Budget 2019: Highlights of taxation, revenue policy announced by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 05, 2019, 12.36 PM (IST)

During the Budget speech, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said India's sovereign external debt to GDP was among the lowest globally at less than 5 per cent.

"The fiscal deficit this year is 3.3 per cent, brought down from 3.4 per cent," Sitharaman said.

"More than 120 crore Indians now have Aadhar card, therefore for ease of taxpayers I propose to make PAN card and Aadhar card interchangeable and allow those who don't have PAN to file returns by simply quoting Aadhar number and use it wherever they require to use PAN," the finance minister said. 

The finance minister informed that Parliament that tax collection had risen from Rs 6.38 lakh crore rupees in 2013-14 to Rs 11.37 lakh crore rupees in 2018.

"Tax proposal will spur growth," the finance minister said.

"The government will start raising a part of its gross borrowing program in external markets in external currencies," Sitharaman said during her maiden Budget speech.

"New series of coins of Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 20 easily identifiable to the visually impaired released by the PM on 7th March 2019. The coins will be made available for public use shortly,' the finance minister said.

Highlights of Tax policy:

Direct tax revenue increased by 78 per cent.

Excise hike on Rs 1 litre on petrol, diesel

Customs duty on gold increased by 2 per cent

Cheaper home loans for houses upto 45 lakhs

Proposal to levy TDS of 2 per cent on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs 1 crore in a year from a bank account.

Tax benefits for buying electric vehicles.

Easing of Angel tax for startups.

Additional income tax deduction on loans taken on e-vehicles.

All companies with an annual turnover of Rs 400 crores to now come under the  25 per cent bracket. It will cover 99.3 per cent of all the companies.

Tax deduction for affordable housing.

Interchangeability of Pan, Aadhar.

Discourage making cash payments in business transactions.