Budget 2013-14: Relief for taxpayers in the bracket of Rs 2-5 lakh

Bhubaneswar: The Finance Bill 2013-14 proposes a relief of Rs.2000 to every person who has a total income upto Rs.5 lakh in a financial year. Presenting the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha today, the Finance Minister Shri P.Chidambaram said that 1.80 crore taxpayers are expected to benefit to the value of Rs.3600 crore on account of this proposal of tax credit of Rs.2000.
 
He further said that the current slabs were introduced only last year. Hence, there is no case to revise either the slabs or the rates. However, he proposed to give some relief to the taxpayers in the first bracket of Rs.2 lakh to Rs.5 lakh.
 
The Finance Bill 2013-14 proposes a surcharge of 10 per cent on persons whose taxable income exceed Rs. 1 crore per year. This will apply to individuals, HUFs, firms and entities with similar tax status. Presenting the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha today, the Finance Minister Shri P.Chidambaram said that he also proposes to increase the surcharge from 5 per cent to 10 per cent on domestic companies whose taxable income exceeds Rs.10 crore per year. In the case of foreign companies, the surcharge will increase from 2 per cent to 5 per cent.
 
In all other cases, such as dividend distribution tax or tax on distributed income, the current surcharge of 5 per cent is being increased to 10 per cent. The additional surcharges will be imposed for only one year, i.e., financial year 2013-14. The education cess for all taxpayers shall continue at 3 per cent. The Finance Minister said that he expects the relatively prosperous to bear a small burden for one year.
 
The Finance Bill 2013-14 proposes additional tax benefit to the first – home buyer who takes a loan for an amount not exceeding Rs.25 lakh. Presenting the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha today, the Finance Minister Shri P.Chidambaram proposed that a person taking a loan for his first home from a bank or a housing finance corporation upto Rs.25 lakh during the period 1.4.2013 to 31.3.2014 will be entitled to an additional deduction of interest of Rs.1 lakh.
 
The Finance Minister hoped that this will promote home-ownership and give a filip to a number of industries like steel, cement, brick, wood, glass etc besides jobs to thousands of construction workers.
 
This deduction will be over and above the deduction of Rs.1.50 lakh allowed for self-occupied properties under Section 24 of the Income Tax Act. If the limit is not exhausted, the balance may be claimed in AY 2015-16.