Press Note of Diwali Bonus by FM to boost economy : Heavy Tax Cut

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Press Note of Diwali Bonus by FM to boost economy : Heavy Tax Cut

PRESS NOTE

Corporate tax rates slashed to 22% for domestic companies and 15% for new domestic manufacturing companies and other fiscal reliefs

The Government 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. a) 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.

  1. b) 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 1 st 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.

  1. c) A company which does not opt for the concessional tax regime and

avails the tax exemption/incentive shall continue to pay tax at the

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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subsequently withdrawn.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%.

  1. d) 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.

  1. e) 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).

  1. f) In order to provide relief to listed companies which have already

made a public announcement of buy-back before 5 th July 2019, it is

provided that tax on buy-back of shares in case of such companies

shall not be charged.

  1. g) 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

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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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