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Updated on Monday, February 28, 2011, 19:08 Print Email
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New Delhi: Higher tax exemption limit for individuals, significant benefits for senior citizens, retention of service tax at 10% and withdrawal of some duty exemptions were some of the major tax-related highlights of the Budget 2011-12 presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday.

Direct tax

  • Up to Rs 1,80,000 nil
  • Rs 1,80,001 to Rs 5,00,000 10%
  • Rs 5,00,001 to Rs 8,00,000 20%
  • Rs 8,00,000 and above 30%
2) For Women:
  • Up to Rs 1,90,000 nil
  • Rs 1,90,001 to Rs 5,00,000 10%
  • Rs 5,00,001 to Rs 8,00,000 20%
  • Rs 8,00,000 and above 30%
3) For Senior Citizens of 60 years But less than 80 years:
  • Up to Rs 2,50,000 nil
  • Rs 2,50,001 to Rs 5,00,000 10%
  • Rs 5,00,001 to Rs 8,00,000 20%
  • Rs 8,00,000 and above 30%
4) Very Senior Citizens of 80 Years and above:
  • Up to Rs 5,00,000 nil
  • Rs 5,00,001 to Rs 8,00,000 20%
  • Rs 8,00,000 and above 30%

Direct tax for companies:
  • Surcharge for companies cut to 5%, from 7.5%
  • New revised income tax return form `Sugam` to be introduced for small tax payers
  • Minimum alternate tax raised from 18% to 18.5% of book profits
  • Service tax retained at 10%; duty exemptions to be withdrawn on various items
  • Net loss from direct tax proposals estimated at Rs 11,500 crore for the year

Indirect taxes:
  • Standard rate of central exercise duty maintained at 10%; no change in CENVAT rates
  • Nominal 1% central excise duty on 130 items entering the tax net. Basic food and fuel and precious stones, gold and silver jewellery will be exempted.
  • Peak rate of customs duty maintained at 10% in view of the global economic situation
  • Basic customs duty on agricultural machinery reduced to 4.5% from 5%.
  • Service tax widened to cover hotel accommodation above Rs 1,000 per day, A/C restaurants serving liquor, some category of hospitals, diagnostic tests
  • Service tax on air travel increased by Rs 50 for domestic travel and Rs 250 for international travel in economy class. On higher classes, it will be 10% flat
  • Excise and customs duty proposals to result in the net gain of Rs 7,300 crore
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