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Project 406: Day 19 (Items 172 - 190)

Who would have thought my linen closet would hold so many useless towels and bed items that I never use? I actually struggled to figure out where in my house I should try and clean out next. As my linen closet is tucked inside my reading room I didn’t realize that I had gone past these items over a hundred times since starting this project. These 19 items will be donated to my local animal shelter. I am really seeing the positives to this 406 project.

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Hello, friends. 

Originally posted by egg-with-a-butt

Here we go again. 

I am back in debt. It’s one of the few debts that I will allow myself to have, and that is because I simply could not (and probably never will be able to) pay the balance in cash entirely. 

I “bought” a car. 

After months of research, several test drives, multiple dealerships, and a lot of mediocre vehicles, I found a car that I absolutely love. By some twist of fate I found the car I wanted in the price range I wanted in the color I wanted with all the features I wanted, and I “bought” the car. I use quotations marks because, of course, until it’s paid in full, the car isn’t truly mine. 

The car technically belongs to the bank, who lent me the money to finish the transaction which allowed me to take the car home. I made a deal to pay the bank back for the car over the next 84 months (7 years). Of course, I’m going to pay it back much faster than that. 

I want this car paid off in less than 3 years. 

I’m going to go over my paperwork and do the math, make my budget, and get this thing done. Just like with my student loans, I want to cut the term length way down, keep the interest low, and get it done! 

Let’s do this thing! 

Over 30 million Brits will have to pay less income tax
Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

About 32 million Brits will pay less income tax than they did in previous years, as the government’s Finance Bill has passed.

The Budget that was announced in October 2018, was passed through parliament on Tuesday morning, paving the way for its measures to be introduced in the spring. The Finance Act 2019 comes in against a backdrop of the highest wage growth in a decade, and a deficit cut by four fifths since 2010.

A basic rate taxpayer will now pay £1,200 less income tax than they did in 2010, thanks to the government’s changes, which will “give people more help with the cost of living”, it said.

As well as cutting taxes for millions of people, a year earlier than planned, fuel duty has been frozen for a ninth year in a row, and beer, cider and spirits duty have also all been frozen.

The act also means first-time buyers will be eligible for relief from stamp duty on shared-ownership homes, to help them realise their dream of owning their own homes.

READ MORE: How to claim cannabis on your income tax return

And businesses will benefit from a new capital allowance for qualifying non-residential structures and buildings, and an increase to the Annual Investment Allowance to £1m for two years.

In other changes, those who try to reduce their tax bill by holding intangible property abroad will be liable to pay what they owe in the UK, and non-UK residents will be liable for capital gains tax on immovable UK property.

The Bill has also introduced rules to prevent firms fragmenting profits between unrelated entities to avoid tax.

READ MORE: A wealth tax is better than some of the alternatives

Mel Stride, financial secretary to the Treasury, said: “The country can be proud of its hard work. The government’s balanced approach since 2010 has produced a stronger, fairer economy in which people and businesses can thrive.

“With wages growing at their fastest pace in over a decade, the income tax changes in the Finance Act will ensure that people can keep more of their hard-earned cash.”

The Romanian capital has the ability to make you feel like you’re in multiple cities at once. Cismigiu Gardens will have you thinking you’ve stumbled into New York’s Central Park. And you could be forgiven for confusing the columns on the Romanian Athenaeum with the entrance to a Roman amphitheatre. A stroll down the Macca-Villacrosse Passage will add a little Parisian flavour to your afternoon. For those looking to go offshore and explore a unique city on a budget, Bucharest is the answer.
—  The Sun

@terry-bradstreet  reblogged your post and added:

The government doesn’t need more money. It can run on less than it takes right now if we get rid of the people who don’t work for it.

Hi Terry, Can you clarify for me who the people are that don’t work for it? Is that saying individuals, departments, or are you saying to get rid of the people that don’t do enough work within the government? Because I agree that there is a huge amount of unnecessary spending, a lot of it in antiquated military contracts for instance, but I’m curious where you would cut.

