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  • Sep 27, 2018
  • Tax law panel may look to drop dividend distribution tax

    Members of the task force set up to draft a new direct tax legislation appear to be in favour of abolishing the dividend distribution tax (DDT). The panel may revert to the classical method of taxing dividend in the hands of shareholders. One of the objectives is to boost investments from abroad, as DDT casts a heavy burden on foreign investors, sources close to the developments told TOI.Members of the task force set up to draft a new direct tax legislation appear to be in favour of abolishing the dividend distribution tax (DDT). The panel may revert to the classical method of taxing dividend in the hands of shareholders. One of the objectives is to boost investments from abroad, as DDT casts a heavy burden on foreign investors, sources close to the developments told TOI.Abolition of securities transaction tax (STT) to eliminate double taxation may also be on the cards, as Budget 2018 introduced tax on long-term capital gains exceeding Rs 1 lakh on sale of listed securities.