Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has presented the Union Budget 2018, which was also the last full Budget of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. For this year, Jaitley has focused more on alleviating the troubles of the rural sector apart from uplifting the status of health and education.
Here we have some expert reviews on Budget 2018-
For startup / Investors
Startups and allied sectors will get help in job creation driven by a fresh view on crowdfunding of ventures and removal of angel tax. However, e-commerce startups say that the move to increase outlays for the agriculture sector and reduction in tax for SMEs will also boost job creation which in turn may benefit them in the long term.
According to the Abhiraj Bhal, co-founder, UrbanClap.
“Core infrastructure investment is the foundation of a good economy – roads, healthcare, education, railways etc. We are glad this has been a focus area for the government, but more can be done here. Secondly, regulatory ease is critical to growing the economy – demonetization, GST, bankruptcy laws, a target of INR 80k Cr. in the budget for disinvestment, and more focus on ease of doing business, means a plethora of MSMEs will come into the formal sector,”
Impact on employers of Large and small companies
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech announced a major change in corporate taxation rules. Though the amendment will be particularly beneficial for the micro, small, and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs), it does not offer any relief for big companies.
In terms of tax: Corporate tax relief for the SME sector, Companies with a turnover of less than Rs 250 crore in FY17 would be required to pay tax at 25 percent (and not at the erstwhile rate of 30 percent) in FY19.
The median tax rate for companies is approximately 34 percent for (Fiscal year) FY17. Consequently, the difference in tax rate (to the tune of 9 percent) is expected to improve their profit after tax margins, thus leading to better earnings visibility.
#Budget2018 provides a big push to growth of Bharat through Agri and Rural economy while continuing the emphasis on Infrastructure, housing for all, etc; ensuring all round growth and maintaining fiscal balance. #NewIndiaBudget
— Gautam Adani (@gautam_adani) February 1, 2018
If your stocks are growing at 30% you have to own them for 40 days more for paying 10% LTCG. How?Assume Cost=100 so from 30 you are left with 27;now to retain 30 you’ve to make 33.33 or 3.33 more. Job gets easier for faster growing companies.😁#TheThouughtfulInvestor #Budget2018
— Basant Maheshwari (@BMTheEquityDesk) February 2, 2018
Impact on Rural Areas
The budget introduced several measures focused on improving the income and demand in rural India which we believe would benefit several companies.
some expert review:
According to Mitesh Shah, Head of Finance, BookMyShow.
“The Union Budget 2018 is both populist as well as pragmatic. It focuses on growing the promising rural economy and extending digitalization to rural citizens which can yield great results in the form of increased household rural consumption, and thereby be providing internet-driven businesses with a great potential market opportunity to tap,”
Sanjay Sethi, Co-Founder & CEO, ShopClues.
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) February 2, 2018
For Common People
These are some the major points :
The import of a mass of products, from cellphone to perfumes and toiletry, from watches to parts of automobiles, sunglasses to truck and bus tyres, footwear to diamonds and edible oils to fruit juices are costly by raising customs duty. No change in income tax slabs for individuals , Cess on income tax hiked to 4% and Medical reimbursement and transport allowance knocked out of your salary can now be set-off for relief on income tax up to a maximum sum of Rs.40,000/- per annum instead. No need to scurry for getting bills raised from medical stores.
It’s fashionable to say only 2.56% pay income tax in India. See it like this: 2.56% Indians pay all 100% of our tax. And you continue to strangle, and extort from only these few honest Indians
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) February 2, 2018
In his last full-Budget before the 2019 general elections, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced measures to strengthen the urban rail network by allocating Rs 11,000 crore for Mumbai and Rs 17,000 crore towards the Bengaluru metro project.
In addition, announcements were made for infrastructure growth by way of allocations for roads, processed food industry, health & wellness centers as well as healthcare for a large part of the underprivileged population and a reiteration of the goal “housing for all” over the next few years.
However, Healthcare, Housing and job-creation are goals which abeg focused & adamant execution and shall have to stand to audit with time.
#Budget Anchors ask if this budget is “vision” driven. Vision was required in 2014. Now it’s hindsight sharpened by electoral fear.
— K. C. Singh (@ambkcsingh) February 1, 2018
Many people asking me why I did not tweet a lot on the #Budget2018 or the #RajasthanByPolls … Spent most of yesterday with my legal team . Will be taking up the Judge Loya matter today in court & we have some sensational facts with which we shall apprise the hon SC.
— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) February 2, 2018