Parag Kukreja

Parag KukrejaArticles deals with Taxability of House Rent Allowance , Children Education Allowance, Hostel Allowance, Transport Allowance, Outstation Allowance, Under Ground Allowance, Traveling Allowance, Daily Allowance, Conveyance Allowance, Helper Allowance, Uniform Allowance and Academic Allowance.

House Rent Allowance – Section 10(13A) Rule 2A

House Rent Allowance received by any employee shall be exempt to the least of following:

a.) House Rent Allowance Received

b.) Rent Paid over 10% of Salary for the Relevant Period.

c.) 50% of Salary in Metropolitan Cities/40% of Salary in Non-Metro Places.

Special Allowances

Personal Allowances
1.) Children Education Allowance a.) Any Children Education Allowance received shall be exempt upto Rs.100 per month per child upto Two Child
b.) Exemption Shall be allowed irrespective of Expenditure Incurred
c.) Child shall include step child & adopted child but will not include grand child
d.) Exemption shall not be allowed for third child even if it is twins after birth of one child.
2.) Hostel Allowance a.) Any Hostel Allowance received to meet Hostel Expenditure of Children shall be exempt upto Rs.300 per month per child upto Two Child
b.) Other Conditions remain same as mentioned in Children Education Allowance in Point No.(2),(3),(4)
3.) Transport Allowance a.) Any Transport Allowance received to meet expenditure for purpose of commuting between place of residence & place of duty shall be exempt upto Rs.1600 per month
b.)Transport Allowance granted to Physically Handicapped persons shall be exempt upto Rs.3200 per month.
4.) Outstation Allowance a.) Such Type of Allowance is granted to employees working in any transport system for the purpose of meeting Personal Expenditure
b.) Any Such Allowance received shall be exempt to the least of following:
(i) 70% of Allowance received
(ii) RS.10,000.00 per Month
5.) Under Ground Allowance a.) Such Type of Allowance is granted to employees working in uncongenial, unnatural Climate in underground mines.
b.) Any Such Allowance received shall be exempt upto Rs.800.00 per month.
Official Allowances
1.) Travelling Allowance a.) Such Type of Allowance is granted to meet cost of travel on tour or transfer of employees & shall be exempt from Income Tax
b.) It shall also Include any amount paid in connection with transfer,packing,transportation of person effects.
2.) Daily Allowance a.) Such Type of Allowance is granted to meet ordinary Daily Charges on account of absence from normal place of Duty  & shall be exempt from Income Tax
3.) Conveyance Allowance a.) Such Type of Allowance is granted to meet expenditure incurred on conveyance in performance of duties of an office or employment of profit & shall be exempt from Income Tax
4.) Helper Allowance a.) Such Type of Allowance is granted to meet expenditure incurred on Helper provided Helper is engaged in performance of duties of an office  & shall be exempt from Income Tax.
5.) Uniform Allowance a.) Such Type of Allowance is granted for purchase of Uniform or maintenance of uniform for wear during performance of duties of an office   & shall be exempt from Income Tax.
6.) Academic Allowance a.) Such Type of Allowance is granted for encouraging academic research and training pursuits in educational & research institutions  & shall be exempt from Income Tax.

Note:                                                                              

1.) Salary for the purpose of Calculation of Exemption of House Rent Allowance shall be Retirement Benefits salary which Includes Basic Pay,Dearness Allowance,Commission if it is paid as fixed percentage of the Turnover basis as decided in Gestetner Duplicators Pvt. Ltd. vs CIT.

2.) If there is any change in House Rent Allowance,Rent Paid, Salary or the place of Posting during the Year, Separate Calculation for the purpose of Claiming exemption shall be made for each change.

3.) Exemption for House Rent Allowance shall not be allowed if no expenditure is incurred on payment of rent however there is no such condition that an employee  should not own house, If an employee is residing in rented property, exemption shall be allowed.

4.) The Official Allowances received for the purpose of meeting official expenses are exempt from the Income Tax Act,1961. However If any Savings is made i.e. EXPENDITURE INCURRED IS LESS THAN THAN THE AMOUNT RECEIVED Then difference shall be taxable under the head Salary.

5.) Exemption for Personal Allowances shall be allowed irrespective of Expenditure Incurred.

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One response to “Taxability of Allowances under Income from Salary”

  1. Goutam Paramanick says:

    If husband pays to his estranged wife alimony as per court,s order , can he get relief from income tax?

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