I, SARITA YADAV, student of B.B.A. (Insurance and Banking), thankful to Professor Reshma Sheikh for giving me this opportunity of making this Project presenting a Report on TAXATION IN INDIA, which will help me in my future career. I am also very thankful to Prof. Reshma Sheikh, for giving her valuable guidance in making this project. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to my B.B.A. (Insurance and Banking) mentors and colleagues for their help and support and guiding me through, making this Project Report.



gabel. 4 . custom. subsidy. water and waste management systems are also common public utilities. or other name. duty. Tax collection is performed by a government agency such as Canada Revenue Agency. a payment exacted by legislative authority. the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the United States. social engineering. Colonial and modernizing states have also used cash taxes to draw or force reluctant subsistence producers into cash economies. PURPOSES Money provided by taxation have been used by states and their functional equivalents throughout history to carry out many functions. tallage. When taxes are not fully paid. Energy. Governments also use taxes to fund welfare and public services. Taxes are also imposed by many subnational entities." A tax "is not a voluntary payment or donation. and may be paid in money or as its labour equivalent (often but not always unpaid labour)." The method of taxation and the government expenditure of taxes raised is often highly debated in politics and economics. aid. legal tender. supply. tribute. protection of property. Some of these include expenditures on war. and public transportation. enforcement of contracts. exacted pursuant to legislative authority" and is "any contribution imposed by government whether under the name of toll. etc. but an enforced contribution. public works. economic infrastructure (roads. or Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK. civil penalties (such as fines or forfeiture) or criminal penalties (such as incarceration) may be imposed on the non-paying entity or individual. health care systems. excise. These services can include education systems. the enforcement of law and public order. impost. and the operation of government itself.). A tax may be defined as a "pecuniary burden laid upon individuals or property owners to support the government. unemployment benefits. Taxes consist of direct tax or indirect tax.INTRODUCTION TAX is to impose a financial charge or other levy upon a taxpayer (an individual or legal entity) by a state or the functional equivalent of a state such that failure to pay is punishable by law. pensions for the elderly.

since it reduces their freedom of action. such taxes are collected in fundamentally inefficient ways. 5 . the nobility were supported by taxes on the poor. by making some classes of transaction more or less attractive. such as business. In addition. or to modify patterns of consumption or employment within an economy. taxes are applied to fund foreign aid and military ventures. it often happens that taxes or excises initially levied to fund some specific government programs are then later diverted to the government general fund. This practice is often disliked by finance ministers. or the retired by taxes on those who are still working. these choices reflect the type of community that the public and/or government wishes to create. for example highway tolls. or to redistribute resources between individuals or classes in the population. In democratic nations where the public elects those in charge of establishing the tax system. is called hypothecation. In countries where the public does not have a significant amount of influence over the system of taxation.Governments use different kinds of taxes and vary the tax rates. the disabled. and includes for example the labour cost and other expenses incurred in complying with tax laws and rules. The resource collected from the public through taxation is always greater than the amount which can be used by the government. To create a system of taxation. The collection of a tax in order to spend it on a specified purpose. The difference is called compliance cost. Historically. to influence the macroeconomic performance of the economy (the government's strategy for doing this is called its fiscal policy see also tax exemption). for example collecting a tax on alcohol to pay directly for alcoholism rehabilitation centres. In some cases. a nation must make choices regarding the distribution of the tax burden—who will pay taxes and how much they will pay—and how the taxes collected will be spent. This is done to distribute the tax burden among individuals or classes of the population involved in taxable activities. Furthermore. modern social security systems are intended to support the poor. Some economic theorists consider the concept to be intellectually dishonest since (in reality) money is fungible. that system may be more of a reflection on the values of those in power. A nation's tax system is often a reflection of its communal values or/and the values of those in power.

