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FM Nirmala Sitharaman Begins Pre-Budget Talks; Holds Consultation With Infra, Climate Experts

Last Updated: November 21, 2022, 14:13 IST

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (centre) has begun pre-Budget 2023 consultation on Monday. (Photo Credit: Finance ministry twitter handle)

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (centre) has begun pre-Budget 2023 consultation on Monday. (Photo Credit: Finance ministry twitter handle)

During the meetings, the participants are giving suggestions on the 2023-24 Budget which will be presented in Parliament by the Finance Minister on February 1

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has begun pre-Budget 2023 consultation from Monday starting with industry leaders and experts in infrastructure and climate. During the meetings, the participants are giving suggestions on the 2023-24 Budget which will be presented in Parliament by the Finance Minister on February 1.

The pre-budget meetings with the trade union representatives and economists are scheduled for November 28. She will also be meeting the representatives of services sector and trade bodies, besides experts from social sector, including health, education, water and sanitation, on November 24.

“Union Finance Minister Smt. @nsitharaman chairs her…#PreBudget2023 consultation with the second group of captains from Industry & experts of #Infrastructure and #ClimateChange, in New Delhi, today,” the finance ministry said in a tweet on Monday.

It also said, “The…#PreBudget2023 meeting is being attended by MoS Finance Shri @mppchaudhary and Dr @DrBhagwatKarad; Finance Secretary Dr T.V. Somanathan; Secretaries of DEA, @SecyDIPAM, DoR, @DFS_India, CEA Dr Anantha Nageswaran & Senior Economic Advisor @FinMinIndia.”

According to the recent reports, the government is planning to change its capital gains tax structure in the Budget 2023-24 to bring parity in various asset classes, like equity, debt and immovable property, to tax them uniformly. A Reuters report quoted an official saying that asset classes currently are not taxed uniformly and have different holding periods for levying capital gains tax, which needs to be aligned.

According to the Reuters’ report, the government has received several proposals from the industry to simplify the capital gains tax structure, and changes are expected in the Budget for 2023/24.

According to a PTI report, on the possible tinkering in capital gains tax, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman Nitin Gupta has also said: “It’s part of budget process, can’t divulge.” Under the Income Tax Act, gains from sale of capital assets — both movable and immovable — are subject to ‘capital gains tax’.

Depending upon the period of holding an asset, the long-term or short-term capital gains tax is levied. The Act provides for separate rates of taxes for both categories of gains. The method of computation also differs for both the categories.

In India, taxes are currently imposed on investment gains based on a lock-in or holding period. Investments in equity or equity-linked mutual funds for more than one year are considered as long-term, and attract a 10 per cent tax on gains of more than Rs 1 lakh. Investments in equity held up to one year are considered short-term and attract a 15 per cent tax.

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