Budget 2015-16 was real disappointment to common man. Finance minster has given very small income tax relief in budget and took away amount more than this relief by increasing service tax by 1.64%.Budget 2015 is big dissatisfaction mainly due to rise in service tax and excise duty.
Government was saying that they will bring good days for common man, but I say it is beginning of Bad days for common man. Household expense is about to increase due to rise in service tax. Service tax scope now covers most of household basket.
Let’s check how this rise in service tax affects your budget.
In above example we have made certain assumption of annual expense, you can download “Service Tax Impact Excel Sheet” and calculate actual impact of this rise on your household budget.
Additional provision is made which empowers central government to impose additional 2% cess on service tax for Swachh Bharat initiative, thus effective rate for service tax will be 16%. India will be clean or not we don’t know but our pocket will be defiantly clean by this rise 🙂
80D limit is enhanced from fifteen thousand rupees to twenty five thousand rupees in budget but on the on other hand same amount is taken back from your pocket, every visit to doctor & every diagnostic test will be cost you more due to increase in service tax liabilities. Even hike in excise duty and custom duty is goanna rise your expense as most of manufacturer will pass these tax expense to customer.
Service tax scope is widen up & now this tax is also applicable on transport of all food items and edible oil. Only grains, rice, wheat and milk are kept outside of service tax parlance. This step will defiantly increase inflation for house hold items like tea, coffee, oil, cheese, butter, ghee etc.
Get ready to pay more on everything starting from cigarettes and branded cloths to car and imported items. Guru Mantra for this year is to spend minimum on services to control your household expense.
Service tax hike will only bring inflationary effect. Please get ready for Bad Days….!
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