FINANCIAL YEAR 1996-97

1671. Instructions for deduction of tax at source from salary – Rate of tax for the financial year 1996-97

1. Reference is invited to Circular No. 724, dated 29th September, 1995 wherein the rates of deduction of income-tax from the payment of income under the head “Salaries” under section 192 of the Income-tax Act, 1961, during the financial year 1995-96, were intimated. The present Circular contains the rates of deduction of income-tax from the payment of income chargeable under the head “Salaries” during the financial year 1996-97 and explains certain related provisions of the Income-tax Act.

Finance (No. 2) Act, 1996

2. According to the Finance (No. 2) Act, 1996, income-tax is required to be deducted under section 192 of the Income-tax Act, 1961, from income chargeable under the head “Salaries” for the financial year 1996-97 (i.e. assessment year 1997-98) at the following rates :

Rate of Income-tax

1.
Where the total income does not
Nil
exceed Rs. 40,000
2.
Where the total income exceeds
15 per cent of the amount by which the
Rs. 40,000 but does not exceed
total income exceeds Rs. 40,000
Rs. 60,000
3.
Where the total income exceeds
Rs. 3,000 plus 30 per cent of the amount by
Rs. 60,000 but does not exceed
which the total income exceeds Rs. 60,000.
Rs. 1,20,000.
4.
Where the total income exceeds
Rs. 21,000 plus 40 per cent of the amount by
Rs. 1,20,000
which the total income exceeds Rs. 1,20,000.

It may be noted that the income-tax exemption limit for individuals has been maintained at Rs. 40,000 and that there is no surcharge applicable.

3. Section 192 of Income-tax Act, 1961

3.1 Every person who is responsible for paying any income chargeable under the head “Salaries” shall deduct income-tax on the estimated income of the assessee under the head “Salaries” for the financial year 1996-97. The income-tax is required to be calculated at the average of income-tax computed on the basis of the rates given above and shall be deducted at the time of payment. No tax will, however, be deducted at source in any case unless the estimated salary income including the value of perquisites, for the financial year exceedsRs. 40,000. (Some typical examples of computation of tax are given at Annexure-I).

3.2 Sub-section (2) of section 192 deals with situations where an individual is working under more than one employer or has changed from one employer to another. It provides for deduction of tax at source by such employer (as the taxpayer may choose) from the aggregate salary of the employee who is or has been in receipt of salary from more than one employer. The employee is now required to furnish to the present/chosen employer details of the income under the head “Salary” due or received from the former/other employer and also tax deducted at source therefrom, in writing and duly verified by him and by the former/other employer. The present employer will be required to deduct tax at source on the aggregate amount of salary (including salary received from the former or other employer).

3.3 Sub-section (2A) of section 192 provides that in respect of salary payment of employees of Government, Company, Cooperative Society, Local Authority, University, Institution, Association or Body, deduction of tax at source may be made after allowing relief under section 89(1), whenever salary, etc., is paid in arrears or in advance.

3.4 Sub-section (2B) enables a taxpayer to furnish particulars of income under any head other than “Salaries” and of any tax deducted at source thereon in the prescribed form (No. 12C). Such income under any other head should not be a loss. The employer shall take such other income and tax, if any, deducted at source from such income, into account for the purpose of computing tax deductible under section 192 of the Income-tax Act. However, if such aggregation results in tax deductible which is less than in the case where income under the head “Salaries” alone is taken into account for computing tax deductible, then such aggregation under sub-section (2B) is not permissible. In other words, a loss from any another source cannot be adjusted by the DDO against salary income. To meet the requirements of these provisions the Central Government have enacted Rule 265B in the Income-tax Rules. Detailed instructions in this regard were issued by the Department vide Circular No. 504 [F.No. 275/138/87-IT(B)] dated 8-2-1988.

3.5 The provisions of sub-section (3) of section 192 are intended for making adjustment for any excess or shortfall in the deduction of tax made during the financial year.

3.6 The trustees of recognised provident funds, or any person authorised by the regulations of the fund to make payment of accumulated balances due to employees, shall, in cases where sub-rule (1) of rule 9 of Part A of the Fourth Schedule to the Act applies, at the time when accumulated balance due to an employee is paid, make therefrom deduction provided in rule 10 of Part A of the Fourth Schedule.

3.7 Where any contribution made by an employer, including interest on such contributions, if any, in an approved superannuation fund is paid to the employee, tax on the amount so paid shall be deducted by the trustees of the fund to the extent provided in rule 6 of Part B of the Fourth Schedule to the Act.

3.8 For the purposes of deduction of tax on salary payable in foreign currency, the value in rupees of such salary shall be calculated at the prescribed rate of exchange.

4. Persons responsible for deducting tax and their duties

4.1 Under clause (i ) of section 204 of the Act the “persons responsible for paying” for the purpose of section 192 means the employer himself or if the employer is a company, the company itself including the principal of officer thereof.

4.2 The tax determined as per para 7 should be deducted from the salary under section 192 of the Act.

4.3 Section 197 enables the tax-payer to make an application in Form No. 13 to his Assessing Officer, and, if the Assessing Officer is satisfied that the total income of the tax-payer justifies the deduction of income-tax at any lower rate or no deduction of income-tax, he may issue an appropriate certificate to that effect which should be taken into account by the Drawing and Disbursing Officer while deducting tax at source.

