To promote the habit of savings with the people, the Income Tax Act was amended in the year 2013 and a new Section namely Section 80TTA was inserted.
What Is Section 80TTA?
Section 80TTA of the Act provides deduction on the interest earned on the savings account with a bank / cooperative society / post office. In other words, the deduction is allowed only on interest earned on savings account and not on interest earned or fixed deposits / timed deposits.
Who Can Avail The Deductions Under Section 80TTA?
The deductions under Section 80TTA can be claimed by the Individuals, aged below 60 years of age or HUFs on the interest earned on all their savings bank and post office accounts.
How much amount can be claimed as a deduction under Section 80TTA?
The actual amount of interest earned or Rs.10,000, which is lower is allowed for deduction under Section 80TTA on the interest earned from savings account. If the individual/HUF has multiple savings accounts in different banks, then the maximum deduction that can be claimed for all savings accounts put together is Rs.10,000/-.
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Deduction under section 80TTA is over and above the Rs. 1.5 lacs limit under Section 80C.
Where all the savings account can be opened to claim deduction under Section 80TTA?
The savings account can be opened at either one or all of the following institutions
- Banks: Banking companies formed as per the regulations of the Banking Regulations Act, 1949. These include all the banks and banking institutions formed in compliance with Section 51 of the said Act.
- Post Offices: All the Government of India post offices that have the facility of savings account.
- Cooperative Societies: Cooperative Societies registered by the government and eligible to have savings accounts as a feature of their banking system.
Which institutions savings account do not qualify for deduction under Section 80TTA?
The exclusions from 80TTA are:
– Deposits in Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs)
– Interest from Fixed Deposits (FD)
– Interest from Recurring Deposits (RD)
Details of Interest in Savings Account
Amount of deduction available under Section 80TTA
The amount of deduction available under Section 80TTA is amount of interest or Rs. 10,000, whichever is lower. Therefore, Rs. 5,000 will be available as deduction.
The amount of deduction available under Section 80TTA is amount of interest or Rs. 10,000, whichever is lower. Therefore, full Rs. 10,000 will be available as deduction.
The amount of deduction available under Section 80TTA is amount of interest or Rs. 10,000, whichever is lower. Therefore, only Rs. 10,000 will be available as deduction.
No, Section 80TTA deduction is available only under the Old Tax Regime.
Yes, both Resident and Non Resident can claim deduction under Section 80TTA.
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