Budget 2013 and Tax Treatment

There is no change in the basic slabs and rates in income tax , Chidambaram gave a benefit of Rs 2,000 to individual tax payers with taxable income of up to Rs 5 lakh.Budget 2013 has levied a surcharge on the super-rich, raised duties on mobile phones, cigarettes and imported luxury vehicles and introduced TDS on property sale above Rs 50 lakh.

First-time home buyers will get an additional deduction of interest of Rs 1 lakh for home loans above Rs 25 lakh and Rs 1.50 lakh for home loans up to Rs 25 lakh. This will be over and above the current Rs 1 lakh deduction allowed for self-occupation. ‘super-rich’ tax was levied as a 10 per cent surcharge on “relatively prosperous” persons with an income over Rs 1 crore. Domestic corporates with taxable income of Rs 10 crore, the surcharge has been raised from 5 to 10 per cent. In case of foreign companies who pay a higher rate of corporate tax, surcharge to increase from 2 to 5 percent, if the taxable income exceeds 10 crore.

 Donations made to National Children Fund eligible for 100 percent deduction. Investment allowance at the rate of 15 percent to manufacturing companies that invest more than ` 100 crore in plant and machinery during the period 1.4.2013 to 31.3.2015.

Indirect taxes

The Budget does no change in the normal rates of 12 percent for excise duty and service tax and in the peak rate of basic customs duty of 10 perent for non-agricultural products., but it sharply raised import duty on high-end luxury cars, motorcycles and yachts from 75 per cent to 100 per cent and excise duty on SUVs from 27 to 30 per cent.

Customs

  • Duty of 10 percent on export of unprocessed ilmenite and 5 percent on export on ungraded ilmenite.
  • Concessions to air craft maintenaince, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry.
  • Duty on Set Top Boxes increased from 5 to10 percent.
  • Duty on raw silk increased from 5 to 15 percent.
  • Duties on Steam Coal and Bituminous Coal equalised and 2 percent custom duty and 2 percent CVD levied on both kinds coal.
  • Duty on imported luxury goods such as high end motor vehicles, motor cycles, yachts and similar vessels increased.
  • Duty free gold limit increased to ` 50,000 in case of male passenger and `1,00,000 in case of a female passenger subject to conditions.

Excise duty

  • Relief to readymade garment industry. In case of cotton, zero excise duty at fibre stage also. In case of spun yarn made of man made fibre, duty of 12 percent at the fibre stage.
  • Handmade carpets and textile floor coverings of coir and jute totally exempted from excise duty.
  • To provide relief to ship building industry, ships and vessels exempted from excise duty. No CVD on imported ships and vessels.
  • Specific excise duty on cigarettes increased by about 18 percent. Similar increase on cigars, cheroots and cigarillos.
  • Excise duty on SUVs increased from 27 to 30 percent. Not applicable for SUVs registered as taxies.
  • Excise duty on marble increased from `30 per square meter to ` 60 per square meter.
  • Proposals to levy 4 percent excise duty on silver manufactured from smelting zinc or lead.
  • Duty on mobile phones priced at more than `2000 raised to 6 percent.
  • MRP based assessment in respect of branded medicaments of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy and bio-chemic systems of medicine to reduce valuation disputes.

Good and Services Tax

  • A sum of ` 9,000 crore towards the first installment of the balance of CST compensation provided in the budget.
  • Work on draft GST Constitutional amendment bill and GST law expected to be taken forward.