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Budget 2015: Smoking, eating out, air travel to cost more; leather footwear, ovens to be cheaper

New Delhi: Smoking and consumption of other tobacco items will be more expensive, while an increase in service tax rate would make costlier a whole lot of other activities including air travel, eating out and

PTI [ Updated: February 28, 2015 16:33 IST ]
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budget 2015 smoking eating out air travel to cost more leather footwear ovens to be cheaper

New Delhi: Smoking and consumption of other tobacco items will be more expensive, while an increase in service tax rate would make costlier a whole lot of other activities including air travel, eating out and paying bills.

Continuing the trend set by his many predecessors, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today came down heavily on smokers and tobacco consumers with a steep increase in excise rate in tax proposals in Budget 2015-16.

While increase in service tax rate to 14% would make a whole lot of things more expensive, he spared the common man from price hikes on many commonly used day-to-day items by keeping the duties unchanged.

Those that would turn cheaper include leather footwear, locally made mobiles, computer tablets, microwave ovens, peanut butter, packaged fruits, ambulance service and agarbattis.

Following is a list of what will be cheaper and costlier:

EXPENSIVE

Cigarettes and other tobacco products

Completely built imported commercial vehicles

Cement

Aerated, flavoured drinks and packaged water

Plastic bags and sacks

Business and executive class air travel

Visit to amusement and theme park

Music concerts

Liquor, chit fund and lottery

CHEAPER

Leather footwear priced above Rs 1,000 per pair

Locally made mobile phones, LED/LCD panels, LED lights and LED Lamps

Solar Water heater

Pacemakers, ambulance and ambulance services

Computer tablets

Agarbattis

Microwave ovens

Refrigerator compressors

Peanut butter, packaged fruits and vegetables

Visit to museum, zoo and national park.

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