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03-10-2012, 10:24 AM #1
Raise I-T relief limit to Rs 3 lakh: House panel
Ahead of the Budget, a Parliamentary panel that scrutinised the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) Bill has suggested that income tax exemption limit be raised to Rs 3 lakh per annum, and the investment limit for tax savings schemes be hiked to Rs 3.20 lakh.
In its report, which was submitted to the Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Friday, the Standing Committee on Finance suggested that the wealth tax limit be pegged at Rs 5 crore, while the Securities Transaction Tax (STT) be abolished.
As regards the corporate tax, the Committee, which is headed by senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, recommended that the rate be retained at 30 per cent.
The report will pave the way for debate and passage of the DTC Bill, which seeks to replace the Income Tax Act, 1961, by Parliament.