Live Updates: Union Budget 2019-20


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the union budget 2019-20 in Lok Sabha today, after being re-elected in the Modi government. Here are the live updates.


01:08 PM, Jul 05 IST
Customs duty on gold hiked to 12.5% from 10%
01:08 PM, Jul 05 IST
No announcement so far on any change in income tax rates.
01:03 PM, Jul 05 IST
High income bracket needs to contribute more: FM

Those in highest income bracket need to contribute more to national development. Propose to enhance surcharge on individual income of Rs 2-5 crore and over Rs 5 crore by 3% and 7% respectively: FM

01:01 PM, Jul 05 IST
New series of coin will be available for public use: FM

 A new series of coins of Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 20 easily identifiable to the visually impaired were released by the PM on 7th March 2019. These coins will be made available for public use shortly.

12:58 PM, Jul 05 IST
2 per cent TDS levy on cash withdrawals exceeding one crore from a bank account: FM

To discourage practice of making business payments in cash, I propose to levy TDS of 2% on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs 1 crore a year from a bank account: Sitharaman

12:56 PM, Jul 05 IST
PAN and Aadhaar cards would soon be interchangeable.
12:54 PM, Jul 05 IST
Interchangeability of PAN and Aadhaar card to be allowed for ease and convenience to taxpayers. ITR can be filed without PAN by quoting Aadhaar
12:54 PM, Jul 05 IST
Additional ₹1.5 lakh income tax deduction on home loan interest paid for buyers of affordable homes till 2020: FM

This means those purchasing affordable house will get tax relief up to Rs 3.5 lakh on interest paid

12:53 PM, Jul 05 IST
Start-ups won't be subject to scrutiny on angel tax.
12:52 PM, Jul 05 IST
Additional tax deduction of rs 150,000 on interest paid on housing loans

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposes to allow an additional tax deduction of 150,000 rupees on interest paid on housing loans for self-occupied house owners.

12:48 PM, Jul 05 IST
Corporate tax on companies with turnover up to₹400 crore reduced to 25%: Budget
12:44 PM, Jul 05 IST
Four another embassies to open overseas: FM

"The govt intends to open another 4 embassies, new ones, in the year 2019-20. This will not increase the footprint of India's overseas presence but also enable us to provide better & more accessible public services especially to the local Indian communities in these countries," FM says.

12:42 PM, Jul 05 IST
Due to slew of efforts taken by our government, the direct tax revenue has increased to Rs 11.37 lakh crore from 2013-14 to 2018-19: FM

"Because of taxpayers, government is able to work for a collective dream of inclusive development. My tax proposals will aim to stimulate growth. Aim to simplify tax admin and bring greater transparency," Sitharaman says.

12:41 PM, Jul 05 IST
External debt to GDP less than 5%. The lowest globally: FM
12:40 PM, Jul 05 IST
Disinvestment target of Rs 1 lakh crore for FY20: FM
12:36 PM, Jul 05 IST
New series of coins including 20-rupee coin to be introduced, says Finance Minister
12:35 PM, Jul 05 IST
Rs 70,000 PSU Bank recapitalisation

The government has proposed to allocate Rs 70,000 crore for PSU Bank recapitalisation. 

12:30 PM, Jul 05 IST
Govt proposes to return the regulation authority over housing finance sector from National Housing Board to the RBI: FM
12:29 PM, Jul 05 IST
NPA recovery of Rs 4 lakh crore: FM

Non-performing asset (NPAs) recovery of Rs 4 lakh crore over the last four years, NPAs down by Rs 1 lakh crore in the last one year

12:19 PM, Jul 05 IST
Proposed Aadhaar Card for NRIs
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