February 2019

Interim Budget 2019-2020, Tax Implications for Salaried

Interim Budget FY 2019-20 Highlights ! for Normal Salaried

Interim Budget – Highlights !

1. Full tax rebate for individuals earning up to Rs.5 lakh.

Tax savings largely for people earning about 5-10L annually.

Minimal impact for people in the higher tax slabs or earning say 15L+ etc. They still save about 3K annual for the savings on tax on 10K  increase in standard deduction

Tax Calculations with Provisions (Example of 10L+ Income and how it can go tax free.. Now)

Total Salary: 10.25 lacs *
Deductions
Housing Loan Interest 200k
Standard Deduction 50k
Sec 80C 150k
NPS 50k
Mediclaim Self 25k
Mediclaim Parents 50k*
Total Deduction 525k
Net Income 5 lac
Tax 12.5k
Rebate 12.5k
Net tax to pay ZERO

*80G and other deductions (as applicable) not taken into effect
*The above deductions are taken as example as majority of salaried people avail the same

2. TDS relief: There will be no TDS on interest earned up to Rs.40000 from savings bank account and post office savings schemes.Also, there will be no TDS on rental income of up to Rs.2.40 lakh per annum.

3. Higher standard deduction limit: Salaried individuals can claim standard deduction of up to Rs.50,000 (up from Rs.40,000) in lieu of transport and medical reimbursement.

4. Higher tax free gratuity: A good news for private sector employees. The government has proposed to double the approved ceiling limit for gratuity payouts from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. That means, gratuity of up to Rs.20 will not be taxable anymore.

5. No income tax on notional rent: So far, if an individual owned a second house, even if his house is vacant, he had to pay income tax on notional rent (i.e. market value of rent of the property in a particular location). However, individuals having unoccupied second house will not be required to pay tax on such a property.

6. Amending Section 54EC: Individuals can invest up to Rs.2 crore in two residential properties under Section 54 EC. At present, Section 54EC of the Income Tax Act lists the cases in which capital gains tax from long- term assets (held for more than three years) need not be charged if the gains are up to Rs. 1 crore and are invested in certain specified areas.

Points 5/6 are trying to give a boost to the sagging real estate market by introducing incentives for home purchases. I don’t think salaried people will start buying just yet considering that the prices in cities like Mumbai are still sky high. However it is good proposal for people with 2 houses or in the mode of selling etc.

Some interesting statistics

6.85 crore individuals have filed income tax returns last fiscal

The government has collected close to Rs.12 lakh crore from direct tax

 

January 2018

Reduce Tax , India Taxes, Save Money in tax , Year end TAX planning

Five SMART things to do in Jan / Feb / March from TAX perspective.

Last 3 months left for financial year end.
Five SMART things to do in Jan/  Feb / March from TAX perspective. (Financial Year End 2017-2018 ends in March)
1. Make sure that the 80C investments are done 1.5L for you and spouse(if applicable)
2. Check your short term Capital Gains (from Stocks/MF) – if possible plan to REDUCE GAIN by realizing losses (if any) from underperforming MF or Stocks
3. Check your Other sources of Income and make sure to pay timely Advance TAX to avoid interest cost later.
4. Do not generate income by means of selling assets (House/MF/Stocks/Bonds/etc) in Feb / March. POSTPONE it to April (next financial year)
5. Make timely declarations to your company for components like HRA/Interest/Loss from house property/80C declarations etc.
Conceptually, All the above helps INCREASE your monthly Cash Flow.
Plan to keep things SIMPLE. Simplicity is the way to BRILLIANCE….
… Kapil

January 2015

6 good ways for year end tax planning.

Tax planning strategy, year end tax saving strategy, Section 80C deductions, Benefits of investments and taxation

You can use the following 6 good ways for year end tax planning.

1. Let your dud stocks help you save tax
Since long-term capital gains from stocks sold on stock-exchange is exempt from tax; long term capital losses from the stocks is also not allowed to be set-off and / or to be carried forward. Therefore you should convertyour short term unrealized losses from stocks into actual loss and reduce your tax liability.

What if you want to retain the loss making stocks for a long term? It’s very simple—just sell it on or before March 31 and buy it back any time from 1st April onwards. In other words, book temporary loss for tax purpose.

