From Apr 1, these 10 big income tax rule changes to be effective. Details

By, New Delhi
Mar 28, 2023 10:12 AM IST

Each year, a new financial year begins on April 1, and continues till March 31 next year.

The new financial year (FY) 2023-24 will begin on April 1 and the announcements made by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the annual Feb 1 Union budget will come into effect as soon as FY23 kicks in. It is, however, the changes to income tax rules, that will affect taxpayers the most.

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Here are, therefore, the 10 major income tax rule changes effective from April 1:

(1.) Default tax regime: As announced by the finance minister, the new tax regime will be the default regime if, while submitting returns, a person does not state which of the two regimes – old or new – will they submit the return under.

(2.) Tax rebate limit raised: The rebate limit has been increased from 5 lakh to 7 lakh. This means that an individual who has a salary of less than 7 lakh a year, need not make investments to claim exemptions.

(3.) Standard deduction: The deduction of 50,000 under the old regime remains unchanged. This facility has now been extended to the new regime, and, therefore, a salaried person with an yearly income of 5.15 lakh or more, will benefit by 52,500.

(4.) Income tax slabs: The new tax rates are:

Yearly salary up to 3 lakh: Nil

3 lakh- 6 lakh: 5%

6 lakh to 9 lakh: 10%

9 lakh to 12 lakh: 15%

12 lakh to Rs15 lakh: 20%

Above 15 lakh: 30%

(5.) LTA: The leave travel allowance encashment limit, which was 3 lakh since 2002, now raised to 25 lakh.

(6.) No LTCG tax benefits: Investment in debut mutual funds will be taxed as short-term capital gains, instead of the existing long-term capital gains. This means investors will no longer have access to long-term tax benefits.

(7.) Market-linked debentures: Post April 1, investment in MLDs will be short-term capital assets. According to experts, the impact of such a move on the mutual fund industry will be ‘slightly negative.’

(8.) Life insurance policies: Proceeds from life insurance premium over the annual premium of 5 lakh, will be taxable.

(9.) Benefits for senior citizens: Maximum deposit limit under senior citizens savings scheme extended to 30 lakh from 15 lakh, to 9 lakh from 4.5 lakh and to 15 lakh from 7.5 lakh for monthly income scheme (single and joint accounts respectively).

(10.) Physical gold conversion: There will be no capital tax gain if physical gold is converted to Electronic Gold Receipt (EGR), or vice-versa.

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