Corporate tax surcharge doubled to rein in deficit

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 01, 2013 02:09 IST

Finance minister P Chidambaram, who had to do a strict balancing act of generating revenue on the one hand and offer sops to revive the investment climate on the other, proposed to increase the surcharge from 5% to 10% on taxable incomes of more than Rs. 10 crore per year earned by domestic firms.

For foreign companies that pay a higher rate of corporate tax, the surcharge would be increased from 2% to 5%. The surcharge somewhat dented the mood of India Inc but they can take comfort in the fact that it is being extended for only a year.

The minister's aim is simple: generate revenue and help in reducing a high fiscal deficit.

In cases where the dividend distribution tax or tax on distributed income is applicable, the government proposes to increase the current surcharge of 5% to 10%, Chidambaram said. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/3/01-03-pg5e.jpg

"Our rates are comparable and competitive with most other countries. And it is a small cost for somebody who is making profits."

The government has set a fiscal deficit target of 4.8% of the GDP for 2013-14.

CII director general Chandrajit Banerjee said though the increase in surcharge was understandable.

The government has set a target of accruing Rs. 13,300 crore during 2013-14 from the direct taxes and the increase is expected to contribute "significantly" to the overall kitty.

 

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