4.4 According to the provisions of section 200, any person deducting any sum in accordance with the provisions of section 192 shall pay, within the prescribed time, the sum so deducted to the credit of the Central Government in prescribed manner (vide rule 30 of the Income-tax Rules, 1962). In the case of deductions made by, or, on behalf of the Government, the payment has to be made on the day of the tax-deduction itself. In other cases, the payment has to be normally made within one week of the deduction.

4.5 If a person fails to deduct tax at source, or, after deducting, fails to pay the tax to the credit of the Central Government within the prescribed time, he shall be liable to action in accordance with the provisions of section 201. Sub-section (1A) of section 201 lays down that such person shall be liable to pay simple interest at fifteen per cent per annum on the amount of such tax from the date on which such tax was deductible to the date on which tax is actually paid. Section 271C lays down that if any person fails to the deduct at source, he shall be liable to pay, by way of penalty, a sum equal to the amount of tax not deducted by him. Further, section 276B lays down that if a person fails to pay to the credit of the Central Government within the prescribed time the tax deducted at source by him, he shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall be between 3 months and 7 years and with fine.

4.6 According to the provisions of section 203, every person responsible for deducting tax at source is required to furnish a certificate to the payee to the effect that tax has been deducted and to specify therein the amount deducted and certain other particulars. This certificate, usually called the TDS certificate, has to be furnished within a period of one month from the end of the relevant financial year. In the case of employees receiving salary income, the certificate has to be issued in Form No. 16 which has been prescribed under Board’s Notification No. SO 148(E), dated 28-2-1991. A specimen of the certificate is enclosed as Annexure II. This certificate is to be issued on the tax-deductor’s own stationery. If he fails to issue the TDS certificate to the person concerned as required by section 203, he will be liable to pay, by way of penalty, under section 272A, a sum which shall not be less than Rs. 100 but which may extend to Rs. 200, for every day during which the failure continues.

4.7 According to the provisions of section 203A of the Income-tax Act, it is obligatory for all persons responsible for deducting tax at source to obtain and quote the Tax-deduction Account No. (TAN) in the Challans, TDS certificates, returns, etc. Detailed instructions in this regard are available in this Department’s Circular No. 497 [F.No. 275/118/87-IT(B)], dated 9-10-1987. If a person fails to comply with the provisions of section 203A, he will be liable to pay, by way of penalty, under section 272BB, a sum up to Rs. 5,000.

4.8 According to the provisions of section 206 of the Income-tax Act, read with rules 36A and 37 of the Income-tax Rules, the prescribed person in the case of every office of Government, the principal officer in the case of every company, the prescribed person in the case of every local authority or other public body or association, every private employer are every other person responsible for deducting tax under section 192, from “Salaries” shall, after the end of each financial year, prepare and deliver, by 31st May following the financial year, an annual return of deduction of tax to the designated/concerned Assessing Officer. This return has to be furnished in Form No. 24. If a person fails to furnish in due time the annual return, he shall be liable to pay by way of penalty under section 272A, a sum which shall not be less than Rs. 100 but which may extend to Rs. 200 for every day during which the failure continues, so, however, that this sum shall not exceed the amount of tax which was deductible at source.

4.9 The Drawing and Disbursing Officers should satisfy themselves about the actual deposits/subscriptions/payments made by the employees, by calling for such particulars/information as they deem necessary before allowing the aforesaid rebate. In case the DDO is not satisfied about the genuineness of the employee’s claim regarding any deposit/subscription/payment made by the employee, he should not allow the same, and the employee would be free to claim the rebate on such amount by filing his return of income and furnishing the necessary proof, etc., therewith, to the satisfaction of the Assessing Officer. It may also be mentioned here that the deposits/subscriptions/payments towards the items qualifying for the tax rebate should be made out of the employee’s income chargeable to tax.

4.10 While making the payment of tax deducted at source to the credit of the Central Government, it may kindly be ensured that the correct amount of income-tax is recorded in the relevant challan. It may also be ensured that the right type of challan is used. The relevant challan for making payment of tax deducted at source from salaries is No. 9 with “Blue colour Band”. Where the amount of tax deducted at source is credited to the Central Government through book adjustment, care should be taken to ensure that the correct amount of income-tax is reflected therein.

4.11 In the case of pensioners who receive their pension from a nationalised bank, the instructions contained in this circular shall apply in the same manner as they apply to salary-income. The deductions from the amount of pension on account of standard deduction under section 16 and the tax rebate under section 88B (in the case of pensioners, resident in India, who are 65 years of age or more, and whose gross total income does not exceed Rs. 1,20,000) will be allowed by the concerned bank at the time of deduction of tax at source from the pension, before making payment to the concerned pensioner. As regards the tax rebate under section 88 on account of contribution of Life Insurance, Provident Fund, NSC, etc., of the pensioners furnish the relevant details to the banks, the tax rebate at the specified rate may also be allowed. Necessary instructions in this regard were issued by the Reserve Bank of India to the State Bank of India and other nationalised Banks vide RBI’s Pension Circular (Central Series) No. 7/C.D.R./1992 [Ref. CO : DGBA : GA(NBS) No. 60/GA. 64 (11 CVL)-91/92] dated the 27th April, 1992, and, these instructions should be followed by all the branches of the Banks, which have been entrusted with the task of payment of pensions.

Estimation of income under the head “Salaries”

5.1 Income changeable under the head “Salaries” :

    (1)   The following income shall be chargeable to income-tax under the head “Salaries” :—

    (a)   any salary due from an employer or a former employer to an assessee in the previous year, whether paid or not ;

    (b)   any salary paid or allowed to him in the previous year by or on behalf of an employer or a former employer though not due or before it became due to him;

    (c)   any arrears of salary paid or allowed to him in the previous year by or on behalf of an employer or a former employer, if not charged to income-tax for any earlier previous year.

