CA Paras Mehra

Tax is a financial burden on any person. One cannot do financial planning without considering the tax liability. Every person devotes his time and energy to plan his tax liability but still he doesn’t able to save much as he like’s too. The main reason is because mostly financial planning is done conventionally.

Further, in case of salaried employee, his main income is generally from salary and house property on which he only gets limited tax deductions. To break this anomaly, we present you some loop holes in tax laws from which you can benefit to make your tax liability minimum.

Here are innovate ways to save your tax!

1. Income from house property

Consider the example, suppose Mr A rents his house property to Mr B for Rs.10,000/- per month. Mr A being the owner incurred by following expenditure: Depreciation on house property Rs.1,50,000 (assume cost of house Rs.30 lakhs rate of depreciation @ 5%), insurance Rs.5,000, Repairs and other related expenditure Rs.20,000 etc. (let us ignore interest on borrowing for this example)

Now, let us calculate income as per section 22 for the above transaction

Rent income                                            Rs.1,20,000

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Less: Standard Deduction @ 30%             Rs.36,000

Income from House Property                     Rs.84,000/-

All the expenses incurred above are not allowed as deduction when income is computed under the head ‘House Property’

Let us do some tax planning!

The agreement between the lessor and lessee should be drafted in such a way to include a condition. The condition is that “the owner will rent the property to the tenant along with certain facilities like furniture and fixtures, air conditioner etc. and the charges the single rent for the above facilities.”

The reason to include the above condition is to beat the section 22. When the letting of building and letting of furniture and fixture is inseparable then rental income is to be assessed under section 56 i.e. income from other sources and not under section 22. This has been decided by Delhi High court in case of Garg Dyeing & Processing Industries v ACIT (2013) 212 taxmann 160 (Del)

Now, suppose in our example, the agreement is revised to include the above condition and rental income is increased from Rs.10,000 to Rs.12,000.

Let us now calculate the income u/s 56

Rental income Rs.1,44,000
Less: Deduction allowed u/s 57
-Depreciation Rs.1,50,000
-Repairs Rs.20,000
-Insurance Rs.5,000 Rs. 1,75,000
Income from Other sources (Loss) (Rs.31,000)

This loss can even be set off against salary income.

Therefore, with this simple tax planning, you can curb your tax liability drastically.

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0 responses to “Tax Planning for those Earning Rental Income”

  1. Manish says:

    Wow sir, great planing

  2. Vikas Jindal says:

    Dear Mr. Mehra,

    Good tax planning but needs following clarifications.

    1. If we claim depreciation on House, then while selling house, cost of the house got reduced (because we are claiming Depreciation) and further no indexation benefit will be available becuase no it will be treated as STCG.

  3. Sourav Chatterjee says:

    In legal term, which I cannot do directly, I never can do indirectly also. I do not think that the plan would work before the eyes of law.

  4. S Santhanakrishnan says:

    This is not good Tax Planning for Individual Assessees. As the Property will be automatically considered as short term Capital assets. Indexation and Exemption U/s.54 & 54F will not be applicable at the time of Sale. For Corporates, Exemption is not available. However Indexation and Lower Rate of Tax i.e. 20% will be available for Coporates in case of LTG. We have to weigh the pros & Cons of the situation of Assessee on case to case basis.



  5. Chetan Agrawal says:

    Dear Sir,
    Great planning.

  6. Taarakesh says:


    No doubt this is really a good idea. However is it practically applied by any of the assessee? Will the officer accept this method solely relying upon the single judgement quoted above?

  7. tejash says:

    dear sir,

    well informed article is it applicable to the warehouse given for rent?and it could be more better is u answer above 2 queries. thanks keep writing.



  8. sudarshana says:

    Dear Sanjay Patni: Very good query. If we take market value, then every year the depreciation increases with the way market prices are going up. If we take the cost of purchase the depreciation may work out to be less than 30% allowed u/s 24! However we can go for the indexation cost. I wish the author will through more light on this aspect.

  9. Hitesh says:

    One more thing,

    By Claiming Depreciation, the house will be valued on WDV basis

    In Future when we sell this house property for say 45 Lakhs

    then no indexation on Cost of Acquision, whole Gain will be treated as Short Term and charged to tax as per the Slabs

    Sir, i think its not a proper Tax Planning


    Hitesh Sanghvi

  10. s sudarshana says:

    Mr. CA Paras Mehra,
    This is astonishing! As you are putting it on a widely and well known website TaxGuru, please let us know a single judgement can be basis for an assesse showing the rental income under section 56? Please reconfirm.

  11. Sanjay Patni says:

    Dear Parasji, Is price of the house is today’s market value or the cost at which one had bought? Who Decides the depreciation percentage? What is the max amount one can show as annual repair charges?

    Is this law being exercised by people and is it better than claiming Loss on House Property?

    Sanjay Patni

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