ASSESSMENT YEAR 2007-2008
RELEVANT TO FINANCIAL YEAR 2006-2007
I TAX RATES FOR INDIVIDUALS OTHER THAN II & III

Upto 1,00,000 - Nil
1,00,000 to 1,50,000 - 10% of the amount exceeding 1,00,000
1,50,000 to 2,50,000 - Rs.5,000 + 20% of the amount exceeding 1,50,000
2,50,000 & above - Rs.25,000 + 30% of the amount exceeding 2,50,000

II TAX RATES FOR RESIDENT WOMAN BELOW 65 YEARS

Upto 1,35,000 - Nil
1,35,000 to 1,50,000 - 10% of the amount exceeding 1,35,000
1,50,000 to 2,50,000 - Rs.1,500 + 20% of the amount exceeding 1,50,000
2,50,000 & above - Rs.21,500 + 30% of the amount exceeding 2,50,000


III TAX RATES FOR INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTS AGED 65 YRS AND ABOVE

Upto 1,85,000 - Nil
1,85,000 to 2,50,000 - 20% of the amount exceeding 1,85,000
2,50,000 & above - Rs.13,000 + 30% of the amount exceeding 2,50,000

SURCHARGE ON INCOMETAX

In the case of every Individual, Hindu undivided family, Association of person and body of individuals, Surcharge on income-tax is calculated @10% if the total taxable income exceeds Rs.10,00,000.

EDUCATION CESS

The amount of Income-tax and Surcharge shall be further increased by Education Cess of 2% on Income-tax plus Surcharge.

EXEMPTIONS/DEDUCTIONS FROM SALARY

1. VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT - 10(10C)
Amount received or receivable (ie.,in instalments) by an employee on his voluntary retirement in accordance with any scheme of Voluntary Retirement is exempt to the extent of Rs.5,00,000, provided the VRS is in accordance with Rule 2BA of IT Rules.

2. HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE EXEMPT U/S.10(13A)
a) Actual HRA received : Rs.xxxx
b) Rent paid in excess of 10% of Salary : Rs.xxxx
c) 50% of Salary in Metro Cities or
40% of Salary in other cities : Rs.xxxx
Least of a), b), c) is exempt.
NOTE : Here Salary means Basic Salary as well as DA if the terms of employment so provide.

3. CONVEYANCE ALLOWANCE : Any allowance granted to meet the expenditure incurred wholly, necessarily and exclusively on conveyance in performance of the duties of office and so certified by the employer is exempt u/s.10(14).

4. TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE : Any allowance granted to an employee to meet the expenditure for the purpose of commuting between the place of his residence and the place of his duty to the extent upto Rs.800/- per month is exempt u/s.10(14).

5. MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT : An amount of Rs.15,000 or the actual amount reimbursed by the employer whichever is less is exempt u/s.17(2).

6. PROFESSION TAX : Profession Tax levied by the State Government is allowable as a deduction from Gross Salary provided it has been paid.

STANDARD DEDUCTION U/S.16(1) IS NOT ALLOWABLE FROM A.Y.2006-07

DEDUCTIONS FROM HOUSE PROPERTY

1. DEDUCTION U/S.23(1) : For let out property, amount paid by the owner towards taxes levied by any local authority in respect of the property is deductible from Annual value(taxes pertaining to any previous years).

2. DEDUCTION U/S.24(a) : For let out property, deduction of 30% of the Net Annual Value is allowed. No separate deduction for Repairs, Collection Charges, Insurance Premium, Annual Charge and Ground Rent.

3. INTEREST ON BORROWED LOAN(U/S.24(b)):
FOR SELF OCCUPIED PROPERTY
a. If Property is acquired or constructed with loan taken after 01/04/99 and construction is completed within 3 years from the end of the financial year in which the capital was borrowed - Rs.1,50,000 or actual interest paid/payable whichever is less is deductible.
b. If new housing loan is taken for repayment of old loan (old loan taken after 1/4/99) - Rs.1,50,000 or actual interest paid/payable whichever is less is allowed as deduction.
c. If Property is acquired or constructed with loan taken before 01/04/99, Rs.30,000 or actual interest paid/payable whichever is less is allowed as deduction.
d. If loan taken for Repairs, renewal, reconstruction of property, Rs.30,000 or actual interest paid/payable which ever is less is allowed as deduction.