    (2)   For the removal of doubts, it is clarified that where any salary paid in advance is included in the total income of any person for any previous year it shall not be included again in the total income of the person when the salary becomes due. Any salary, bonus, commission or remuneration, by whatever name called, due to, or received by, a partner of a firm from the firm shall not be regarded as “Salary”.

    (3)   “Salary” includes wages, fees, commissions, perquisites, profits in lieu of, or, in addition to salary, advance of salary, annuity or pension, gratuity, payments in respect of encashment of leave, etc. It also includes the annual accretion to the employee’s account in a recognised provident fund to the extent it is chargeable to tax under rule 6 of Part A of the Fourth Schedule to the Income-tax Act. Other items included in salary, profits in lieu of salary and perquisites are described in section 17 of the Income-tax Act. The scope of term profit in lieu of salary has been amended so as not to include interest on contributions or any sum received under a Keyman insurance policy including the sum allocated by way of bonus on such policy – For the purposes of this sub-clause, the expression Keyman insurance policy shall have the meaning assigned to it in clause (10D) of section 10. It may be noted that, since salary includes pensions, tax at source would have to be deducted from pension also, if otherwise called for. However, no tax is required to be deducted from the commuted portion of pension as explained in clause (3) of para 5.2 of this Circular.

    (4)   The value of perquisite by way of free or concessional residential accommodation, or motor car provided by employers to their employees shall be determined under rule 3 of the Income-tax Rules, 1962. It is, however, clarified that the use of any vehicle provided by a company or an employer for journey by the assessee from his residence to his office or other place of work or from such office or place to his residence shall not be regarded as a benefit or amenity granted or provided to him free of cost or at concessional rate for the purpose.

    (5)   Other benefits or amenities provided free of cost or at concessional rates to the employees like supply of gas, electric-energy, water for household consumption, educational facilities, etc., should also be taken into account for the purpose of computing the estimated salary income of the employees during the current financial year (Example 3 at Annexure-I illustrates computation of some such perquisites). The valuation has to be done in accordance with rule 3 of the Income-tax Rules.

    (6)   The value of any benefit or amenity granted or provided free of cost or at concessional rate by an employer to an employee (not being a Director of the company or a person who has substantial interest in the company) is not regarded as perquisites received by the employee unless the employee’s income under the head “Salary” exclusive of the value of any benefit or amenity not provided for by way of monetary payment exceeds Rs. 24,000.

5.2 Incomes not included in the “Salaries” (Exemptions) :

Any income falling within any of the following clauses shall not be included in computing the income from salaries for the purpose of section 192 of the Act :—

    (1)   The value of any travel concession or assistance received by or due to an employee from his employer or former employer for himself and his family, in connection with his proceeding (a) on leave to any place in India or (b) on retirement from service or, after termination of service to any place in India is exempt under clause (5) of section 10 subject, however, to the conditions prescribed in rule 2B of the Income-tax Rules, 1962. For the purpose of this clause, “family” in relation to an individual means :—

     (i)   the spouse and children of the individual ; and

    (ii)   the parents, brothers and sisters of the individual or any of them, wholly or mainly dependent on the individual.

           It may also be noted that the amount exempt under this clause shall in no case exceed the amount of expenses actually incurred for the purpose of such travel.

    (2)   Death-cum -retirement gratuity or any other gratuity is exempt to the extent specified from inclusion in computing the total income under clause (10) of section 10.

    (3)   Any payment in commutation of pension received under the Civil Pension (Commutation) Rules of the Central Government or under any similar scheme applicable to the members of the civil services of the Union, or holders of civil posts/posts connected with Defence, under the Union, or civil posts under a State, or to the members of the All India Services/Defence Services, or, to employees of a local authority or a corporation established by a Central, State or Provincial Act, is exempt under sub-clause (i) of clause (10A ) of section 10. As regards payments in commutation of pension received under any scheme of any other employer, exemption will be governed by the provisions of sub-clause (ii) of clause (10A) of section 10.

    (4)   Any payment received by an employee of the Central Government or a State Government, as cash equivalent of the leave salary in respect of the period of earned leave at his credit at the time of his retirement on superannuation or otherwise, is exempt under sub-clause (i) of clause (10AA) of section 10. In the case of other employees, this exemption will be determined with reference to the leave to their credit at the time of retirement on superannuation, or otherwise, subject to a maximum of eight months’ leave. This exemption will be further limited to the maximum amount specified by the Government of India Notification No. SO 553(E)[F.No. 142/11/88-TPL], dated 8-6-1988, at Rs. 79,920.

    (5)   Under section 10(10B ), the retrenchment compensation received by a workman is exempt from income-tax subject to certain limits. The maximum amount of retrenchment compensation exempt is the sum calculated on the basis provided in section 25F(b) of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 or any amount not less than Rs. 50,000 as the Central Government may by notification specify in the Official Gazette, whichever is less. These limits shall not apply in the case where the compensation is paid under any scheme which is approved in this behalf by the Central Government, having regard to the need for extending special protection to the workmen in the undertaking to which the scheme applies and other relevant circumstances.

