December 11, 2014

Income Tax 2014-15 Exemptions available to Salaried Employees (Assessment Year 2015-16)

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Income Tax 2014-15 – Exemptions available to Salaried Employees for the Financial Year 2014-15 (Assessment Year 2015-16)
Finance Act 2014 has made following changes relating to determination of Income Tax payable by Salaried Employees, which provide income tax exemption varied from Rs.15,000 to Rs. 30,000 on the basis of taxable income of individual.

1. Taxable Income eligible for full exemption from income tax increased from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh and  form Rs.2.50 Lakh to Rs.3 lakh  for Sr.citizens ( also pensioners ) 

2. Additional deduction of Rs. 50,000 under Section 80 C, CCC, CCD (1):
Deduction allowed under Section 80C, 80CCC, and Section 80 CCD (1) for savings/investments, premium for annuity / pension fund and employee contribution to NPS respectively has been increased to Rs. 1.5 lakh from Rs. 1 lakh (Section 80CCE Limit)

3. Income Tax exemption on Interest paid on housing loan under Section 24 of the Income Tax Act increased from Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh

In addition to above three new changes, Income Tax Rebate of Rs. 2000 for taxable income up to Rs. 5 lakh continues this year also under Section 87A of Income Tax Act

A brief on all eligible income tax exemptions applicable for the year 2014-15 is as follows

Allowances exempted under Section 10 of Income Tax Act
House Rent Allowance:
When rent is actually paid by an individual, he / she is entitled to exemption in respect ofHouse Rent Allowance which is limited to least of the following
1. Actual HRA received.
2. Rent paid less 10% of salary.
3. 40% of Salary (50% in case of Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi) Salary is defined as Basic Pay. Dearness allowance will form part of salary if the same enters into computation of retirement benefits

Leave Travel Allowance or Leave Travel Concession :
LTC or LTA is exempted if the same is actually spent

Transport Allowance:
Transport Allowance granted to an employee to meet expenditure for the purpose of commuting between the place of residence and place of duty. Income Tax Exemption on Transport Allowance is restricted to Rs.800 per month.

Children Education allowance:
Rs. 100/- per month per child up to a maximum of 2 children.

Hostel Subsidy:
Rs. 300/- per month per child upto a maximum of two children.

Other Allowances exempted under Section 10 of IT Act.
Tour TA, Tour Daily Allowance, Academic, research or training allowance, uniform Allowance, Special Compensatory Allowance, High Altitude Allowance, Climate Allowance, allowances applicable to North East, Hilly areas of U.P., H.P. and J & K, border area allowance, Compensatory Field Area Allowance, Counter Insurgency Allowance, High Active Field Area Allowance, island duty allowance, tribal allowance etc.

Income Tax Exemption on Interest paid on Housing Loan / Income or loss from House Property:
Income Tax Structure 2014-15
Total deduction for interest paid on Housing Loan when the property is self occupied has been increased to Rs. 2 lakh as per amendment made in Section 24 of the Income Tax Act in 2014.
Also, in addition to Deduction of of Interest payable on Housing Loan up to Rs. 2 Lakh from the total income (and without any limit for Housing property rented out for an annual value), the new section in the form of Section 80 EE introduced in the last Budget (2013) provides for additional deduction / Income Tax Exemption for Interest paid on housing loan up to Rs. 1 lakh in respect of housing loan sanctioned / disbursed during the year 2013-14 for a first time house buyer with total property cost and amount of loan are not exceeding Rs. 40 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh respectively. This additional deduction of Rs. 1 lakh can either be availed fully in the income tax assessment year 2014-15 (Financial Year 2013-14) or partly in 2014-15 and remaining balance in Assessment year 2015-16 ( Financial Year 2014-15) in case interest payable in A.Year 2014-15 was not exceeding Rs. 1 lakh.

Section 80C:
The total deduction under this section (along with section 80CCC and 80CCD) is limited to Rs. 1.50 lakh. Some investments, savings, expenditure etc covered under Section 80 C are as follows
Life Insurance Premium
Premium / Subscription for deferred annuity For individual, on life of self, spouse or any child .
Sum deducted from salary payable to Govt. Servant for securing deferred annuity for self-spouse or child Payment limited to 20% of salary.
Contribution made under Employee’s Provident Fund Scheme.
Contribution to PPF For individual can be in the name of self/spouse, any child & for HUF, it can be in the name of any member of the family.
Contribution by employee to a Recognised Provident Fund.
Sum deposited in 10 year/15 year account of Post Office Saving Bank
Subscription to any notified securities/notified deposits scheme. e.g. NSS
Subscription to any notified savings certificate, Unit Linked Savings certificates. e.g. NSC VIII issue.
Contribution to Unit Linked Insurance Plan of a Mutual Fund
Contribution to fund set up by the National Housing Scheme.
Housing Loan Principal amount paid
Tuition fees paid at the time of admission or otherwise to any school, college, university or other educational institution situated within India for the purpose of full time education of any two children. Available in respect of any two children

Section 80CCC:
Premium Paid for Annuity Plan of an Insurance Company
Payment of premium for annuity plan of LIC or any other insurer Deduction is available up to a maximum of Rs. 100,000/-. (This limit has been increased from Rs. 10,000/- to Rs. 1,00,000/- w.e.f. 01.04.2007).
The premium must be deposited to keep in force a contract for an annuity plan of the LIC or any other insurer for receiving pension from the fund.
Note: The limit for maximum deduction available under Sections 80C, 80CCC and 80CCD(1) (combined together) is Rs. 1,50,000/- (Rs. one lakh and fifty thousand only).

