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Seeks more rational exemptions, liberal tax rates, greater accountability in administration & taxpayer friendly regime!

                   “We want taxpayers to celebrate DTC. I can assure you that our committee will make sure that the Direct Tax Code (DTC) is made as taxpayer friendly, as judicious and as equitable as possible,” assured Yashwant Sinha, former FM and Chairman of the 31 member Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, while responding to the presentation made by your columnist on the occasion of the interactive session on the ‘Challenges of Direct Tax Code’ held at Ahmedabad in May, 2011. It is indeed heartening for the taxpayers at large that the spirit of this positive assurance stands reflected in ample measure in the 364 page Report of the Parliamentary Panel on DTC presented to the Speaker on March 9, 2012. (more…)


Harsh Taxing Provisions & Tinkering with Residential Status

under the Code are bound to irk the Global Indian Community!

Amrish Amin, a Non Resident Indian (NRI) settled in U.K. earns interest income of Rs.3 lakhs on his Non Resident Ordinary (NRO) Account Bank Deposit in India in the current FY 2010-11. Enjoying his personal exemption limit of Rs.1,60,000 and the eligible deduction of Rs.1,00,000 under Section 80C, Amin is comfortable paying income-tax of Rs.4,000 in the first slab of 10% on his effective taxable income of Rs.40,000.

A huge shock awaits Amin and some millions of NRIs, in regard to taxation of their interest and income from non-Equity Oriented Funds earned in India, proposed to be treated under the draft Direct Tax Code as ‘income from special sources.’

In 2012-13, on the same interest income of Rs.3 lakhs, Amin will be required to pay a hefty tax of Rs.60,000 at the flat rate of 20%, without being eligible to claim any basic exemption or other deduction, as provided under Part III of the First Schedule to the Code.



‘Taxing Times’ Crusade Creates A Historic Impact

As FM Assures ‘No New Code Without Consensus!’

“DTC is not Bhagwat Gita

which cannot be changed”

 – Pranab Mukherjee in Lok Sabha (more…)

NRIs treated as Not Required Indians

Harsh, Illogical & Discriminatory Taxing Provisions For NRIs!

Proposals That Will Hurt The Global Indian Sentiment

Flat Rate of Tax

  • 20% flat tax on interest & other investment income.
  • 30% flat tax on all capital gains.
  • Apart from 20% & 30% TDS on above, TDS at a baffling rate of 35% prescribed on all residual income.

No Personal Exemption

  • No personal exemption or deduction allowed in computing the above income treated as ‘income from special sources.’

Weird Interpretation

  • Poor drafting leads to such a weird interpretation that transfer of a capital asset may attract 30% tax on gross sale consideration.

What a Discrimination?

  • Ironical but true! Non-Indian sports-persons, say Ricky Ponting or Shoaib Akhtar, required to pay a concessional tax of 10% on their game, advertisement and column earnings in India, thus enjoying a more privileged tax status than our own sons of the soil living abroad.


Minus Social Security : EET=Inequity

Hard Hit Small Salaried Deserve Lower Starting Tax Rates!

Both Employment & Retirement Made More Taxing!

  • Allowances & Perks – no longer exempt: House rent allowance (HRA), leave travel concession (LTC), medical reimbursement, value of free or concessional medical treatment and children’s education & hostel allowance.
  • Puny deductions that will still continue: Professional tax paid, transport allowance to the extent prescribed and prescribed special allowances to meet expenses incurred for official duties.
  • Retirement may not be as relaxing: Leave encashment on retirement, to be fully taxable.
  • VRS compensation, death or retirement gratuity and commutation of pension to be exempt, only if deposited in a Retirement Benefit Account (RBA).
  • However, any amount drawn from RBA (including PF contributions and accretions after 1st April, 2011) under any circumstances to be treated as taxable in the year withdrawal. (more…)
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