    (6)   Under section 10(10C ), as amended by the Finance Act, 1994, any payment received by an employee of the following bodies at the time of his voluntary retirement is exempted from income-tax to the extent of Rs. 5 lakhs, provided the scheme of voluntary retirement has been framed in accordance with the guidelines prescribed under rule 2BA of the Income-tax Rules, 1962 :

    (a)   A public sector company ;

    (b)   Any other company ;

    (c)   An authority established under a Central, State or Provincial Act ;

    (d)   A local authority ;

    (e)   A Cooperative Society ;

     (f)   A University established or incorporated by or under a Central, State or Provincial Act, or, an institution declared to be a University under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 ;

    (g)   Any Indian Institute of Technology within the meaning of clause (g) of section 3 of the Institute of Technology Act, 1961 ;

    (h)   Such Institute of Management as the Central Government may by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf.

           It may also be noted that where this exemption has been allowed to any employee for any assessment year, it shall not be allowed to him for any other assessment year. It may be further noted that any such scheme in relation to a company referred to at (b) above, and a co-operative society referred to at (e) above, has to be approved by the Chief Commissioner, or, as the case may be, Director General of Income-tax.

    (7)   Any sum received under a life insurance policy, including the sum allotted by way of bonus on such policy other than any sum received under sub-section (3) of section 80DDA.

    (8)   Any payment from a provident fund to which the Provident Funds Act, 1925 (19 of 1925) applies (or from any other provident fund set up by the Central Government and notified by it in this behalf in the Official Gazette).

    (9)   Under section 10(13A ) of the Income-tax Act, 1961, any special allowance specifically granted to an assessee by his employer to meet expenditure incurred on payment of rent (by whatever name called) in respect of residential accommodation occupied by the assessee is exempt from income-tax to the extent as may be prescribed, having regard to the area or place in which such accommodation is situated and other relevant considerations. According to rule 2A of the Income-tax Rules, 1962, the quantum of exemption allowable on account of grant of special allowance to meet expenditure on payment of rent shall be :—

    (a)   the actual amount of such allowance received by an employer in respect of the relevant period ; or

    (b)   the actual expenditure incurred on payment of rent in excess of 1/10th of the salary due for the relevant period ; or

    (c)   where such accommodation is situated in Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi or Madras, 50 per cent of the salary due to the employee for the relevant period ; or

    (d)   where such accommodation is situated in any other place, 40 per cent of the salary due to the employee for the relevant period, whichever is the least.

           For this purpose, “Salary” includes dearness allowance, i.e., if the terms of employment so provide, but excludes all other allowances and perquisites.

           It has to be noted that only the expenditure actually incurred on payment of rent in respect of residential accommodation occupied by the assessee subject to the limits laid down in rule 2A, qualifies for exemption from income-tax. Thus, house rent allowance granted to an employee who is residing in a house/flat owned by him is not exempt from income-tax. The disbursing authorities should satisfy themselves in this regard by insisting on production of evidence of actual payment of rent before excluding the house rent allowance or any portion thereof from the total income of the employee.

           Though incurring actual expenditure on payment of rent is a prerequisite for claiming deduction under section 10(13A), it has been decided as an administrative measure that salaried employees drawing house rent allowance up to Rs. 600 per month will be exempted from production of rent receipt. It may, however, be noted that this concession is only for the purpose of tax-deduction at source, and, in the regular assessment of the employee, the Assessing Officer will be free to make such enquiry as he deems fit for the purpose of satisfying himself that the employee has incurred actual expenditure on payment of rent.

  (10)   Clause (14) of section 10 provides for exemption of the following allowances :—

    (a)   Any special allowance or benefit granted to an employee to meet the expenses incurred in the performance of his duties as prescribed under rule 2BB subject to the extent to which such expenses are actually incurred for that purpose.

    (b)   Any allowance granted to an assessee either to meet his personal expenses at the place of his posting or at the place he ordinarily resides or to compensate him for the increased cost of living, which may be prescribed and to the extent as may be prescribed.

           However, the allowance referred to in (ii) above should not be in the nature of a personal allowance granted to the assessee to remunerate or compensate him for performing duties of a special nature relating to his office or employment unless such allowance is related to his place of posting or residence.

           The CBDT has prescribed guidelines for the purpose of clauses (i) and (ii) of section 10( 14) vide Notification No. SO 617(E), dated 7th July, 1995 [F.No. 142/9/95-TPL]. These guidelines are effective from 1st July, 1995. This is enclosed as Annexure-III.

  (11)   Under section 10(15)( iv)(i) of the Income-tax Act, interest payable by the Government on deposits made by an employee of the Central Government or a State Government or a public sector company from out of his retirement benefits, in accordance with such scheme framed in this behalf by the Central Government and notified in the Official Gazette is exempt from income-tax. By Notification No.F. 2/14/89-NS-II, dated 7-6-1989, as amended by Notification No. F. 2/14/89-NS-II, dated 12-10-1989, the Central Government has notified a scheme called Deposit Scheme for Retiring Government Employees, 1989 for the purpose of the said clause.

