The following changes in the duties have been proposed in the Union Budget 2012-13: Excise duty up from 10% to 12%.
Steam coal is being fully exempted from basic customs duty.
CVD is also being reduced from 5% to 1% on such coal.
This dispensation would be valid upto 31.3.2014
Basic customs duty on titanium dioxide is being reduced from 10% to 7.5%.
No change in peak customs duty
Personal income tax exemption limit for general category raised to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1.8 lakh.
Upper limit raised from Rs 8 lakh to Rs 10 lakh for 20% bracket
Service tax rate raised from 10% to 12%
Proposal to tax all services except those in the negative list comprising of 17 heads
DTC Implementation deferred
GST to become operational by August 2012
No change in corporate tax rates
Industry expectations -- not fulfilled
The industry expects 0% duty on all types of fuels, low duty rate of 2% on basic building blocks like benzene, toluene, xylene, naphthalene etc.; moderate duty rate on Intermediates of 5% and high duty rate on finished products of 7.5%.
This will encourage our industry to export value added finished products and import only basic products of low value.
Expect clear cut guidelines be laid down to complete the procedures and formalities regarding refund of excise duty to exporters within a strict time frame including provision for payment of interest on late refunds
Industry expects reinstatement of the exemption scheme, which has provided concessional rate of 60% of the normal rate of Central Excise Duty with Cenvat credit unto clearances of Rs. 1 crore (now withdrawn).
The slab of the first clearance value of Rs 1.00 crore may be increased to Rs 2.50 (crore).
Also, for eligibility criteria, aggregate of value of Rs.4 crore in the previous financial year should be increased to Rs 5 crore.
The industry expects corporate income tax to be reduced to max. 30% and there should be no other surcharge and cess.
Income Tax for individuals and others to be reduced to 25% max.
Reduction in custom duty on titanium dioxide from 10% to 7.5% is positive for paint industry and also for dyes and pigment sector
Higher excise duty at 12% would have negative impact on dyes and pigments manufacturers, as it would make their products costlier.
Stocks to watch
Sudarshan Chemicals, Atul, Kiri Industries, Ultramarine Pigments
Union Budget 2012-13 has a neutral impact on dyes and pigments sector with negative impact of increase in excise duty to 12% from 10% mitigated by reduction in custom duty on titanium dioxide from 10% to 7.5%.
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