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FBT payable by companies, says Chidambaramnews
03 March 2007

New Delhi: Finance minister P Chidambaram today said that the fringe benefit tax (FBT) on employee stock options (ESOPs) proposed in the union budget would be payable by the company and would also apply to the ESOPs not cashed.

In response to a query whether the company or the employee would be required to pay FBT on ESOPs, he said, "it is a fringe benefit and obviously it will be on the company."

Asked if ESOPs that may have been granted before the budget but remained unencashed, the FM said, "Of course, it will. The gain is taxed only when the ESOP is exercised. When the ESOP is not exercised, there is no gain at all."

Chidambaram strongly defended his budgetary proposals for FY2007-08, shrugging-off criticism saying, "I don't think one should get too despondent about criticism or get too flattered by praise. One should take both in stride."

He said that the corporate sector gets an unduly large share of coverage in the visual media and the print media, but not the the physically challenged who have been promised a hundred thousand jobs.

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FBT payable by companies, says Chidambaram