  (12)   Under section 17 of the Act, exemption from tax will also be available in respect of :—

    (a)   the value of any medical treatment provided to an employee or any member of his family, in any hospital maintained by the employer ;

    (b)   any sum paid by the employer in respect of any expenditure actually incurred by the employee on his medical treatment or of any member of his family—

     (i)   in any hospital maintained by the Government or any local authority or any other hospital approved by the Government for the purposes of medical treatment of its employees ;

    (ii)   in respect of the prescribed diseases or ailments, in any hospital approved by the Chief Commissioner having regard to the prescribed guidelines :

           Provided that, in a case falling in sub-clause (ii), the employee shall attach with his return of income a certificate from the hospital specifying the disease or ailment for which medical treatment was required and the receipt for the amount paid to the hospital ;

    (c)   premium paid by the employer in respect of medical insruance taken for his employees (under any scheme approved by the Central Government) or reimbursement of insurance premium to the employees who take medical insurance for themselves or for their family members (under any scheme approved by the Central Government) ;

    (d)   reimbursement, by the employer, of the amount spent by an employee in obtaining medical treatment for himself or any member of his family from any doctor, not exceeding in the agreement Rs. 10,000 in an year ;

    (e)   as regards medical treatment abroad, the actual expenditure on stay and treatment abroad of the employee or any member of his family, or, on stay abroad of one attendant who accompanies the patient, in connection with such treatment, will be excluded from perquisites to the extent permitted by the Reserve Bank of India. As regards the expenditure incurred on travel abroad by the patient/attendant, it shall be excluded from perquisites only if the employee’s gross total income, as computed before including the said expenditure, does not exceed Rs. 2 lakhs.

5.3 Deductions under section 16 of the Act :

Under section 16 of the Income-tax Act the standard deduction available is as below :

     (i)   in the case of an assessee whose income from salary, before allowing a deduction under this clause, does not exceed sixty thousand rupees, a deduction of a sum equal to thirty-three and one-third per cent of the salary or eighteen thousand rupees, whichever is less ;

   (ia)   in any other case, a deduction of a sum equal to thirty-three and one-third per cent of the salary or fifteen thousand rupees, whichever is less :

           Provided that in the case of an assessee, being a woman, whose total income before making any deduction under this clause, does not exceed seventy-five thousand rupees, the provisions of this clause shall have effect as if for the words “fifteen thousand rupees”, the words “eighteen thousand rupees” had been substituted.

           Explanation : For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that where, in the case of an assessee, salary is due from, or paid or allowed by, more than one employer, the deduction under this clause shall be computed with reference to the aggregate salary due, paid or allowed to the assessee and shall in no case exceed the amount specified under clause (i) or clause (ia ), as the case may be;

    (ii)   a deduction is also allowed under clause (ii) of section 16 in respect of any allowance in the nature of an entertainment allowance specifically granted to the assessee by his employer subject to certain limits. In the case of a Government employee, a sum equal to one-fifth of his salary (exclusive of any allowance, benefit or other perquisite) or five thousand rupees, whichever is less, is allowable as deduction. In the case of a non-Government employee, deduction for entertainment allowance to the extent specified in sub-clause (b) of clause (ii) of section 16 will be given only if the allowance is regularly received by him from his present employer from a date prior to 1st April, 1955;

   (iii)   the tax on employment within the meaning of clause (2) of Article 276 of the Constitution of India leviable by, or, under any law, shall also be allowed as a deduction in computing the income under the head “Salaries”.

5.4 Deductions under Chapter VI-A of the Act :

    (1)   A new section 80CCC has been introduced in Finance (No. 2) Act, 1996 which reads as under :

“Where an assessee being an individual has in the previous year paid or deposited any amount out of his income chargeable to tax to effect or keep in force a contract for any annuity plan of Life Insurance Corporation of India for receiving pension from the Fund referred to in clause (23AAB) of section 10, he shall, in accordance with, and subject to the provisions of this section, be allowed a deduction in the computation of his total income, of the whole of the amount paid or deposited (excluding interest or bonus accrued or credited to the assessee’s account, if any) as does not exceed the amount of ten thousand rupees in the previous year.

Where any amount paid or deposited by the assessee has been taken into account for the purposes of this section, a rebate with reference to such amount shall not be allowed under section 88.”

    (2)   Under section 80D, in the case of the following categories of persons, a deduction can be allowed for a sum not exceeding Rs.10,000 per annum to the extent payment is made by cheque out of their income chargeable to tax to keep in force an insurance on the health of the categories of persons mentioned below provided that such insurance is in accordance with the scheme framed by the General Insurance Corporation of India as approved by the Central Government, popularly known as “Mediclaim.”

           The categories of persons are :

    (a)   where the assessee is an individual, any sum paid to effect or to keep in force an insurance on the health of the assessee or on the health of the wife or husband, dependent parents or dependent children of the assessee;

    (b)   where the assessee is a Hindu undivided family, any sum paid to effect or to keep in force an insurance on the health of any member of the family;

    (c)   where the assessee is an association of persons or a body of individuals consisting in either case, only of husband and wife governed by the system of community of property in force in the State of Goa and the Union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, any sum paid to effect or to keep in force an insurance on the health of any member of such association or body or on the health of the dependent children of the members of such an association or body.

    (3)   Under section 80DD, deduction of Rs. 15,000 is allowed in the case of resident individuals who incur expenditure on the medical treatment (including nursing), training and rehabilitation of a handicapped, dependent relative suffering from permanent physical disability (including blindness) or mental retardation, specified in the rule 11A of the Income-tax Rules, 1962. The deduction will be available to all assessees without any restriction with regard to their total income. The permanent physical disability or mental retardation of the dependent relative has to be certified by a physician, surgeon, ocultist or a psychiatrist, as the case may be working in a Government hospital, including a departmental dispensary or a hospital maintained by a local authority as per Explanation given below section 80DD. The Draing and Disbursing Officers should, therefore, call for such particulars/certificates/information from the employees as they deem necessary to verify the genuineness of the claim before they allow this deduction.

