If you receive a gift from any of your relatives or friends for Christmas or New Year or Pongal or any festival, worth more than Rs. 50000, as per income tax laws, it may be taxable income on your hands in certain situations.

Not only the income, if a person receives a gift, if the value of the gift is exceeding the certain limit then he/she must add it in his income and pay the income tax. There are certain exceptions on declaring the gifts as income.

Gifts received From Relatives

As per the Income tax act, the Gifts received from any of your relatives are fully exempt from tax. Whether you are received the gifts as Cash, Cheque or any goods. You are not liable to pay the tax for these gifts. Here the “relatives” term defines by the Income Tax act as follows :

  • Spouse of the individual
  • Brother or sister of the individual
  • Brother or sister of the spouse of the individual
  • Brother or sister of either of the parents of the individual
  • Any lineal ascendant or descendant of the individual
  • Any lineal ascendant or descendant of the spouse of the individual, Spouse of the person referred to in clauses (ii) to (vi).

For example if you are receiving gift of Rs.100000 from your uncle (your mother’s brother), it is fully exempt from the Tax. Whenever you get the gifts please apply the relations in the above list to ascertain whether you are liable to pay any tax for the received gift.

Gifts received From Non-Relatives

Here non-relatives means anyone who doesn’t come under the above mentioned relation for you. In this case you are tax exempt up to maximum of Rs.50000 for a financial year. If you receive the gift worth more than Rs.50000, you are liable to pay the tax whatever you received excess of the limit. This rule applies when the gift is a sum of money, whether in cash, by way of cheque, bank draft or any articles which is value more than the Rs.50000.

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For example you are receiving a gift of Company Shares from one of your team mate in your company or when you are receiving a gift of Rs.100000 (cheque) for the best performing in your company (not a bonus), Rs.50000 is liable to pay tax

My mother gifted me Rs. X amount. Is this taxable?

The simple answer is “NO”. Any gift in the form of articles, shares or cash are not taxable on your hand. If you want to understand the gift related income tax laws, Under section 56 of the Income-tax Act, any money received without consideration which is exceeding Rs. 50000 is taxable on your hand. But, there is exception on certain situations.

The money is received from a relative, which includes, among others, any lineal ascendant or descendant of the individual is fully tax exempt on your hand. So, it is very clear that money received from your mother or father would be not taxable on your hand.

Another important point, if you want to claim the tax exemption on the gifts, please make sure that you have the gift deed executed and who is gifting signed on the papers. Without that the gift laws are not valid for claiming the exemptions. You may consult a lawyer for the documentation with respect to the gift transaction.

Marriage Gifts

One very happy feature of the provision of taxation of gifts is that any gift received from any person on the occasion of the marriage of the gift’s recipient would not be liable to income tax. There is no monetary limit attached to this exemption. Note that, if you receive any gifts at the time of engagement or the marriage anniversary if liable to pay the tax.

Special Tax Exempt gifts

The following list of gifts are fully exempted from Tax whether the it is received as Cash, or any other form of the material doesn’t affect the exemption.

  1. Gift received under a Will or by way of inheritance
  2. Gift in contemplation of death of the donor; Gift from any local authority
  3. Gift from any fund or foundation or university or other educational institution or hospital or any trust or any institution referred to in Section 10(23C)
  4. Gift from any trust or institution, which is registered as a public charitable trust or institution under Section 12AA

I hope this post would have given you good idea on the gift from your close relatives. If you receive any favor from your mother or father for very huge amount, it is advised to have the gift deeds to avoid any future income tax problems. If you have any questions on the gift taxes, please post it in the comments section or send a mail to xavierindia@yahoo.co.in

Regards

T.Xavier M.Com,PGIT, (ICWAI- Final)

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59 responses to “Taxability of Gifts received from Relatives & Non Relatives”

  1. Radhakrishnan Nair says:

    amount as gift from relative sent to mothers account for daughters marriage is taxable or not.Is there any limit for the amount?

  2. Prakash says:

    Hi,

    I am planning to gift 15L to my father and then he is going to invest this amount into stocks and mutual funds. Is there any tax implications or this will attract clubbing of profit in my income?

  3. sandesh says:

    Hi,

    I have given Rs. 6 lacks in cash to my mother-in-law last year. Do she need to pay the income tax? If No, since she is not income tax Assesse and does not have PAN, do she need to file the return?

  4. Piyush says:

    Hello, My Wedding date is Dec’13 however I have cash deposits in my account in FY 14-15 for which I have received scrutiny. Can you please guide for amount (less than 30 Lacs) can I claim this as marriage gift.

  5. sudhakar hannda says:

    Is any amount received from my mother taxable ?

  6. Himanshi Beriwala says:

    Gift Received from Father 18 Lac Via Account Payee Cheque. Do we have to report anywhere in income tax return filed? Or anywhere? Please suggest ?

