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Section 80TTB: Rs. 50000 deduction on interest income to senior citizen

New section 80TTB to allow a deduction upto Rs 50,000/- in respect of interest income from deposits held by senior citizens. However, no deduction under section 80TTA shall be allowed in these cases.

Higher Deduction in respect of interest income to senior citizen under section 80TTB

At present, a deduction upto Rs 10,000/- is allowed under section 80TTA to an assessee in respect of interest income from savings account. It is proposed to insert a new section 80TTB so as to allow a deduction upto Rs 50,000/- in respect of interest income from deposits held by senior citizens. However, no deduction under section 80TTA shall be allowed in these cases.

This amendment is effective from 1st April, 2019 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2019-20 and subsequent assessment years.

Particulars Old Provision of section 80TTA
New Provision of Section 80TTB
Deduction  for senior citizens in respect of Interest income Deduction Allowed upto Rs.10000/- for Saving Account Interest u/s 80TTA Deduction allowed upto Rs.50,000/- for FDR and
Saving Interest u/s 80TTB

Section 194A also been amended by Budget 2018 so as to raise the threshold for deduction of tax at source on interest income for senior citizens from Rs 10,000/- to Rs 50,000/-.

This amendment takes effect, from 1st April, 2018.

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Extract of Relevant Clause 29, 30 & 47 of Finance Bill 2018

Clause 29 of the Bill seeks to amend section 80TTA of the Income-tax Act relating to deduction in respect of interest on deposits in savings account.

The said section, inter alia, provides that where the gross total income of an assessee, being an individual or a Hindu undivided family, includes any income by way of interest on deposits in a savings bank account with certain entities.

It is proposed to amend the said section so as to provide that the assessee referred to in section 80TTB shall not be eligible for the benefit of deduction under this section.

This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2019 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2019-2020 and subsequent years.

Clause 30 of the Bill seeks to insert a new section 80TTB in the Income-tax Act relating to deduction in respect of interest on deposits made by senior citizens.

The proposed new section, inter alia, provides that where the gross total income of an assessee, being a senior citizen, includes any income by way of interest on deposits with a banking company to which the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, applies (including any bank or banking institution referred to in section 51 of that Act) or a co-operative society engaged in the business of banking (including a co-operative land mortgage bank or a co-operative land development bank) or a Post Office as defined in clause (k) of section 2 of the Indian Post Office Act, 1898, a deduction of an amount up to fifty thousand rupees shall be allowed.

It is further proposed to provide that where the income referred to in this section is derived from any deposit held by, or on behalf of, a firm, an association of persons or a body of individuals, no deduction shall be allowed under this section in respect of such income in computing the total income of any partner of the firm or any member of the association or any individual of the body.

It is also proposed to define the expression “senior citizen”.

This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2019 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2019-2020 and subsequent years.

Clause 47 of the Bill seeks to amend section 194A of the Income-tax Act relating to interest other than “interest on securities”.

The said section, inter alia, provides that where the amount of income or, as the case may be, the aggregate of the amounts of income credited or paid or likely to be credited or paid during the financial year by the person, does not exceed ten thousand rupees, where the payer is a banking company to which the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 applies (including any bank or banking institution, referred to in section 51 of that Act); or co-operative society engaged in carrying on the business of banking; or on any deposit with post office under any scheme framed by the Central Government and notified by it in this behalf; or five thousand rupees in any other case, no tax at source is required to be deducted.

It is proposed to amend the said section so as to provide that in case of senior citizen, the said interest amount is increased to fifty thousand rupees.

It is also proposed to define the expression “senior citizen”. These amendments will take effect from 1st April, 2018.

Republished with amendments

Categories: Income Tax

View Comments (74)

  • I am senior citizen having investment in Fixed deposits of company deposits. shall i get the benefit of 80TTB for interest on FD of Company deposits

  • I am a senior citizen and have investment in Post Office SCSS and earning intereest income on quarterly basis. Shall I gt the benefit of sec 80TTB for the interest earned under SCSS.

  • Will a senior citizen take benifits of 150000 under 80C
    & 50000 under 80 TTB both simultaneously ???????

    • Yes. Section 80C relates to investments whereas Section 80TTB relates toincome.
      Both are different

  • Please give your considered opinion on the scope oF sec 80TTB regarding exemption of interest of upto rs 50000:
    Will fd interest from Sundaram finance qualify for section 80TTB

  • thank God something is done for the senior citizens
    u/s 80tta rs 10000 should be added to this deduction also for the pensionholders.

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