Budget 2018 Key Highlights

Budget 2018 Key Highlights

No Change in Tax Slabs in this Budget:

  • There will no change for tax slabs for income tax.
  • Standard deduction of Rs 40,000 allowed for transport, medical reimbursement for salaried class.
  • Section 80D limit proposed to be hiked to Rs 50,000 for senior citizens

Proposals and Announcements:

  • All trains will soon have Wifi and CCTV.
  • All railways stations with footfall more than 25,000 to have escalators
  • PAN a must for transactions above Rs 2.5 lakh or more
  • Govt health scheme to cover 10 crore poor families is world’s largest government-funded health protection scheme.
  • Electronic IT assessment will be rolled out across the country,
  • Kisan credit card facility extended to fisheries and animal husbandry sectors.
  • 2 crore more toilets will built under Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • 1 crore houses to be built under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in rural areas.
  • Rs 4.6 lakh crore sanctioned under MUDRA Scheme to target 3 lakh crore for lending under PM Mudra Yojana
  • 99 cities selected for smart cities project with an outlay of Rs 2.04 lakh crore.
  • 5 lakh WiFi hotspots will be set up in rural areas to provide easy internet access
  • Cash payments of more than Rs 10,000 by trusts and institutions will not be allowed.
  • Companies with turnover of up to Rs 250 crore to be taxed at 25 per cent:
  • 60 crore bank accounts under the Jan Dhan Yojana to be opened.
  • Bitcoins not a legal tender and Govt. will identify it as illegitimate transaction.
  • Govt will bring a scheme to provide a unique ID to every enterprise similar to Aadhaar.
  • Health and education cess has been increased to 4% from 3%
  • Rs 600 crore alloted to Tuberculosis patients undergoing treatment.
  • Amrut program to focus on water supply to all households in 500 cities.
  • Government to contribute 12 per cent of EPF contribution for new employees in all sectors
  • proposed to introduce tax on distributed income by equity oriented mutual funds at 10 per cent.
  • proposed to tax long term capital gains exceeding Rs 1 lakh at 10% without indexation.
  • Specialised railway university to be set up at Vadodara.
  • Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY), to be increased to Rs 15 lakh from the present Rs 7.5 lakh.
    Airport capacity to be hiked to handle 1 billion trips every year.

Some Tax Changes:

  • Customs duty on dental hygiene, perfumes, after-shave, room deodorizers, deodorants, preparations for use on hair increased to 20%.
  • Import duty on fruit juice increased from 30% to 50%.
  • Customs duty on mobile increased to 20% from existing 15%
  • Import duty on LCD/LED/OLED panels, parts of TVs hiked to 15%, duty on smart watches, wearable devices, footwear increased to 20%.

Salary Changes:

proposed revising salary of:

  • Rs 5 lakh for the President of India
  • Rs 4 lakh for the Vice President
  • Rs 3.5 lakh for the Governors

In short, the budget 2018-19 is balanced budget to every sector. There is no change in Salaried class but 1% extra in form of cess to be extra burden. Let us know in comments if you are happy with the budget.

5 Simple Ways To Save Tax

5 Simple Ways To Save Tax

Save Tax: Everyone earn money by working hard, but when this money is deducted from your salaries at the end of the year in the form of tax. This is the most painful moment. Everyone wants to reduce their taxes at least, but taxpayers often do not have enough information about other options. Apart from the Income Tax Act 80C, there are many other income tax laws which get tax exemption in many ways. Today I am going to tell you about some special options.

tax saving scheme
1. Salary Reconstructing

It is not always possible to redesign your salaries again. But if your company permits this, and you have good relationships with your HR, then there may be less tax on some of your salaries.
Take a Food Coupon instead of lunch allowance, it exempts tax of up to Rs 60,000. Medical allowances, Transport allowances, Education allowance, Uniform allowance (if any) and telephone expenses make remain in the salaries and show the right bill of these so that they can get the tax rebate. Not only this, to avoid paying more taxes, use the company’s car instead of your car.

