Industry View - Budget raises taxes on some companies

MUMBAI Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:40pm IST

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - India must make tough spending choices, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Thursday, even as he unveiled a bigger-than-expected outlay for the coming fiscal year in one of the most highly anticipated Indian budgets of recent years.

Shares fell, erasing earlier gains, after the 2012/13 budget proposed higher taxes on some corporates and individuals, while the securities transaction tax was lowered but not eliminated.

(Chidambaram calls for tough choices, click here)

(Rich taxpayers to pay 10 percent surcharge, click here)

(Budget 2013 highlights, click here)

COMMENTARY

ASIM WARSI, VICE PRESIDENT, SAMSUNG MOBILE, INDIA, NEW DELHI

"The 15 percent investment allowance on manufacturing investment should give a fillip to domestic manufacturing. However, in overall terms, we do not see the budget reviving the consumer sentiments in the absence of any specific incentives to boost consumer sentiment itself. Further, the increase in the excise duty on mobile phones will not have a positive impact on the mobile industry and should lead to an increase in prices for end consumers."

KAPIL WADHAWAN, CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, DEWAN HOUSING FINANCE CORP (DWNH.NS), MUMBAI

"It is a very balanced budget and is great for mid- to lower-income housing. The rural housing fund allocation of 60 billion rupees and an increase in tax exemption of 100,000 rupees on home loans of up to 2.5 million rupees is a welcome move.

"We continue to draw a lot of funding from the National Housing Bank (NHB) as refinance for our lending activities. The money we receive from NHB comes to us at a very low cost. So if NHB releases more money through the rural housing fund to players like us there is incentive for us to reduce absolute interest cost to the end customer."

MEHUL CHOKSI, CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR, GITANJALI GEMS (GTGM.NS), MUMBAI

"For the jewellery sector, the budget was quite pragmatic. The finance minister introduced measures so people start investing in other financial instruments and move away from gold.

"I don't think that will have a major impact on spending patterns or people's preference to buy gold and gold jewellery. It is a cultural necessity and so that will not get impacted. The positive bit was that there was no hike in import duty on gold which I think is welcome because firstly it is already very high and then it would also increase black market activities and the government will only lose more."

SYED SAFAWI, CEO, VIOM NETWORKS, NEW DELHI

"The budget's focus to bolster the country's infrastructure has positives for the private sector by way of encouragement of infrastructure debt funds.

"However, the high expectation of assistance to telecom tower companies that have been granted the status of harmonized infrastructure sector has gone in vain. The telecom towers are critical for enabling deeper broadband penetration."

MAHENDRA SWARUP, PRESIDENT, INDIAN VENTURE CAPITAL ASSOCIATION, NEW DELHI

"The tax pass-through has been given only to angel funds and early stage venture capital funds. We were expecting that the base could widen, to private equity funds, but it did not happen. It's a slight disappointment."

R.C. BHARGAVA, CHAIRMAN, MARUTI SUZUKI (MRTI.NS), NEW DELHI

"A budget can't provide solutions to all the problems in the economy. Solution lies in various ministries of government of India. Finance Minister doesn't have capabilities to take action on their behalf. Actions have to be taken at state levels, at ministry levels, if we are talking about 6 to 7 percent growth.

"It is neither political nor populist. He has kept the fiscal deficit down. He is trying to bring in investments to the country. Overall it's a good budget."

ISSAC GEORGE, DIRECTOR, GVK POWER & INFRASTRUCTURE LTD (GVKP.NS), NEW DELHI

"Our expectations were higher this time. We expected the budget to be a big growth booster but within the constraints that he had, he has handled it fairly well.

"Couple of positive things were the extension of tax holiday on power projects by one more year. The investment allowance of 15 percent he is planning to give for projects where investment is greater than 1 billion rupees is positive. This will bring back capital.

"Infrastructure debt funds being encouraged is a very big positive because that will ease some of the financing problems that infrastructure projects are facing today."

BHASKAR PRAMANIK, CHAIRMAN, MICROSOFT INDIA, NEW DELHI

"The intent is very strong. It is really to see how they implement this. There seems to be a lot of focus on reviving growth. A lot of issues in the IT sector has been addressed. One of the areas which was a concern is that we have been seeing a decline in new investment in R&D units."

