Budget 2019 LIVE Updates part 4

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New Delhi: India’s sovereign external debt to GDP is among the lowest globally at less than 5%, she points out. A new series of coins including for Rs 20 will be made available for public use shortly, she added.

Currently, only 25% tax rate is applicable to companies with an annual turnover of Rs 250 crore. This has been extended to companies with turnover of up to Rs 400 crore. Only 0.7% companies will remain outside of this 25% rate.

The government is setting an enhanced target of Rs 1,05,000 crore for disinvestment during FY20 and will continue with disinvestment of PSUs in the non-financial space as well, she added.

The net-owned fund requirement to Rs 1,000 crore from Rs 5,000 crore for insurers/reinsurers setting up operations in the International Financial Services Centre to boost capital into the Indian insurance market and improve access to services.

To resolve the issue of Angel Tax the startups and investors who file requisite declarations will not be subjected to any kind of scrutiny in respect of valuation of share premium. A mechanism of e-verification will be put in place and with this, the funds raised by startups will not require any tax scrutiny.

An additional deduction of Rs 150000 on interest on loans borrowed under affordable housing. The Securities Transaction Tax or STT is proposed to be restricted to the difference between settlement and strike price of options, she added.

Our government has taken number of initiatives to promote digital payments. FM says to discourage the practice of making business payments in cash the government proposes to levy TDS of 2% on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs 1 crore in a year from a bank account, she said.

BHIM, UPI, Aadhaar Pay, NEFT, RTGS can be used to promote less cash economy. Business establishments with annual turnover of Rs 50 crore will have to use these modes of payments with no charges or merchant discount rates will be imposed on customers or merchants. RBI and banks will absorb these costs, she added.

Direct Taxes – In view of rising income levels, a surcharge will be levied on individuals with taxable income of Rs 2 to 5 crore, and Rs 5 cr and above. The effective tax rate for these categories will increase by around 3% and 7%, respectively.

GST rates have been eased with a relief of Rs 92,000 crore provided during the year. Further measures are being worked out to ease filing returns and tax compliance. A simplified single monthly return is now being ruled out. Taxpayers with an annual turnover of less than Rs 5 crooe will have to file only quarterly returns, she said.

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