1000 silver talents. it was to be the granary of the Persian Empire (as later of Rome's) and was required to provide 120.HISTORY The first known system of taxation was in Ancient Egypt around 3000 BC 2800 BC in the first dynasty of the Old Kingdom. It was the responsibility of the Satrap to collect the due amount and to send it to the emperor. after deducting his expenses (The expenses and the power of deciding precisely how and from whom to raise the money in the province. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children. Records from the time document that the pharaoh would conduct a biennial tour of the kingdom. Other records are granary receipts on limestone flakes and papyrus. Later. but. Egypt was known for the wealth of its crops.the New International Version). offer maximum opportunity for rich pickings. This was exclusively a tax levied on subject peoples. India clearly." Joseph was telling the people of Egypt how to divide their crop. a regulated and sustainable tax system was introduced by Darius I the Great in 500 BC. It was abolished by Akbar 6 . was already fabled for its gold. Islamic rulers imposed jizya (a poll tax on non-Muslims) starting in the 11th century. the Persian system of taxation was tailored to each Satrapy (the area ruled by a Satrap or provincial governor). collecting tax revenues from the people. providing a portion to the Pharaoh. Early taxation is also described in the Bible. Babylon was assessed for the highest amount and for a startling mixture of commodities . give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. in the Persian Empire. verse 24 . they were liable at any time to serve in the armyIn India.000 measures of grain in addition to 700 talents of silver. four months supply of food for the army. Persians and Medes paid no tax. For instance. it states "But when the crop comes in. A share (20%) of the crop was the tax.) The quantities demanded from the various provinces gave a vivid picture of their economic potential. In Genesis (chapter 47. the province was to supply gold dust equal in value to the very large amount of 4680 silver talents. At differing times there were between 20 and 30 Satrapies in the Empire and each was assessed according to its supposed productivity.

. while the amount to which the rate is applied increases. and proportional are used to describe the way the rate progresses from low to high. However in modern times.a different classification is available.so taxes may be grouped as under: 1)Taxes on incomes 2)Taxes on commodities 3)Taxes on capital These three types may be regressive. Atkinson." (A. where the effective tax rate decreases as the amount to which the rate is applied increases. 590. The meaning of these terms can vary in different contexts.direct taxes may be adjusted to the individual characteristics of the taxpayer. by Atkinson. which can sometimes lead to confusion. According to 7 . progressive. states that ". from high to low. and regressive An important feature of tax systems is the percentage of the tax burden as it relates to income or consumption. B. In between is a proportional tax. A progressive tax is a tax imposed so that the effective tax rate increases as the amount to which the rate is applied increases. 592 (1977)). where the effective tax rate is fixed. The terms can also be used to apply meaning to the taxation of select consumption. whereas indirect taxes are levied on transactions irrespective of the circumstances of buyer or seller. The terms describe a distribution effect. The terms progressive. or proportionally. 10 Can. Direct and indirect tax Taxes are sometimes referred to as direct taxes or indirect taxes. Optimal Taxation and the Direct Versus Indirect Tax Controversy.The economist classify the taxes into two groups i.e direct taxes and indirect taxes.. which can be applied to any type of tax system (income or consumption) that meets the definition. regressive. proportional or progressive Proportional. Econ. J. such as a tax on luxury goods and the exemption of basic necessities may be described as having progressive effects as it increases a tax burden on high end consumption and decreases a tax burden on low end consumption. The opposite of a progressive tax is a regressive tax. An economic definition.

the terms may have different meanings. and activities. tariffs. a tax on the sale of property would be considered an indirect tax. service. Thus. regardless of its price. The distinction between direct and indirect taxation can be subtle. and value added taxes are different types of ad valorem tax. property taxes. One of the earliest modern uses of the term "bank tax" occurred in the context of the Financial crisis of 2007–2010. and sales tax is "indirect". in an inflationary 8 .S. An ad valorem tax is typically imposed at the time of a transaction (sales tax or value added tax (VAT)) but it may be imposed on an annual basis (property tax) or in connection with another significant event (inheritance tax or tariffs). Indirect taxes are imposed on events. An alternative to ad valorem taxation is an excise tax.this definition. constitutional law. rights. In many cases. or property. Bank tax A bank tax ("bank levy") is a proposed tax on banks. inheritance taxes. In law. direct taxes refer to poll taxes and property taxes. In order to do this it has created a comprehensive categorisation of all taxes in all regimes which it covers Ad valorem tax An ad valorem tax is one where the tax base is the value of a good. However. for example. for instance. but can be important under the law. privileges. which are based on simple existence or ownership. where the tax base is the quantity of something. whereas the tax on simply owning the property itself would be a direct tax. Capital gains tax A capital gains tax is the tax levied on the profit released upon the sale of a capital asset. Sales taxes. Types of taxes The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publishes perhaps the most comprehensive analysis of worldwide tax systems. the amount of a capital gain is treated as income and subject to the marginal rate of income tax. income tax is "direct". In U.

