Income Tax Slabs History in India

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The Income Tax rates for FY 2012-13 was disappointing for many who expected the new limit for tax exemption would go to Rs. 3 Lakhs, but if you look history of Income tax, probably you would be a Happy man!

Ask your father and you would realize how lucky you are when it comes to paying Taxes.

Below is the table showing the following since FY 1990-91:

  • Minimum Income for Tax
  • Lowest Tax Rate
  • Income at Which Highest Tax Rate Starts
  • Highest Tax Rate
  • Highest Tax Rate Including Surcharge

Income tax history in india

The important points to note are:

  1. Highest Tax Rate Including Surcharge has come down from 56% in FY 1990-91 to 30.9% since 2010-11
  2. The exemption limit for Income Tax has also increased 10 times from Rs. 22,00 in 1990-91 to Rs. 2 Lakh in 2012-13
  3. Even the lowest tax rate has gone down from 20% to 10%

I hope this might have given you a feel good factor after Budget 2012!

How is India placed to other countries in Income Tax Slabs?

Below is a info-graphic from Hindustan Times showing highest Income tax slabs in developed countries like – US, UK, Netherlands, Japan, France, South Korea etc. The income tax rates in developed countries are higher than in India but it is compensated by the facilities and benefits that are given by government to their citizens. The facilities include social security for elder to free education for children, free medical facilities and much better infrastructure.

 highest tax slab international

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4 thoughts on “Income Tax Slabs History in India

  1. R MURUGAIYAN says:

    Dear Sir, I had read he report “Income Tax Slabs History in India” which gives various details from 1991. A special reuest: As I have to urgently put up a claim to IT Dept for Refund (related to previous 20 years) can you please send me the details of entire IT Slabs / Surcharge etc from 1991 upto date. It will be very much helpful.

    Thanks and kind Regards
    R. Murugaiyan
    E-Mail : [email protected]

      Your issue seems complicated and I would advice you to contact an expert on tax laws or a CA and help you file your IT returns for 20 years. In the mean time I might try to get you 20 years Income tax slab details.

  2. Excellent information. I felt happy it is a feel good factor. FM can feel proud with this data/post. Keep it up

    • Yes! there is no doubt the taxes have become more rational than it was. But still there is scope of lot of improvement. Direct tax code was step in the right direction but it has already been modified and still its Work in progress!

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