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Introduce inheritance, luxury tax, Left tells FM

Abolition of long term capital gains tax discriminated against other productive sectors of the economy, Karat said.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 21:11 IST

Ahead of the budget, the Left parties on Thursday proposed introduction of inheritance tax and restoration of long term capital gains tax to mop up additional resources for funding mega social sector schemes and infrastructure projects.

Presenting a 13-point note on alternative resource mobilisation measures to Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the Left parties also suggested for expanding the scope of services tax, increasing corporate tax and imposition of tax on luxury consumption.

Abolition of long term capital gains tax discriminated against other productive sectors of the economy, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said after the meeting.

"Why should the capital market be given the special preference," he asked.

The Left parties also proposed increasing the rate of securities transaction tax, Karat said.

As part of taxing the rich, the comrades also called for introduction of inheritance tax in line with western countries, he added.

"We don't say that whatever is inherited should be taxed. But over a limit, a tax should be imposed on inheritance," he added.

The Left will meet Chidambaram for another round of discussion on expenditure before the budget, CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan said.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 18:35 IST