Expenditures providing benefit over multiple periods are often deducted over the useful life of the resulting asset as depreciation or amortization. capital gains may be to some extent illusory: if prices in general have doubled in five years. European jurisdictions have a similar rate reduction to nil on certain property transactions that qualify for the participation exemption. Corporate tax Corporate tax refers to a taxes levied by various jurisdictions on the capital or profits of companies or associations and often includes capital gains of a company. giving rise to book-tax differences. which are carried on the balance sheet. give a favorable capital gains tax rate based on the length of holding. it can act as a de facto probate or inheritance tax. Currency transaction tax A currency transaction tax is a tax placed on a specific type of currency transaction. Short Term Capital Gains Tax (arising before 1 year) is 10% flat rate of the gains and Long Term Capital Gains Tax is nil for stocks & mutual fund units held 1 year or more and 20% for any other assets held 3 years or more. Consumption tax A consumption tax is a tax on non-investment spending. then selling an asset for twice the price it was purchased for five years earlier represents no gain at all. Accounting rules about deductible expenses and tax rules about deductible expense may differ. In India. such as the United States. and can be implemented by means of a sales tax or by modifying an income tax to allow for unlimited deductions for investment or savings. it is referred to as a temporary difference. This term has been most commonly associated with the financial sector. In Canada. Taxable profits are generally considered gross revenue less expenses and cost of property sold. If such a tax is levied on inherited property. Partly to compensate for such changes in the value of money over time. some jurisdictions. which then creates deferred tax assets and liabilities for the corporation. 50% of the gain is taxable income. as opposed to consumption taxes paid by consumers.environment. There are 9 . If the book-tax difference is carried over more than a year.

not the value. especially roads and bridges and for the protection of the environment. diesel-fuel.4 cents per U. an excise is not a function of the value of the product being taxed. Excise taxes are based on the quantity. For example. while state governments levy an additional 8 to 28 cents per U. greenhouse gas tax (Carbon tax).. a blank media tax is a tax on recordable media such as CD-Rs. a high excise is used to discourage alcohol consumption. a person or corporation using CD-R's for data archival should not have to subsidize the producers of popular music. Critics charge that such taxes blindly tax those who make legitimate and illegitimate usages of the products. The stated purpose is to reduce the environmental impact by repricing. of product purchased. the Federal government imposes an excise tax of 18. pornography. and natural gas. and they may be collectively referred to as "sin taxes". vehicle excise duty is an annual tax on vehicle ownership. Excises on particular commodities are frequently hypothecated. Most remain unimplemented concepts. a fuel excise (use tax) is often used to pay for public transportation.several types of currency transaction taxes that have been proposed. such as petrol. gallon (4. For example. for example. in the United States. A carbon tax is a tax on the consumption of carbon-based nonrenewable fuels. A special form of hypothecation arises where an excise is used to compensate a party to a transaction for alleged uncontrollable abuse. Similar taxes may exist on tobacco. Environmental Tax This includes natural resources consumption tax. In the United Kingdom.S. For example. etc. the most prominent being the Tobin tax and the Spahn tax. "sulfuric tax". relative to other goods. jet fuels. Excises tax Unlike an ad valorem. Excises (or exemptions from them) are also used to modify consumption patterns (social engineering).S.86¢/L) of gasoline. gallon. whose proceeds are typically allocated to copyright holders. This may be combined with hypothecation if the proceeds are then used to pay for the costs of treating illness caused by alcohol abuse. and others. 10 . for instance. The object is to reduce the release of carbon into the atmosphere.

