Latest Expert Exchange Queries
sitemapHome | Registration | Job Portal for CA's | Expert Exchange | Currency Converter | Post Matrimonial Ads | Post Property Ads
News shortcuts: From the Courts | News Headlines | VAT (Value Added Tax) | Service Tax | Sales Tax | Placements & Empanelment | Various Acts & Rules | Latest Circulars | New Forms | Forex | Auditing | Direct Tax | Customs and Excise | ICAI | Corporate Law | Markets | Students | General | Indirect Tax | Mergers and Acquisitions | Continuing Prof. Edu. | Budget Extravaganza | Transfer Pricing
Popular Search: Central Excise rule to resale the machines to a new company :: articles on VAT and GST in India :: TAX RATES - GOODS TAXABLE @ 4% :: ACCOUNTING STANDARD :: ARTICLES ON INPUT TAX CREDIT IN VAT :: ACCOUNTING STANDARDS :: cpt :: ICAI offer Get Windows 7,Office 2010 in Rs.799 Taxes :: form 3cd :: list of goods taxed at 4% :: due date for vat payment :: VAT Audit :: TDS :: VAT RATES :: empanelment
« Budget Extravaganza »
 Why advancing the Union Budget date may not make much difference
 Govt keen 2017-18 budget should not clash with polls: Arun Jaitley
 Finance Ministry seeks industry suggestions on taxation for Budget
 Budget should focus on fiscal firm up
 Finance ministry keen to present Budget on February 2 or earlier
 Poor railway performance may mar merged Budget
 Cabinet’s formal nod to be sought for Budget on Feb. 1
 Finance Ministry may talk to EC before finalising Budget date
 Govt starts biggest ever overhaul of Budget
 How does an early budget impact you
 Welcome steps to overhaul the Budget

Finance Minister's for Budget 2011
February, 03rd 2011

Most budgets are dominated by tax rates and high finance. But Budget 2011 will be dominated by inflation and corruption, the current two political hot potatoes.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will have to announce tax and administrative changes to curb prices and black money. At the same time, he will try to enthuse investors by restricting fiscal deficit to maybe 5% this year and 4.5% next year, well below existing targets.

To compensate for inflation, income-tax relief is certain, especially for lower income brackets.

The tax exemption limit will be raised from the current 1.6 lakh to maybe 1.8 lakh, and further to 2 lakh next year (as already envisaged in the Direct Tax Code).

Additional tax breaks may be given to citizens on fixed pensions.

Abolishing surcharge on corporate tax possible

The scope of tax-free savings instruments may also be expanded.

Abolishing the surcharge on corporate tax is possible if simultaneously the minimum alternative tax (MAT) is raised from 18% to 20%. This has been promised by the DTC, and so may be implemented only in 2012-13.

Anti-inflation urgency means cuts in import duty on crude or excise duties on petroleum products are inevitable. Such cuts will enable oil marketing companies to absorb some of their higher costs and not pass them on entirely to consumers.

Excise duties on some other essential goods could also be cut.

Mukherjee wants to roll back the fiscal stimulus of 2008 and 2009, when excise and import duties were cut sharply. But given inflation, he may stick to the existing excise rates.

The central tax on goods and services has already been equated at 10% for most items. Some experts want the unified rate to come down to 8%, in preparation of the transition to a Goods and Services Tax.

GST still looks some way off

But GST still looks some way off, and Mukherjee needs revenue for expanded welfare programmes and fiscal consolidation. He may cut the central sales tax from 2% to 1%, though he will have to compensate states for lost revenue.

The public is sceptical of the governments resolve to tackle corruption and black money, but Mukherjee will have to produce a list of schemes to curb both. He has already talked of a five-point programme, but got a tepid response.

He will need to do better on budget day. The anti-corruption mood means proposals for another tax amnesty scheme will be mothballed.

He will greatly increase outlays for the new Food Security Act. The food subsidy looks like touching 80,000 crore this year against the budgeted 55,000 crore.

Implementing the Food Security Act may raise it further to around 1 lakh crore.

Budget Preview

FMs checklist for Budget 2011

Direct Taxes

Raise tax exemption limit from 1.6 lakh to 1.8 lakh
Tax breaks for citizens on fixed pensions
Expand scope of tax-free savings instruments
Abolish surcharge on corporate tax if MAT is raised from 18% to 20%

Indirect taxes

Cut import duty on crude or excise duties on petroleum products
Cut excise duties on some essential goods
Reduce central sales tax from 2% to 1%

Policy moves

Cut fiscal deficit to 5% of GDP
Increase outlays for new Food Security Act Deficit at 5%

Will spending more and cutting tax rates up fiscal deficit?

Indexation of wages in NREGA will also require an increase of Rs 15,000 crore. Additional funding will be needed for education and Bharat Nirman.

Will spending more and cutting tax rates increase the fiscal deficit? No, the boom in tax collections, combined with windfalls from the sale of spectrum may enable Mr Mukherjee to announce that this years fiscal deficit is only 5% of GDP, against the budgeted 5.5%.

Tax collections are up 27% against the budgeted 18%, and the fiscal deficit in April-December was less than half the deficit in the same period last year. Spectrum auctions fetched Rs 106,000 crore, and disinvestment may just touch the budgeted Rs 40,000 crore, though that depends on an ONGC issue by the end of the fiscal year.

Next year too, Mr Mukherjee can aim for a continuing revenue boom and equally high disinvestment inflow. So, in 2011-12, he can aim for a fiscal deficit of just 4.5%, below the medium-term target of 4.8%. The true deficit may be higher because of off-budget government arrears to oil marketing companies, fertiliser companies and the Food Corporation.

If oil goes well beyond $100/barrel, the off-budget deficit will swell. Yet it may not exceed 0.5-0 .75% of GDP. In which case, markets will be delighted.

Home | About Us | Terms and Conditions | Contact Us
Copyright 2016 CAinINDIA All Right Reserved.
Designed and Developed by Binarysoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Binarysoft Technologies - Company Overview

Transfer Pricing | International Taxation | Business Consulting | Corporate Compliance and Consulting | Assurance and Risk Advisory | Indirect Taxes | Direct Taxes | Transaction Advisory | Regular Compliance and Reporting | Tax Assessments | International Taxation Advisory | Capital Structuring | Withholding tax advisory | Expatriate Tax Reporting | Litigation | Badges | Club Badges | Seals | Military Insignias | Emblems | Family Crest | Software Development India | Software Development Company | SEO Company | Web Application Development | MLM Software | MLM Solutions