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Central Government Notifies Finance Act 2024

Last updated: 16 February 2024


The Indian government has officially notified the Finance Act, 2024, after its passage through the Parliament and receiving the President's assent on February 15, 2024. This significant legislation aims to consolidate and update various tax provisions, providing relief to taxpayers while ensuring compliance and streamlining tax administration.

Key Provisions

  • Maintenance of Income-tax Rates: The Finance Act maintains the existing income-tax rates for the financial year 2024-2025, providing stability and predictability for taxpayers and businesses.
  • Tax Reliefs: Several tax reliefs have been introduced to alleviate the burden on taxpayers. These reliefs may include deductions, exemptions, or credits aimed at encouraging specific activities or investments.
  • Agricultural Income: Adjustments in income-tax provisions regarding the treatment of agricultural income have been made, potentially impacting farmers and agricultural businesses.
  • Special Procedures for Machinery: Changes in registration requirements for certain machinery used in manufacturing under special procedures have been implemented. This aims to streamline processes and reduce bureaucratic hurdles for manufacturers.
  • Updates to CGST Act, 2017: Amendments to the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, have been made, particularly regarding Input Service Distributors and penalties for failure to register certain machines used in the manufacture of goods as per special procedure. These updates aim to enhance clarity and compliance within the GST framework.
Central Government Notifies Finance Act 2024

Emphasis on Compliance and Streamlining

The Finance Act places a significant emphasis on compliance, aiming to ensure that taxpayers adhere to the prescribed tax laws and regulations. It provides clarifications on tax rates and procedures, reducing ambiguity and promoting voluntary compliance.

Facilitating Ease of Doing Business

In line with the government's efforts to improve the business environment, the Finance Act includes measures to facilitate ease of doing business. This may involve simplifying tax procedures, reducing administrative burdens, and fostering a more conducive environment for investment and entrepreneurship.

Conclusion 

The notification of the Finance Act, 2024, marks a crucial step in India's tax reform agenda. By maintaining income-tax rates, introducing tax reliefs, and implementing amendments across various enactments, the government aims to support taxpayers, enhance compliance, and foster economic growth. However, the full implications of these provisions will unfold over time as taxpayers and businesses navigate the evolving tax landscape.

Official copy of the notification has been attached below

Attached File : 671907_23157_252143.pdf
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