Things To Know About Direct Tax Code

March 21st, 2011  |  Published in Income Tax, Investment  |  1 Comment


Direct Tax Code

Direct Tax Code is the next big thing which is discussed among all the tax payers. Income Tax Act , 1961 which is being used at the present will soon be replaced by the Direct Tax Code(DTC), this has already been cleared by cabinet and will soon be presented in parliament for clearance and complete implementation.

Since, Direct Tax Code is soon going to be the in-thing, so most of us have a query on how and what are the proposed changes this is going to bring. Well it is supposed to bring in a lot of changes in the presently followed tax determination system, please find few of them as given below:

  • The first and the foremost change we can point out is the change in the tax slab. In the present structure the exemption limit is Rs. 160000 which has been raised to Rs. 200000. The exemption limit for senior citizen has been raised to Rs. 250000 as against Rs. 240000 in the present structure.
  • In the tax earlier slab income above Rs. 500000 were charged at a rate of 30% and now this limit has increased to Rs. 1000000.
  • The tax rate for Indian company is 33.90% and that of foreign company is 42.33% but under DTC the tax rate for both will be flat 30%.
  • Companies in the present structure does not pay any wealth tax but DTC has proposed a change and introduced wealth tax on non-productive assets on the excess amount of Rs.1crore at a flat rate of 20% without any surcharge.
  • There have been a few minor changes in the components which are used to derive the salary of a person.
  • The medical reimbursement from the employer is exempt up to Rs. 15000 which been increased to Rs. 50000 in the DTC.
  • Leave travel concession available in the present structure has been done away with in the DTC.
  • The employees will get exemption on retirement benefit. The exemption limit in case of gratuity has been raised to Rs. 1000000.
  • The DTC continues with no tax for long term gain on equity shares and units of equity linked scheme but there is a change in taxation of short term gain (more than 12 months).
  • Earlier short term gain was taxed at a rate of 15% but under DTC short term gain will first be allowed a deduction of 50% and the balance will be taxable at a rate of 5%, 10%, and 15%on the basis of assesses income.
  • The holding period (36 months) in case of other assets which were now calculated from the date of purchase to the date of sale will now be calculated under DTC from the end of the financial year post acquisition.
  • In the house property head the income a new concept is to be introduced. Presently house property income is taxed on the deemed rent basis but under DTC it will now be taxed on rent actually received or receivable basis.
  • Property incomes are subject to 30% deduction on account of repairs and renewals but DTC proposes to introduce a 20% rate.

More or less this is going to benefit all the taxpayers, so cheer up for the DTC to come in place.


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