CBDT notifies rules for LTC (Leave Travel Concession) Cash Voucher Scheme [Section 10(5)] vide which LTC Exemption of Rs. 36000 per family member For FY 2020-21 available to Employees of Both Private & Government Sector. Rules are notified vide Notification No. 50/2021-Income Tax Dated: 5th May, 2021 by inserting Sub-Rule 1A & IB in Rule 2B of Income Tax Rules.

(CBDT) has notified the amendment in Rule 2B of the Income Tax Rules where the provisions relating to exemption in respect of Cash Allowance received in lieu of Leave Travel Concession (LTC) has been incorporated. The move would be beneficial to the employees who had not been able to avail of LTC in the block of 2018-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown.

As per the amended rules, a new provision, specified employees, who avails any cash allowance from his employer in lieu of any travel concession or assistance for himself and the members of his family, will get an exemption up to thirty-six thousand rupees or one-third of the specified expenditure, whichever is less, subject to conditions prescribed.

Vide this Notification CBDT issued the ‘Income-tax (15th Amendment) Rules, 2021’ to insert sub-rule (1A) and (1B) in Rule 2B of the Income-tax Rules, 1962 (“Income-tax Rules”), that deals with conditions for the purpose of Section 10(5) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (“Income Tax Act”), i.e. income that is not included in total income of the individual w.r.t. the value of any travel concession or assistance, in a following manner:

Prescribed the threshold for exemption under the second proviso to Section 10(5) of the Income-tax Act– Where the individual avails any cash allowance from his employer in lieu of any travel concession or assistance, such amount shall be exempt under the second proviso Section 10(5) of the Income-tax Act if not exceeding INR 36,000/- per person, for the individual and its family members, or one-third of the specified expenditure, whichever is less, subject to fulfilment of the specified conditions for the assessment year beginning from April 1, 2021.

Clarification– If the amount received by or due to an individual, from his employer in connection with the specified expenditure is in excess of INR 36,000/- per person, for the individual and the member of his family; the above exemption would be restricted to INR 36,000/- for the individual and the member of his family, or one-third of the specified expenditure, whichever is less.

Explanation has been introduced to explain the meaning of the terms ‘tax invoice’, ‘registered person’, ‘specified expenditure’ and ‘specified period’.

Where an exemption on value in lieu of any travel concession or assistance received by, or due to, such individual, is claimed and allowed, the same shall be available to an individual in respect of one journey performed in a block of four calendar years commencing from the calendar year 1986.

The notification shall be deemed to have come into force from April 1, 2021

MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Revenue)
(CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES)
New Delhi

Notification No. 50/2021-Income Tax Dated: 5th May, 2021

G.S.R. 320(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (5) of section 10 read with section 295 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Board of Direct taxes hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Income-tax Rules, 1962, namely:─

1. Short title and commencement.- (1) These rules may be called the Income tax (15th Amendment), Rules, 2021.

(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force from the 1st day of April, 2021.

2. In the Income-tax Rules, 1962, in rule 2B, after sub-rule (1), the following sub-rules shall be inserted, namely:—

“(1A) For the assessment year beginning on the 1st day of April, 2021, where the individual referred to in sub-rule (1) avails any cash allowance from his employer in lieu of any travel concession or assistance, the amount exempted under the second proviso to clause (5) of section 10 shall be the amount, not exceeding thirty-six thousand rupees per person, for the individual and the member of his family, or one-third of the specified expenditure, whichever is less, subject to fulfilment of the following conditions, namely:-

(i) the individual has exercised an option to avail exemption under the second proviso of clause (5) of section 10, in lieu of the exemption under clause (5) of section 10 in respect of one unutilised journey during the block of four calendar years commencing from the calendar year 2018;

(ii) the payment in respect of the specified expenditure is made by the individual or any member of his family to a registered person during the specified period;

(iii) the payment in respect of the specified expenditure is made by an account payee cheque drawn on a bank or account payee bank draft, or use of electronic clearing system through a bank account or through such other electronic mode as prescribed under rule 6ABBA; and

(iv) the individual obtains a tax invoice in respect of specified expenditure from the registered person referred in clause (ii).

Explanation 1- For the purpose of this sub-rule,-

(i) tax invoice‟ means an invoice issued by the registered person under section 31 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (No. 12 of 2017);

(ii) registered person‟ shall have the meaning assigned to it in clause (94) of section 2 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (No. 12 of 2017);

(iii) specified expenditure‟ means expenditure incurred by an individual or a member of his family during specified period on goods or services, which are liable to tax at an aggregate rate of twelve per cent. or above under various Goods and Services Tax (GST) laws and goods are purchased or services procured from GST registered vendors or service providers;

(iv) specified period‟ means the period commencing from the 12th day of October, 2020 and ending on the 31st day of March, 2021.

Explanation 2 For the removal of doubt, it is hereby clarified that if the amount received by or due to an individual, as per the terms of his employment, from his employer in relation to himself and member of his family, in connection with the specified expenditure is in excess of the thirty six thousand rupees per person, for the individual and the member of his family, the exemption under this sub-rule would be restricted to thirty-six thousand rupees per person, for the individual and the member of his family, or one-third of the specified expenditure, whichever is less.

Explanation 3 It is hereby clarified that the clarification issued by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, vide OM F. No 12(2)/2020-EII (A) Dated 12th October, 2020 and any subsequent clarifications, if any, issued in this regard shall apply mutatis mutandis to the exemption under this sub-rule.

(1B) Where an exemption under the second proviso to clause (5) of section 10 is claimed and allowed, sub-rule (2) shall have effect as if for the words “two journeys” , the words “one journey” has been substituted.”.

[Notification No. 50/2021/F. No.370142/14/2021 -TPL]
KAMLESH CHANDRA VARSHNEY, Jt. Secy. (Tax Policy and Legislation)

Explanatory Memorandum: It is hereby certified that no person is being adversely affected by giving retrospective effect to these rules.

Note: The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section-3, Sub-section (ii) vide number S.O. 969 (E), dated the 26th March, 1962 and last amended vide notification number G.S.R. 318(E) dated 4th May, 2021.

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