New Delhi, Feb 29: In a big relief to the taxpayers who do not own a house and do not receive house rent allowance from employers the government has decided to hike the tax rebate on rent for such citizens.
In his third successive Union Budget announcement, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced hiking tax rebate on rent up from Rs 24,000 to Rs 60,000 per annum.
"I propose to increase the limit of deduction of rent paid under 80 GG from Rs. 24,000 per annum to Rs. 60,000 to provide relief to those who live in rented houses," he said while presenting the Budget for 2016-17 in the Lok Sabha.
The Finance Minister also announced an additional tax relief of Rs 50,000 per annum on a loan of Rs. 35 lakh in 2016-17 for the first-time home buyers, provided the house cost does not exceed Rs. 50 lakh.
He also proposed to raise the ceiling of tax rebate under 87A from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000.
With this, individuals with income up to Rs. 5 lakh will get a relief of Rs. 3,000 in their tax liability, he said.
The government has also proposed to increase the turnover limit under presumptive taxation scheme under 44 AD of the Income Tax Act to Rs. 2 crore from existing limit of Rs. 1 crore, which will benefit more than 30 lakh small business people.
He also proposed to extend the presumptive taxation scheme with profit deemed to be 50 per cent, to professionals with gross receipts up to Rs 50 lakh.
The Finance Minister also announced to increase security transaction tax in case of ‘Options' from 0.017 to 0.05 per cent.
Stressing on simplification and rationalisation of taxation, the Finance Minister said that 13 cesses, levied by various Ministries in which revenue collection is less than Rs. 50 crore, will be abolished.
For non residents, providing alternative documents to PAN Card will be allowed and TDS provisions for Income Tax will be rationalised, he said.
A facility for revision of return will also be extended to Central Excise Assesses, he added.
(With inputs from agencies)