Nobody, repeat nobody, likes paying taxes. So, if you can use the provisions available in our Indian taxation laws to save on taxes its really great news. By taking some informed decisions on how you spend and account, you can save on taxes in a legitimate way. Check out what the author has put together and hopefully it can mean some more cash in your kitty. Team RetyrSmart
Find more cash in your kitty! With Income Tax saving schemes
TIPS TO SAVE ON INCOME TAX
Make the right use of Rs.1.5 lakhs limit allowed under Section 80C
Investing up to a limit of Rs. 1.5 lakh in schemes like Tax-Saver FDs, PPF (Public Provident Fund), ELSS Funds, NSC (National Saving Certificate), Life Insurance Premiums, National Pension System (NPS), Home Loan Repayment, Payment of tuition fees of your children, EPF, Senior Citizens Savings Scheme, and Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana can enable you for appropriate tax deductions depending on the case.
National Pension System
This deduction facilitated by Section 80CCD (1B) allows up to Rs 50,000 for contributing to the National Pension Scheme. The NPS makes it possible to invest in equity and debt pension funds for building a corpus for the retirement life. This can be withdrawn at 60 years of age.
Health Insurance Premiums
Paying for health insurance premiums can let you qualify for a deduction up to Rs 25,000 under Section 80D. This is permitted on top of all the deductions listed above. In case of senior citizens, this limit is up to Rs. 50,000. The taxpayer contributing towards health insurance premiums for himself as well as for a senior citizen can claim a combined deduction of up to Rs. 75,000 per annum.
Deduction on your rent
If you are getting HRA, it is possible to claim tax deduction on your House Rent. Though there is no upper limit specified for this, there are some rules that place a cap on the maximum deduction. If you do not get HRA but pay towards rent, a maximum claim of up to Rs. 60,000 per annum is allowed under Section 80GG.
Deduction on the home loan interest
When you have a home loan running, the interest you pay towards the home loan is tax deductible under Section 24 of the Income tax Act. The maximum limit that you can claim in this regard is Rs. 2 lakh. If the house is rented out, there is no upper limit.