Budget 2013 -14 was awaited with lots of expectations and hopes. The budget, announced by the Finance minister today, was received with mixed feeling by the common population.
Finance Minister announced the Budget 2013 today. This is his eighth finance budget and the first one after returning to the Finance Ministry, as its head last year. The budget slightly slapped the top-earners by imposing overload on their shoulders. Many of the luxury items will become costlier while a few common goods will become cheaper.
Foreseeing the 2014 general election, the Finance Minister remained highly keen to offer some sops to the tax payers (income). On the other hand; by raising the duties on luxury and imported vehicles, mobile phones and cigarettes, the finance minister slapped the ‘ultra-rich’ millionaires of the country.
Tax Proposals in the Budget 2013 -14
The budget proposed to raise an additional Rs.18,000 Cr in the form of tax. However the budget has not made any changes in any of the tax-slabs. Mr. Chidambaram gave a tax benefit of Rs.2000 to all the individual tax payers with income up to Rs.5 lakh.
As there is no alteration and revision of slabs the income payers will have to pay as per the existing slabs. As per the existing rates an individual with income between Rs.2 to Rs.5L will have to pay 10%. In the same way, those with above Rs.5L will have to pay 20% and those above Rs.10L will have to pay 30%. Continue reading