The government plans to implement the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) from 2011-12 after addressing all concerns relating to controversial proposals like taxation of retirement benefits, weeding out incentives for housing sector and changes in the Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT).
The proposals in the Code are only "illustrative" and are open for discussion and there is no need to think that these "have been decided," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told.
Giving the roadmap for the Code that will replace the Income Tax Act of 1961, he said, "It will be implemented from 2011. So, the finance bill of 2011-12 would be appropriate."
The government, Mukherjee said, has identified seven critical areas of concern in the Code and would take suggestions on board before finalising it.
The critical areas of concern include shifting the base for computation of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) from book profits to assets; capital gains taxation in case of non-residents; double tax avoidance agreements; General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR); taxation of foreign companies; taxation of charitable institutions; and shift to EET system for taxation of savings.