Archive for February 22nd, 2010

BUDGET PREVIEW 2011 – Part 1 :)

At last the much talked topic “BUDGET” among AAM ADMI, CORPORATES or INVESTORS that comes to INDIA – is approaching. “The million dollar question is that will 2010 budget be another year to cheer the economy by giving some relief in indirect taxes, personal income tax and by implementing various schemes to induce social & infrastructure sector in order to maintain high trajectory growth”.

Generally, it is seen that the incentives which are given in the period of recession or slow down and moreover, when the government in power is about to complete its tenure, are above from expectations. It is seen that budget in two years usually comes good when the Govt. is in the last year of power & in the first year of the rule as a vote of thanks.The mid three years out of the five year term usually remains tight on the policies.

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For the common man, we expect that Finance Minister may raise the exemption limit in personal income tax & investment limit Under Sec.80C. The reason to our belief:

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1. The rocketing prices of food articles like sugar, pulses and vegetables have been cutting the pockets of a middle class.

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2. By coming out with these measures (above mentioned) the government will lower the tax incidence on the common man & will also help it to put the opposition on backfoot.

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By & large everyone is aware of the level of fiscal deficits globally and many of us know that it is essential to minimize deficits & returning to fiscal consolidation is necessary. The main question is why it is so important. Let’s look at the consequences of high fiscal deficit:

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A risk to high government borrowings leads to more debt servicing that cuts expenditure on various social welfare schemes, if TAX revenues do not matchup. In the current financial year, out of the 4 lakh crore borrowing, more than 50% has gone towards interest payments.

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Secondly, the higher government borrowing from market means less availability of funds to private borrowers. In the current Fiscal year, due to dismal credit growth, we haven’t seen pressure on Interest rates. But going forward we foresee normal credit growth in the next financial year. However as the government borrowing is expected to remain at same level in the next fiscal, pressure on interest rate is expected.

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So, this year the theme of Budget would any way be to maintain economic recovery through investment for building infrastructure rather than funding the expenses/consumption. But at the same time focus will be to bring down the fiscal deficit.

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The catch here is bringing down deficit by cutting expenditure means risk to growth & the other alternative is to increase revenues. While the direct tax collections are encouraging, on the indirect taxes front the government is still struggling to get desired revenues. This is because after September 2008, when the global financial system collapsed, the government came out with stimulus packages to keep up the desired growth pace.

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Excise rates since December 2008 had been progressively cut from 16, 12 and 8 per cent to 10, 8 and 4 per cent respectively depending on the product in question. Service tax was also reduced from 12 to 10 per cent.