2. Use Section 80C

Use section 80C as much as you can, because, under this, you will get a tax deduction up to a maximum of Rs.1,00,000. Invest in these options to make good use of this section.

  • Public provident fund
  • Life insurance premium
  • National Savings Certificate
  • Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS)
  • Fixed Deposit in Banks and Post Office for 5 years
  • Tuition fees for children’s education

3. Alternate option other than 80C

If your amount is less than one lakh rupees then there are more options than Section 80C.

1. Section 80D-15,000 for medical insurance, for husband or wife and dependent children, and Rs 20,000 for medical insurance for parents over 65 years of age.
2. For the investment in section 80 CCF- Notified infrastructure bond, a deduction of Rs. 20,000 along with 1 lakh under Section 80C
3. Section 80G- Donation in specific funds and Charitable Institutions.

4. House Rent

Are you giving your house rent yourself and you are not getting any HRA from the company? So take these options, which you can avail under Section 80 GG.

1. 25% of the total income
2. or, Rs 2,000 per month
3. or, Payment of more than 10% of the total amount of rent.
4. If you live with your spouse and a minor child and the house you live in is your own house and from there you do all the work of your office, there will be no deduction from any of your salaries.
5. If HRA ( House Rent Allowance) makes part of your salary, then you will get a minimum discount in the three below.
# The current HRA that you will get from your boss.
# The current house rent you will fill, includes 10% reduction in salary (basic + dearness allowance, if any)
# 50% deduction from your salary (for metro) and 40% deduction of salary (for non-metro)

5. Save Tax From Home Loans

Use your home loan properly so that you can save more tax. The main principle of your loan comes under 80C, which is a reduction of 1, 00,000. Not only that, deduction of interest of 1, 50,000 under Section 24 is also their.

6 Tax Saving Schemes In India

6 Tax Saving Schemes In India

Whether you are a salaried person or businessman tax is a big problem that everybody tries to save.
So today I am going to unveil some facts how to invest your money in various schemes for saving tax in India.

I am going to keep some such schemes in front of you which can prove to be very helpful in saving your tax.

Life insurance

In India Life Insurance is one of the most important and oldest of all investment methods. Buying life insurance for your tax savings can prove to be a very good way. If you are thinking about life insurance then you should also know that life insurances are of many types such as money back plans, ULIP plans and term insurance plans.
You get tax benefit on the amount of money you invest in life insurance under section 80 C of income tax. Also, If you have taken money back plan then the return provided is also tax free.

tax saving scheme

Public Provident Fund (PPF)

This can be a very golden way for those who want to avoid tax deduction. Investing under this scheme you get tax benefit under section 80C and you also get the interest of that amount too. Before investing in this plan, you should know that this plan required very long-term period that is fifteen years. In which the liquidity is also not very easy.

Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS Fund)

These are types of mutual funds which are used mostly for tax saving. But you should remember that such investments sometimes have a lock in period of three years.

And don’t keep any doubt in your mind. If you are thinking that you will invest in SIP monthly and withdraw it after three years then you are wrong. The SIP of each month is treated as a new investment and you can only withdraw it after three years of its completion. Under this fund, you can also save your tax under Section 80C

Keeping an eye on such investment, it would not be wrong to say that after three years you will come with a positive return.

Before investing in this type of fund, you should consider your time limit above seven years or you can see the condition of a negative earning.


Employee Provident Fund (EPF)

This is also a method of indirect savings scheme under which 12% salaries of the employees are deducted and paid into this scheme. Apart from 12% your employer also contributes 3.67% and deposits it in your PF and rest of 8.33% is deposited to your Employee Pension Scheme.

Taxes under the Income Tax act 80C are applicable on the amount provided in this fund.

Earlier, the limit for this fund was Rs.6500 , which has now been increased to Rs.15000, which means that you can save up to Rs.15,000/- every month in this fund. This scheme saves your tax and save money too.

