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Union Budget 2019 – No Tax on Income of Up to 6.5 Lakhs, Other SOPs Announced

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Piyush Goyal, who recently took over the charge of the Finance Ministry in the absence of Arun Jaitley, has delivered the Union Budget 2019 speech on the floors of Lok Sabha. Take a look at the announcements made in the interim budget.

Union Budget 2019 Announcements

The budget speech enlists several tax breaks, support for affordable housing projects, pension scheme for unorganized sector workers, besides a plethora of relief measures for farmers. Let’s take a quick look at the announcements made with respect to different segments separately.

Salaried Class

  • Individual taxpayers with annual income of up to ₹5 lakhs will get full tax rebate
  • Standard deduction has been increased to ₹50,000 from ₹40,000
  • Individuals with gross income up to ₹6.5 lakhs won’t need to pay any tax if they make investments in provident funds and prescribed equities

You must be gung-ho after checking above that individuals earning up to ₹5 lakhs can get full tax rebate. Well, individuals with income of up to ₹5 lakhs post all the deductions including standard deduction, deductions under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, would receive the full tax rebate. Amount more than ₹5 lakhs post deductions would attract tax as per the slabs an individual come under.

Income Tax Slabs
Up to 2,50,000NIL
2,50,000 - 5,00,0005%
5,00,000 - 10,00,00020% + 4% Education Cess
Above 10,00,00030% + 4% Education Cess

Bank & Post Office Depositors

  • TDS threshold on bank and post office deposits raised to ₹40,000 from ₹10,000. For senior citizens, the limit is hiked to ₹50,000.
  • The deposits would include savings account, fixed deposits and several other deposits held in banks and post offices.

Previously, if the interest earned on deposits exceed ₹10,000 a year, a 10% TDS used to be deducted over and above the threshold limit. Now that the limit is hiked, a great proportion of interest income would be saved from tax. Let’s take an example to understand the tax maths better.

Example – Ravi Bhasin, 30-year old engineer in an infrastructure firm, earns an interest income of ₹70,000 on his bank fixed deposits a year. Now, how much tax will he be able to save with the latest hike in the TDS limit? Let’s find out in the table below.

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Pre-budget 2019Post-budget 2019
Interest Income - 70,000Interest Income - 70,000
TDS Limit - 10,000TDS Limit - 40,000
Taxable Interest Income - 60,000Taxable Interest Income - 30,000
TDS at 10% - 6,000 (10% of 60,000)TDS at 10% - 3,000 (10% of 30,000)
Interest Income Post TDS - 64,000Interest Income Post TDS - 67,000

As you can see Ravi saves ₹3,000 of TDS as per the rollout of the hike in the limit.

Relief Measures for Homeowners

  • TDS threshold on rental income raised from ₹1,80,000 to ₹2,40,000
  • Income tax relief on notional rent from unsold houses extended to 2 years
  • Benefits under Sec 80(i)BA being extended for one more year, for all housing projects approved till end of 2019-2020
  • Benefit of rollover of capital tax gains to be increased from investment in one residential house to that in two residential houses, for a taxpayer having capital gains up to ₹2 crore, can be exercised once in a lifetime.

TDS Bonanza on Rental Income

The increase in the TDS threshold on rental income from ₹1,80,000 to ₹2,40,000 serves well for all those earning from letting out their homes. So, if the annual rental income remains ₹2,40,000 or below, you won’t need to pay any TDS.

No Income Tax on Notional Rent on Second Self-occupied House

The proposal to waive off tax on notional rent on second self-occupied home would encourage many to invest in second property. Before the announcement, the tax was applicable on notional rent.

Income Tax Relief on Notional Rent from Unsold Houses

The government proposed to increase the tax relief on notional rent from unsold houses from 1 year to 2 years would be a boon to property developers struggling with a massive pile of unsold inventory.

Capital Gain Tax Exemption Increased to 2 Properties

Further adding to the tax reliefs for homeowners, the government announced to extend the exemption of capital gain tax on the sale of 2 residential properties from 1. This would further prompt individuals to buy more than one property and reflect in the growth of India’s real estate sector.

