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Finance Ministers Budget announcement- phasing out plan of deductions under the Income-tax Act
November, 23rd 2015

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Direct Taxes


New Delhi, 20th November, 2015

Subject: Finance Minister’s Budget announcement- phasing out plan of deductions under the Income-tax Act-reg.

Finance Minister’s Budget announcement- phasing out plan of deductions under the Income-tax Act-reg-. The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in his Budget Speech 2015 had indicated that the rate of Corporate Tax will be reduced from 30% to 25% over the next four years along with corresponding phasing-out of exemptions and deductions. This is a step towards simplification of tax laws, which is expected to bring about transparency and clarity.

The Government proposes to implement this decision in the following manner:

  • Profit linked, investment linked and area based deductions will be phased out for both corporate and non-corporate tax payers.
  • The provisions having a sunset date will not be modified to advance the sunset date. Similarly the sunset dates provided in the Act will not be extended.
  • In case of tax incentives with no terminal date, a sunset date of 31.3.2017 will be provided either for commencement of the activity or for claim of benefit depending upon the structure of the relevant provisions of the Act.
  • There will be no weighted deduction with effect from 01. 04.2017.

The details of proposed phasing-out of deductions are available on the website of the Income Tax Department at

Comments on this proposal may be sent within 15 days to Director (TPL-III) on mail at  or by post at Director (TPL III), Central Board of Direct Taxes, Room No. 147G, North Block, New Delhi- 110001.

(Shefali Shah)

Pr. Commissioner of Income Tax (OSD)

Official Spokesperson, CBDT

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