May 24, 2013 / 1:47 PM / 4 years ago

Chidambaram says will introduce direct tax code in monsoon session

Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram speaks during a news conference in New York, April 17, 2013.Keith Bedford/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Friday he would introduce a bill for a direct tax code (DTC) during the monsoon session of parliament.

The code, which will replace the existing Indian Income Tax Act 1961, is intended among other things to rationalise tax rates to bring more people and companies under the tax net.

The month-long monsoon session of parliament is expected to start in late July.

Chidambaram's comments came at an event in Mumbai commemorating the 25th anniversary of the capital market regulator.

Reporting by Neha Dasgupta; Writing by Rafael Nam; Editing by Catherine Evans

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