Any interest income earned by an individual or a Hindu Undivided Family on savings accounts held with banks or co-operative society or post office is allowed as a deduction under section 80TTA of the Income Tax Act. The provisions relating to the same are explained in the current article.

Provisions of section 80TTA

The following can be concluded from the bare reading of provisions of section 80TTA

  • The deduction is available only to an individual or a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF).
  • The deduction is available in respect of interest income earned by individual or HUF on deposits in a savings account held with either of the following –

1. A banking company – Covers banks to which the Banking Regulation Act applies and also includes banks which are referred to in Section 51.

2. A co-operative society – Covers co-operative society which is engaged in carrying on the banking business. It includes a co-operative land mortgage bank or a co-operative land development bank.

3. A post office – Covers post office defined under section 2 (k) of the Indian Post Office Act.

  • The deduction is not available in respect of interest income earned on ‘time deposits’. Please note here, ‘time deposits’ means the deposit repayable on the expiry of the fixed period like for example fixed deposits or recurring deposits.
  • In case the interest income is earned from the savings account held by the firm or Association of Persons (AOP) or Body of Individual (BOI), then, such interest income first of all will not be allowed as a deduction under section 80TTA. Secondly, the deduction will also not be allowed under section 80TTA on such interest income to partners of the firm or members of the association or individual of the BOI.
  • The assessee who are eligible to claim a deduction under section 80TTB (i.e. senior citizens) are not eligible to claim deduction under section 80TTA.

Tabulating the allowable and non-allowable deduction under section 80TTA

Allowable deduction under section 80TTA Non-allowable deduction under section 80TTA
Interest income earned from savings account with a bank. Interest income earned from the fixed deposits
Interest income earned from savings account with a specified co-operative society. Interest income earned from the recurring deposits
Interest income earned from savings account with a post office. Interest income earned from any type of time deposits.

Maximum amount of deduction available under section 80TTA

The maximum amount of deduction available under section 80TTA is lower of the following –

  • The whole of the interest income; or
  • INR 10,000.

In simple terms, if the eligible interest income is less than INR 10,000, then, the entire interest income would be allowed as deduction. However, in case the interest income is more than INR 10,000, then, only INR 10,000 would be allowed as a deduction under section 80TTA.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) –

1. What is section 80tta in income tax?

Section 80tta allows a deduction to an individual or a Hindu Undivided Family in respect of interest income earned on savings account held with the banks or co-operative society or a post office.

2. Is Section 80tta applicable to FD interest?

Deduction under section 80tta is not applicable to FD (i.e. fixed deposit) interest. Deduction under section 80tta is available only in respect of interest income earned on a savings account.

3. Who is eligible for 80tta?

Only the individual and a Hindu Undivided Family, not covered under section 80TTB (i.e. senior citizens), are eligible for claiming deducting under section 80tta.

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