The government may raise the income tax exemption limit in the upcoming Budget to provide some relief to the taxpayer from inflation, Goldman Sachs said today.

Income tax relief can be provided to lower income brackets to compensate for inflation. This could take the form of raising the tax exemption limit from the current Rs 1.6 lakh, it said in a report.

Presently, income up to Rs 1,60,000 is exempted from tax for individuals. For women and senior citizens, the limit is Rs 1,90,000 and Rs 2,40,000, respectively.

Inflation continues to be a concern for the common man as well as the government.

While the food inflation had touched 18.32 per cent in December, 2010, before being moderated to over 11 per cent this month, the overall inflation still stood above eight per cent as against the comfort level of 5-6 per cent.

Goldman also expects the fiscal deficit for the current fiscal to reduce to 4.9 per cent of the GDP against 5.5 per cent estimated in Budget 2010-11.

The reduction is largely due to the windfall on 3G telecom auctions and disinvestment proceeds.

“For 2011-12, even with revenue measures and slower growth in expenditures, we expect the central deficit to be slightly higher at 5 per cent of GDP, largely as the one-off revenues would be considerably reduced”, it said.

The government mobilised over Rs 100,000 crore from the 3G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) auctions in the current fiscal.

Besides, the government raised over Rs 15,000 crore by listing Coal India on the bourses, apart from Rs 6,000 crore from Powergrid Corporation, MOIL , Engineers India , Shipping Corporation and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd, taking the disinvestment proceeds to over Rs 21,000 crore.

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0 responses to “Budget 2011- Govt may raise tax exemption limit; says Goldman Sachs”

  1. K V Panchasara says:

    Raising of the tax exemption limit by a few thousands is definitely not going to serve the purpose to match inflation level where cost of living has reached its height.Definite strongly implemented measures to tax slabs will serve the purpose , no marginal benefit is going to bring material impact.

  2. S G Bhavnani says:

    The Present PM, Dr. Manmohan Singh seems to have fallen prey to politics, and deviated from his path of good economics, which he was welknown for prior to entering into politics.He had once as Finance Minister, promised that the Income Tax exemption levels would automatically stand adjusted with the inflation level.
    Today, when inflation has eaten into the earnings / savings of lower and middle class level populace, and corruption at peak, Indians stashing Black money in foreign countries, fiscal deficit going out of control and tax arrears going up to nearly Rs. 2.5 lakh Crores, the economy is in shambles.
    What with the economic growth bugle being blown by his political colleagues ready to shield him all the time.
    Please wake up Sir, for it may be now or never.

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