  7. Buddhadeb Das says:

    If any amount of gift e.g. Rs14 lac being received from father in law ,has any liability raised for such transaction either receiver or giver.The Giver is a very Senior Citizen ,ill health and such gift is made to daughter in law for her betterment in the near future.Please let me mail at the earliest.

  8. Rema says:

    Sir,
    I would like to transfer a gift amount of 8 lakhs to my father from my nre account..SBI. how do i do it? What should I do for it? I dont have any income here in India and have not been filing ITR since I was an NRE… Will my father be taxed? he is 76 yr. old. He has a local account in SBI itself… Kindly reply.

    Rema

  9. Raya bala says:

    My father gifted 500000 on the year2013.is it taxable on this year ?How can prove that amount is gifted.

    • Ca Lalit Sethia says:

      No, Its not taxable.
      In order to be on safer side you can execute a gift deed from a lawyer that you have received a cash gift from your father.

  10. madhu singh says:

    in individual case ,

    if i received a gift of rs.1 lac in cash from my relative

    how much taxable and what rate

  11. anup says:

    1). can my mother gift Rs 1 lacs to my wife and it will free from tax ambit both for my wife as well as for my mother ie it will not be taxable in both hands

    2). can my father gift shares to my wife and it will free from tax ambit both for my wife as well as for my father ie it will not be taxable in both hands.

    pls revert urgently

  12. anil says:

    Sir,
    if i give 50000 cheque to my friens as a gift…and in future if income tax department ask to me why have to give gift to your friend of 50000 so what can i said that due to love and affection. …

  13. BISWAJIT says:

    GIFT (CASH) RECEIVE FROM OTHERS RS-60,000/- HOW MUCH TAX CALCULATE ON IT 10% OR 30%

  14. Rain P Jain says:

    My brother gifted me a sum of rs. 8,50,000/-.
    Is it taxable??????

  15. Chetan Mahadik says:

    Sir,

    I have gifted Rs. 16Lac to my sister, by way of bank transfered. Can this amount taxable in hands of my sister (can any tax liability generat for my sister). & How should I show this gift in my & my sister income tax return?

    kindly advice me.

    Thanks & Regards
    Chetan

  16. Arvind says:

    Sir, how to show amount of gift in ITR form which i given to my parents in FY 2014-15.. please reply me as its much important for me. Thanks in advance.

  17. Kaushik says:

    hello sir
    i want to know that whether my sister’s husband can gift me other than cash ( mean in kind e.g. mobile or laptop worth more than Rs.50000 ) liable for tax or not ? please guide me

    And is there any difference in case of individual my HUF receives such gift..??

  18. RAJEEV says:

    is any gift scheme organized by a firm to take gift of sum of small amount from non relative person in term of bank draft and take them back as a draft in term of gift should be registered with any authority or they did really fall under gift definition?

    I think not because doing such activities are subject to financial schemes. and should be registers under stat authority as per RBI guidelines is it right.

  19. ashit shah says:

    i want to know whether my mami can gift me a cheque gift of high value without me having to pay any tax on it? which documents to take from mami for my safety in case of income tax scrutiny in the future?

    ashit shah
    09820559243

  20. Ana says:

    If my maternal grandmother wants to gift me shares worth Rs. X/- >100000/-, would the amount be taxable?

  21. AMIR says:

    dear sir,
    i have received 50,000 rs by cheque it is exempted from tax?

  22. rama says:

    Is it legal to return the gift to the donor ?

  23. rama says:

    Is this interpretation correct?

    For example if you are receiving gift of Rs.100000 from your uncle (your mother’s brother), it is fully exempt from the Tax. Whenever you get the gifts please apply the relations in the above list to ascertain whether you are liable to pay any tax for the received gift. – See more at: https://taxguru.in/income-tax/taxability-gifts-received-relatives-relatives.html#comment-1567383

  24. rama says:

    property Gift to brother’s son- is it taxable and if so by whom?

    can help rendered at emotionally crucial times requiring psychiatric help over a period of ten years be considered as consideration?

  25. SAIYAM PARIKH says:

    DEAR SIR,

    I WANT TO KNOW A MAXIMUM LIMIT FOR RECEIVE A GIFT BY MY MOTHER FROM HER MOTHER.

  26. SAIYAM PARIKH says:

    Does the grandmother’s real sister of the spouse of assessee comes under the ambit of relatives for gift related provisions and if yes then the amount so given as gift would be taxable or exempt.

  27. SAIYAM PARIKH says:

    How to show the amount of gift received from relative in income tax return?

  28. Abhishek says:

    Does the grandmother’s real sister of the spouse of assessee comes under the ambit of relatives for gift related provisions and if yes then the amount so given as gift would be taxable or exempt.Please reply as fast as possible..

  29. Abhishek says:

    Amount which is earlier given as loan by an assessee can now be converted as gift to the same assessee.

  30. DEEPAK.R says:

    My mother-in-law wishes to gift Rs.10,00,000/ to my son. Is it free from gift tax or taxable?

