to donate to charitable causes."
New Income Tax Slab LIVE Updates: The Finance Minister has provided a shot in the arm for smaller taxpayers by increasing rebates and ensuring that there is no income tax levied up to 7 lakh rupees in income. In addition, the revised tax slabs under the new tax regime and the extension of the standard deduction will ensure that the salaries class will have a little more cash in hand this coming year to fuel consumption and or investments in India.
- Pallav Pradyumn Narang, Partner, CNK
New income tax slab LIVE Updates: New tax regime will be default now
From April 1, 2023, the new income tax regime will be your default tax regime. If you want to opt old tax regime, you have to separately choose it at the beginning of the financial year.
New Income Tax Slab LIVE Updates: With regards to personal taxation, the Finance Minister proposed the new tax regime as the default system, with no tax applicable for income up to Rs 7 lakh. The basic tax slabs have been revised, providing some relief to taxpayers, and the highest surcharge rate has been reduced to 25 per cent from 37 per cent, offering substantial relief to ultra HNIs. However, the highest tax rate remains unchanged at 30 per cent for income above Rs. 15 lakhs, providing those with income between Rs 15 lakhs and Rs 2 crores with insignificant benefits.
- Ankit Jain, Partner, Ved Jain & Associates
New Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Know about new income tax slab
What's new in the new income tax regime
- Basic exemption limit is hiked from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh
- Rebate under section 87A has been hiked from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh
- The income tax slabs under the new income tax regime will be as follows:
a) Rs 0 to Rs 3 lakh - 0% tax
b) Rs 3 to 6 lakh - 5% tax
c) Rs 6 to 9 lakh - 10% tax
d) Rs 9 lakh to Rs 12 lakh - 15% tax
e) Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh - 20% tax
f) Above Rs 15 lakh above - 30% tax
- Standard deduction introduced in new tax regime for salaried and pensioners in Budget 2023.
- Further, the new income tax regime becomes default tax regime. However, the individuals will have an option to continue with the old income tax regime
New Income Tax Slabs Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Big relief for taxpayers
An individual with annual income of Rs 9 lakh will have to pay only Rs 45,000, says FM
New Income Tax Slabs Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Highest surcharge reduced
"I propose to reduce the highest surcharge rate from 37 per cent to 25 per cent in the new tax regime, announces Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
New Income Tax Slab Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: What are the new income tax slabs under new tax regime?
The new income tax slabs under new tax regime
- up to Rs 3 lakh: NIL
- Rs 3 lakh- Rs 6 lakh: 5%
- Rs 6 lakh-Rs 9 lakh: 10%
- Rs 9 lakh-Rs 12 lakh: 15%
- Rs 12 lakh- Rs 15 lakh: 20%
- Over Rs 15 lakh: 30%
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: The rebate under section 87A of new income regime hiked to Rs 7 lakh, says FM
Income Tax Slabs Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: New scheme for women
The maximum investment limit under 'Mahila Samman Saving Certificate' will be Rs 2 lakh. A partial withdrawal option will also be available.
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: FM announces new savings scheme for women
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a one-time small savings scheme ‘Mahila Samman Saving Certificate’. It will be available for two years. The interest rate has been fixed at 7.5 per cent per annum.
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Investment limit of Senior Citizen Savings Scheme increased
Senior Citizen Savings Scheme: Maximum investment limit increased from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 30 lakh, announces FM
Income Tax Budget 2023: If income tax relief is given in new tax regime will old tax regime continue?
If media reports that the new tax regime is likely to be made more attractive in the coming budget 2023 prove correct, then it is likely that this may also signal the end of the old tax regime. This appears the logical consequence of sweetening the new 'concessional tax regime' by introduction of a few limited exemptions/tax deductions and/or hiking the basic exemption limit. Read More
Income Tax in Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Soon, you will be able to update address, identity proof easily via DigiLocker
DigiLocker will now be a one-stop KYC maintenance system for individuals, allowing you to make changes to papers that will be reflected in all of your documents that are linked to digilocker, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced in Budget 2023. Read more
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: PAN to be used as common business ID
For business establishments required to have Permanent Account Number (PAN), it will be used as a common identifier for all digital systems of specified government agencies, announces Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Budget 2023.
Digilocker will be the one stop KYC maintenance system for individuals: FM
We look forward to more first time home buyers having access to affordable housing by availing credit link subsidy scheme benefits, if the government revises the cap further upwards in the metro cities. The government should introduce tax sops for first-time homebuyers.
- Samyak Jain, Director, Siddha Group
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Govt won't give any concession to salaried people, says Congress
"We don't think the govt is giving any concession to salaried people. They are announcing the budget only for eyewash schemes. They did the same in previous budgets. This time, focussing on 2024 elections, some schemes and reliefs may be announced," said K Suresh, Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: What first-time homebuyers want from Budget 2023
"Property rates in metro cities are very high and out of reach for most home buyers in the lower property segment. Revising the cap from Rs 45 lakh to 1 crore in metro cities, for home buyers availing the credit link subsidy scheme will immensely benefit customers in the affordable housing category and make housing more accessible to them," said Pritam Chivukula, Co-Founder & Director, Tridhaatu Realty and Treasurer, CREDAI-MCHI.
"The government should introduce tax sops for first-time homebuyers and re-introducing GST with an input tax credit on under-construction properties that will reduce property rates thereby generating demand among homebuyers," he added.
There should be some tax concessions for first-time homebuyers and re-introducing GST with an input tax credit for under-construction properties that will generate demand among homebuyers.
- Samyak Doshi, Director, Bhoomi Group.
It is important to increase the tax subsidy on housing loans for both the principal and interest from its historical level of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh. An increase in an existing tax deduction for home loans will offset the increased EMI burden and leave some surplus to spend and boost the Indian economy
- Shrikant Shrivastava, chief risk officer, of IMGC (India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation)
Income Tax Budget 2023 LIVE Updates: Income tax deductions homebuyers get now
Currently, homebuyers can claim an income tax deduction on the interest paid on their home loan under Section 24 (b) of the Income-tax Act, 1961. The maximum amount of deduction that can be claimed is Rs 2 lakh per financial year for a self-occupied property. Homebuyers can also claim income tax deductions on the principal repayment of their home loan under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. The maximum amount of deduction that can be claimed is Rs 1.5 lakh per financial year. However, various deductions for other investments such as Public Provident Fund (PPF), equity-linked savings schemes (ELSS), life insurance premiums, and Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme are clubbed under Section 80C of the Income-tax Act, 1961.
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