it is often called a corporate tax. which was not endorsed by the IMF. corporations. or other legal entities. on April 16. the IMF proposed three types of global taxes on banks: First.000 who renounces his or her citizenship and leaves the country is automatically assumed to have done so for tax avoidance reasons and is subject to a higher tax rate Financial activities tax As a regulatory response and proposal to the financial crisis of 2007-2010.Expatriation Tax An Expatriation Tax is a tax on some who renounce their citizenship of some governments. this would eventually be refined so that riskier businesses paid more. There are several types of financial transaction taxes. proportional. corporate income tax. 2010. Income taxation can be progressive. with varying degrees of tax incidence. while corporate income taxes 11 . Individual income taxes often tax the total income of the individual (with some deductions permitted). is a financial transaction tax. Second. It would initially be at a flat rate. Various income tax systems exist. Financial transaction tax A financial transaction tax is a tax placed on a specific type (or types) of financial transaction for a specific purpose (or purposes). The third. When the tax is levied on the income of companies. This term has been most commonly associated with the financial sector. the "Financial Activities Tax" aims directly at excess bank profit and pay. or corporation tax. the "Financial Stability Contribution" is a straight tax on a bank's gross profits—before deducting compensation. but not ruled out as administratively difficult. as opposed to consumption taxes paid by consumers. One example is the United States under the American Jobs Creation Act. where any individual who has a net worth of $2 million or an average income-tax liability of $127. some of which remain unimplemented concepts. Income tax An income tax is a tax levied on the financial income of persons. or regressive.

such as interest on bank savings. Income tax systems will often have deductions available that lessen the total tax liability by reducing total taxable income. personal earnings may be strictly defined where labor. Inflation tax An inflation tax is the economic disadvantage suffered by holders of cash and cash equivalents in one denomination of currency due to the effects of expansionary monetary policy. they are much less likely to receive the newly created monies before the market has adjusted with inflated prices. The "tax net" refers to the types of payment that are taxed. which acts as a hidden tax that subtracts value from those assets. Many economists hold that the inflation tax affects the lower and middle classes more than the rich. Personal income tax is often collected on a pay-as-you-earn basis. gambling wins). skill.g. In some tax systems. Capital gains may be taxed when realized (e. Some argue that inflation is a regressive consumption tax. expenses. wages or pensions. may be considered as personal earnings (similar to wages) or as a realized property gain (similar to selling shares).often tax net income (the difference between gross receipts. wages). The rates for different types of income may vary and some may not be taxed at all. when shares appreciate in value). Business income may only be taxed if it is significant or based on the manner in which it is paid. a loss on the stock market may be deducted against taxes paid on wages. which included personal earnings (wages). with small corrections made soon after the end of the tax year. they may be defined broadly to include windfalls (e. as they hold a larger fraction of their income in cash. or investment is required (e. They may allow losses from one type of income to be counted against another. and additional write-offs). in others. and more often have fixed incomes. such that business losses can only be deducted against business tax by carrying forward the loss to later tax years. 12 . These corrections take one of two forms: payments to the government. when shares are sold) or when incurred (e.g. Some types of income. For example. and tax refunds from the government for those who have overpaid. Other tax systems may isolate the loss. capital gains. and business income. for taxpayers who have not paid enough during the tax year.g.g.

and it has a 100% transfer cost (so long as people are not acting against their interests. for example. the supply of people is in fact not fixed over time: on average. creating the conditions common to a recession. or capitation tax. imposing a financial charge on some as a result of the policy. This particular tax can be understood to be levied on future generations that would have benefited from economic growth. also called a per capita tax. 30:11-16) was a form of poll tax. It is an example of the concept of fixed tax. and therefore increase investment risk. Poll tax A poll tax.There are systemic effects of an expansionary monetary policy. The introduction of a poll tax in medieval England 13 . One example of a strong supporter of this tax was the former Federal Reserve chair Beardsley Ruml. poll taxes are very unpopular because poorer people pay a higher proportion of their income than richer people. couples will choose to have fewer children if a poll tax is imposed. Economic bubbles increase market instability. However. In addition. is a tax that levies a set amount per individual. creating economic bubbles where the new monies are first introduced. and death tax or duty are the names given to various taxes which arise on the death of an individual. Poll taxes are administratively cheap because they are easy to compute and collect and difficult to cheat. One of the earliest taxes mentioned in the Bible of a half-shekel per annum from each adult Jew (Ex. Economists have considered poll taxes economically efficient because people are presumed to be in fixed supply. this distinction does not apply in other jurisdictions. if using this terminology UK inheritance tax would be an estate tax. which are also definitively taxing. Because the effects of monetary expansion or counterfeiting are never uniform over an entire economy. However. estate tax. increased uncertainty benefits no-one). there is a distinction between an estate tax and an inheritance tax: the former taxes the personal representatives of the deceased. Inheritance tax Inheritance tax. while the latter taxes the beneficiaries of the estate. the policy influences capital transfers in the market. In United States tax law.