Section 80CCD (1): Deduction in respect of Contribution to Pension Account (by Assessee}
Deduction available for the amount paid or deposited in a pension scheme notified or as may be notified by the Central Government subject to a maximum of :
(a) 10% of salary in the previous year in the case of an employee (b) 10% of gross total income in any other case.

Section 80CCD (2): Deduction in respect of Contribution to Pension Account (by Employer}
Deduction available for the amount paid or deposited by the employer of the assessee in a pension scheme notified or as may be notified by the Central Government subject to a maximum of 10% of salary in the financial year. This exemption is in addition to Rs. 1.5 lakh limit provided under Section 80 CCE for deductions under Section 80 C, CCC, and 80CCD(1)

Deductions under Chapter VIA of Income Tax Act
Section 80CCG: Rajiv Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme (RGESS)
As per the Budget 2012 announcements, a new scheme Rajiv Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme (RGESS) will be launched. Those investors whose annual income is less than Rs. 10 lakh (proposed Rs. 12 lakh from A.Y. 2014-15) can invest in this scheme up to Rs. 50,000 and get adeduction of 50% of the investment. So if you invest Rs. 50,000 (maximum amount eligible forincome tax rebate is Rs. 50,000), you can claim a tax deduction of Rs. 25,000 (50% of Rs. 50,000).

Section 80D: Deduction in respect of Medical Insurance
Deduction is available up to Rs. 20,000/- for senior citizens and up to Rs. 15,000/ in other cases for insurance of self, spouse and dependent children. Additionally, a deduction for insurance of parents (father or mother or both) is available to the extent of Rs. 20,000/- if parents are senior Citizen and Rs. 15,000/- in other cases. Therefore, the maximum deduction available under this section is to the extent of Rs. 40,000/-. From AY 2013-14, within the existing limit a deduction of up to Rs. 5,000 for preventive health check-up is available.

Section 80DD: Deduction in respect of Rehabilitation of Handicapped Dependent Relative
Deduction of Rs. 50,000/- w.e.f. 01.04.2004 in respect of
Expenditure incurred on medical treatment, (including nursing), training and rehabilitation of handicapped dependent relative.
Payment or deposit to specified scheme for maintenance of dependent handicapped relative.
Further, if the defendant is a person with severe disability a deduction of Rs. 100,000/- shall be available under this section. The handicapped dependent should be a dependent relative suffering from a permanent disability (including blindness) or mentally retarded, as certified by a specified physician or psychiatrist. Note: A person with ‘severe disability’ means a person with 80% or more of one or more disabilities as outlined in section 56(4) of the ‘Persons with disabilities (Equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation)’ Act.

Section 80DDB: Deduction in respect of Medical Expenditure on Self or Dependent Relative
A deduction to the extent of Rs. 40,000/- or the amount actually paid, whichever is less is available for expenditure actually incurred by resident assessee on himself or dependent relative for medical treatment of specified disease or ailment. The diseases have been specified in Rule 11DD. A certificate in form 10 I is to be furnished by the assessee from any Registered Doctor.

Section 80E: Deduction in respect of Interest on Loan for Higher Studies
Deduction in respect of interest on loan taken for pursuing higher education. The deduction is also available for the purpose of higher education of a relative w.e.f. A.Y. 2008-09.

Section 80G: Deduction in respect of Various Donations
The various donations specified in Sec. 80G are eligible for deduction upto either 100% or 50% with or without restriction as provided in Sec. 80G

Section 80GG: Deduction in respect of House Rent Paid
Deduction available is the least of Rent paid less 10% of total income Rs. 2000/- per month i.e. Maximum Deduction available is 24,000/- 25% of total income, provided Assessee or his spouse or minor child should not own residential accommodation at the place of employment. He should not be in receipt of house rent allowance. He should not have self occupied residential premises in any other place.
Section 80GGA: Deduction in respect of certain donations for scientific research or rural development
Section 80GGC: Deduction in respect of contributions given by any person to political parties

Section 80QQB: Royalty Income on patents.
Maximum deduction Rs. 3,00,000/-

Section 80RRB: Royalty Income to author of certain books other than text books.
Maximum deduction Rs. 3,00,000/-

Section 80 TTA: Deduction from gross total income in respect of any Income by way of Interest on Savings account
Deduction from gross total income of an individual or HUF, upto a maximum of Rs. 10,000/-, in respect of interest on deposits in savings account ( not time deposits ) with a bank, co-operative society or post office, is allowable w.e.f. 01.04.2012 (Assessment Year 2013-14).

Section 80U: Deduction in respect of Person suffering from Physical Disability
Deduction of Rs. 50,000/- to an individual who suffers from a physical disability(including blindness) or mental retardation. Further, if the individual is a person with severe disability, deduction of Rs. 100,000/- shall be available u/s 80U. Certificate should be obtained from a Govt. Doctor. The relevant rule is Rule 11D.

RELIEF UNDER SECTION 89(1)
Relief u/s 89(1) is available to an employee when he receives salary in advance or in arrear or when in one financial year, he receives salary of more than 12 months, or receives ‘profit in lieu of salary’ covered u/s 17(3). Relief u/s 89(1) is also admissible on family pension, as the same has been allowed by Finance Act, 2002 (with retrospective effect from 1/4/96).