  31. Sanjay C. Mehta says:

    If my Brorherinlaw (Husband of my sister) gift me Rs. 4,00,000/-
    by Account payee CHEQUE
    Please, let me know this amiunt
    TAXABLE OR NON TAXABLE FOR ME ?

  32. siddharth says:

    Hi
    My company (a non-relative) gives me a 10gms gold coin on occasion of my completion of 20 years of service…
    now can this be considered a gift?
    what will be the implications on company? (i think co has two options – either show it as gift, or, salary,,… if it shows as gift, will it be tax deductible?)

  33. Dhvani says:

    Whether gift given by a mother in law to her daughter in law will be taxable? As and above mother in law does not cross the basic amount liable to tax?

  34. RAJ GOPAL SRIVASTAVA says:

    i have received cash gift of rupees 5 lac from my father through cheque which is tax free. If it is to be shown as exempt income in itr2 in ay 2014-15?

    Raj Gopal Srivastava

  35. AMIT says:

    Thanks
    useful knowledge.

  36. srikanth says:

    @Mr.Saurabh,

    Not taxable. Lineal descendent.

  37. Bhavesh says:

    Hi,

    What will be the tax liability to my mature son if I gift him a sum of Rs. 10,00,000/- through bank transaction and then he invests in FD and get interest of Rs. 80,000/-. Please note, he is a student and has no other source of income.
    What will be his total income for the year?
    How should I show this gift in my income tax return?

  38. mahender says:

    as my brother is giving Rs5000monthally to my mother
    can it be shown as gift in income tax return ?

    these transactions happen in cash without any deed or document proof so how can be it proofed as gift or these transactions has done towards my mother?

    is my brother also needed to show in his ITR that he has given this amount as gift towards mother?

  39. Abhijit Ghosh says:

    Whether Cash Gift from father will in included in assessee’s total income?

  40. Mohan says:

    After reading all above. some question emerged which i need to clarify.
    1) gift to relative is it taxable in hands of donor.
    2) gift more than rs 50000 in taxable in hands of receiver subject to provision of sec 56. but what if some is less than rs 50000 is donor taxable.

  41. punter says:

    sir whether gift received in kind from a non relative is liable to tax

  42. Ashutosh says:

    Sir,
    My own Brother has gifted me cash 700000/ by transferring into my account from his NRE account thro’ RTGS in 27 dec 2011. Now is it taxable? till when should I file ITR and which form? Also do a jobless psychiatric patient get any benefit in Tax if his sole Income is from Interest of FD in banks?

    With Regds.

  43. Sri Bharath says:

    Dear Mr.Xavier

    Thanks for this article.
    My grandmother has some money in her bank a/c and she wants to gift to my mother by giving a cheque and executing the gift deed. From ur article i understand that my mother does not have to pay any income taxes on the amount received as gift and she is free to use it in her will. Also is there any tax liability for my grandmother for giving the money.

    Appreciate your guidance

    -Sri Bharath

  44. T.Xavier says:

    Dear saurabh, sudhin bathija, Soumik Chakraborty
    Any gift received/paid from brother, sisiter , parents is not taxable.

    Regards

    T.Xavier

  45. T.Xavier says:

    Dear Soumik Chakraborty,

    Thanks for your inputs

    Regards
    T.Xavier

  46. T.Xavier says:

    Dear CA Lukesh Sethi,
    Whole of amount is taxable u/s 56(2) of Income Tax Act,1961.

    Regards

    T.Xavier

  47. Soumik Chakraborty says:

    To correct you a bit, in the example of recieving share worth Rs 1,00,000 the entire 1,00,000 is taxable in the hands of recipient once AGGREGATE limit of 50,000 is breached as per section 56(2)(vii).
    Gift recieved by parents brother/sister(maternal/paternal uncle/aunty) from parents children(Nephew/niece) is taxable in the hands of recipient.

  48. sudhin bathija says:

    I would seek clarification on no gift tax when received from brother or sister of either parent as there is some doubt,.
    Thanking you,
    Regards,
    Sudhin

  49. CA Lukesh Sethi says:

    Dear Sir

    I have read your article in this you have mentioned ” If you receive the gift worth more than Rs.50000, you are liable to pay the tax whatever you received excess of the limit. This rule applies when the gift is a sum of money, whether in cash, by way of cheque, bank draft or any articles which is value more than the Rs.50000.”

    But as per Section 56(2)(iv) of the income tax act “where any sum of money, the aggregate value of which exceeds fifty thousand rupees, is received without consideration, by an individual or a Hindu undivided family, in any previous year from any person or persons on or after the 1st day of April, 2006 94[but before the 1st day of October, 2009], the whole of the aggregate value of such sum shall be taxable in the hands of taxpayer in case of gifts received from Non Relatives.”

    So Please clarify on this point whether whole amount of gift will be taxable or excess amount exceeding Rs. 50000/- will be taxable.

    Looking forward your reply.

    Regds

  50. Karan says:

    How to show the amount of gift received from relative in income tax return?

  51. saurabh says:

    gift to father / mother from his / her son/ daughter will be taxable or not. Please confirm.

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