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Budget 2013: Super-rich to pay more


New Delhi:

There are only 42,800 people in India who admit to having a taxable income of over Rs 100 crore a year, Finance Minister P Chidambaram noted today as he imposed a surcharge of 10 per cent on the income of the super-rich.

"I believe there is a little bit of the spirit of Mr Azim Premji in every affluent tax payer," Mr Chidambaram  said, referring to the chairman of Wipro, one of the richest men in the country and also known for his philanthropy.

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Taxing the super-rich has been a matter of much debate in the run-up to Budget 2013. While there are industrialists like Mr Premji, who said, "In terms of taxing the super-rich, I think there is legitimacy in a country as poor as ours," there are others like Adi Godrej who argued that, "Any increase in taxes (on rich) will create a negative perception on investment and therefore should be avoided."

Story first published on: February 28, 2013 16:06 (IST)

Tags: Budget 2013, Union Budget, Azim Premji, super rich

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