The Direct Tax Code (DTC) is here and will take effect from April 1, 2012. The DTC brings with it a host of new changes to the tax code and it is time you get to know how it could impact your investments, savings and taxes. In this first part of the series we will see the basic changes to the tax slabs and changes to the deductions.
So, it is finally here! After months of deliberations and tweaks, the much-awaited Direct Taxes Code (DTC) will replace the age-old Income Tax Act from April 1, 2012. So how will the new DTC impact you and me and the millions of salaried individuals in this country? Let us see!
Personal taxation slabs: A disappointment!
While there was widespread cheer about the proposed personal taxation slabs in the original form of the DTC when it was proposed last year, the current DTC act wears an insipid look. It has nothing major to offer on personal taxation slabs except that men, women and Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) will now face Rs. 2 lakhs of tax free exemption.
This is how the new tax slabs in DTC will look. There will be no tax up to Rs 2 lakh. There will be 10% tax on income between Rs 2,00,001 and Rs 5 lakh; 20% tax on income between Rs 5,00,001 and Rs 10 lakh; and finally 30% tax for income above Rs 10 lakh.