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NITI maintains distance from Debroy's view on taxing agriculture income

In A Statement Today NITI Aayog Said: “The Views On Taxing Farm Income Expressed By Member Bibek Debroy Were Personal And Not Those Of The Aayog.'

PTI | Updated on: 26 Apr 2017, 06:19:43 PM
NITI maintains distance from Debroy's view on taxing agriculture income

New Delhi:

Government think tank NITI Aayog on Wednesday  distanced itself from the reamarks by its member Bibek Debroy on taxing agriculture income saying that views expressed by him were ‘personal comments.’

At a press conference on Tuesday on 3-Year Action Agenda, Debroy had said taxes should be imposed on farm income above a certain threshold to expand the tax base.

“On expanding the base on the personal income tax side, other than elimination of exemptions, is to also tax rural sector, including agriculture income above certain threshold,” Debroy had said.

In a statement today NITI Aayog said: “The views on Taxing Farm Income expressed by Member Bibek Debroy were personal and not those of the Aayog.”

The clarification came after media reports said that NITI Aayog or its Draft Three year Action Agenda has recommended that Farm Income in India be taxed to expand the existing Income Tax base.

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“The NITI Aayog categorically states that this is neither the view of the Aayog nor is such a recommendation made anywhere in the Draft Action Agenda document as circulated to the Governing Council at the meeting on April 23, 2017,” the statement said.

Earlier in the day, Finance Ministry Arun Jaitley also said: “The central government has no plan to impose any tax on agriculture income. As per the constitutional allocation of powers, the central government has no jurisdiction to impose tax on agricultural income.”

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First Published : 26 Apr 2017, 05:54:00 PM

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