Budget 2021 to be announced on February 1: Here’s what could be in store for the Pandemic-hit middle class


New Delhi: The Pandemic-hit middle class is pinning its hopes on the upcoming Union Budget, that the announcement by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman may help them emerge from the impact of COVID-19 crisis.
Among several expectations ranging from healthcare to insurance to home loans, it is personal taxation aspects that will cast a major impact in the lives of the middle class people.
There has been a widespread demand that the FM should raise income tax slabs at least Rs 3 lakh so that the tax burden for those in the Rs 5 lakh p.a income group could have a little extra at hand. As per media reports, FM Sitharaman may announce something on this track.

In the last Budget 2020, Sitharaman had given an option to the personal income tax-payers to avail of lower rates for those earning up to Rs 15 lakh per year.