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INDIA'S FINANCE MINISTER HAILS STELLAR INCREASE IN DIRECT TAX BASE

2012-04-08, Mon, 09 Apr 2012 ANI

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India's Finance Minister hails stellar increase in direct tax base.

India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee says the direct tax base of the country's economy has increased to a whopping Rs. five trillion.

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BANGALORE, KARNATAKA, INDIA (APRIL 08, 2012) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS BBC)

1. INDIA'S FINANCE MINISTER PRANAB MUKHERJEE SITTING AT A FUNCTION

2. MUKHERJEE SITTING WITH CHAIRPERSON OF INDIA'S CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES, LAXMAN DAS

3. MUKHERJEE SITTING

4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIA'S FINANCE MINISTER PRANAB MUKHERJEE, SAYING:"I can say it today, that 60 percent of our taxes are coming from the direct taxes. Please remember, our direct tax base is no longer few hundred crores (few billions) of the earlier years, but it is five lakh crores (five trillion), which I have projected in the revised budget estimate for the year."

5. MUKHERJEE RELEASING A BOOK AT THE FUNCTION

STORY: India's direct tax base vis-?-vis the country's overall economy has increased to whopping rupees five trillion.

India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee revealed this on the sidelines of a function at Bangalore in southern state of Karnataka on Sunday (April 08.

The event was organised by India's Central Bureau of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

"I can say it today, that 60 percent of our taxes are coming from the direct taxes. Please remember, our direct tax base is no longer few hundred crores (few billions) of the earlier years, but it is five lakh crores (five trillion), which I have projected in the revised budget estimate for the year," said Mukherjee.

His comments came soon after the Indian government announced its plans to roll out a long-awaited direct tax code (DTC) aimed at simplifying archaic tax laws from next year.

The DTC will replace the Income Tax Act and would bring about many changes in personal and corporate taxation.

It intends to cut tax rates to bring more people and companies under the tax net, phase out profit-linked exemptions for companies and replace them with investment-linked incentives.


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