Number of the week: Rs 40,000 crore

Business Standard
6th February

Rs 40,000 crore: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in her Budget speech that the new simplified personal income-tax regime will mean that the government will forgo Rs 40,000 crore worth of revenue.

  • The new personal income tax regime offers lower tax rates to individual taxpayers, but takes away the numerous tax deductions and exemptions that were available previously. It will be a simpler tax regime.
  • Those who opt for it will get pre-filled forms that they will be able to just sign and submit.
  • This, in turn, means that taxpayers will have more money left in their hands. Now, they can invest any monthly surplus they have just towards building wealth.
  • Earlier, many investors were mis-sold products that helped them save taxes but were not the best for wealth creation. Investors will be able to escape this trap now.
  • Investors should now focus on products that can help them achieve their financial goals.

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Small savings schemes

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