Union Budget 2021: Must know Income Tax HIGHLIGHTS for salaried individuals, taxpayers

Asit Manohar | Feb 05, 2021, 09:48 AM IST

Union Budget 2021 Income Tax Highlights: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Budget 2021 and she has left the Income Tax slab unchanged. Here are top income tax highlight from Union Budget 2021-22:-

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Three month reduction for ITR processing

Three month reduction for ITR processing

In order to bring certainty in income tax proceedings at the earliest, the central government budget 2021 has proposed to reduce the time limits for general assessment or processing of income tax return by three months and also for filing of income tax returns. Means the income tax department will have to process the ITR by 31st December 2021 instead of 31st March 2022. Photo: Reuters

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Incentive for affordable house buyers

Incentive for affordable house buyers

In order to incentivise purchase of affordable house, the Union budget has proposed to extend the eligibility period for claim of additional deduction for interest of Rs 1.5 lakh paid for loan taken for purchase of an affordable house to 31st March 2022. Photo: PTI

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Ensuring timely EPF contribution by recruiters

Ensuring timely EPF contribution by recruiters

Delay in deposit of the contribution of employees towards various welfare funds by employers result in permanent loss of interest/income for the employees. In order to ensure timely deposit of employees’ contribution to these funds by the employers, the union budget has proposed that the late deposit of employees’ EPF contribution by the employer shall never be allowed as income tax deduction to the employer. Photo: EPFO Twitter/Pixabay

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Exemption for Leave Travel Concession (LTC)

Exemption for Leave Travel Concession (LTC)

In order to provide relief to employees, it is proposed to provide tax exemption to the amount given to an employee in lieu of LTC subject to incurring specified expenditure. Means the Cash Voucher Scheme launched for the central government employees has been now extended to all earning individuals. Photo: PTI

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Safe harbour incentive for residential home buyers, developers

Safe harbour incentive for residential home buyers, developers

In order to incentivise home buyers and real estate developers, the union budget 2021 hsa proposed to increase safe harbour limit from 10 per cent to 20 per cent for the specified primary sale of residential units. Photo: Reuters

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Relief for Dividend gained

Relief for Dividend gained

In order to provide relief to taxpayers, advance-tax liability on dividend income shall arise only after the declaration/payment of dividend. The dividend paid to Real Estate Infrastructure Trusts or Infrastructure Investment Trusts (REIT/InvIT) shall be exempt from TDS. It is also proposed to clarify that deduction of tax on incomes including dividend income of Foreign Portfolio Investors may be made at treaty rate. It is also proposed to exempt dividend payment from levy of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) for foreign companies if the applicable tax rate is less than the rate of MAT. Photo: Reuters