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Your budget at a glance

What's cheaper and what's costlier
While sports goods gets cheaper, furniture gets costlier
While sports goods gets cheaper, furniture gets costlier
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The Telegraph   |   Published 01.02.20, 10:32 PM

  • New, optional income-tax structure for individuals willing to forgo certain exemptions and deductions: 10% tax on incomes between Rs 5-7.5 lakh (now 20%); 15% on Rs 7.5-10 lakh (now 20%); 20% on Rs 10-12.5 lakh (now 30%); 25% on Rs 12.5-15 lakh (now 30%); 30% above Rs 15 lakh (no change).  (Sitharaman said a person earning Rs 15 lakh a year would save Rs 78,000 by opting for the new regime)
  • Deadline for availing an additional Rs 1.5 lakh tax deduction on home loan interest extended by a year till March 2021
  • Insurance coverage of bank deposits up from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh
  • Dividend distribution tax shifted to individuals from companies
  • e-commerce operators to deduct tax at source on payments at 1 per cent for PAN/Aadhaar transactions and 5 per cent for non-PAN/Aadhaar transactions
  • PAN to be allotted instantly against Aadhaar
  • Task force to recommend marriageable age for women
  • Medical colleges to be attached with district hospitals on PPP model to tackle shortage of doctors
  • States and UTs urged to replace conventional energy meters with prepaid smart meters in the next three years to allow consumers to choose the supplier
  • Kisan Rail in PPP mode and Krishi Udaan, on international and national routes, to be launched to transport farm products
  • 100 more airports by 2025; 150 trains to be run in PPP mode; 4 stations to be redeveloped with help of private sector

CHEAPER

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  • Imported newsprint, lightweight coated paper
  • Sports goods
  • Microphones
  • Electric vehicles
  • Imported pure-bred breeding horses
  • Purified terephthalic acid, used in producing some plastics

COSTLIER

  • Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, hookahs, tobacco products
  • Butter ghee, butter oil, edible oils, peanut butter, dietary soy fibre
  • Chewing gum, whey, meslin, maize, sugar beet seeds, preserved potato, walnuts (shelled)
  • Shavers, hair clippers, hair-removers
  • Tableware, kitchenware, water filters, glassware, household articles of porcelain or china
  • Rubies, emeralds, sapphires, rough coloured gemstones
  • Combs, hairpins, curling pins, curling grips, hair curlers
  • Fans, portable blowers, water heaters, immersion heaters, hair dryers, hand driers, electric irons
  • Food grinders, ovens, cookers, cooking plates, boiling rings, grillers, roasters
  • Coffee and tea makers, toasters
  • Furniture, lamps


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