Senior Citizen Savings Scheme

This scheme does not apply to everyone as named. it only exists for senior citizens. Under this scheme, any senior citizen can invest up to 15 lakh rupees. There is no tax under Section 80c of the Income Tax section above the amount invested in this scheme.

But before depositing any amount in this scheme you should know that, whatever interest you get from it, it will be taxable.

National Savings Certificate or Bank FD

This is also a very old and popular way of saving in India, under which you can fix your money amount for five years or ten years and you can avail of the interest you get on it.

Yes, but you have to remember that you will definitely be a tax imposed on interest earned here.


All of the above options have some positive points and there are some negative points. Now you have to decide what you want to do, as I would like to tell you that you should not just think about tax saving as well as your future financial needs. Also, if the tax-saving schemes are helping in fulfilment of your future financial needs, then you are in the right direction otherwise you should find another option.

Income Tax Rates 2017-2018

Income Tax Rates 2017-2018

Income Tax Rates for FY 2017-2018

Income Tax rates depends on your total yearly income. If your yearly income exceeds these slabs you need to pay tax on your income depending on your income. Even, if you are earning less than taxable income, it is advisable to file your tax returns.

income tax rates

Income tax exemption limit for FY 2017-18 is up to Rs. 2,50,000 for individual & HUF

Income Slab Tax Rate
Income up to Rs 2,50,000* No tax
Income from Rs 2,50,000 – Rs 5,00,000 5%
Income from Rs 5,00,000 – 10,00,000 20%
Income more than Rs 10,00,000 30%
Surcharge: 10% of income tax, where total income exceeds Rs.50 lakh up to Rs.1 crore.Surcharge: 15% of income tax, where the total income exceeds Rs.1 crore.
Cess: 3% on total of income tax + surcharge.
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Income Tax Slab Senior Citizens (60-80 Years Old Men & Women)

Income Slab Tax Rate
Income up to Rs 3,00,000* No tax
Income from Rs 3,00,000 – Rs 5,00,000 5%
Income from Rs 5,00,000 – 10,00,000 20%
Income more than Rs 10,00,000 30%
Surcharge: 10% of income tax, where total income exceeds Rs.50 lakh upto Rs.1 crore.Surcharge: 15% of income tax, where the total income exceeds Rs.1 crore.
Cess: 3% on total of income tax + surcharge.
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Income Tax Slab Senior Citizens Above 80 Years Old For Men & Women

Income Slab Tax Rate
Income up to Rs 2,50,000* No tax
Income up to Rs 5,00,000* No tax
Income from Rs 5,00,000 hjm – 10,00,000 20%
Income more than Rs 10,00,000 30%
Surcharge: 15% of income tax, where total income exceeds Rs.1 crore.
Cess: 3% on total of income tax + surcharge.
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Above Income tax rates are applicable for Individuals and HUFs.

Find out the Tax saving Insurance Plans

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Income tax benefits for Life Insurance Plans

Important Income tax benefits available under various plans of life insurance:
1) Deduction allowable from income for payment of Life Insurance Premium (Sec. 80C).
(a) Life Insurance premium paid in order to effect or to keep in force an insurance on the life of the assessee or on the life of the spouse or any child of assessee & in the case of HUF, premium paid on the life of any member thereof, deduction allowed upto 20% of capital sum assured during any financial year.
(b) Contribution to deferred annuity Plans in order to effect or to keep in force a contract for deferred annuity, on his own life or the life of his spouse or any child of such individual, provided such contract does not contain a provision to exercise an option by the insured to receive a cash payment in lieu of the payment of annuity is eligible for education.
(c) Contribution to Pension/Annuity Plans – New Jeevan Dhara-I & Jeevan Akshaya – VI

