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Corporate tax slashed to fire up economy, sends Sensex soaring past 1,900 points

The move brings India’s corporate tax rate on par with East Asian countries, the minister said about the government’s initiative that sent pushed the Sensex up by 5.23%, or nearly 2,000 points.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2019 17:40 IST
Rajeev jayaswal
Rajeev jayaswal
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference after a review meeting in New Delhi, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference after a review meeting in New Delhi, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (PTI file photo)
         

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday slashed corporate tax rates for domestic firms from 30% to 22% and for new manufacturing companies from 25% to 15% to boost economic growth.

The move brings India’s corporate tax rate on par with East Asian countries, the minister said about the government’s initiative that pushed Sensex up by 5.23%, or nearly 2,000 points.

The slew of tax concessions will be applicable from April 1 and any advance tax paid by the companies will be adjusted accordingly. The measures will have a revenue implication of Rs 1.45 lakh crore annually, Sitharaman said.

Watch: Big boost for Make in India, corporate tax for domestic firms slashed 

“In order to promote growth and investment, a new provision has been inserted in the Income-Tax Act with effect from FY 2019-20 which allows any domestic company an option to pay income-tax at the rate of 22% subject to the condition that they will not avail any exemption/incentive. The effective tax rate for these companies shall be 25.17% inclusive of surcharge and cess. Also, such companies shall not be required to pay Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT),” finance minister said.

In order to attract fresh investment in manufacturing and boost to ‘Make-in-India’ initiative of the government, another new provision allows any new domestic manufacturing company incorporated after 1 October to pay income-tax at 15%, she said.

“This benefit is available to companies which do not avail any exemption/incentive and commences their production on or before 31 March, 2023. The effective tax rate for these companies shall be 17.01% inclusive of surcharge and cess. Also, such companies shall not be required to pay Minimum Alternate Tax,” she added.

Sitharaman said the companies have option to opt for the new taxation system or remain take benefits under the existing taxation regime. “A company which does not opt for the concessional tax regime and avails the tax exemption/incentive shall continue to pay tax at the pre-amended rate,” she said.

First Published: Sep 20, 2019 11:51 IST

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