Editorial Simplified : 04th May

Editorial Simplified : 04th day of May 2016

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Indian Express

Editorial : A taxing agenda


Income tax authorities released data for income tax collection in period 2000-01 to 2014-15 last week highlighting various worrying trends


  • 80% of personal income tax has been accounted by only 11 % with 85 % paying less than Rs 1.5 lakh in tax; it shows income inequality in the country along with need of widening the tax net
  • No of people who have reported earning of more than 1 crore is also abysmal at 18,359; it shows that a huge chunk of income is from capital gains (Capital gains are the profits that an investor realizes when he or she sells thecapital asset for a price that is higher than the purchase price) or set off of loss in business income and farm income which is not taxed
  • India’s gross tax to GDP ratio has remained stagnant


  • Welfare activities in different sector is impacted if tax collections remain poor
  • Widening/deepening of the tax base, trimming down exemptions and improving compliance in tax collections is need of the hour

Wider public debate is also needed on current tax policy which is instigated by disclosure of such data in public domain

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