Corporate tax cut: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday announced the government's decision to cut corporate tax rate for domestic firms and new domestic manufacturing companies. The Finance Minister said the current corporate tax rate has been brought down to 22% from 30%. She added the effective corporate tax rate for the companies would be 25.17% inclusive of all surcharges and cess. For new manufacturing companies the existing tax has been reduced to 15% from rate 25%. The effective tax rate after surcharges and cess will be 17%.
"In order to promote growth and investment, a new provision has been included in the Income Tax Act, that allows any domestic companies an option to pay income tax at the rate of 22% without exemptions. Amendments will be made through an ordinance to IT Act," said Sithraman in a press conference ahead of the GST Council meet in Goa.
Sitharaman further announced companies which pay corporate tax at 22%, without any exemption or incentives, would not be required to pay Minimum Alternative Tax (MAT). Making the announcement, the finance minister said the new tax rate would be applicable from the current fiscal which began on April 1.
Sitharaman said that the revenue foregone on reduction in corporate tax and other relief measures would amount to Rs 1.45 lakh crore annually. This, she said, was being done to promote investment and growth.
"Tax concessions will bring investments in Make in India, boost employment and economic activity, leading to more revenue," the finance minister said.
The government will bring in an ordinance to effect the changes in the income Tax Act and Finance Act. Sitharaman further said companies can opt for lower tax rate after expiry of tax holidays and concessions that they are availing now.
The government has also decided to not levy enhanced surcharge introduced in Budget on capital gain arising from sale of equity shares in a company.
Also, an enhanced surcharge, or the super-rich tax, introduced in Budget 2019 will not apply on capital gains arising from sale of any security including derivatives in hands of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs).Also Read: Corporate tax cut to cost govt Rs 1.45 lakh crore
(With inputs from PTI.)
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