PRANABH MODY, PRESIDENT, J.B. CHEMICALS & Pharmaceuticals (JBCH.NS), AHMEDABAD

"The budget looks good on investment side. The incentive for investment above 1 billion rupees is attractive. Other than this, there is no concrete announcement on tax front, nothing on the proposed goods and services tax. So it's neutral budget."

P. BALENDRAN, VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL MOTORS INDIA, NEW DELHI

"The hike in excise duty is not on expected lines, specially when automobile industry continues to remain sluggish.

"Unless you see the fine print, you may not be able to know how much is going to be the impact. In auto industry, for the commercial vehicles, it is a good (budget). From GM India perspective, the budget doesn't get more than 5 out of 10 points."

H.M. BHARUKA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, KANSAI NEROLAC (KANE.NS), MUMBAI

"There was nothing exciting in the budget but it's not a populist one which is good. What remains to be seen is how the fiscal deficit will come down to 4.8 percent when planned expenditure has been increased by 30 percent and that I think is the most important part.

"The other bit is he has increased expenditure in rural markets so overall consumer spending should not be affected in the coming year. The consumer industry will also cheer the development on the GST front. The finance minister indicated that there has been some consensus that has emerged on the issue and that it will get passed in the near future.

SUNIL DUGGAL, CEO, DABUR INDIA (DABU.NS), NEW DELHI

"Rural stimuli has been continued which is good for the consumer sector. We are expecting the implementation of the goods and services tax from April 2014 and the finance minister indicated a positive build up to that which was good.

"Major issue for us will be to watch the impact this budget will have on inflation, which will have an impact on demand for us."

S. SANDILYA, PRESIDENT, SOCIETY OF INDIAN AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS AND CHAIRMAN OF EICHER MOTORS (EICH.NS), NEW DELHI

"Overall tax rates not having gone up ... is very good.

"However, on the SUVs, he increased excise duty, saying they occupy more parking spaces, which is totally surprising. We need to find out how it affects the overall sales. It was one area where growth was significant and yes, this will have an impact.

"Also on imported vehicles, he increased the customs duty which was not expected."

MALVINDER MOHAN SINGH, CHAIRMAN, DION GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, NEW DELHI

"It's a good budget ... portrays an optimistic picture. I hope the higher taxes on corporates is only for a year."

COMMENTARY ON TAX SURCHARGE ON INDIVIDUALS WITH TAXABLE INCOME OF MORE THAN 10 MLN RUPEES

ISSAC GEORGE, DIRECTOR, GVK POWER & INFRASTRUCTURE LTD (GVKP.NS), NEW DELHI

"I honestly do not agree on that because, if you see history anywhere in the world, you cannot spur growth by taxing the rich. That could have been avoided. I have always maintained that he should have ensured compliance so that more people who have avoided taxes are brought into the net of taxes.

"That is something that could have yielded better results rather than taxing the top 1-2 percent of the people.

"I am an affected party and that is why I am shouting on top of my voice."

H.M. BHARUKA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, KANSAI NEROLAC (KANE.NS), MUMBAI

"Minor modifications in personal taxation for the 43,000 or so people who have an income of more than 1 crore (10 million) rupees is not so much of a problem because it is just for a year. I don't think people in the industry will have a problem given the current circumstances."

SUNIL DUGGAL, CEO, DABUR INDIA (DABU.NS), NEW DELHI

"That was unnecessary. It takes away very little revenue, very little extra money into the tax net. It will lead to more avoidance. There are very few people at that level. Just penalising people who are paying the tax does not make any sense. There are substantial number of people with good income who are not paying taxes and the focus should have been more on bringing them under the tax net."

GANESH NATARAJAN, VICE CHAIRMAN & CEO, ZENSAR TECHNOLOGIES (ZENT.NS), PUNE

"It is obviously tough but if the numbers are right, and there are only 42,800 people, then some of us who are earning will have to bite the bullet.

"In the larger scheme of things I guess that is one way of reducing his deficit. Am I gonna lose sleep over it? No."

MALVINDER MOHAN SINGH, CHAIRMAN, DION GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, NEW DELHI

"I don't think he had a choice. It was pretty much expected that he would do something. I think as long as it is for a period of 1 year, its understandable. I am hoping that next year, this will end.

"I think what's important from tax perspective is really to widen the tax net and to ensure that more people are compliant. In an environment like this, one would hope that, I mean nobody will go and say, yes increase taxes. But we do understand that today he needs to do it."

(Reporting by India Company News team; Editing by Ranjit Gangadharan)

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