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Bonanza for Gratuity Beneficiaries & Unorganized Sector Workers

  • The government has increased tax-free gratuity from ₹10 lakhs to ₹30 lakhs
  • The government proposes to launch a mega pension yojna. Beneficiaries will be provided assured pension of ₹3,000 per month.
  • The scheme, called Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan, will provide assured monthly pension of ₹3,000 with contribution of ₹100 per month for workers in unorganized sector after 60 years of age.

Relief Measures for Farmers

  • The government will provide ₹6,000 per annum to farmers holding land of up to 2 hectares. The amount will be transferred in three installments of ₹2,000 directly to the farmers. Around 12 crore farmers will directly benefit from this scheme.
  • The initiative will benefit crores of small and marginal farmers, at an estimated cost of ₹75,000 crore. This would most likely help farmers live a good life.

Other Announcements

  • ₹56,619 crore made in budget estimate 2018-19 for welfare of SCs and STs, increased to Rs 62,474 crore in revised estimate 2018-19 has been further increased to Rs 76,800 crore in budget estimate 2019-20.
  • The government allocates ₹60,000 crores for MNREGA this year
  • Capital support for Railways at ₹64,587 crore for FY20

Economy Growth Projection, Tax Collections Data

  • India is poised to become $5 trillion economy in the next five years and aspire to become a $10 trillion economy in the next 8 years.
  • Fiscal deficit in proportion to GDP to be 3.4% for FY20
  • Tax collections have increased significantly. The number of returns filed have also risen.
  • 99.54 percent of all I-T returns last year were accepted immediately.
  • The government implemented the GST, which is undoubtedly the biggest taxation reform since Independence
  • In a relief for common man, most daily-use items are now under 0-5% tax slab under GST
  • The GST council will take steps to reduce tax burden on home-buyers
  • January GST collection could breach the Rs 1 lakh crore mark
  • Average monthly tax collection in current year under GST is ₹97,000 crore per month
  • GST has been continuously reduced resulting in relief of ₹80,000 crore rupees to the consumers|
  • High growth and formalization of economy have resulted in increased EPFO membership by 2 crore in last two years
  • We aim to build a Digital India that reaches every citizen by creating innumerable startups and jobs
  • The government has abolished taxes on 36 capital goods to promote Make in India initiative
  • Anti-black money measures taken by us in the last year have brought undisclosed income of Rs 1.3 lakh crore back in circulation
  • Inflation in December 2018 was just 2.1%
  • Fiscal deficit has been brought down to 3.4% in the revised estimate of 2018-19
  • India attracted a massive amount of FDI in the past five years
  • We have set the stage for decades of high growth with path-breaking structural reforms such as the GST, says FM Piyush Goyal
  • India attracted $239 billion FDI in the past five years
  • Close to ₹3 lakh crore already recovered in favour of banks and creditors, big defaulters too not spared by our government
  • RERA has helped bring transparency in the real estate sector
  • Confident that given the pace of reforms in banking sector, other banks too will recover
  • Our government earmarked ₹1.7 lakh crore in 2018-19 to ensure food for all
  • Oceans and coastlines is the sixth dimension of government’s vision for 2030
  • The seventh dimension is the aim to become launchpad of the world, placing an Indian astronaut in space by 2022
  • Self-sufficiency in food and improving agricultural productivity with emphasis on organic food forms the eighth dimension of the government’s vision
  • The government also aims to create a healthy India, with distress-free and comprehensive wellness system for all
  • The tenth dimension is Minimum Government Maximum Governance – a proactive, responsible and friendly bureaucracy
  • The government delivered 6 crore free LPG connections under Ujjawala scheme
  • Defence budget enhanced beyond ₹3 lakh crore
  • Already disbursed ₹35,000 crore for our soldiers under OROP, substantial hike in military service pay has been announced
  • The government’s commitment to promote renewable energy is reflected in our initiative to set up International Solar Alliance; installed solar generation capacity has increased 10 times in last five years; lakhs of new jobs being created by the sector.
  • Cost of data and voice calls in India is now possibly the lowest in the world; mobile and mobile part manufacturing companies have increased from 2 to 268
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