    (4)   Under section 80DDA, an individual is entitled to a deduction, for an amount not exceeding Rs. 20,000, which is paid and deposited in the previous year, out of this income chargeable to tax, in specific schemes of LIC and UTI. The scheme provides for payment of annuity or lump sum amount for the benefit of a handicapped dependent in event of the death of the individual. The scheme would have approval of the Board.

    (5)   80DDB. Deduction in respect of medical treatment, etc., : Where an assessee who is resident in India has, during the previous year, incurred any expenditure of the medical treatment of such disease or ailment as may be specified in the rules made in this behalf by the Board:

    (a)   for himself or a dependent relative, in case of assessee is an individual; or

    (b)   for any member of a Hindu undivided family, in case the assessee is a Hindu undivided family,

           the assessee shall be allowed a deduction of a sum of fifteen thousand rupees in respect of that previous year in which such expenditure was incurred :

           Provided that no such deduction shall be allowed unless the assessee furnishes a certificate in such form and from such authority as may be prescribed.

           Explanation : For the purposes of this section, “dependent” means a person who is not dependent for his support of maintenance on any person other than the assessee.

    (6)   Under section 80E of the Act a deduction will be allowed in respect of repayment of loan taken for higher education, subject to the following conditions :

     (i)   In computing the total income of the assessee, being an individual, there shall be deducted, in accordance with and subject to the provisions of this section, any amount paid by him in the previous year, out of his income chargeable to tax, by way of repayment of loan taken by him from any financial institution or any approved charitable institution for the purpose of pursuing his higher education, or interest on such loan :

           Provided that the amount which may be so deducted shall not exceed twenty-five thousand rupees.

    (ii)   The deduction specified above shall be allowed in computing the total income in respect of the initial assessment year and seven assessment years immediately succeeding the initial assessment year or until the loan referred to above together with interest thereon is paid by the assessee in full, whichever is earlier.

           For this purpose—

    (a)   “approved charitable institution” means an institution established for charitable purposes and notified by the Central Government under clause (23C) of section 10, or an institution referred to in clause (a) of sub-section (2) of section 80G.

    (b)   “financial institution” means a banking company to which the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (10 of 1949) applies (including any bank or banking institution referred to in section 51 of that Act); or any other financial institution which the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf;

    (c)   “higher education” means full-time studies for any graduate or post-graduate course in engineering, medicine, management, or, for post-graduate course in applied sciences or pure sciences, including mathematics and statistics;

    (d)   “initial assessment year” means the assessment year relevant to the previous year, in which the assessee starts repaying the loan or interest thereon.

    (7)   No deduction should be allowed by the D.D.O. from the salary income in respect of any donations made for charitable purposes. The tax relief on such donations as admissible under section 80G of the Act, will have to be claimed by the taxpayer in the return of income. However, in cases where contributions are made to the National Defence Fund, the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, the Prime Minister’s Drought Relief Fund, the National Children’s Fund, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust or the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, fifty per cent of such contributions may be deducted in computing the total income of the employee. Similarly, the donations to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, the Prime Minister’s Armenia Earthquake Relief Fund, the Africa (Public Contributions-India) Fund, the National Foundation for Communal Harmony and the Chief Minister’s Earthquake Relief Fund, Maharashtra, National Blood Transfusion Council, State Blood Transfusion Council, Army Central Welfare Fund, Indian Naval Benevolent Fund or Air force Central Welfare Fund will be eligible for hundred per cent deduction. It is to be noted that all eligible donations, without any limit, will be deductible under the provisions of section 80G.

    (8)   Under section 80GG of the Act, an assessee is entitled to a deduction in respect of house rent paid by him for his own residence at the places specified under rule 11B of the Income-tax Rules, 1962. Such deduction is permissible subject to the following conditions :—

    (a)   the assessee has not been in receipt of any house rent allowance specifically granted to him which qualifies for exemption under section 10(13A) of the Act;

    (b)   he will be entitled to a deduction in respect of house rent paid by him in excess of 10 per cent of his total income, subject to a ceiling of 25 per cent thereof or Rs. 2,000 per month, whichever is less. The total income for working out these percentages will be computed before making any deduction under section 80GG.

    (c)   The assessee does not own :

     (i)   any residential accommodation himself or by his spouse or minor child or where such assessee is a member of a Hindu undivided family, by such family, at the place where he ordinarily resides or performs duties of his office or carries on his business or profession; or

    (ii)   at any other place, any residential accommodation being accommodation in the occupation of the assessee, the value of which is to be determined under sub-clause (i) of clause (a), or as the case may be, clause (b) of sub-section (2) of section 23;

    (d)   The accommodation occupied by him for the purpose of his own residence is situated in any of the following places, namely :—

     (i)   Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bhopal, Calcutta, Coimbatore, Delhi, Faridabad, Gwalior (Lashkar), Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Ludhiana City, Madurai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Srinagar, Surat, Vadodara (Baroda) or Varanasi (Banaras) or the urban agglomeration of each of such places; or

    (ii)   Bombay, Calicut, Cochin, Ghaziabad, Hubli-Dharwar, Madras, Solapur, Trivandrum or Visakhapatnam.

Explanation: “Urban Agglomeration” in relation to a place means the area for the time being included in the urban agglomeration of such place for the purpose of grant of house rent allowance by the Central Government to its employees under the orders issued by it from time to time in this regard.

The disbursing authorities should satisfy themselves that all the conditions mentioned above are satisfied before such deduction is allowed by them to the assessees. They should also satisfy themselves in this regard by insisting on production of evidence of actual payment of rent.

