No change in existing Income Tax regimes, clarifies Finance Ministry


New Delhi : To dispel any uncertainties among taxpayers, the finance ministry issued a clarification on Sunday stating that commencing April 1, 2024 (FY 24-25), there will be no modifications to the existing tax regimes. Notably, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman did not propose any adjustments to the tax structure, be it direct or indirect, in the interim budget for 2024-25. As a result, the income tax slabs for both the new and old regimes remain consistent with those outlined in the Union Budget for 2023-24.

In its statement the ministry said “It has come to notice that misleading information related to new tax regime is being spread on some social media platforms. It is therefore clarified that:

  • There is no new change which is coming in from 01.04.2024.
  • The new tax regime under section 115BAC(1A) was introduced in the Finance Act 2023, as compared to the existing old regime (without exemptions) .
  • New tax regime is applicable for persons other than companies and firms, is applicable as a default regime from the Financial Year 2023-24 and the Assessment Year corresponding to this is AY 2024-25.
  • Under the new tax regime, the tax rates are significantly lower, though the benefit of various exemptions and deductions (other than standard deduction of Rs. 50,000 from salary and Rs. 15,000 from family pension) is not available, as in the old regime.
  • New tax regime is the default tax regime, however, tax payers can choose the tax regime (old or new) that they think is beneficial to them.
  • Option for opting out from the new tax regime is available till filing of return for the AY 2024-25. Eligible persons without any business income will have the option to choose the regime for each financial year. So, they can choose new tax regime in one financial year and old tax regime in another year and vice versa.

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