2) Jeevan Nidhi Plan & New Jeevan Suraksha – I Plan (U/s. 80CCC)
A deduction to an individual for any amount paid or deposited by him from his taxable income in the above annuity plans for receiving pension (from the fund set up by LIC under the Pension Scheme) is allowed.
NOTE: The premium can be paid upto Rs.1,00,000/– to avail deduction u/s.80C, 80CCC & 80CCD (80CCD- Deduction in respect of contribution to pension scheme of Central Government.).
However, there is no sectoral cap i.e. the limit of Rs.1,00,000/- can be exhausted by paying premium under any of the said sections.
3) Investment under long-term infrastructure bonds notified by the Central Government. (Sec. 80CCF)
A deduction up to Rs.20,000/- is available to individuals and HUF for amount paid or deposited as subscription to long-term  infrastructure bonds notified by the Central Government. This is in addition to Rs.1 lakh deduction available under section 80C.

4) Deduction under section 80D
a) Deduction allowable upto Rs.15,000/- if an amount is paid to keep in force an insurance on health of assessee or his family (i.e. Spouse & children)
b) Additional deduction upto Rs. 15,000/- if an amount is paid to keep in force an insurance on health of parents
c) In case of HUF, deduction allowable upto Rs.15,000/- if an amount is paid to force an insurance on health of any member of that HUF
Note: If the sum specified in (a) or (b) or(c) is paid to effect or keep in force an insurance on health of any person specified therein who is a senior citizen,then the deduction available will be upto Rs.2,000/- provided that such insurance is in accordance with the scheme framed by
a) the General Insurance Corporation of India as approved by the Central Government in this behalf or;
b) Any other insure and approved by the Insurance Regulatory and Development authority.

5) Jeevan Aadhar Plan (Sec.80DD) :
Deduction from total income upto Rs.50000/- allowable on amount deposited with LIC of India under Jeevan Aadhar Plan for maintenance of a handicapped dependent (Rs.1,00,000/-where handicapped dependent is suffering from severe disability)

6) Exemption in respect of commutation of pension under Jeevan Suraksha & jeevan Nidhi Plans:
Uder Section 10(10A) (iii) of the Income-tax Act, any payment received by way of commutations of pension out of the Jeevn Suraksha & Jeevan Nidhi Annuity plans is exempt from tax under clause (23AAB).
7) Income tax exemption on Maturity/Death Claims proceeds under Section 10(10D)
Under the Previous of section 10 (10D) of the Income-tax Act, 1961, Maturity/Death claims proceeds of life insurance policy, including the sum allocated by way of bonus on such policy (other than amount to be refunded under jeevan Aadhar Insurance Plan in case of handicapped dependent predeceases the individual or amount received under Keyman Insurance Plan) is exempted from income-tax. However any sum (not including the premium paid by the assessee) received under an insurance policy issued on or after the 1st day of April, 2003 in respect of which the premium payable for any of the years during the term of the policy exceeds 20% of the actual capital sum assured will no longer be exempted under this section.

Income tax rates for assessment year 2011-2012 (Financial year 2010-2011)

Income Slabs Tax Rates
Individual & HUF below age of 65 years Women below age of 65 years Individual above age of 65 years
Income upto Rs.1,60,000 Income upto Rs.1,90,000 Income upto Rs.2,40,000 Nil
Rs.1,60,001- Rs. 5,00,000 Rs.1,90,001-Rs.5,00,000 Rs.2,40,001-Rs.5,00,000 10%
Rs. 5,00,001- Rs.8,00,000 Rs. 5,00,001- Rs.8,00,000 Rs. 5,00,001- Rs.8,00,000 20%
Above Rs.8,00,001 Above Rs.8,00,001 Above Rs.8,00,001 30%

Income tax rates for assessment year 2011-2012 (Financial year 2010-2011)

Education Cess: An additional surcharge called “Education cess” at the rate of 2% on the amount of income tax and surcharge (if any) in all cases shall be levied.

Secondary and higher: An additional surcharge, called the “Secondary and Higher education cess on income tax at the rate of 1% of income tax and surcharge ( Not including the education cess on income tax) in all cases shall be levied.