(9) Section 80U allows deduction of forty thousand rupees in computing the total income of a resident individual, who at the end of the previous year, is suffering from a permanent physical disability (including blindness) or is subject to mental retardation, being a permanent physical disability, or mental retardation, specified in rule 11D of the Income-tax Rules, 1962, which is certifited by a physician, surgeon, oculist or psychiatrist as the case may be, working in a Government hospital and which has the effect of reducing considerably such individual’s capacity for normal work or engaging in a gainful employment or occupation. The expression ‘Government hospital’ will include a departmental dispensary or a hospital maintained by a local authority as specified in the Explanation given below section 80DD.

Tax rebate

6. An assessee will be entitled to tax rebates under Chapter VIII of the Act as given below :

    (1)   Payment of insurance premium to effect or to keep in force an insurance on the life of the individual, the wife or husband or any child of the individual. (It may be noted that any premium or other payment made on a policy as is not in excess of 10% of the sum assured, will alone qualify for deduction);

    (2)   Any payment made to effect or to keep in force a contract for a deferred annuity, not being an annuity plan as is referred to in item (8) hereinbelow on the life of the individual, the wife or husband or any child of the individual, provided that such contract does not contain a provision for the exercise by the insured of an option to receive a cash payment in lieu of the payment of the annuity;

    (3)   Any sum deducted from the salary payable by, or, on behalf of the Government to any individual, being a sum deducted in accordance with the conditions of his service for the purpose of securing to him a deferred annuity or making provision for his wife or children, in so far as the sum deducted does not exceed 1/5th of the salary;

    (4)   Any contribution made :

    (a)   by an individual or any Provident Fund to which the Provident Fund Act, 1925 applies;

    (b)   to any provident fund set up by the Central Government, and notified by it in this behalf in the Official Gazette, where such contribution is to an account standing in the name of an individual, or a minor, for whom he is a guardian;

    (c)   by an employee to a recognised provident fund;

    (d)   by an employee to an approved superannuation fund;

           It may be noted that “contribution” to any fund shall not include any sums in repayment of loan;

    (5)   Any deposit in a ten-year account or a fifteen-year account under the Post Office Savings Bank (Cumulative Time Deposit) Rules, 1959, as amended from time to time, where such sums are deposited in an account standing in the name of an individual, or a minor, for whom he is the guardian.

    (6)   Any subscription—

    (a)   to any such security of the Central Government or any such deposit scheme as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf;

    (b)   to any such saving certificates as defined under section 2(c) of the Government Savings Certificate Act, 1959 as the Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf. Interest on NSC(VI Issue) and NSC(VIII Issue) which is deemed investment also qualifies for deduction.

    (7)   Any sum paid as contribution :—

    (a)   for participation in the Unit Linked Insurance Plan, 1971 of the Unit Trust of India;

    (b)   for participation in any unit-linked insurance plan of the LIC Mutual Fund notified by the Central Government under clause (23D) of section 10.

    (8)   Any subscription made to effect or keep in force a contract for such annuity plan of the Life Insurance Corporation as the Central Government may by notification in the Official Gazette, specify;

    (9)   Any subscription not exceeding rupees ten thousand, made to any units of any Mutual Fund, notified under clause (23D) of section 10, by the Unit Trust of India established under the Unit Trust of India Act, 1963, under any plan formulated in accordance with any scheme as the Central Government, may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf ;

  (10)   Any contribution made by an individual to any pension fund set up by any Mutual Fund notified under clause (23D) of section 10, or, by the Unit Trust of India established under the Unit Trust of India Act, 1963, as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf;

  (11)   Any subscription made to any such deposit scheme of, or, any contribution made to any such pension fund set up by, the National Housing Bank, as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf;

  (12)   Any subscription made to any such deposit scheme (not being a scheme the interest on deposits whereunder qualifies for deduction under section 80L), as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify for the purpose of being floated by (a) public sector companies engaged in providing long-term finance for construction or purchase of houses in India for residential purposes, or, (b) any authority constituted in India by, or, under any law, enacted either for the purpose of dealing with and satisfying the need for housing accommodation or for the purpose of planning, development or improvement of cities, towns and villages, or for both.

  (13)   Any sums paid by an assessee for the purpose of purchase or construction of a residential house property, the income from which is chargeable to tax under the head “Income from house property” (or which would, if it has not been used for assessee’s own residence have been chargeable to tax under that head) where such payments are made towards or by way of any instalment or part payment of the amount due under any self-financing or other scheme of any development authority, housing board etc. The deduction will also be allowable in respect of repayment of loans borrowed by an assessee from the Government, or any bank or Life Insurance Corporation, or National Housing Bank, or certain other categories of institutions engaged in the business of providing long term finance for construction or purchase of houses in India. Any repayment of loan borrowed from the employer will also be covered, if the employer happens to be a public company, public sector company or a university established by law or a college affiliated to such university, or a local authority or a cooperative society. The stamp duty, registration fee and other expenses incurred for the purpose of transfer shall also be covered. Payment towards the cost of house property, however, will not include, admission fee or cost of share or initial deposit or the cost of any addition or alteration to, or, renovation or repair of the house property which is carried out after the issue of the completion certificate by competent authority, or after the occupation of the house by the assessee or after it has been let out. Payments towards any expenditure in resepct of which the deduction is allowable under the provision of section 24 of the Income-tax Act will also not be included in payments towards the cost of purchase or construction of a house property. Where the house property in respect of which deduction has been allowed under these provisions is transferred by the tax-payer at any time before the expiry of five years from the end of the financial year in which possession of such property is obtained by him or he receives back, by way of refund or otherwise, any sum specified in section 88(2)(xv), no deduction under these provisions shall be allowed in respect of such sums paid in such previous year in which the transfer is made and the aggregate amount of deduction of income-tax so allowed in the earlier years shall be added to the tax on the total income of the assessee with which he is chargeable for such assessment year. It may be noted that the amount which will qualify for tax rebate in respect of this item will not exceed Rs. 10,000. In respect of repayment of loans taken for the purchase or construction of a new residential house property the construction of which does not get completed by the end of the financial year 1996-97, no tax rebate in respect of these items shall be admissible to the employees.

