The tax-free income limit has been proposed to increased Tk 3.5 lakh from the existing Tk 3 lakh for individual taxpayers for the next fiscal year (FY24). Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in his budget speech on Thursday (Jun 1) also proposed to increase the tax-free income threshold for women and senior citizens above 65 years of age to Tk 4 lakh from Tk 3.5 lakh. Besides, proposals have been placed for the physically challenged persons and third gender taxpayers to extend their tax-free income limit to Tk 4.75 lakh, which earlier were Tk 4.5 lakh and Tk 3.5 lakh respectively.
The tax-free income ceiling for the war-wounded gazette freedom fighters will be Tk 5 lakh, up from Tk 4.75 lakh.
The proposed tax rates and tax slabs for all categories of individual taxpayers except companies and local authorities are: no tax on first Tk 3.5 lakh, 5 per cent tax on next Tk 1 lakh; 10 per cent on next Tk 3 lakh; 15 per cent on next Tk 4 lakh; 20 per cent on next Tk 5 lakh and 25 per cent income tax on the balance of total income.
Earlier, the government had increased the tax-free income Tk 3 lakh back in fiscal year (2020-21).