Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Small traders accepting e-payments can save 46% tax under new presumptive tax regime: FinMin

If a small trader makes his transactions in cash on a turnover of Rs. 2 Crore, then his income under the presumptive scheme will then be presumed to be Rs. 16 lakhs @ 8% of turnover. After availing of Rs. 1.5 lakhs of deduction under Section 80C, his total tax liability will be Rs. 2, 67,800. However, if he shifts to 100% digital transactions under the new announcement made, his profit will be presumed to be at Rs. 12 lakhs @ 6% of turnover, and after availing of Rs. 1.5 lakhs under Section 80C, his tax liability now will be only Rs. 1,44,200. Here, digital transactionincludes payment received by Cheque or through any other digital means.

Apart from making a tax saving by migrating to banking mode, the small businesses would be able to build their books which may also help them get bank loans easily. Also, if transactions are carried out through banking channels, then anybody having annual turnover up to Rs. 66 lakhs will have zero tax liability after availing the benefit of Section 80C, after amendment of this new rate structure.

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