Types of taxes in India

Taxes are an essential part of any nation to promote its economic growth. The taxes that we pay fill the coffers of the government, which are then utilized by it to deliver various services to the country’s population. The government has been given the authority to collect taxes by the Indian Constitution. All the taxes that we pay are backed by laws passed by either the Parliament or the State Legislature.

Now that we know what taxes are, let’s look at the type of taxes in India.

Different types of taxes

India has two types of taxes, namely Direct Tax and Indirect Tax. The core difference between both the taxes lies in their implementation.

Apart from these types of taxation, there are other taxes or cess levied by the government for specific purposes, which are – Krishi Kalyan Cess, Swachh Bharat Cess and Infrastructure Cess Tax.

Direct Tax

Direct Taxes comprise taxes that you pay directly to the government. These taxes are levied directly on an individual and therefore can’t be transferred to another entity or person. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) under the Department of Revenue is responsible for the governance of this tax.

There are various types of Direct Taxes, which include:

Income Tax

Income Tax came into force with the Income Tax Act of 1961. All the rules of income tax are set by this act. This tax will apply to any income you generate for profits, owning a property, salary, investments or business.
Besides stipulating from where income tax is to be collected, this act has provisions that allow tax benefits for taxpayers through fixed deposits and life insurance premiums. This act also determines your position on the income tax slab.

Gift Tax

In 1958, the Gift Tax Act was originally introduced. According to the act, if you receive presents of any kind, then you will have to pay a tax of 30%. This was later tweaked to exclude gifts from families such as spouse, parents and blood relatives. If anyone else gives a gift whose value exceeds Rs. 50000, then you will have to pay tax.

Wealth Tax

Amongst the various types of taxes, Wealth Tax is applicable not only on an individual but also on a Hindu Unified Family (HUF) and businesses.

For example: If your net wealth is more than Rs. 1 crore, then you have a surcharge of 12%. Companies whose turnover exceeds 10 crores will also have to pay wealth tax.

Capital Gains Tax

This is a type of Income Tax levied on the gains you make after the sale of an investment or property. There are two types of Gains Tax – Long Term Capital Gains Tax and Short Term Capital Gains Tax. The former is applied when the holding period of the investment exceeds 36 months. The latter is applicable if the duration of the investment is less than 36 months.

Securities Transaction Tax

Share trading on the stock market is subject to this tax. For every share purchase or sale, you pay the Securities Transaction Tax.

Corporate Tax

Another type of Income Tax, the Corporate Tax is levied on the earning of businesses. An Indian firm whose turnover is less than Rs. 1 crore is not subject to this tax. There is a corporate tax slab according to which companies pay tax. Moreover, the tax structure for international firms is different from domestic firms.

Indirect Taxes

Unlike Direct Taxes, these taxes are not levied on individuals but on goods and services. This tax is not levied on profit, income or the revenue of an individual or an entity. Also, this tax can be transferred from one person to another.

Here’s a list of various types of Indirect Taxes:

Sales Tax

Any product being sold is subject to Sales Tax. The product can be either produced domestically or be imported. The government subjects the seller of the product to the sales tax, who can then pass it on to the buyer.
Sales Tax is different for different states. Also, the central government levies the sales tax. For some states, sales tax is one of their largest revenue sources.

Service Tax

Service Tax is applicable on services provided by companies. Unlike Sales Tax, it is not charged on every sale. This tax is charged with on a monthly or quarterly basis. Service providers pay this tax once their customers clear their bills.

Goods and Service Tax

The Goods and Services Tax was introduced in 2017. This tax is applied at the consumption stage. GST is applied at every stage of the supply chain wherever consumption takes place.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

VAT is levied on products other than commodities such as food and essential drugs. This tax is placed at stages in the supply chain where value is added. This tax comes under the purview of the state government.

Customs Duty

If you buy a product from a different country and import it to India, then you have to pay tax on it. This tax is called Customs Duty.

Toll Tax

Toll Tax is levied either by the state or central governments on roads and bridges. The purpose of the tax is to fund road construction and maintenance activities.

Both Direct and Indirect Taxes are essential for the economic growth of the country.

Income Tax Return filing due date, Payment last date FY 2019-20 20-21

The Income Tax return filing actual due date and extended due dates for all assessees, requiring and non requiring an audit for the financial year-2019-20. ASSESSEE NOT REQUIRING AUDIT FY-2019-20


TDS Return filing due date, Payment last date FY 2020-21

Follow the tables given below for knowing the TDS return filing actual due date and extended due date

For Q-1 June (1st April 2020 to 30th June 2020)

GST Return filing due date, Payment last date FY 2020-21

GST return filing actual date and extended due date.

Professional Tax Return filing due date, Payment last date FY 2019-20

Professional Tax e-filing actual date and extended due date

ROC Return filing due date, Payment last date FY 2019-20

ROC e-filing actual date and extended due date

ESI Return filing due date, Payment last date FY 2020-21

ESI e-filing actual date and extended due date

EPF Return filing due date, Payment last date FY 2020-21

EPF e-filing actual date and extended due date

Income Tax Slab Rates for FY 2020-21 AY 2021-22

Income tax slabs for current financial year in India

TDS Rates and Threshold Limits FY 2020-21 AY 2021-22

TDS Rates and Threshold Limits FY 2020-21 AY 2021-22

Professional Tax Slab Rates in West Bengal FY 2020-21

The West Bengal Professional Tax Slab Rates for the FY 2020-21 are mentioned below. Salaried individuals having a monthly salary of more than INR 10,000 are liable to pay professional tax in West Bengal. Salary and wages shall include - Pay, Dearness Allowance and any other amount paid by way of allowance, all remunerations received on a regular basis whether payable in cash or kind; honorarium, perquisites, and profit in lieu of salary as defined in Section-17 of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Monthly Gross Salary or Wages              Amount of P.Tax
Upto Rs.10,000 Nil
From Rs. 10,001 to Rs. 15,000 Rs. 110
From Rs. 15,001 to Rs. 25000 Rs. 130
From  Rs. 25,001 to Rs. 40,000 Rs. 150
Above Rs. 40,000 Rs. 200


Remember: Encashment of leave amount (excluding payable on retirement or on the death of the employee); subsistence allowance, leave concessional pay. Salary and Wage shall not include Medical reimbursement, traveling allowance, reimbursement of conveyance charges, the stipend paid to the trainee, salary paid to apprentice under Apprentices Act, leave travel assistance payment, statutory Bonus, gratuity, lay of compensation an ex-gratia payment. Pension granted to an employee is not salary and hence pensioners are not liable to pay Profession Tax on the pension.

Profession Tax will be paid online through “GRIPS” (web-portal of the Finance Department, Government of West Bengal). For registered employers, the professional tax will be paid monthly. If an employer fails to pay tax, within the due time, he shall be liable to pay simple interest @ 1% per month or part thereof, on due tax.

Disclaimer: Rates given above are updated up to the professional tax scheduled available on the professional tax web portal .dated 1st  January 2021 to the best of our information. There may be variations due to updates by the government. Kindly note that we are not responsible for any incorrect information. If you need information about the "Effective Date" then please visit the professional tax website or consult with our professional tax experts.

ROC e-Filing Fees for Companies and LLP in India

ROC e-Filing Fees for Companies and LLP in India

EPF Contribution Rate or Percentage of Deduction FY 2020-21

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