as it will not deter production. improvements to land (immovable man-made things. For a period of over 150 years from 1695 a window tax was levied in England. Property tax can be defined as "generally. i.. Scotland was the first to be used to test the new poll tax in 1989 with England and Wales in 1990.was the primary cause of the 1381 Peasants' Revolt. distort market mechanisms or otherwise create deadweight losses the way other taxes do. In contrast with a tax on real estate (land and buildings).e. tax imposed by municipalities upon owners of property within their jurisdiction based on the value of such property. with similar results. The change from a progressive local taxation based on property values to a single-rate form of taxation regardless of ability to pay (the Community Charge.There are three species of property: land. and inheritance tax. which is imposed in many countries on the estates of the deceased. a land value tax is levied only on the unimproved value of the land ("land" in this instance may mean either the economic term. A similar tax on hearths existed in France and elsewhere. When real estate is held by a higher government unit or some other entity not subject to taxation by the local government. buildings) and personal property (movable things). Proponents of land value tax argue that it is economically justified. but more popularly referred to as the Poll Tax).. yearly). Property tax A property tax is a tax put on property by reason of its ownership.g. A common type of property tax is an annual charge on the ownership of real estate.g. with the result that one can still see listed buildings with windows bricked up in order to save their owners money. Property taxes are usually charged on a recurrent basis (e. all natural resources. charged upon change of ownership. Real estate or realty is the combination of land and improvements to land. or the natural resources associated with specific areas of the Earth's surface: "lots" or "land parcels"). led to widespread refusal to pay and to incidents of civil unrest. the taxing authority may 14 . The two most common type of event driven property taxes are stamp duty. where the tax base is the estimated value of the property. e. known colloquially as the 'Poll Tax riots'.

each worker.Any otherwise non-exempt object can lose its exemption if regularly kept outside the household. there is a general tax levied periodically on residents who own personal property (personalty) within the jurisdiction. Social security tax Some countries with social security systems. The benefit payments are similarly disproportionate. Household goods are often exempt when kept or used within the household. which provide income to retired workers. tax collectors often monitor newspaper articles for stories about wealthy people who have lent art to museums for public display. These often differ from comprehensive income taxes in that they are levied only on specific sources of income. 15 . The tax is often designed with blanket coverage and large exceptions for things like food and clothing. pays at the same rate up to a specified cap. If an artwork had to be sent to another state for some touch-ups. it may have become subject to personal property tax in that state as well. generally wages and salary (in which case they are called payroll taxes). Examples of retirement taxes include the FICA tax. fund those systems with specific dedicated taxes. Thus. a payroll tax that is collected from employers and employees in the United States to fund the country's Social Security system.receive a payment in lieu of taxes to compensate it for some or all of the foregone tax revenue. but income over the cap is not taxed. because the artworks have then become subject to personal property tax. A further difference is that the total amount of the taxes paid by or on behalf of a worker is typically considered in the calculation of the retirement benefits to which that worker is entitled. whatever his or her income. Vehicle and boat registration fees are subsets of this kind of tax. In many jurisdictions (including many American states). and the National Insurance Contributions (NICs) collected from employers and employees in the United Kingdom to fund the country's national insurance system. These taxes are sometimes regressive in their immediate effect. replacing a higher percentage of a lower-paid worker's pre-retirement income. For example. in the United States.

