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Stock Market News - Budget 2020 | Removal of exemptions in new tex regime to impact life insurers, MFs

A salaried professional opting for a lower rate of tax under the new regime will not be eligible for deductions, including insurance premium paid and ELSS investments.

Removal of tax exemptions under Section 80C in the new tax regime could be a dampener for life insurance products as well as equity-linked savings schemes (ELSS) of mutual funds. In her Budget speech on February 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said a salaried professional opting for a lower tax rate under the new regime will not be eligible for deductions, including insurance premium paid and ELSS investments. “The removal of 80C benefit may pose a risk to new business volumes of life insurance companies,” said Kotak Institutional Equities in a report. Life insurance
Tax exemptions are an important incentive for purchase of life insurance. To be eligible for exemption under Section 80C, the sum assured has to be 10 times the annual premium. This is part of the Rs 1.5 lakh limit under this section.
But now, those who op…
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