Sunday, January 29, 2012

How to Save Income Tax | Free Online Tax Calculator | Smart ways & Tips for saving your Income Tax

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Tax season is again here, its time to takeout your old investment files and to calculate your returns. As per the sections of Income Tax Act, 1961 which are detailed below are the exceptions and categories that you can take advantage of.

Before that know about the Income Tax slab rates:

Income Tax Rates/Slabs Rate (%)
Upto 1,80,000
Upto 1,90,000 (for women)
Upto 2,50,000 (senior citizens)
1,80,001 – 5,00,000 10
5,00,001 – 8,00,000 20
8,00,001 and above 30

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Section 80C:
Under section 80C of Income tax  Act, upto Rs. 1,00,000 are non-taxable if your invest or buy the following instruments (upto maximum of 1 Lakh). For example if you earn 5 Lakh per annum and if you invest 1 Lakh total in  80C instruments then the taxable about is 4 Lakh.
Income Tax saving tips

1. Premium for Life Insurance or ULIP.

2. Provident Fund (PF) contribution.

3. Public Provident Fund (PPF) - only up to Rs. 70,000 in a year.

4. Repayment of Home loan principal.

5. Equity Linked Savings Schemes (ELSS) of Mutual Fund Companies.

6. Infrastructure Bonds.

7. National Savings Certificates (NSC).

8. Tax Saving Fixed Deposits with Banks.

9. Tuition Fees of children.

Type of 80C Instrument Lock In Period Returns Risk Taxation of Returns
Equity Linked Savings Scheme (Mutual Fund) 3 years
Market Linked
(58% Category Average for yr ending Dec 28,2007)
High No tax
Life Insurance Premium 2 years
Low No tax
ULIP Premium 1 3 years
Market Linked
High No tax
PPF (fixed returns) 15 years
Low 2

No tax
Home Loan Repayment 5 years
Infrastructure Bonds
(fixed returns)
3 years (min)
Risk Free Interest is taxed
NSC (fixed returns) 6 years
Risk Free Interest is taxed
Tax Saving Fixed Deposits
(fixed returns)
5 years
Risk Free Interest is taxed

1: ULIP premium needs to be at least 1/5th of the sum assured to qualify under Section 80C
2: PPF returns are set by the Government of India and can be revised either upwards or downwards in any year.

Section 80D: Health Insurance Premium
You can take advantage of an annual deduction of Rs. 15,000 from taxable income for payment of Health Insurance premium for self and dependants. For senior citizens, this deduction is Rs. 20,000.

Section 80E: Interest paid on educational loans

You can claim a deduction on the interest paid on loans taken for higher education for yourself, your spouse and children. There is no limit on the amount of deduction you can claim.
The only thing to keep in mind is that the program for which the loan is taken should be a graduate or post-graduate program in engineering, medicine or management or a post-graduate course in the pure or applied sciences.

Section 80G: Donations to Charitable institutions

You can claim a deduction for any donation that you might have made to a charitable fund or institution. However, please note that these donations should be made only to specified institutions. And a proper proof of payment must be provided for the same. Based on the classification of the charity, you can claim either 100% or 50% of the donated amount as deduction. The deduction might also be subject to a certain limit again based on the type of charity that you are donating money

Section 24: Interest paid on housing loan

Under Section 24, a maximum of Rs 1,50,000 can be deducted from your taxable income as interest repayment for a self occupied house. Please note that this deduction is not available if you the house is still under construction and you do not have occupation of the house.

Provisions that you should take advantage of if you are a salaried employee:

Section 10(13A) : House Rent Allowance

You can take advantage of the provisions under this section if you are renting an accommodation. These provisions will not be available to you if you stay in a rent-free accommodation or live with your family or in your own house.
Under Section 10(13A), HRA is exempt to the least of the following:
i) 50/40 per cent of basic salary= Dearness Allowance (if, applicable),
ii) excess of rent paid over 10 per cent of basic salary; and
iii) actual HRA received.

Lets illustrate this calculation with an example:
HRA per month = Rs 15,000
Basic monthly salary = Rs 30,000
Monthly rent = Rs 14,000
Rental accommodation is in Delhi.

The HRA exemption would be the least of the following:

1. Actual amount of HRA: Rs 15,000
2. 50% of salary (basic component + dearness allowance) = 50% x (30,000 + 0) = Rs 15,000
3. Actual rent paid - 10% of salary (basic component + dearness allowance)= Rs 14,000 - [10% of (30,000 + 0)] = 14,000 – 3,000 = Rs 11,000
Rs 11,000 being the least of the three amounts will be the exemption from HRA.
The balance HRA of Rs 4,000 (15,000-11,000) would be taxable.
Please note that HRA exemptions are only available on submission of rent receipts or the rent agreement.

Paying Rent to parents or relatives
If you want to pay rent to your parents or any relatives (like uncle/cousin) whom you are staying with. You will need to treat them as landlords. And request the owner of the house (which will be one of your parents) to declare it in his/ her personal income tax return. This will prevent any litigation in the future.

Section 10 (14) Rule 2BB(10) : Transport Allowance
Transport allowance granted for commuting between your residence and place of work is exempt up to Rs. 800 a month. You can take advantage of this provision to get a tax exemption of Rs 9600 annually by providing your employer with bills or a self declaration.

Section 17(2) : Medical Reimbursement
You can claim exemption up to Rs 15,000 annually on actual expenditure incurred on your medical treatment or for treatment of any of your dependents. Moreover, there is no restriction of approved hospitals or clinic for the same. This is exempt only on provision of actual bills.
However, if the amount is paid out as an allowance not a reimbursement then it would be fully taxable.

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sabrina said...

Tax free investments are important tools in the direction of income tax savings. They might not be that profitable in returns but save a lot fro your tax payments. Making charitable donations are also helpful. They save tax and prove your philanthropic attitude. Gifting can also reduce the mount of tax you pay.

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