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What does the Budget 2023 hold for tax payers

Budget 2023: Old Tax Regime Vs New Tax Regime

What does the Budget 2023 hold for tax payers

The most awaited budget changes for the year 2023 have been presented by our Union Minister Nirmala Sitaraman. The extremely well-planned and balanced budget brings in great news for taxpayers with a rebate in the minimum tax range from 5 Lakhs to 7 Lakhs. The simplified new tax regime for 2023 has been received with delight among investors. It has a standard deduction of ₹50,000 along with simplified slabs and rates, definitely makes it an ideal choice for people to choose.

As always there has been a big hype about the changes that the Budget 2023 would bring to the table of tax slabs. Now that the new tax regime has been announced what is the significant changes that make it stand out from the old tax regime? Which one has better benefits? Delve in and read on to know more about the slab rate comparison between old tax regime and new tax regime along with other significant changes that tax payers need to consider before choosing.

Highlights of the New Tax Regime

  • The new tax regime brings in a lower and wider tax slab rate.
  • The simplified new tax regime bids goodbye to certain tax deductions and exemptions.
  • The new tax policy gives taxpayers the flexibility to invest their money however it is suitable.

Old Tax Rates Vs New Tax Rates

Let’s start with a comparison between the old tax slab rates and the new tax slab rates that the budget 2023 has given.

Old Tax Regime Vs New Tax Regime
Income SlabTax Slab Rates (Old Tax Regime)Tax Slab Rates (New Tax Regime)
Up to 2.5 lakhNilNil
2.5-5 lakh5%5%
5-7.5 lakh20%10%
7.5-10 lakh20%15%
10-12.5 lakh30%20%
12.5-15 lakh30%25%
Above 15 lakhs30%30%

The important change that has been proposed in the new tax regime is that for individual tax payers the tax rebate limit has changed from ₹5 Lakhs to ₹7 Lakhs per year.

Deductions That the New Tax Regime Debunked

The following are a few of the well-known tax deductions/exemptions that are no longer permitted under the new tax regime:

  • Leave travel allowance (LTA)
  • House rent allowance (HRA)
  • Education allowance for children
  • Standard salary deduction
  • Professional tax deduction
  • Home loan interest
  • Deductions under Section 80C, 80D, etc

Old Tax Regime Vs New Tax Regime

Before we move ahead it is necessary to understand what would be the other factors that make significant difference when calculating tax on your income.

ParametersOld Tax RegimeNew Tax Regime
Deductions80C, 80D, 80TTA Etc.Standard Deduction on Salary, Standard Deduction on Family Pension and Deduction Under Proposed Section 80CCH For the Amount Paid in Agniveer Corpus Fund
ExemptionsHouse Rent Allowance Etc. 50% of your base salary (if you live in a metropolitan area) 40% of your base salary (if you live in a non-metropolitan city)Not Applicable

An example would make it easier to understand how tax is being calculated. Let’s assume Mr Arjun is earning ₹10 Lakhs, this is how his tax would be calculated:

ParametersOld Tax RegimeNew Tax Regime
Gross Income10,00,00010,00,000
Sec: 80C1,50,000-
Sec: 80D25,000-
Sec: 24(b)75,000-
Taxable Income7,50,00010,00,000

Section 80C: The section that allows tax payers to reduce their taxable income by making investments 
Section 80D: The section that allows taxpayers to reduce taxes on medical insurance premiums paid for themselves, their spouses, parents, and dependent children. 
Section 24(b): The interest on a home loan can be deducted from taxable income under Section 24b of the Income Tax Act.

Arjun’s total taxable income in terms of old tax regime: ₹7,50,000

Arjun’s total taxable income in terms of new tax regime: ₹10,00,000

Old Tax Regime Vs New Tax Regime/th>
Income SlabOld Tax RegimeNew Tax Regime
 Tax Slab RateDeductionTax Slab RateDeduction
Up to 2.5 lakhNil12,500Nil12,500
2.5-5 lakh5%50,0005%25,000
5-7.5 lakh20% 10%37,500
7.5-10 lakh20% 15% 
10-12.5 lakh30% 20% 
12.5-15 lakh25% 
Above 15 lakhs30% 
Total Taxable Income62,50075,000

If Arjun is opting for the old tax regime, Under Section 80C he can make an investment up to ₹1,50,000 and avail tax exemption on the same. He could invest this amount in a zero-risk investment like Shriram Fixed Deposit and earn interest as high as 9.20%* p.a.

Form 15G Vs Form 15H

It is mandatory to fill in form 15G and form 15H if your taxable income exceeds the tax slab limit. Form 15G is for individuals, whereas form 15H is for senior citizens.

15G Vs 15H
EligibilityHindu Undivided Family (HUF), trustees or Indian resident individuals older than 60 years of age with total yearly income liable to tax ranging up to ₹2.5 lakh.Indian residents with an age of 60 years or above with total yearly income subject to the tax ranging up to ₹3 lakhs. Indian residents with an age of 80 years or above with total yearly income subject to the tax ranging up to ₹5 lakhs.
BenefitEven if the sum is higher than ₹40,000, one can avoid TDS deduction on income by submitting Form 15 G.Even if the sum is higher than ₹50,000, one can avoid TDS deduction on income by submitting Form 15 H.

Note: The form 15G and 15H is valid for one year. Verification of the validity can be done online.

Benefits of a Shriram Fixed Deposit

  • Flexible Tenures: Shriram Finance enables investors to effortlessly invest with a wide range of tenure options to choose from. The time frame extends from 12 to 60 months.
  • Easy Online Application: Investors can open a fixed deposit easily at the convenience of their own home or by visiting the nearest Shriram Finance branch.
  • Higher Returns:: Shriram Fixed Deposit offers higher interest rates running up to 9.20%* p.a. (including the senior citizen benefit of 0.50%* p.a. and the women depositor benefit of 0.10%* p.a.).
  • Premature Withdrawals:Investing in Shriram Fixed Deposit gives investors flexibility during times of financial crisis with an option for premature withdrawal with nominal penalty.

The Right Time to Invest is Right Now

It is necessary to plan your finances ahead of time to earn attractive returns. The best time to plan your finances is right before the end of a financial year, thereby you can save taxes with your investment and you can plan your strategy for the next financial year taking into consideration the best way to avoid paying tax on your returns. Even when you are investing in a Fixed Deposit make sure to calculate your returns online and plan your investment accordingly.

Key Highlights

  • The new tax regime revamps the tax rebate limit to ₹7 lakhs.
  • Several popular exemptions and deductions have been debunked.
  • By opting for old tax regime investors can avail tax exemption under Section 80C.
  • The new tax regime has been set the default regime, but the old regime continues to be available for tax payers to choose from.


1. What are the highlights of the 2023 budget?

  • A person with a yearly salary of ₹9 lakhs will have to pay only ₹45,000 in taxes.
  • A salary of ₹15 lakhs will attract a tax of ₹1.5 lakh, down from ₹1.87 lakh.
  • The new system includes a ₹50,000 standard deduction for taxpayers.

2. Which tax regime is better? Old tax regime or new tax regime?

Just like how there is no one size that fits all, the selection of tax regime depends upon your financial plan. The old regime provides tax payers with options to make investments under Section 80C, whereas the new tax regime provides lower slab rates.

3. Can I change from the new to the old regime?

Yes, an individual can choose between the new and old tax regimes in each financial year. However, the ability to convert between the new and old tax regimes is only available to those with salaried income and no company income.

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