Budget 2017 - Arun Jaitley’s Call on the Country’s Taxation System

Nutan Gupta

01 Feb 2017

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made some strong points on the country’s financial system and highlighted a lot of facts. Lets us have a look at some of the facts:

  • The net tax revenue grew 17% in FY 2016-17

  • Direct tax collection does not commensurate with income and expenditure pattern of India

  • Return filed is very low

  • Only 24 lakh people showed income of above Rs. 10 lakh per annum

  • The burden of tax is falling on just a few individuals

  • Demonetisation has increased tax revenue

  • A lot of people are not paying tax

  • The government is committed to make responsible taxation

  • Simple one-page form to be filed as Income Tax Return for the category of individuals having taxable income upto ` 5 lakhs other than business income

  • Direct tax collection does not commensurate with income and expenditure pattern of India

  • We are largely a non-tax compliance society

  • Tax exemption for land pooling allowed in budget

  • GST Council has finalized all recommendations with consensus

  • Substantial progress in ushering the GST regime. It will bring more taxes to centre and the state

  • CBEC will continue to strive to implement GST

For more budget related highlights, click here


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Whether to invest in equities or mutual funds is a question that has plagued every investor. As someone who needs the best value for his/her investment should you invest in equity directly or via mutual funds?

Let’s start by first understanding what these two terms ‘equities’ and ‘mutual funds’ stand for-

Equities- Equities generally represent ownership of a company. If you own any equity in a company, you are a part owner of the said company (depending on how much equity you own).

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Diversification

Mutual funds provide more diversification as compared to an individual equity stock. When you invest in equity, you are investing in a single company which has its inherent risk. For example, if you invest Rs.20,000 in buying equities of one company, you could face a total loss if that particular company performs poorly in the market.  

If you invest the same amount in mutual funds, it will be invested in different kinds of stocks and financial instruments, high-risk and low-risk both, so you might not face total loss even if one company does poorly.

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Budget 2017 - Arun Jaitley’s Call on the Country’s Taxation System

Nutan Gupta

01 Feb 2017

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made some strong points on the country’s financial system and highlighted a lot of facts. Lets us have a look at some of the facts:

  • The net tax revenue grew 17% in FY 2016-17

  • Direct tax collection does not commensurate with income and expenditure pattern of India

  • Return filed is very low

  • Only 24 lakh people showed income of above Rs. 10 lakh per annum

  • The burden of tax is falling on just a few individuals

  • Demonetisation has increased tax revenue

  • A lot of people are not paying tax

  • The government is committed to make responsible taxation

  • Simple one-page form to be filed as Income Tax Return for the category of individuals having taxable income upto ` 5 lakhs other than business income

  • Direct tax collection does not commensurate with income and expenditure pattern of India

  • We are largely a non-tax compliance society

  • Tax exemption for land pooling allowed in budget

  • GST Council has finalized all recommendations with consensus

  • Substantial progress in ushering the GST regime. It will bring more taxes to centre and the state

  • CBEC will continue to strive to implement GST

For more budget related highlights, click here