With the new changes added to the income tax slabs, the new regime has been revamped to make it more lucrative for taxpayers. However, the old structure remains unchanged and offers attractive deductions for individuals not qualifying for tax rebates under the new regime.
But what are the changes incorporated in the new income tax slabs? Look at the budget document to understand and discuss the additions and alterations.
The new regime was introduced in 2020 to gradually condition taxpayers and convince them to shift to a uniform tax system. The old system was still popular among taxpayers at the time since it offered over 70 valuable deductions for people earning more than the tax rebate limit.
When announced in budget 2020, the new tax regime income tax slabs did not attract significant attention. The only change was that the income tax rates were marginally lower while not incorporating the deductions of the old regime.
For instance, the old structure required individuals earning between INR 5 lakhs to INR 10 lakhs to pay approximately 15% in taxes. With the new regime in 2020, people earning between INR 5 lakhs to INR 7.5 lakhs had to pay 10%, and those earning between INR 7.5 lakhs to INR 10 lakhs incurred a tax rate of 15%.
Yet, the new regime did not attract significant attention until budget 2023-24.
The finance minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman, conveyed four announcements pertaining to income tax slabs. Here is a breakdown of these announcements.
The tax rebate limit increased to INR 7 lakhs from INR 5 lakhs. Taxpayers qualifying for rebates can get benefits of up to INR 25,000 as standard deductions to avoid taxation.
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Form 10-IE is your go-to for filing taxes under the new regime, in line with sections 115BAC and 115BAD. According to Rule 21 AG, every individual and Hindu undivided family looking to file under the new tax regime (section 115AC) has to submit Form 10-IE in electronic mode.
While the new income tax regime was introduced in 2020, budget 2023-24 incorporated some significant changes to make it more lucrative: