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CA Sandeep KanoiEveryone is aware that Form 15G and form 15H are used for avoiding the TDS deduction while computing the interest earned during the financial year. In this article we are discussing important points to remember while submitting the Form 15G and Form 15H to the deductor. We have also included frequently asked questions and answers on Form 15G and Form 15H. Reader can download the latest Form 15G and Form 15H in Excel, Word and PDF format from the links given at the bottom of the article.

Form 15H :- Declaration under sub-section (1C) of section 197A of the Income-tax Act, 1961, to be made by an individual who is of the age of sixty-five years or more (Sixty Years from 1st July, 2012) claiming certain receipts without deduction of tax.

  • Form 15H can be submitted only by Individual above the age of 65 years. (Age limit reduced to 60 Years from from 1st July, 2012)
  • Estimated tax for the previous assessment year should be nil. That means he did not pay any tax for the previous year because his income is not coming under the taxable limit.
  • This form should be submitted to all the deductors to whom you advanced a loan. For example you have deposit in three SBI bank branches Rs.100000 each. You must submit the Form 15H to each branch.
  • Submit this form before the first payment of your interest. It is not mandatory but it will avoid the TDS deduction. In case of the delay, the bank may deduct the TDS and issue TDS certificate at the end of year.
  • You need to submit form 15H to banks if interest from one branch of a bank exceeds 10000/- in a year.
  • You need to submit for 15H If interest on loan ,advance, debentures , bonds or say Interest income other then interest on bank exceeds 5000/-.

Form 15G:- Declaration under sub-sections (1) and (1A) of section 197A of the Income-tax Act, 1961, to be made by an individual or a person (not being a company or a firm) claiming certain receipts without deduction of tax of tax.

  • Form 15G can be submitted by Individual below the age of 65 years (Age limit reduced to 60 Years from from 1st July, 2012))  and Hindu Undivided family.
  • The above points are applicable to the Form 15G as well, except  that the Form 15H is only for the senior citizen.
  • Form 15G should be submitted before the first payment of interest on fixed deposit.

Difference between form 15G and 15H:-

  1. Form 15G can be submitted by individual below the Age of 65 Years while form 15H can be submitted by senior citizens i.e. individual’s above the age of 65 years. (60 Years from 1st July 2012).
  2. Form 15G can be submitted by Hindu undivided families but form 15H can be submitted only by Individual above the age of 65 years. ( 60 Years from 1st July 2012).
  3. 15G CAN NOT BE filed by any person whose income from interest on securities/interest other than “interest on securities”/units/amounts referred to in clause (a) of sub-section (2) of section 80CCA exceeds maximum amount not chargeable to tax.

In nutshell we can say that anybody whose tax on estimated income is not NIL and having income from interest on securities/interest other than “interest on securities”/units/amounts referred to in clause (a) of sub-section (2) of section 80CCA exceeds maximum amount not chargeable to tax can not file DECLARATION u/s 15G . This is clear from the point 3 & 4 of the of From 15 G.

However, if you are eligible and also fulfill the condition, the payer can not deduct the tax even if it is above 10,000.

Senior Citizens who are eligible to file Declaration in Form 15H has no such conditions. They can submit form 15H even if there total Income from interest on securities/interest other than “interest on securities”/units/amounts referred to in clause (a) of sub-section (2) of section 80CCA exceeds maximum amount not chargeable to tax if tax payable by them is NIL. This is clear from point 4 of the form 15H, which reads as under:-

” 4. that the tax on my estimated total income, including *income/incomes referred to in the Schedule below computed in accordance with the provisions of the Income-tax Act, 1961, for the previous year ending on relevant to the assessment year _____________ will be nil”

15G- 15G


Question:- I am 70 years old. I invested a sum of Rs 6,00,000 in January 2006, in GOI 8 per cent savings bonds (taxable),  via a leading private bank. The bonds issued were on a cumulative basis with a maturity period of six years. The total interest payable at the time of maturity is Rs 3,50,500. I have declared the income from the bonds on an accrual basis y-o-y, and have been filing tax returns since A/Y 2006/07. But the bank is not accepting Form 15H stating that the total interest payable on maturity is more than the threshold limit for senior citizens – Rs 3,00,000, and is insisting on my submitting Certificate u/s 197 from the IT office. What do I do?

Answer:- The bank should have deducted tax at source. It seems the bank has not provided for the accrued interest and is therefore not accepting Form 15H. You can prove that the tax on your total income of the previous year in which the interest is to be received shall be nil, even after including the cumulative interest the bank should not resort to tax deduction at source. You can submit Form 15H for deduction of tax at source for A.Y. 2010-11.

Question :- I am a senior citizen having income liable for tax deduction at source in respect of my deposits with State Bank of Hyderabad. They asked me whether I would be filing declaration in Form 15G or 15H in the first week of March in respect of payments made during the year so that I am in a position to judge whether I have taxable income for the year or not and file declaration in Form 15H, if I have no taxable income. On the other hand, State Bank of India and, I understand, some other banks require form at the time of deposit itself. It may not be proper for the bank to act on such declaration made in one year for another year or for that matter act on a declaration which had become stale filed in earlier part of the year for payment towards the end of the year. What is the correct position of law?

Answer:- The doubt raised by the reader is a valid one. The law itself does not provide for any date on which the declaration is required to be filed as long as it relates to the income of the year and filed during the year. Since the deduction of tax at source has to be decided on the date of each credit or payment, deduction has to be made for each such credit or payment. Where an investor is not able to file the declaration in earlier part of the year in view of the uncertainty as to the prospect of his income crossing the exemption limit, he can probably inform the bank that deduction could be deferred till the end of the year. But then, the bank would like to have the declaration at the time of payment so that the declaration may have necessarily to be filed before the first quarterly payment, if the interest is payable quarterly. The difficulty for the investor in ascertaining the income in advance in such cases cannot be avoided. Tax may have to be deducted and refund applied in due course in such cases.

Question:- It is stated that 15H form is concessional for individuals aged 65 or more as this form, unlike 15G form, does not carry the restrictive declaration to the effect that the aggregate of eligible incomes will not exceed the maximum amount which is chargeable to income tax (Item No. 4 in 15G form).

1. Can it be interpreted, that there is no ceiling on the aggregate incomes/ amounts liable for tax deduction for senior citizens of the age of 65 or more?

2. It should be “not exceeding the maximum exemption limit” and not “not exceeding the minimum exemption limit”.

3. Form No. 15H in circulation at present states that the particulars of the amounts are as per the schedule below. But there is no such schedule at all. The one and only schedule is about “investments”. Of course, Form 15G carries this Schedule as “Schedule V”.

4. Item 2 in Form 15H reads as “that my present occupation is….” At 65 and above, many have no occupations at all.

5. Item 3 in this form states “…. and am entitled to a deduction from the amount of income-tax on my total income referred to in section 88B”. Can you please enlighten me on this point regarding Sec. 88B?

As regards the first point, the limit for tax deduction for others is inapplicable for senior citizens, but the limit for statutory deduction under Sec. 80-C, for example, is applicable.

The second point made by him is correct.

As for the third point, the omission pointed out in Form 15H, the schedule for withdrawal from NSS alone has been given, because the other schedules as in Form 15G have apparently been considered unnecessary, since there is no ceiling by way of limit for tax deduction at source, so as to require the split up of the different incomes.

The fourth point made is 4 that the Form 15-H contemplates occupation for everyone is really not a defect, since a person without occupation can well fill up the column as nil. As for the last point, reference to Sec. 88B, providing for rebate for seniors citizens, has since been omitted with effect from April 1, 2006 on substitution of this relief by higher exemption limit. The Form has not been updated after this change. Probably, it was considered not necessary, because of the possible understanding that the reference to Sec. 88B is only for the limited purpose of adopting the definition of senior citizen under the section, when it was in vogue.

Question:  What should I do if I am not liable to pay tax and TDS is not required to be deducted?

Answer:- To avail the benefit of deduction of tax at source at Nil/lower rate, you may submit any of the following documentation :

  • Certificate from the Indian tax authorities : Certificate under section 197 of the Act issued by the Assessing Officer for nil / concessional rate of TDS can be submitted by any bondholder including companies and firms. The certificate should be submitted by the deductee to the deductor.
  • Form 15G: If you are a resident person (other than a company, Co-operative society or a firm), you can submit Form 15G in duplicate to deductor. As per the provisions of section 197A of the Act, Form 15G can be submitted provided the tax on your estimated total income for the financial year computed in accordance with the provisions of the Act is NIL ) and the interest paid or payable to you does not exceed the maximum amount which is not chargeable to tax.
  • Form 15H: If you are a senior citizen, i.e. if you are of the age of 65 years and above (Sixty Years from 1st July, 2012) at any point of time during the financial year, you can submit Form 15H even if your income exceeds Rs.250,000 p.a. for the purposes of non-deduction of tax at source if your estimated total income for the financial year computed in accordance with the provisions of the Act is NIL.
  • Entities exempt from tax as per CBDT Circular:
    Certain specified entities whose income is unconditionally exempt under section 10 of the Act and who are statutorily not required to file return of income as per section 139 of the Act, CBDT has vide Circular no.4/2002 dated July 16, 2002, granted blanket TDS exemption. Some examples of the specified entities are provident funds, gratuity funds, local authority, hospitals exempt under section 10(23C)(iiiac), educational institutions or university exempt under section 10(23C)(iiiab).

Exemption for insurance companies: Certain entities such as Life Insurance Corporation of India, General insurance Corporation of India along with its four subsidiaries or any other insurer are eligible to receive interest on securities without deduction of tax at source, if such securities are owned by them or it has full beneficial interest in the same.

Question:- I am an account holder in a nationalised bank and I filed Form 15H. The bank authorities refused to give acknowledgement for the same, though I have given it in duplicate. What is more is that they have deducted tax though I have no taxable income. What is the remedy for the amount already deducted and to avoid such deduction in future?

Answer:- Where tax has already been deducted and deposited by the bank, the only recourse for the assessee is to file a refund claim along with the return with the assessing officer and await the refund. It is possible for an assessee to seek remedy for deficiency of service in a consumer forum or to file a complaint with the Ombudsman asking for compensation for the trouble to which the reader has been put to. But then, the reader had failed to press for an acknowledgement. He should have complained about denial of acknowledgement at that stage to the concerned superior officers or should have sent it by registered post acknowledgement due for purposes of evidence for his case. In fact, it is not open to the bank official to refuse acceptance of any document sought to be served on the bank or refuse acknowledgement, where demanded.

Some reader has complained about the inordinate delay in getting TDS certificate to enable claim of refund in time. Such complaints received from time to time indicate the inordinate delay on the part of even banks and large corporate as regards this statutory duty to issue such certificates promptly. In the case of banks, this is again a matter on which complaint should be made to senior officers of banks in writing and on failure of response to the Ombudsman. A complaint to the TDS section of the Income-tax Department, which is expected to enforce law regarding issue of TDS certificate promptly, should be the most effective remedy, if only the TDS cell activates itself to enforce the law and the rules on those responsible for tax deduction at source for the benefit of the taxpayers.

DOWNLOAD FORM 15G AND FORM 15H APPLICABLE WEF A.Y. 2013-14 OR FY 2012-13  -vide notification No. 11/2013 [F.NO.142/31/2012-SO(TPL)]/SO 410(E) Dated 19.02.13 

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Download Form 15G in word Format

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Please Note that from 1st July 2012 Age limit for senior citizen is reduced to 60 years from earlier 65 years. So  from 1st July Form 15H can be filed by an individual who is of the age of sixty years or more  claiming certain receipts without deduction of tax.

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306 responses to “Download Form 15G & 15H in excel / Word format with FAQs”

  1. R N Sharma says:

    I am 74 years pensioner getting Rs.32,000/-pm making an annual income of Rs.3,84,000/- into my bank. I invested Rs.1,50,000/- premium U/S 80C making taxable income now is Rs.2,34,000. But the bank has deducted TDS on my pension. Please guide me wheather I am eligible for 15H or is there any other form to be submitted to bank not to deduct TDS on my pension.

  2. Vijay Dani says:

    I am totally confused with govt orders and bank interpretations on 15 H.I sign 15 H in first week of April every year and show income under various FDs in same bank upto 200000//- Then bank wants me to give 15 H every time a new FD is made or renewed. Then they cut TDS on the maturity of the FD .What is wrong ? are we follwoing different Ministries in India?
    I am talking about State bank of India.

  3. Ramrao Konduji Jumle says:

    I want to fill up 15 g and 15 h forms for me and my wife on line since we are out of station. If so please let me know the procedure.

  4. srabani says:

    Hallo Sir,
    Thank you for the blog. I had a couple of questions and I wonder if you can perhaps help.
    I had taxable income till FY 2014-15, so I did not furnish any 15G form for my FDs in SBI. Later in FY2015-16 and currently in FY2016-17 , I had (and have) no taxable income but I forgot to furnish 15G form for my FD. Even while filing tax for last year I did not claim this TDS on FD back. This SBI FD is due to mature in March 2017. How can I claim the deducted TDS ? I have downloaded the TDS deducted for the 2 years from SBI bank portal. Can I claim the tax deducted in both years together back now ?
    Thanks in advance.

  5. KAMINI GUPTA says:

    I am 61 years old and getting interest income Rs.259000/- during FY 2016-17. I have already submitted form no. 15H in April, 2016. My TDRs have also been renewed in July, 2016.

    Please advise me whether I have to submit form no. 15H again after renewal in my CIF no. or form no. 15H already submitted in April, 2016 will do in renewed TDRs.

    What is the rule of Income Tax department.

    Kamini Gupta

  6. suneelji says:

    I am SBI customer and the bank Manager has informed me 4 days Back that i will have to submit 15H From(I am a Senior Citizen) each and every time i open and/or renew Term Deposit 2. Actually i use NET BANKING for opening of Term Deposit and ensure that instructions are given while opening them that they are Renewed by default and do not like go to the Bank. 3. However, the new Ridiculous Rule of SBI means i will have to make physical trips to the Bank on every such occasion and in fact since i have a 7 days Term deposit (which gets renewed every days automatically) i will have to visit the Bank every 7 days just for submission of 15 H Form. 3. The ON LINE Facility of 15H submission does not work in case of SBI (in fact the menu shown in the Screen Shot above is not displayed ). 4 As a senior citizen i am unable to understand why should i visit the Bank every 7 Days. 4 Is there a way out ? also Note that the Menu of ON Line Submission of From 15 H Under NetBanking is not working and Bank is asking me visit the Bank every 7 days merely for sumbmission of 15 H Form (though the renewal is done by default under NETBANKING)


  7. suneelji says:

    I (a Senior Citizen) have Rs 15 Lac FD each in 4 Different Banks (Total FD of Rs 60 Lac), and get Interest of Rs 1.5 Lac (approx ) each from each Bank per year (i.e. Rs 6 Lac in total )While filling in 15 H Form during this year the clerk tried to highlight that i should fill in the Estimated income from all sources meaning (other investments like FDs in banks etc. My problem is if fill in Rs 6 lac as the estimated income all the 4 banks will not accept 15 G Form and deduct 15,000 Rs TDS each (In all Rs 60,000) . Actually by investing Rs 1.5lac in NSS and Claiming Benefit under 80 G I become eligible to pay ITAX of Rs 10,000 apprax, which I pay regularly. Kindly appreciate that by listening to the Bank manager i will allow TDS deduction of Rs 15,000 from each bank (Total Rs 60,000 from 4 banks ) and then will have to claim Refund of Rs 50000 while filing returns which is little bit time consuming. Kindly advise what would be right action.

  8. t.k.sharma says:

    Yes he file it

  9. CA Rashmi Dalmia says:

    i wnat to contact you and ask pls share your contact details mine would be 9958126715

  10. Shailen Shah says:

    Dear Sir,

    Pl. guide me that in Proprietor firm, we had taken Unsecured Loan & in which the Interest amount is higher than 10K & the party has provided 15G. Shall we deduct the TDS of the said interest amount?

    Pl. guide us in this matter.

  11. Maanoj Rakhit says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I thought over the issue, and arrived at the following conclusion; and, I would request you for a confirmation if my revised thinking is correct; or, a clarification if it is not correct in your opinion.

    I suspect field 17 of 15H relates only to such income that would require submission of 15H.

    Here, Aggregate amount has probably no relevance to either:

    (a) Total Income (after eligible deductions, and ignoring non-taxable income); or

    (b) Gross Total Income (before eligible deductions).

    I guess, Aggregate amount in field 17 refers to the total of income declared with other organizations under separate 15H for the same financial year.

    And, field 16 refers to the Total Income as defined by the Act where eligible deductions, as well as, non-taxable income are given due effect to, before arriving at this amount, per the provisions of the Income Tax Act.

    Consider the following example:

    15H were earlier submitted to organizations A and B, where the Aggregate of amounts declared had been 295,000.

    15H is now being submitted to organization C, where field 15 shows estimated income 25,000.

    This 15H for organization C will show in field 17 Rs 295,000, which was the amount declared in 15H with other two organizations A and B.

    Here is the catch. Amount in field 16 for organization C will not be 295,000 + 25,000 = 320,000.

    Amount in field 16 for organization C will be 295,000 + 25,000 – 150,000 = 170,000 if the individual has made or is going to make 150,000 subscription to PPF out of his total taxable and non-taxable income for the year 2016-17. This is because Form 15H asks for Total Income in field 16 and this Total Income is a defined term in the Income Tax Act.

    Now, it will be for the person responsible to deduct tax in each of these organizations as to what tax each should or should not deduct from interest payable by them individually.

    Finally, there is a grey area with regard to the word “filed” used in field 17. It could mean to some, “filed” up to the date of submission of this 15H, in which case this submission may or may not reflect any form 15H that may be filed after this date. However, it would be best to leave such nitty- gritty of the Law for those to debate who may have something to gain from it.

    Best Regards

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