only Alaska and New Hampshire do not levy a state sales tax. New Brunswick. Additional information can be obtained at the Federation of Tax Administrators website. luxury) items pay the tax. there is a growing movement for the replacement of all federal payroll and income taxes (both corporate and personal) with a national retail sales tax and monthly tax rebate to households of citizens and legal resident aliens. Saskatchewan. the state is able to reduce the tax burden on its citizens. HST and QST they pay. The tax proposal is named FairTax. and Wyoming. and thus is a full VAT. The province of Quebec collects the Quebec Sales Tax [QST] which is based on the GST with certain differences.Sales tax Sales taxes are levied when a commodity is sold to its final consumer. allowing the state to benefit from taxes from people the state would otherwise not tax. In Canada. 16 . Additionally. Such states tend to have a moderate to large amount of tourism or inter-state travel that occurs within their borders. states rely entirely on sales taxes for state revenue. The U. A small number of U. In the United States. as those states do not levy a state income tax. People with higher incomes spend a lower proportion of them. states that do not levy a state income tax are Alaska. Most businesses can claim back the GST. This is the classic "You pay for what you spend" tax. Ontario and Prince Edward Island also have a provincial sales tax [PST]. Texas. utilities and other necessities from sales taxes. Nevada. The provinces of Nova Scotia. Tennessee. Washington state. since poor people spend a higher proportion of their incomes on these commodities.e. so a flat-rate sales tax will tend to be regressive. as only those who spend money on non-exempt (i. It is therefore common to exempt food.Harmonized Sales Tax [HST]. The provinces of British Columbia. Retail organizations contend that such taxes discourage retail sales.S. and so effectively it is the final consumer who pays the tax. New Hampshire and Tennessee levy state income taxes only on dividends and interest income. and Newfoundland & Labrador have harmonized their provincial sales taxes with the GST . The question of whether they are generally progressive or regressive is a subject of much current debate.S. Of the above states. Manitoba. South Dakota. so such exemptions make the tax more progressive. In this way. the federal sales tax is called the Goods and Services tax (GST) and now stands at 5%. Florida.

Its modern derivatives. Shunpiking is the practice of finding another route to avoid payment of tolls. road and tunnel projects.Tariffs An import or export tariff (also called customs duty or impost) is a charge for the movement of goods through a political border. with the goal of applying the financial stress of lost toll revenue to the authority determining the levy. bridge. A customs union has a common external tariff. They have also been used in privately constructed transport links. Toll TAX A toll is a tax or fee charged to travel via a road. and agricultural policy. a contract needed to have a stamp affixed to make it valid. in many countries. The charge for the stamp was either a fixed amount or a percentage of the value of the transaction. The classic ways of cheating a tariff are smuggling or declaring a false value of goods. and they may be used by governments to protect domestic industries. A trade bloc is a group of allied countries agreeing to minimize or eliminate tariffs against trade with each other. informal shunpiking by individuals escalated into a form of boycott by regular users. A proportion of tariff revenues is often hypothecated to pay government to maintain a navy or border police. the issue of bearer instruments. tunnel. In some situations where tolls were increased or felt to be unreasonably high. Tariffs discourage trade. canal. and the participating countries share the revenues from tariffs on goods entering the customs union. The toll is likely to be a fixed charge. In most countries the stamp has been abolished but stamp duty remains. and possibly to impose protective tariffs on imports from outside the bloc. stamp duty reserve 17 . Tax. Historically tolls have been used to pay for public bridge. investment policy. tariff and trade rules in modern times are usually set together because of their common impact on industrial policy. waterway or other transportation facilities. and certain partnership transactions. Transfer tax Historically. possibly graduated for vehicle type. or for distance on long routes. Stamp duty is levied in the UK on the purchase of shares and securities.

The difference between output tax and input tax is payable to the Local Tax Authority. the total tax paid is the same. or Turnover Tax in some countries. To give an example. but remitting only the amount related to the distribution mark-up to the government. A value added tax (VAT). but it is paid at differing points in the process. The burden of tax is ultimately born by the consumer of goods. It can also be called as a multi point sales tax levied as a proportion of Valued Added. Value Added Tax / Goods and Services Tax Value Added Tax is a multi point sales tax with set off for tax paid on purchases. are respectively charged on transactions involving securities and land.S. The manufacturer will then transform the steel into a machine. remitting that amount to the government. applies the equivalent of a sales tax to every operation that creates value. 18 . That manufacturer will pay the VAT on the purchase price. sheet steel is imported by a machine manufacturer. For a VAT and sales tax of identical rates. Stamp duty has the effect of discouraging speculative purchases of assets by decreasing liquidity.T). VAT is usually administrated by requiring the company to complete a VAT return.tax and stamp duty land tax. The wholesale distributor will then continue the process. selling the machine for a higher price to a wholesale distributor. giving details of VAT it has been charged (referred to as input tax) and VAT it has charged to others (referred to as output tax). In the United States transfer tax is often charged by the state or local government and (in the case of real property transfers) can be tied to the recording of the deed or other transfer documents. In many aspects it is equivalent to last point sales tax. charging the retail distributor the VAT on the entire price to the retailer. Single Business Tax. It is basically a tax on the value addition on the product. The manufacturer will collect the VAT on the higher price. The last VAT amount is paid by the eventual retail customer who cannot recover any of the previously paid VAT. but will remit to the government only the excess related to the "value added" (the price over the cost of the sheet steel). If input tax is greater than output tax the company can claim back money from the Local Tax Authority. also known as 'Goods and Services Tax' (G.

