Taking away tax benefits from soldiers being rethought: Defence minister

Defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday the government is rethinking its notification about taking away tax benefits from veterans, who have disability pension but have served their full term, that has become a contentious issue.

The defence minister also told the Rajya Sabha that “no soldier with a disability will be inconvenienced”.

“A clarification has been sought from the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the issue is being re-examined by the ministry,” the defence minister said while answering a question raised in the Upper House.

The government had announced last month through CBDT that disability pension will be taxed if the soldier had served his full term with the three services – Indian Navy, Indian Army and Indian Air Force.  Read More

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