Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presented a Budget last week that had no major impact on most retail investors. Possibly, the biggest way it affects most of us is with the increase in the limit of tax-free interest earned - now, up to ₹40,000 earned in interest via bank deposits (savings account or FDs) will be tax-free, from an earlier limit of ₹10,000.
Assuming an interest rate of 7%, this means that one can deposit approx ₹5,72,000 in such accounts and not pay tax on the earned interest income. Whether or not FDs are a wise investment
to beat inflation & build long-term wealth is a whole different debate, but at least those fond of it can enjoy paying less tax - though only from next financial year onwards.
There were some other points of interest in Budget 2019 - like an increase in standard tax deduction from ₹40,000 to ₹50,000 or no more tax on “notional rent” for owners of 2 houses - but these are either not that significant or not widely applicable. The main announcements, unsurprisingly, came to the benefit of farmers - from direct income support of Rs 6,000 to a 2% interest subsidy to loans availed via Kisan Credit Card. While the merits & motives behind these proposals can be argued, it’s probable is that these policies will lead to higher cash injection in the rural economy, which in turn will boost the national economic output.
What was indeed refreshing to see was a Finance Minister thank the honest taxpayers for p̶l̶a̶y̶i̶n̶g paying their part - perhaps the fact that Piyush Goyal is a Chartered Accountant whereas most of his predecessors were either lawyers or economists might have something to do with his appreciation for paying taxes! :)
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