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Tax sops likely in Modi govt's first full-year Budget

PTI     February 27, 2015

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present on Friday the first full-year Budget of the NDA government, which is termed as a 'make or break' fiscal exercise widely expected to unveil pro-common man measures and push forward 'Make In India' campaign.

The Budget, to be presented in the backdrop of the ruling BJP-led NDA losing Delhi elections, is likely to either raise tax slabs or hike investment limit in saving instruments.

The Finance Minister is also likely to pursue the path of fiscal consolidation and keep the fiscal deficit target at 3.6 per cent of GDP, down from 4.1 per cent expected this year.

Besides doling out sops to the individual tax payers, he is also expected to unveil initiatives to boost investments by corporates and promote manufacturing as part of the 'Make In India' campaign that aims to make the country a global manufacturing hub and create jobs.


The Economic Survey released on Friday on the eve of the Budget said that it should aim at creating a competitive, predictable, clean and exemption-light tax policy regime that will lower the cost of capital, incentivise savings and facilitate tax payer compliance.

It has also underlined the need for 'Big Bang' reforms to boost growth to 8-10 per cent in the coming years. Besides , it has pitched for raising public investments to drive economic growth and improving business environment by making regulation and taxes less onerous.

Jaitley, who in his maiden Budget in July 2014 had outlined his approach to providing relief to individual tax payers, is expected to continue this in the BJP government's first full year Budget.

Last year, he had raised the personal income tax exemption limit by Rs 50,000 to Rs 2.50 lakh and also raised by same amount the exemption from payment of I-T on savings to Rs 1.50 lakh.

However, this time around Jaitley, according to experts, may choose only one of them as he looks at additional revenue to boost public spending and push economy to high growth path.

He may also look to raise the tax exempted investment limit in health insurance as well as exempt savings in pension schemes at all three stages-entry, accrual and withdrawal.


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