consequential effect of taxation in its historical setting has been representation. An example is France's ISF. and from that exact a tax on net worth (assets minus liabilities). The American revolutionary slogan "no taxation without representation" implied this: rulers tax citizens. Normally. or a percentage of the net worth exceeding a certain level. for example. schools and hospitals. Repricing. A third purpose of taxation is repricing. this means transferring wealth from the richer sections of society to poorer sections. A fourth. and citizens demand accountability from their rulers as the other part of this bargain. A second is redistribution. roads. Studies have shown that direct taxation (such as income taxes) generates the greatest degree of accountability and better governance. Taxation in India Taxes in India are levied by the Central Government and the State Governments. The tax may be levied on "natural" or legal "persons".Wealth (net worth) tax Some countries' governments will require declaration of the tax payers' balance sheet (assets and liabilities). and a carbon tax discourages use of carbon-based fuels. The main purpose is revenue: taxes raise money to spend on armies. Redistribution. and on more indirect government functions like market regulation or legal systems. as a percentage of the net worth. while indirect taxation tends to have smaller effects. to discourage smoking. 19 . Some minor taxes are also levied by the local authorities such the Municipality or the Local Council. The Four "R"s Taxation has four main purposes or effects: Revenue. Taxes are levied to address externalities: tobacco is taxed. and Representation.

which imposes a tax on income of individuals and corporations.The authority to levy a tax is derived from the Constitution of India which allocates the power to levy various taxes between the Centre and the State. This Act imposes a tax on income under the following five heads: • • • • • Income from house and property. 2011. this Act is about to be repealed and be replaced with a new Act which consolidates the law relating to Income Tax and Wealth Tax. passed either by the Parliament or the State Legislature. Central Board of Direct Taxes The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is a part of the Department of Revenue in the Ministry of Finance. Government of India."Therefore each tax levied or collected has to be backed by an accompanying law. An important restriction on this power is Article 265 of the Constitution which states that "No tax shall be levied or collected except by the authority of law. The CBDT provides essential inputs for policy and planning of direct taxes in India and is also responsible for administration of the direct tax laws through Income Tax Department. and Income from other sources However. Income from salaries. Income from business and profession. 1963. Income in the form of Capital gains. Act 2010). The CBDT is a statutory authority functioning under the Central Board of Revenue Act. The new Act is purported to come into effect from 1 April. Income Tax Act of 1961 The major tax enactment in India is the Income Tax Act of 1961 passed by the Parliament. the new proposed legislation is called the Direct Taxes Code (to become the Direct Taxes Code. 20 .

21 . Central Sales Tax. imposed under Finance Act. 2.Other major taxation laws enacted by the Parliament are. on sale of property situated within the State. Stamp duties. 1944. 1956. on sale of goods within the State. which imposes sales tax on goods sold in inter-state trade or commerce in India. 3. Transaction Tax. repealed. 3. 1994. which has a regular history of being passed and 2. Customs Act. women and senior citizens. 1. which taxes the provision of services provided by service providers within India or services imported by Indian from outside India. Service Tax. Wealth Tax Act. The major taxation enactments passed by the State Legislatures are in the nature of the following. 1962. Excise duties on tobacco. which imposes a duty of excise on goods manufactured or produced in India. there are differents rates of Income Tax for men. Entertainment taxes Tax rates Taxes are most often levied as a percentage. counterveiling duties and anti-dumping duties on goods imported in India. Sales tax. called the tax rate Income tax rates Income Tax Rates decide the tax to be implemented on your income. Central Excise Act. In India. which imposes duties of customs. 4. 6. which taxes transactions of sale of securities and other specified transactions. 1. alcohol and narcotics. Here is a detail of Income Tax Rates in India. 5. 4.

