Indian Chamber wants corporate tax lowered to 25%

Our Bureau Coimbatore | Updated on June 05, 2014 Published on June 05, 2014

R.R. Balasundharam, President of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore. - S. Siva Saravanan   -  THE HINDU

‘Dividend distribution tax at 15% is very high and should go’

The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore (ICCIC) has suggested to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to reconsider the levy of dividend distribution tax (DDT) on companies and instead levy tax on dividends in excess of ₹25 lakh at the hands of shareholders.

It also wants the extension of the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS), which now covers the textile industry, to engineering industry as well.

Growth accelerator

In a memorandum to Jaitley, the President of ICCIC, RR Balasundharam pointed out that the trade and industry has been pressing for the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax and Direct Taxes Code and urged the government to implement them during the current year. He said with a view to accelerating business growth, corporate tax should be cut to 25 per cent and basic exemption limit for non-corporates should be hiked to ₹20 lakh. The benefits of exemption from MAT given to infrastructure investment should also be extended to industries supporting infrastructure. Balasundharam pointed out that the DDT at 15 per cent was ‘very high’ and with the 30 per cent corporate tax, the total tax on companies’ profits worked to a high 45 per cent. He felt that the ‘necessity’ of this tax on companies should be revisited, particularly as the Government was contemplating levy of tax on the super rich.

Balasundharam argued for abolishing the DDT levied on companies. Instead, tax on dividends received in excess of ₹25 lakh could be levied at the hands of the shareholders with a lower tax rate. This would also serve the purpose of taxing the super rich as planned by the Government.

He also wanted the Government to extend the benefits of TUFS, now enjoyed by the textile industry, to the engineering industry as well.

Weighted deduction

The other suggestions included treating CSR expenses deductible with a weighted deduction similar to Section 35 AC of the Income-Tax Act, raising the service tax exemption limit to ₹25 lakh from the current limit of ₹10 lakh, allowing Cenvat credit at 100 per cent on capital goods bought in the year of purchase instead of 50 per cent.

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Published on June 05, 2014
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