Concerned over the rising cases of refund-related grievances of the tax-paying public, CBDT Monday issued fresh directions to the Income Tax Department asking it to process all such cases, pending this fiscal, within 15 days instead of the stipulated 30 days.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who had proposed a change in rule aiming at reducing litigation and increasing transparency in the Union Budget 2016, is likely to make an official statement in the House outlining the revised proposal.
Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya today said he is holding discussions on the controversial budget proposal to tax EPF withdrawals with the Finance Ministry and government will reveal final details on the issue during the debate on Budget.
Some good news for government employees anticipating Centre's response to their demands on salary hike! As per reports, government may agree to restore some of the allowances that were subsumed by the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations.
Sensing the outrage among salaried class on the Budget proposal to tax EPF withdrawals, PM Modi is reported to have intervened, following which the Finance Ministry has reviewed the proposal and is likely to offer some relief to taxpayers.
The government on Tuesday promised to consider demands for a partial rollback of the proposal to tax 60 percent of withdrawals from provident fund and a ceiling on employers contribution but made it clear that PPF will continue to be exempt from tax.
The Finance Minister also announced deduction for additional interests of Rs.50,000 per annum for loans up to Rs.35 lakh sanctioned in 2016-17 for first time home buyers, where house costs does not exceed Rs.50 lakh.