40.60.000 5.000 1.001 to 5.00.000 No Tax 10% 20% 30% Income tax slabs 2010-2011 (for Senior Citizens) in India: Income Tax Slab (in Rs.000 No Tax 10% 20% 30% *An educational cess of 3% on tax payable.90.001 to 5.00.00.Income tax slabs 2010-2011 (for Men) in India: Income Tax Slab (in Rs.) Tax 0 to 2.000 2.00.) Tax 0 to 1.) Tax 0 to 1. 22 .001 to 8.000 Above 8.000 No Tax 10% 20% 30% Income tax slabs 2010-2011 (for Women) in India: Income Tax Slab (in Rs.60.00. Note: • • Education cess is applicable @ 3 per cent on income tax. Agricultural income is exempted from income-tax.001 to 8.001 to 5.001 to 1.00.000 Above Above 8.000 5.

Below is a chart of gross tax revenues (before splitting shares of States) of the Government of India assessed by the Finance Commissions from time to time with figures in millions of Indian Rupees. therefore tax on earnings is a more equitable way of assessing tax than with a consumption tax.1 trillion by 1995. people might have to save receipts for every purchase they made during a year in order to qualify for tax breaks. While people may deal with a few pay stubs they have to save. They are expected to reach Rs. in consumption tax. since even necessary items like cars would be significantly more expensive. Gross tax revenues of the Government of India have grown steadily from around Rs. People with lower incomes would be the most impacted by a straight tax on consumption. Not all people consume at the same rate.1 billion in 1945 to over Rs.Overall taxation Total tax receipts of Centre & State amount to approximately 18% of national GDP. ADVANTAGES OF TAXATION The advantages of imposing a tax on earnings can include the following: • • • • People are taxed based on total income.8 trillion by 2010 at the current rate of growth. Income is an easier way to levy taxes and decide deductions. 23 . DISADVANTAGES OF TAXATION Some disadvantages of a tax on earnings include: • The collection of a tax on earnings is generally thought to more difficult than a consumption tax which would be levied at the point of sale. thus people who make less theoretically pay less tax on earnings.

and two BJP 24 ." he added. TOP NEWS RELATED TO TAX Bhupathi tastes defeat in court Known for winning on court. Among those targetted were a confidant of the mining barons -. Not aggressive on Vodafone tax case: IT department After slapping over Rs 11. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia dismissed his appeal against an order of the Karnataka High Court that declined his claim for tax exemption.50 lakh tax battle." Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman SSN Moorthy told reporters at Economic Editors' Conference. regardless of the amount. Some believe that income tax is a violation of a citizen's individual freedom. Tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi tasted defeat on Monday when the Supreme Court dismissed his plea against the income tax department in a Rs 28. income tax officials on Monday raided about 80 places belonging to people close to the Reddy brothers. Bhupathi had contended he paid the amount to his father towards training fee. We are not being unnecessarily aggressive.000 crore tax notice on Vodafone over its deal with Hutch . People paid “under the table” may be able to evade paying any income taxes. Taxmen raid aides of Bellary brothers BANGALORE/BELLARY: In a move widely seen as political retaliation against BJP's much touted Operation Lotus to lure Karnataka opposition MLAs. "We are implementing the law as it is. he lost it in court.• • • For the those in the middle class and lower classes. the income tax department today said it is not "unnecessarily aggressive" on this case and is just implementing the law. Especially Libertarians argue that tax on earnings violates the individual’s right to decide how to use the money he earns. an earnings tax may be a financial hardship.the state health minister B Sriramulu -. "We have several (Vodafone like) cases in pipeline.

legislators and their trusted Bangalore-based lawyer. under my supervision. embodies the original work done by SARITA YADAV. CERTIFICATE BY THE MENTOR This is to certify that this project report. titled TAXATION IN INDIA. Name: Prof. Reshma Sheikh Signature: ______________ Date: _27 OCT 2010__ 25 .

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