Reduce excise duty, service tax, raise income tax limit: Assocham
In its pre-Budget memorandum for 2013-14, the chamber also suggested Finance Minister P Chidambaram raise the limit on interest on housing loan to Rs 5 lakh to revive consumer demand and boost investment.
"In the current economic environment of falling GDP growth and recession in many parts of the global market, it is crucial that forthcoming Budget addresses indirect tax issues currently facing industry and services sector," Assocham President R N Dhoot said.
He said the excise duty and service tax rates should be restored to the earlier level of 8 per cent prevailing two years back. Currently they are 12 per cent.
"This move will give a very big boost to the Indian industry," he said adding "the reduction in these rates would help in boosting the industrial growth, which has significantly fallen due to low capital investment and high inflation".
The Indian economy grew by 5.3 per cent in the July-September period of the current financial year (2012-13), pulled down by poor performance of manufacturing and agriculture sectors.
Dhoot also sought reduction of corporate tax to 25 per cent from 30 per cent, besides demanding grant of infrastructure status to special economic zones and industrial parks.
When asked whether these demands are realistic on the back of high fiscal deficit, he said the tax base for goods and
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