Stressing that tax concessions have been provided with a view to help poor and middle class people living on a tight budget, finance minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said that now individuals earning up to Rs 9.5 lakh can escape liability by taking advantage of saving schemes.
Replying to the debate on the finance bill in Lok Sabha, the minister said he did not propose any change in the tax rate but only provided few rebates which will boost spending and help the economy.
The finance bill, which contains tax proposals, was passed by the Lok Sabha with voice vote, completing the budgetary process in the lower house.
In a swipe at the Congress, the minister said that unlike the previous UPA dispensation, the present Modi government in the interim budget did not reduce levies of SUVs which are used by rich persons.
In the Finance Bill 2019, the Minister proposed to raise tax rebate for people having annual income up to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 2,500 to Rs 12,500, which will effectively ensure that they don’t have to pay any tax.
In the Bill, standard deduction has also been raised from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000,besides a host of tax benefits to home buyers.
The concessions proposed in the Finance Bill, Goyal said, are aimed at helping “poor and middle class people living on tight budget…This is interim budget. We have not brought any tax proposal…we will bring them in July,” he said.