Friday, February 3

How to pay less tax this year(2017-18) and beyond ?

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It is said that nothing in this world is certain except for death and taxes. With this nifty Times of India-EY Guide, however, you can soften the blow from the latter, legally of course. Read on for many happy returns.

1. With a decrease in tax rate from 10% to 5%+ for total income between Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, there is tax saving+ of up to Rs 12,500 per year and 14,806 (including surcharge and cess) for those with income above Rs 1 crore.

2. Tax rebate is reduced to Rs 2,500 from Rs 5,000 per year for taxpayers with income up to Rs 3.5 lakh (earlier Rs 5 lakh). Due to the combined effect of change in tax rate and rebate, an individual with taxable income of Rs 3.5 lakh will now pay tax of Rs 2,575 instead of Rs 5,150 earlier.

3. Surcharge@10% of tax levied on rich taxpayers, with income between Rs 50 lakh and 1 crore. The rate of surcharge for the super rich, with income above Rs 1 crore, will remain 15%.

4. Holding period for immovable property to be considered "long term" reduced to 2 years from 3. This will ensure immovable property held beyond 2 years is taxed at reduced rate of 20% and eligible for various exemptions on reinvestment.www.ednnet.in

5. Long term capital gains tax will result in a lower payout owing to beneficial amendments. The base year for indexation of cost (adjustment of inflation) has been shifted to April 1, 2001 from April 1, 1981. This means lower profits on sale.

6. Further, tax exemption will be available on reinvestment of capital gains in notified redeemable bonds (in addition to investment in NHAI and REC bonds).

7. A simple one-page tax return form is to be introduced for individuals with taxable income up to Rs 5 lakh (excluding business income). Those filing returns for the first time in this category will generally not be subject to scrutiny.

8. Delay in filing tax return for 2017-18 will attract penalty of Rs 5,000 if filed by December 31, 2018 and Rs 10,000 if filed later. Such fee will be restricted to Rs 1,000 for small taxpayers with income up to Rs 5 lakh.

9. Deduction for first-time investors in listed equity shares or listed units of equity-oriented fund under the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme is withdrawn from 2017-18. If an individual has already claimed deduction under this scheme before April 1, 2017, he/she shall be allowed to avail a deduction for the next two years.

10. Time period for revision of tax return cut to one year (from 2 years) from the end of the relevant financial year or before completion of assessment, whichever is earlier.
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