Highlights of Union Budget 2016 – 17

Updates of Union Budget – 2016-17

60 key Highlights of Union Budget 2016-17

1. The govt is implementing unified agricultural market scheme for farmers to access
markets easily with e-platform

2. Identified 9 pillars for having a transforming impact on the economy and Life of
1) Agri / Farm and welfare
2) Rural Focus
3) Social Healthcare
4) Education and Job creation
5) Investments to improve quality of Life
6) Infratructure Focus
7) Ease of Business
8) Fiscal discipline
9) Tax Reforms

3. Agriculture, Rural Sector, Social Sector (healthcare), Education, Infrastructure,
Financial Sector, Governance and Ease of Business, Fiscal Discipline, Tax Reform

4. Long-term irrigation fund of Rs 20,000 cr to be created

5. India’s GDP at 7.6 per cent despite slowdown in exports,

6. Foreign exchange reserves are at highest ever level

7. 100% rural electrification by May 1, 2018, 8500 crore rupees for rural electrification

8. Rs 500 crore allocated to pulses production

9. 100 kms road construction per day currently to be stepped up

10. Need to think beyond food security to income security for agri and farmers

11. Digital literacy mission scheme to include 6 crore more households in next 3 years

12. Rs 87,765 cr allocated for rural development in this Budget

13. Rs 2000 cr to be allocated for LPG cylinders to women members of poor families

14. 75 lakh middle income people have given up LPG subsidy through ‘Give it Up’

15. 3,000 medicines stores under Prime Minister Jan Ausidhi Yojna to be started

16. PM Modi has called for entrepreneurship amongst SC and ST. For this Cabinet has
approved Rs 500 crore through ‘Stand Up India’ scheme to promote SC, ST and
women entrepreneurs

17. Total outlay for infrastructure of 2016-17 stands at Rs 2,21,246 cr

18. Abolition of Permit Raj to be medium-term goal

19. 100% FDI in the marketing of food products produced and manufactured in India

20. The weighted deduction under section 80JJA suffered from a basis anamoly of
purpose with the requirement that the new employee must be engaged for at least
300 days; this meant that the employee would need to be engaged in the window
period of April to May to enable the tax assesse to avail deduction. The reduction to
240 days makes it more practical for tax assessees to avail of this well-intentioned

21. Department of Disinvestment to be renamed Department of Investment and Public
Asset Management

22. RBI Act to be amended to give statutory basis for monetary policy framework

23. SARFAESI Act to be amended to give sponsors of Asset Reconstruction Company
(ARC) 100 per cent stake

24. Rs 25,000 crore for recapitalisation pf PSU banks

25. Govt has option to reduce stake in IDBI below 50 per cent

26. Public sector general insurance companies to be listed on stock exchanges

27. Targeted deliveries of financial and other subsidies through Aadhaar framework
should be initiated

28. Companies Act to be amended to facilitate ease of doing business, Start-ups to
register in one day

29. Deduction will be available for all assess for who are covered under tax audit for 30%
of expenditure for additional employments. The number of days conditions has been
reduced from 300 to 240. Earlier this was for only manufacturing undertakings

30. FY17 Fiscal deficit target at 3.5 per cent

31. Target of disbursement under MUDRA increased to Rs 1,80,000 crore

32. No change in tax slabs, but some relief for middle class

33. Increase HRA to Rs 60,000 Per annum

34. Tax proposals to provide relief to small taxpayers through rebates

35. 2 crore tax payers to get relief of Rs 3,000 in case of income under Rs 5 lakh

36. Proposed tax rebate under section 87A from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000

37. Plan and non-plan expenditure classification to be done away with from 2017-18

38. Fiscal target to have a range than fixed target to give govt elbow to manage

39. Lower corporate for next financial year for companies upto Rs 5 cr turnover to 29 per
cent for 2015

40. Proposed to extend presumptive income tax to all professional with income limit of
Rs 50 lakhs

41. Start Ups: Exemption for 3 out of 5 years. MAT applies. Capital Gains not taxed
where investment made in notified funds or in start ups where they hold majority

42. Accelerated Depreciation limited to maximum of 40%

43. Service tax exempted for housing construction of houses less than 60 square metre

44. Boost for startups! 100% tax deductions for new startups for first 3 years

45. 10-15 per cent increase in excise duty on tobacco products, including cigarettes

46. Dividend taxed at 10% in the hands of individual receiving income in excess of INR
10 lakhs (in addition to DDT paid by the company)

47. Services provided by EPFO exempted from service tax

48. Krishi Kalyan Cess of 0.5% on all taxable services

49. 100% deduction for profits of undertakings from housing projects in cities during Jun
’16-Mar ’19

50. Instead of 12 per cent, 15 per cent surcharge on income tax for those with incomes
exceeding 1 crore per annum

51. Security transaction tax on options to be raised from 0.017 per cent to 0.05 per cent
Tax treatment should be uniform for defined benefits and contribution of pension
scheme and plans

52. Penalty to be 50% of tax in income under-reporting cases, 200% in misreporting of

53. Levy of heavy penalty for non payment of tax has led to high litigation. Proposal to
modify scheme for penalties

54. Sept 30 window to declare undisclosed income. No retrospective taxation to be

55. Tax Collect at source of 1%

56. 1% tax on luxury goods and cars

57. Additional 5% tax on all taxable services under Krishi Kalyan Tax for benefit of
farming community

58. I-T department will expand e-sahyog to assist small taxpayers

59. Service tax exempted for services provided under Deen Dayal Upadhaya Grameen
Yojana, other welfare schemes

60. Net revenue gain of Rs 19,610 crores due to surplus from indirect taxes

61. Rationalisation of TDS provisions to benefit the Individuals

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