PM Modi’s tax exemption can bring 90% individuals out of tax net

by Sumeet Mehta

In his last Budget, which is also the Interim Budget before the elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered a masterstroke. He proposed an amendment in Section 87A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 to enhance tax rebate from Rs 3,500 to Rs 12,1280.

Also, the income limit is proposed to be increased from Rs 350,000 to Rs 500,000. This provision means that any person with an income of Rs  500,000 would have an initial tax liability of Rs 12,500, but after accounting for tax rebate of Rs 12,500 under Section 87A the said person would not have to pay any tax.

Before we delve deeper in this subject, we need to demystify a few Income Tax jargons. The taxpayer has to disclose his income under five heads of income, viz. Income from Salaries, Income from House Property, Income from Business and Profession, Income from Capital Gains and, finally, Income from Other Sources. The sum total of all these incomes is called Gross Total Income.

From this Gross Total Income, the taxpayer gets deduction under various sections of Chapter VI-A for investments in medical insurance (Section 80D), life insurance, bank fixed deposits, National Savings Certificates, etc (Section 80C), National Pension Scheme (Section 80CCD), repayment of education loan (Section 80E), and so on and so forth.

After accounting for the aforementioned deductions under Chapter VI-A, the remaining income that is subject to tax is called Returned Income of Net Taxable Income. Tax is calculated on this Returned Income.

From that tax liability, rebate under Section 87A is deducted and the balance is the final tax payable by the taxpayer.

Now coming back to the subject at hand. The Income Tax department and the Central Board of Direct Taxes share statistics of number of tax returns filed in various income ranges. Based on the numbers shared by Income Tax department and Central Board of Direct Taxes, which are shared in Table 1 and Table 2 below, a quick calculation reveals that a large section of taxpayers will benefit from this single proposal of Prime Minister Modi to make income up to Rs 500,000 tax free.

Table 1 below, shows the number of taxpayers with Returned Income from ZERO to more than Rs 50 crore. Before the proposed increase in rebate under Section 87A of The Income Tax Act, 1961, nearly 3 crore taxpayers or around 60% of the total taxpayers who filed their tax returns, were exempt from taxes.

After the proposed increase in the tax break, the number of tax payers whose income would become exempt from tax would increase to around 3.85 crore which is around 77% of the total number of taxpayers filing their tax returns. This is a significant increase in number of beneficiaries whose income would now become tax-free.

Table 1: Number of tax payers in various income ranges based on Returned Income:

Source: Central Board of Direct Taxes

A detailed analysis of the number of taxpayers who can get into the tax-free net by short-term and long-term tax planning, by availing tax benefits ranging from Standard Deduction on Salaries to tax deduction under Chapter VI-A (explained above) to claiming income tax relief by investing in a house property by borrowing money from a housing finance company or a bank, shows that if a person earning say Rs 10 lakh plans his/her tax properly, then he/she will be able to remain in ZERO tax net.

Analyzing the data of taxpayers who earn a Gross Total Income of up to Rs  10 lakh, we find that around 4.5 crore, or 90% of the taxpayers, can possibly manage to fully avail all tax benefits proposed in this Interim Budget and get into tax free zone.

Table 2: Number of tax payers in various income ranges based on Gross Total Income:

Source: Central Board of Direct Taxes

This is a big number and with a few proposals in the Interim Budget 2019, Prime Minister Modi has tried to woo and win back the Bharatiya Janata Party’ core vote bank, which is the urban educated middle class.

These proposals attempt to make up to 90% of the tax payers if the tax papers avail all tax-breaks and get a tax-free status. This is a very big number. Only elections results will tell us whether Modi’s strategy to win over middle class voters’ has worked or not.

Sumeet Mehta is a Chartered Accountant and Financial Consultant, author of ‘Diagnosing GST for Doctors’, published by CNBC Books18, and commentator on economic and financial matters. He tweets from @sumeetnmehta