  (14)   subscription to equity shares or debentures forming part of any eligible issue of capital approved by the Board on an application made by a public company in the prescribed form :

           Provided that where a deduction is claimed and allowed under this clause with reference to the cost of any equity shares or debentures, the cost of such shares or debentures shall not be taken into account for the purposes of sections 54EA and 54EB.

           Explanation : For the purposes of this clause—

     (i)   “eligible issue of capital” means an issue made by a public company formed and registered in India and the issue is wholly and exclusively for the purposes of developing, maintaining and operating an infrastructure facility for generating, or for generating and distributing power;

    (ii)   “infrastructure facility” shall have the meaning assigned to it in clause (ca) of sub-section (12) of section 80-IA;

   (iii)   “public company” shall have the meaning assigned to it in section 3 of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956);

  (15)   Subscription to any units of any mutual fund referred to in clause (23D) of section 10 and approved by the Board on an application made by such mutual fund in the prescribed form :

           Provided that where a deduction is claimed and allowed under this clause with reference to the cost of units, the cost of such units shall not be taken into account for the purposes of sections 54EA and 54EB :

           Provided further that this clause shall apply if the amount of subscription to such units is subscribed only in the eligible issue of capital of any company.

           Explanation : For the purposes of this clause “eligible issue of capital” means an issue referred to in clause (i) of Explanation to clause (xvi) in sub-section (2) of section 88 :

  (16)   Subject to the limits mentioned for the various items, the entitlement to tax rebate will be calculated at the rate of 20% of the total amount of the aforesaid savings etc., in the case of individuals, and at the rate of 25% in the case of an author or playwright or artiste or musician or actor or sportsman (including an athlete) whose income derived from the exercise of his profession as such author/playwright/artiste/musician/actor/sportsman/athlete constitutes twenty-five per cent or more of his total income.

           The maximum tax rebate allowable will be Rs. 12,000 generally, and Rs. 17,500 in the case of authors, playwrights, artistes, musicians, actors, sportsmen and athletes. There will, therefore, be an overall limit for savings which will qualify for tax rebate. In the case of individuals, the limit will be Rs. 60,000 and in the case of authors, sportsmen etc. Rs. 70,000. An additional rebate of Rs. 2000 will be available for investment upto Rs. 10,000 made as per paras 14 and 15 on pre-pages. Hence the maximum rebate under this section would be Rs. 12,000 plus Rs. 2,000.

  (17)   Section 88B provides for special relief to senior citizens (individuals of the age of 65 years and above). The tax rebate in their cases is 40% and the gross total income qualifying limit for this purpose of Rs. 1,20,000. Thus, all individuals of, and above, the age of 65 years will be allowed a rebate of 40% of the amount of income-tax payable by them [as computed before allowing the deduction under Chapter VIII (enlisted at para 6 on pre-page) of the Income-tax Act, 1961], subject to the condition that their gross total income does not exceed Rs. 1,20,000.

7. Calculation of income-tax to be deducted

7.1 Salary income for the purpose of section 192 shall be estimated as follows :

    (a)   First compute the gross salary as mentioned in para 5.1 excluding all the incomes mentioned in para 5.2.

    (b)   Allow deductions mentioned in para 5.3 from the figure arrived at (a);

    (c)   Allow deductions mentioned in para 5.4 from the figure arrived at (b) ensuring that aggregate of the deduction mentioned in para 5.4 does not exceed the figure of (b) and if it exceeds, it should be restricted to that amount. This will be the amount of income under the head “Salaries” on which income-tax would be required to be deducted. This income should be rounded off to the nearest multiple of ten rupees.

7.2 Income-tax on the estimated income from salary as shown in para 7.1 shall be calculated at the rates given in para 2.

7.3 The amount of tax rebates computed under para 6 shall be deducted from the income-tax calculated according to para 7.2. However, it is to be ensured that the tax rebates given as per para 6 is limited to the income-tax calculated as per para 7.2.

7.4 It is also to be noted that deductions under Chapter VIA of the Act as mentioned in para 5.4 and the tax rebates as mentioned in para 6 are allowed only if the investments or the payments have been made out of the income chargeable to tax during the financial year 1996-97.

7.5 The amount of tax as arrived at para 7.3 should be deducted every month in equal instalments. The net amount of tax deductible should be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

8. Miscellaneous

8.1 These instructions are not exhaustive and are issued only with a view to helping the employers to understand the various provisions relating to deduction of tax from salaries. Wherever there is any doubt, reference may be made to the provisions of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the Income-tax Rules, 1962 and the Finance (No. 2) Act 1996.

8.2 In case any assistance is required, the Assessing Officer/the local Public Relation Officer of the Income-tax Department may be contacted.

8.3 These instructions may please be brought to the notice of all disbursing officers and undertakings including those under the control of the Central/State Governments, etc.

Circular : No. 747, dated 2-12-1996.

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