INDUSTRY body Ficci on Friday sought reduction in Corporate Tax and abolition of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) to spur investment as the BJP-led NDA Government gears up for its second term. The Government had presented an Interim Budget for 2019-20 in February. A full Budget is likely to be presented in July.
“The key recommendation was that the focus of the Government should be to spur domestic investment and in order to retain India’s competitiveness globally, corporate tax rate cut should be considered,” Ficci said after its delegation met Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey as part of the pre-budget discussion. In the 2015-16 budget, the Government had announced that the Corporate Tax rate would be gradually lowered to 25 per cent from 30 per cent over the next four years and exemptions available to companies would be phased out. In the subsequent years, the tax rate was reduced to 25 per cent for companies with a turnover of up to Rs 250 crore.
During the meeting, Ficci said with phasing out of exemptions and deductions available under the Income-Tax Act and to avoid complexities arising under new accounting norms, there is a need to review the concept of MAT.
“A recommendation has been made to abolish MAT and extend a simpler MAT as is currently applicable to non-corporate to corporates, but at a reduced rate of 10 per cent considering reduction in Corporate Tax rate to 25 per cent in line with global trend,” it said. On indirect tax side, Ficci said that currently Merchandise Export from India Scheme and Service Export from India Scheme scrips could not be utilised for payment of Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) and GST compensation cess on imports.