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Budget Snapshot

16 March 2012

IIFM Research Desk

In the present economic scenario, this budget seems to be a balanced policy document. The Finance Minister has tried to meet the challenge of increasing financial deficit through increasing taxes and decreasing subsidies. Major emphasis has been on developing infrastructure and social reforms. The following are the most discussed points of this years budget. -IIFM Research Team. BUDGET ESTIMATES Fiscal deficit targeted at 5.1 per cent of GDP in 2012 13, down from 5.9 per cent in 2011 12; central Government debt at 45.5 per cent of GDP. Gross Tax Receipts estimated at Rs. 10,77,612 crore, 15.6 per cent higher than original budget estimates and 19.5 per cent over the revised estimates for 2011 12. Net Tax to the Centre in 2012 -13 budgeted at Rs. 7,71,071 crore; Non-Tax Revenue Receipts estimated at Rs. 1,64,614 crore and Non-debt Capital Receipts at Rs. 41,650 crore. Total expenditure for 2012 13 budgeted at Rs. 14,90,925 crore, including Rs. 5,21,025 crore of plan Expenditure and Rs. 9,69,900 crore as Non-Plan Expenditure. TAXES Customs duty on gold and platinum doubled to 4%, for Jewellary doubled to 10%. Tax burden for individuals to come down: Income tax exemption limit raised from Rs. 1,80,000 to Rs. 2,00,000; 10 per cent tax for 2-5 lakh income; 20 per cent for 5-10 lakh and 30 per cent beyond Rs. 10 lakh; Savings bank account interest up to Rs. 10,000 exempted from tax. No change in corporate tax rate, but standard rate of excise duty, as also service tax rates, raised from 10 per cent to 12 per cent. DIRECT TAX The new tax slabs: Income upto Rs 2 lakh No tax Rs 2 lakh Rs 5 lakh 10% Rs 5 lakh Rs 10 lakh 20% Rs 10 lakh and up 30% CAPITAL MARKET A new equity savings scheme to extend income tax deduction of 50 percent to those who invest up to Rs 50,000 in equities and whose annual income is less than Rs. 10 lakh. Securities Transaction Tax on cash delivery reduced by 20 per cent to 0.1 per cent; A new Rajiv Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme to allow income tax deduction to retail investors in stocks. REVENUE SOURCES Rs. 30,000 crore to be raised from disinvestment. Capital boost to financial and infrastructure sectors: Rs.15,888 crore to be provided for capitalization of public sector banks and financial institutions; Infrastructure investment of Rs. 50 lakh crore in 12th period, with half from private sector; Tax free bonds of Rs. 60,000 crore to be allowed for financial infrastructure projects.

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TAX REFORMS Tax reforms: Direct Taxes Code (DTC) at earliest; GST network to be operational by August 2012; Central Excise and Service Tax being harmonized. A General Anti Avoidance Rule (GAAR) to be introduced to counter aggressive tax avoidance. AGRICULTURAL REFORM Interest subvention for short-term crop loans to farmers at 7 per cent interest continues; additional 3 percent for prompt paying farmers. Kissan credit cards to be modified to make than into smart cards to be used at ATMs. Target for agri-credit hiked Rs 5,75,000 crore. BLACK MONEY

White paper on black money is current session of Parliament; Introduction of compulsory reporting requirement for assets held abroad; tax collection at source on high-value cash purchase of bullion, jewellary, immovable property and trading in coal, lignite and iron ore.

NRHM allocation hiked to 20820 crores Aim to build Rs 9,000 km new roads Allocation of funds for mid-day meal Rs. 11,937 cr Rs 5,000 cr venture fund for small and micro sector Agriculture outlay increased by 18 per cent No new polio case reported in last one year Rs 20,000 crore for rural infrastructure development fund, of which Rs 5,000 crore specifically for warehouses. Budgetary allocation for rural, water and sanitation schemes hiked by 27% to Rs 14,000 crore. To provide Rs 10,000 crore to Nabard for refinancing regional rural banks.

Disability pension hiked to Rs 300 per month Interest subsidy for women SHGs up to Rs 3 lakh at 7 per cent; 3 per cent more for SHGs that repay promptly. Allocation to National Rural Livelihood Mission for women increased by 34 per cent. NRHM allocation of Rs. 20,822 crore from Rs 18,115 crore. PPP schemes for 2,500 schools announced. Credit guarantee fund for loans to students.

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