Deductions Qualifying For Tax Exemption

Salaried employees are major contributors to the bucket of taxpayers in a country. Income tax is paid as a part or percentage of the annual income that an individual earns. It is every citizen’s duty to pay his income tax for all the rights he earns in the country while he earns as a salaried employee or as an entrepreneur.

According to the Government of India’s e-Filing portal of the Income Tax  Department, there were 8.83-crore taxpayers till 7th September 2021.

The money collected by the tax department is used to provide various facilities for the benefit of the citizens. How do you think the Government of India is able to provide facilities free of cost? For example, public utility services like metro construction, road construction, free health care facilities for the underprivileged, all come from the money that is paid when you pay taxes.

The Government has made various provisions to help its citizens gain tax exemption in India.

Paying tax is inevitable, however making smart investments that will help you save as well, is a smart choice people can opt for.

Tax exemption in India

Depending on the nature of the income, there are various categories for tax exemption in India. The most common of these are: House Rental Allowance (HRA), Education loan, car loan, Leave Travel Allowance (LTA), contribution towards Employee’s Provident Fund (EPF) Scheme, etc.

House Rent Allowance

If you are a salaried employee who lives in a rented house, you stand a chance to get the benefit of HRA. This amount could either be totally or partially exempted from income tax. However, if you are not living in a rented property but claim HRA, this entire amount will be taxable.

Leave Travel Allowance

If you are a salaried employee and your employer has the provision of LTA, you can claim for the exemption of your travel within India under Section 10(5) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. However, tax exemption does not include food expenses, shopping and stay, but, only for travel of the individual, their family including children.

Deductions under section 80C, 80CC and 80CCD (1)

This is by far, the most extensively used option to save tax. To encourage individuals to save and invest in retirements plans, the Indian Government has made provisions for individuals under these sections. These include Life Insurance premium, Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS), Employee Provident Fund (EPF), Contribution to PPF Account, National Pension Scheme, National Saving Certificate (NSC), etc.

NGO donations under section 80G

An individual can get involved in philanthropic donations for tax write off. Charitable organisations give a platform for an individual to engage in humanitarian services as well as to appreciate the noble work by making you eligible for tax exemption too. The deductions under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act of 1961 towards charitable organisations are either eligible for 50% or 100% tax exemption depending on the NGO being supported.

When you contribute by making donations for tax write off, you are not only saving on your taxable income, but you also add goodness in your life for helping people in need. Thousands of not-for-profit organisations receive donations for tax write off, but the help that they provide to the organisation to work towards its cause is often gone unnoticed.


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