In simple words, it is always preferable to book short term capital losses at the end of financial year on your loss making stocks (even if you want to keep them for long term and don’t want to dispose) and buy them in next financial year. By that way, you will be able to lower your capital gains (by utilizing these losses for setting off against your other capital gains) and consequently lowering your tax liability.

2. Use bonus-stripping 
Do you know that bonus shares also provide tax arbitrage opportunity? How? What is the relationship between issue of bonus shares and saving tax?

The practice of buying the shares at cum-bonus price and selling the ‘original shares’ at ex-bonus price and booking short term losses in the process is called ‘bonus stripping’ and similar to ‘dividend stripping’.

As per the current IT provisions, tax laws allow ‘bonus stripping’ in case of equity shares.

So, if during the financial year, you’ve purchased any shares against which company has further allotted you bonus shares, then you must sell the ‘original holdings’ and book short term capital loss.

But how does it help save tax? Let me explain with the help of an example, suppose you purchased 100 shares of ABC ltd at a price of Rs 300 per share in the month of November 2012. Later on, in the month of January 2013 when the price was ruling at Rs 350 per share, the company came with 1:1 bonus and you were allotted 100 additional shares so that after the bonus issue, you held 200 shares at the adjusted ex-bonus market price of Rs 175 and now the market price is ruling at, say, Rs 200 per share. Now, if you sell the original 100 shares and keep the ‘bonus shares’, you can book a short term capital loss of Rs 10,000 (Rs 20,000 – Rs 30,000) for tax purposes.

Your next question will be: Won’t this tax benefit get set-off against gains from selling bonus shares? Yes, only if sell the bonus shares before one year from the date of allotment. On the other hand, if you sell the bonus units after a period of 12 months, the capital gains will be long term and therefore completely exempt.

3. Invest your short term surplus in Debt Funds
By investing in a Debt Funds at the end of the financial year (i.e., the month of February & March), you an avail an additional year indexation benefit  by holding the investments >3 yrs. Also, UNLIKE FD’s there is NO TDS deduction in debt funds. Considering the benigh interest rate scenario over next year, it makes a lot of sense to invest in debt funds. In case of partial withdrawals, the tax treatment is applicable only to the capital gain and not on the principal amount. So you benefit in terms of lower tax payments.

4. Advance tax payment: Way out

Note that even though TDS is being deducted by your employer on your salary income, you are liable for payment of advance tax on your other income like interest, capital gains etc if the tax liability exceeds Rs 5,000.

It is good, if you can calculate tax on your other income and pay the advance tax by yourself. But if you want to avoid the hassle, there’s a way out. You can submit the particulars of ‘other income’ to your employer and request him to deduct tax on your additional income. The employer cannot refuse because it’s a right provided to you under income tax law.

5. Get Form-16, even if tax on your salary income is ‘nil’
Form -16 is more important than your tax-return. Now-a-days everybody asks for it as proof of your income. So how to ensure that your employer issue you a Form-16 even when your salary income is below the basic exemption limit. In other words, how to force the employer to deduct a nominal amount of tax and issue you a TDS certificate in ‘Form-16’

There are two possible scenarios:

o Your income is below taxable limit without availing section 80C deductions: Submit a declaration showing other income such as capital gains, income from house property, interest on savings account, bank FDs, NSC, KVP and NCDs (if any).

o Your salary income goes below taxable limit only after availing section 80C deductions: Don’t submit any proof for tax savings or submit so much evidence so as to bring your taxable salary income to such a level which is marginally higher than basic exemption limit.

In both the cases, your employer would be forced to deduct TDS from your salary income and issue you a TDS certificate in ‘Form-16’.

6. Avail depreciation benefit on cars, books & computers
If you’re a professional and planning to buy a new car, books or a computer, consider purchasing on or before March 31 to avail depreciation benefit for 6 months and thereby save tax.

Remember this financial year FY 14-15 , the tax deduction u/s 80C has been increased to 1.5 lacs and the home loan interest deduction u/s 24 has increased to 2 lacs. Avail these benefits.

Be a Smart Investor and savvy tax saver….