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Tax-exemption to charity, NGOs and political parties: Why it should be abolished?
Presently there is two-way loss to exchequer in respect of contributions/donations etc made to political parties and certain non-government organisations (NGOs). There is Income-tax exemption not only on contributions/donations received by these bodies, but even donors/contributors also get Income-tax exemptions made by them to political parties and NGOs.
Since political-parties are not ready to accept CIC-verdict making them accountable to public under RTI Act, there is no sense of any indirect-funding through Income-tax exemption for political parties and those contributing to them and should be totally abolished.

Likewise in a country like India having Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) numbering as high to be around one for every 400 citizens, most NGOs are mainly business-shops of certain individuals managing them, most of whom are family-members of those having worked in government or legislature.

Not only all government-funding to NGOs including from funds at discretion of Parliamentarians and state-legislators should be altogether banned. Any provision of Income-tax exemption for 'donations' made to and received by NGOs should be abolished.

Rather Income-tax exemptions for charity and other such purposes should also be abolished. Preventing revenue-loss by abolishing all types of Income-tax exemptions in respect of NGOs, charitable institutions, political parties etc will provide added funds to government for development-purposes in larger public-interest which in fact is much-much better way to serve public rather than through NGOs, charitable institutions, political parties etc.


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