#Budget 2016- Rationalization of limit of deduction allowable in respect of rents paid under Section 80GG

The existing provisions of Section 80GG provide for a deduction of any expenditure incurred by an individual in excess of ten per cent of his total income towards payment of rent in respect of any furnished or unfurnished accommodation occupied by him for the purposes of his own residence if he is not granted house rent allowance by his employer, to the extent such excess expenditure does not exceed two thousand rupees per month or twenty-five per cent of his total income for the year, whichever is less, subject to other conditions as prescribed therein.

In order to provide relief to the individual tax payers, it is proposed to amend section 80GG so as to increase the maximum limit of deduction from existing Rs. 2000 per month to Rs. 5000 per month.

These amendments are proposed to be made effective from the 1st day of April, 2017 and shall accordingly apply in relation to assessment year 2017-18 and subsequent years.

Clause 38 To Finance Bill 2016

Clause 38 of the Bill seeks to amend section 80GG of the Income-tax Act relating to deductions in respect of rents paid.

The aforesaid section provides that deduction is allowable on the expenditure incurred by an assessee in excess of ten per cent. of his total income towards payment of rent upto a maximum of two thousand rupees per month or twenty-five per cent. of his total income for the year, whichever is less, and subject to such other conditions or limitations as may be prescribed, having regard to the area or place in which such accommodation is situated and other relevant considerations.

It is proposed to increase the maximum amount of deduction allowable under the said section to five thousand rupees per month.

This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2017 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to assessment year 2017-2018 and subsequent years.

Amendment of section 80GG.

In section 80GG of the Income-tax Act, for the words “two thousand rupees”, the words “five thousand rupees” shall be substituted with effect from the 1st day of April, 2017.

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