How Your Income Tax Liability Is Set To Change In Assessment Year 2020-21

The government chose to maintain status quo on income tax slabs and rates.

How Your Income Tax Liability Is Set To Change In Assessment Year 2020-21

Income tax slabs for assessment year 2020-21: The government maintained status quo on tax rates

The Finance Bill 2019 proposes a full tax rebate on annual personal income up to Rs 5 lakh. This rebate is applicable only if taxable income (after available income tax deductions) stands below Rs 5 lakh in a year, say financial planners. The government however maintained status quo on income tax slabs. This translates into an income tax rebate of Rs 12,500 for individuals with an annual income of Rs 5 lakh, which the tax liability for such assessees will become nil.

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Here are few examples shared by tax experts explaining the latest changes in income tax rules:

Assessment year 2020-21 income tax calculation examples
Taxable annual income in rupees (after adjusting deductions)3,50,0004,00,0005,00,00010,00,000
Tax 5,000 (@ 5% on 1,00,000)7,500 (@ 5% on 1,50,000)12,500 (@ 5% on 2,50,000)1,12,500 (@5% on 2,50,000, 20% on 5,00,000)
Rebate under Section 87A of I-T Act5,0007,50012,500NA
Tax liability0001,12,500
Cess @ 4%0004,500
Tax payable (after cess)0001,17,000
Assessment year 2019-20 income tax examples
Taxable income3,50,0004,00,0005,00,00010,00,000
Balance Tax2,5007,50012,5001,12,500
Tax payable2,6007,80013,0001,17,000

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The government also proposed to raise the standard deduction limit by 25 per cent to Rs 50,000. This means that in Assessment Year 2020-21, a fixed deduction of Rs 50,000 in taxable income will be applicable to employees and pensioners.

With the latest income tax changes, the government has said, even individuals with a gross income of Rs 6.5 lakh and above may not be required to pay any income tax if they make use of available tax deductions.