Union Budget 2012-13 may bring cheer to the salaried class as the Centre is said to be mulling a restructuring of the income tax slab.
According to reports, Monday, Union Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee may announce a rejig in income tax slabs and also increase the income tax exemption limit from the existing Rs 1.8 lakh to at least Rs 2 lakh.
A newspaper report said that the new tax slabs could be in line with the Direct Taxes Code Bill, which was introduced in Parliament in 2010.
The proposed bill says that incomes between Rs 2-5 lakh be taxed 10 percent, Rs 5-10 lakh be taxed 20 percent and incomes above Rs 10 lakh per annum to be taxed 30 percent.
The present tax structure is that incomes between Rs 1.8 lakh and Rs 5 lakh are taxed 10 percent, those between Rs 5-8 lakh taxed 20 percent while 30 percent tax is slapped on incomes above Rs 8 lakh.
Clearly, the government appears in mood to provide succor to the aam admi as the proposed tax restructuring will lead to an increase in disposable incomes, consumption spending and savings.