Corporate tax cut a bold measure, move makes India attractive destination for foreign investment: RBI governor Shaktikanta Das

In the biggest reduction in 28 years, the government on Friday cut corporate tax rate by almost 10 percentage points as it looked to pull the economy out of a six-year low growth.

Press Trust of India September 24, 2019 16:21:09 IST
Corporate tax cut a bold measure, move makes India attractive destination for foreign investment: RBI governor Shaktikanta Das
  • India's corporate tax now becomes very competitive as compared to other emerging market economies in ASEAN and other parts of Asia

  • India stands definitely in a very competitive position, and would be able to attract higher investments, Das said

  • Domestic investors have more cash so they will be able to undertake more capital expenditure, said Shakrikanta Das

New Delhi: Describing the government's move to slash corporate tax rate as a bold measure, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das on Tuesday said it has made India a very attractive destination for foreign investment.

In the biggest reduction in 28 years, the government on Friday cut corporate tax rate by almost 10 percentage points as it looked to pull the economy out of a six-year low growth and a 45-year high unemployment rate by reviving private investments with a Rs 1.45-lakh crore tax break.

Base corporate tax for existing companies has been reduced to 22 percent from the current 30 percent; and for new manufacturing firms, incorporated after 1 October 2019 and starting operations before 31 March 2023, it was slashed to 15 percent from the current 25 percent.

Corporate tax cut a bold measure move makes India attractive destination for foreign investment RBI governor Shaktikanta Das

File image of RBI governor Shaktikanta Das. Reuters

"It is a very bold measure, and it is a highly positive step. India's corporate tax now becomes very competitive as compared to other emerging market economies in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other parts of Asia. So far as international investors are concerned, so far as foreign direct investment (FDI) is concerned, I think India stands definitely in a very competitive position, and would be able to attract higher investments," Das said.

With regard to domestic investors, he said, they now have more cash so they'll be able to undertake more capital expenditure.

They can invest more and some of them can deleverage their liabilities which will add strength to their balance sheets, he said after meeting Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman here.

Talking about the meeting with the finance minister, the governor said, it was a customary meeting ahead of monetary policy meeting.

"There is a long tradition that the governor meets the finance minister and discusses about the overall macro economic position. So today's meeting was basically that," he said.

The three-day monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting will begin on 1 October amid expectations of rate cut to be announced on 4 October in a bid to revive the sagging economy.

Last week, Das had said the government has limited fiscal space to support growth, but low inflation can help the monetary authority ease policy rates further and help boost the economy.

The RBI has already cut rates four times to the tune of 110 basis points this year to push growth.

"Today, when we see that the price stability is maintained and inflation is much below 4 percent and is expected to be so in the next 12 months horizon, there is room for (more) rate cuts, especially when growth has slowed down," Das had said.

However, he refused to share RBI's revised growth projection, stating that it will go public with the revised numbers at the upcoming monetary policy announcement on 4 October.

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