FinMin mulls surcharge on 'super rich' in Budget
An official source said that the proposal is likely to form a part of the Budget 2013-14 and the ministry is analysing the feasibility of the option. Currently, the taxpayers earning above Rs 10 lakh per annum have to pay tax at the rate of 30 per cent, the highest rate in the three-tier tax slab. The taxpayers have to pay an education cess of 3 per cent on the tax paid. Currently, income is taxed at three rates — 10 per cent, 20 per cent and 30 per cent — fixed in 1997. If the proposal is introduced, those earning above Rs 1 crore will have to pay tax along with education cess and the surcharge levied. A surcharge is essentially a tax on a tax.
On Thursday, in an interview to a TV channel, finance minister P Chidambaram, who spoke about a stable tax regime during his meetings with foreign investors, maintained that the argument for taxing the “very rich” “a little more” should be considered. “I believe in stable tax rates.”
“However, I must concede that there is an argument, underline the word argument, that when the economy requires, when the government requires
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