What is Income Tax?
Income Tax is the tax levied by the Government of India on the gross income earned by every individual. It is in accordance with the Income Tax Act, 1961. Resident Indians have to pay taxes for Income earned from India and abroad. Non - Resident Indians have to pay taxes on the Income generated only in India.
Financial Year and Assessment Year
Financial Year is the period from 1st April to 31st March. The following year when the Income Tax is calculated is the Assessment year. For example, the Financial Year is from 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021, and the Assessment Year is from 1st April 2021 - 31st March 2022.
Sources of Income
Various sources of Income are accountable for Income Tax. Income from the following sources is considered:
1. Salary - Salary, leave encashment, etc
2. House Property - Income generated from a house or any building in the form of rents
3. Capital Gains - Income from profit earned from capital assets
5. Other sources
Expenses towards the following investments and savings are eligible for tax benefits from the income tax. The details are elaborated in Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Here are a few expenses that qualify for deductions based on certain terms and conditions.
1. Investments made on savings schemes such as Equity Linked Savings Scheme, National Savings Certificate, Life Insurance, a guaranteed income plan, Public Provident Fund, etc., qualify for deduction up to ₹1,50,000.
2. Medical insurance premium
3. Interest on home loans
4. Donations made for social welfare
There are different income tax saving schemes and investments that help you avail of tax benefits under the Income Tax Act.
Exemptions include the type of income that is excluded from the Gross Income while calculating Income Tax. It is enlisted in Section 10 of the Income Tax Act. Here are a few examples:
1. House Rent Allowance
2. Leave Travel Allowance
3. Relocation Allowance
Income Tax Rates
Tax payers are classified into different categories called Tax Slabs. Each Tax Slab has different tax rates. The Income Tax Department has introduced a ‘New Tax Regime’ for the Assessment Year, AY21-22.
As per the Old Tax Regime, the tax rates were as follows:
|Up to ₹2.5 Lakhs
|From ₹2.5 Lakhs to 5 Lakhs
||5% of taxable Income+4% Cess
|From ₹5 Lakhs to 10 Lakhs
||20% of Income above ₹5 lakhs+4% Cess
|Above ₹10 Lakhs
||30% of Income above ₹10 lakhs +4% Cess
As per the New Tax Regime, the Tax Rates are as follows:
|From 2.5 Lakhs to 5 Lakhs
||5% of taxable Income + 4% cess
|From 5 Lakhs to 7.5 Lakhs
||10% of taxable income + 4% cess
|From 7.5 Lakhs to 10 Lakhs
||15% of taxable income + 4% cess
|From 10 Lakhs to 12.5 Lakhs
||20% of taxable income + 4% cess
|From 12.5 Lakhs to 15 Lakhs
||25% of taxable income + 4% cess
|Above 15 Lakhs
||30% of taxable income + 4% cess
However, according to the New Tax Regime, which offers lower rates, the Tax Payer cannot avail of certain deductions and exemptions.
In addition to the income tax, a surcharge is levied when the total income exceeds ₹5 million. There is also the Health and Education Cess charged at 4% of the Income Tax and Surcharge if applicable.
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The above note prepared based on our understanding of Income tax laws at broad level. Clients are advised to consult their tax consultant before taking any tax position.
Tax benefits under sec 80(c) & 80(d). Tax benefits are as per the Income Tax Act, 1961, & are subject to amendments made thereto from time to time. Please consult your tax consultant for more details. Cash payment is not eligible for tax benefit under Sec 80D of Income Tax Act, 1961.
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