FM reduces corporate tax rates drastically | Nirmala Sitharaman's Rs 1.45 lakh crore stimulus to reboot India

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The Centre has brought in the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2019 to make certain amendments in the Income-tax Act 1961 and the Finance (No. 2) Act 2019. The salient features of these amendments are as under:-

1) In order to promote growth and investment, a new provision has been inserted in the Income-tax Act with effect from FY 2019-20 which allows any domestic company an option to pay income-tax at the rate of 22% subject to condition that they will not avail any exemption/incentive. The effective tax rate for these companies shall be 25.17% inclusive of surcharge & cess. Also, such companies shall not be required to pay Minimum Alternate Tax.

2) In order to attract fresh investment in manufacturing and thereby provide boost to ‘Make-in-India’ initiative of the Government, another new provision has been inserted in the Income-tax Act with effect from FY 2019-20 which allows any new domestic company incorporated on or after 1st October 2019 making fresh investment in manufacturing, an option to pay income-tax at the rate of 15%. This benefit is available to companies which do not avail any exemption/incentive and commences their production on or before 31st March, 2023. The effective tax rate for these companies shall be 17.01% inclusive of surcharge & cess. Also, such companies shall not be required to pay Minimum Alternate Tax.

3) A company which does not opt for the concessional tax regime and avails the tax exemption/incentive shall continue to pay tax at the pre-amended rate. However, these companies can opt for the concessional tax regime after expiry of their tax holiday/exemption period. After the exercise of the option they shall be liable to pay tax at the rate of 22% and option once exercised cannot be subsequently withdrawn. Further, in order to provide relief to companies which continue to avail exemptions/incentives, the rate of Minimum Alternate Tax has been reduced from existing 18.5% to 15%.

4) In order to stabilise the flow of funds into the capital market, it is provided that enhanced surcharge introduced by the Finance (No.2) Act, 2019 shall not apply on capital gains arising on sale of equity share in a company or a unit of an equity oriented fund or a unit of a business trust liable for securities transaction tax, in the hands of an individual, HUF, AOP, BOI and AJP.

5) The enhanced surcharge shall also not apply to capital gains arising on sale of any security including derivatives, in the hands of Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs).

6) In order to provide relief to listed companies which have already made a public announcement of buy-back before 5th July 2019, it is provided that tax on buy-back of shares in case of such companies shall not be charged.

7) The Government has also decided to expand the scope of CSR 2 percent spending. Now CSR 2% fund can be spent on incubators funded by Central or State Government or any agency or Public Sector Undertaking of Central or State Government, and, making contributions to public funded Universities, IITs, National Laboratories and Autonomous Bodies (established under the auspices of ICAR, ICMR, CSIR, DAE, DRDO, DST, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) engaged in conducting research in science, technology, engineering and medicine aimed at promoting SDGs.

The total revenue foregone for the reduction in corporate tax rate and other relief estimated at Rs. 1,45,000 crore.

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Great initiatives to boost investments….. I think it’s the start of a new bull cycle. What a move! Woohoo!!!!!

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MSDfan wrote:

Great initiatives to boost investments….. I think it’s the start of a new bull cycle. What a move! Woohoo!!!!!

True! 17% effective rate for new companies is the bulls eye, If they can brand it more efficiently to attract companies shifting from china! smile
Totally unexpected move

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Woooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww.

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wow mota bhai would shift all existing business to new entities very soon.

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Awake wrote:

True! 17% effective rate for new companies is the bulls eye, If they can brand it more efficiently to attract companies shifting from china! smile
Totally unexpected move

Yep! Lower tax rates means higher margin of profits for the companies. So, there will be lower prices for the products thereby increasing the consumption. Even though Govt loses 1.45 lac crores of revenue per year, it’s the only way to boost economy. MASSIVE risk which is totally worth taking! Kudos to the FM & the govt.

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MSDfan wrote:

Yep! Lower tax retest means higher margin of profits for the companies. So, there will be lower prices for the products thereby increasing the consumption. Even though Govt loses 1.45 lac crores of revenue per year, it’s the only way to boost economy. MASSIVE risk which is totally worth taking! Kudos to the FM & the govt.

Exactly bro! And it is generally seen, lowering of tax rates leads to higher marginal tax collections!
UK is a big example.
Vietnam lately reduced tax rates to attract companies, and hence this is a good timely move by india! smile
Finally some conviction and confidence shown by govt! grinning

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Corporate tax cut impact explained by Deepak Parekh

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