Ahead of Union Budget 2017, the capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has sent its list of recommendations to the Finance Ministry. Sebi has asked the government to encourage stock trading and investments in mutual funds by easing tax rules.
The regulator has also recommended lowering the securities transaction tax (STT) for tax trading and a slew of other measures, a report published in Economics Times said.
Lower STT for trading
After its introduction in 2004, STT was fully deductible against the income tax payable. But, after four years, an amendment was made to allow STT as a deductible business expenditure and the rebate under section 88E was also withdrawn.
Now, Sebi has recommended lowering the STT for tax trading.
Increase limit for tax-saving equity mutual fund
For relief under Section 88E, Sebi has recommended an increase in the investment limit for tax-saving equity mutual fund schemes from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.