Budget Proposals Aimed At Improving Ease Of Living, Says Finance Minister
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and MoS Anurag Thakur arrive at Parliament to present the Union Budget 2019-20. (PTI) 

Budget Proposals Aimed At Improving Ease Of Living, Says Finance Minister

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the tax proposals in the Finance Bill 2019 are aimed at improving the ease of living and reducing pain of citizens.

While replying to discussion on the Finance Bill, Sitharaman said the Budget proposals will promote Make in India and digital payment. The Bill was later passed by the Lower House by voice vote.

The Minister, however, did not relax the tax proposals with regards to Foreign Portfolio Investors, tax deducted at source on cash withdrawal above Rs 1 crore from banks, and hike in customs duty on newsprint as was being demanded by opposition.

Referring to imposition of 2 percent TDS on cash withdrawal beyond Rs 1 crore, she said the tax could be adjusted against the liability of the assesses and hence there will be no additional burden on them.

On the proposal to hike tax liability on individuals earning more than Rs 2 crore, she said it will not impact FPIs provided they organised themselves as company. With regard to simplification of tax laws, the Ministry has already set up a task force to finalise a new Direct Tax Code, she said.

The Minister, however, did not say anything on proposal to increase customs duty to 10 percent on newsprint. Several members had asked the government to reduce hike in customs duty on newsprint saying it would badly hurt the small and medium newspapers.

Also read: Budget 2019: TDS Mandatory For Payments Exceeding Rs 50 Lakh To Contractors, Professionals

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