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Lower tax rates possible due to demonetisation, digital payments: Jaitley

The government's decision to demonetise high value notes has in one stroke junked 86 per cent of the currency in circulation.

Published: 14th December 2016 03:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th December 2016 11:01 AM   |  A+A-

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks during Christmas celebrations at Sacred Heart Cathedral Compound in New Delhi on Tuesday. | PTI

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Stating that demonetisation would bring more transactions under tax net resulting in higher tax revenues, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday hinted at lower direct and indirect tax rates in the future. Also, future transactions would be substantially digital as India moves towards a less-cash society, he said.

"The future taxation level would be much higher than what is currently being collected. This would also enable the government at some stage to make taxes more reasonable which will apply to both direct and indirect taxes," said Jaitley.

The government's decision to demonetise high value notes has in one stroke junked 86 per cent of the currency in circulation.
"So much money...operating as loose cash in the system has today come into the banking system. It has to be accounted for. Where taxes have not been paid will now be recovered,"  pointed out Jaitley.
Meanwhile, demonetisation together with other reforms, particularly the GST and the restrictions on cash spending subjected to PAN declaration, will bring down the levels of corruption in society, he said adding that "it is going to bring down cash transaction in society and it's going to bring down levels of evasion as far as taxation is concerned."

Stressing on the obvious breach of law which is hurting the economy he said, "those who are indulging in this malpractices will have to pay a very heavy price for what they are doing," he added. He also warned of "very heavy price" that unscrupulous elements will have to pay for amassing large amounts of cash unlawfully.



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