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Are you happy with the direct tax code?

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The much-awaited direct tax code bill, aimed at simplifying the country’s archaic direct tax laws, was passed by the cabinet on Thursday, with new income tax slabs being proposed for individuals.

Though these slabs will put some extra money in taxpayers’ pockets as compared to existing slabs, the original slabs proposed in the first draft of the direct tax code have been diluted.

The original code proposed that income up to 10,00,000 rupees would be taxed at the rate of 10 percent, but the tax slabs announced on Thursday propose a tax of 20 percent for income between 500,000 – 10,00,000 rupees and a tax of 10 percent on income between 200,000 – 500,000 rupees.

The new proposal exempts income up to 200,000 rupees from taxes. For senior citizens, the basic exemption would be hiked to 250,000 rupees.

How was 2009 for you?

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2009 was the year of recovery for India Inc.

Economic data indicates that India is on the path of recovery. The stock market has bounced back smartly from its lows in March. IPOs made a comeback as investors’ risk appetite improved.

How was the year for you? Did your investments work? Which was your favourite stock pick or investment avenue?

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