Govt to look into direct tax code concerns.

Times of India dated 06-11-2009

New Delhi: The government on Thursday said it will address concerns of corporate and other taxpayers on issues like taxation on the salaried, long-term savings and minimum alternate tax before putting the new direct tax regime, which will replace the archaic Income Tax Act, in place.

"The government will make all efforts to meet the aspirations and expectations of taxpayers and the corporate sector before finalisation of the Direct Taxes Code," finance minister Pranab Mukherjee told a Parliamentary panel. He said the next steps in this direction would be taken only after a comprehensive review of the draft Direct Tax Code by taking on board the suggestions received.

"We are trying to bring the new taxation regime, which can last for another 50 years. Therefore, our endeavour is to see that new taxation system should include the basic features and time tested procedures of existing act, which have survived judicial security over the years," he added.

The finance minister told Parliamentary consultative committee attached to his ministry that he has started discussions within the Central Board of Direct Taxes on the suggestions received so far. "The outcome of the discussion would be used for modifying the proposals contained in the draft Direct Tax Code," he said.

On the basis of feedback, he named critical areas in the code as - minimum alternate tax, capital gains taxation in the case of non-residents, double taxation avoidance agreement, taxation of foreign com¬panies in India, taxation of long term savings, taxation on the salaried.

Certain proposals of draft direct taxes such as the levy tax on long-term savings at a time of withdrawal against the current practice of exemptions evoked sharp reactions in the feedback.


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