FOR LET OUT PROPERTY, actual interest paid/payable can be claimed as deduction.

ONLY OWNER OF THE HOUSE PROPERTY CAN AVAIL THE ABOVE DEDUCTIONS.

CAPITAL GAINS:

With effect from 01/10/2004, Long Term Capital Gains arising on sale of equity shares or unit of equity oriented fund through recognized stock exchange is exempt if such transaction is chargeable to Securities Transaction Tax (u/s.10(38)).

With effect from 01/10/2004, Short Term Capital Gains arising on sale of equity shares or unit of equity oriented fund through recognized stock exchange is subject to tax at the rate of 10% if such transaction is chargeable to Securities Transaction Tax.

EXEMPTION U/S.54EC:

The Capital Gain arising out of sale of long term capital asset can be invested in National Highways Authority of India, Rural Electrification Corporation Limited, within six months from the date of sale. (Lock-in period is 3 years)
For Cost Inflation Index, refer website.

STANDARD DEDUCTION FOR FAMILY PENSION U/S.57(iia):

An amount of Rs.15,000 or 331/3% of family pension whichever is less is allowed as deduction. If an assessee receives arrears of family pension, then Relief u/s.89(1) can be claimed by him.
Family Pension received by the widow or children or nominated heirs, as the case may be, of a member of the armed forces(including para-military forces) of the union, where the death of such member has occurred in the course of operation is exempt.

EXEMPTIONS - OTHER SOURCES

Any income by way of Dividends from company, Income received in respect of units from the Unit Trust of India, Income received in respect of the units of a mutual fund are exempt.

DEDUCTIONS FROM GROSS TOTAL INCOME (CHAPTER VIA):

1. DEDUCTION U/S.80C : Deduction is available for the amount paid or deposited towards Life Insurance Premium, PF, PPF, Unit Linked Insurance Plan Contribution, NSC, Subscription to Units of Mutual Fund referred to u/s.10(23D), Contribution to any Pension Fund set up by Mutual Fund referred to u/s.10(23D), Tuition Fees (excluding development fees, donation etc), Repayment towards Principal amount of Housing Loan, Term Deposit for a fixed period of not less than five years with a Scheduled Bank etc. to the extent of Rs.1,00,000 ( for more details refer Act )

2. DEDUCTION U/S.80CCC : Deduction to the extent of Rs.1,00,000/- for contribution to effect or keep in force or a contract of any annuity plan of LIC or other insurer for receiving pension.

3. DEDUCTION U/S.80CCD : Deduction for any amount paid or deposited under a Pension Scheme notified by the Central Government to the extent of 10% of salary (including DA if terms of employment so provide but excluding all other allowances & perquisites).

THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF DEDUCTIONS U/S.80C, 80CCC & 80CCD SHALL NOT EXCEED RS.1,00,000/-

4. DEDUCTION U/S.80D : Any sum paid by cheque to keep in force an insurance on health of the assessee or his dependants in accordance with the scheme framed by the General Insurance Corporation of India or any other insurer and approved by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, upto Rs.10,000 is allowed as deduction. Where the premium is paid in respect of an assessee aged 65 years and above, the permissible deduction will be Rs.15,000.

5. DEDUCTION U/S.80DD: The amount a) of expenditure incurred by way of medical treatment, training and rehabilitation of a handicapped dependant or b) paid or deposited under any scheme framed in this behalf by the LIC or UTI or any other insurer and approved by the Board for the maintenance of the handicapped dependant, shall be allowed as a deduction up to Rs.50,000 either under (a) or (b) or aggregate of (a) & (b) on the production of a certificate from the Government hospital in the prescribed form and manner, along with the return of income u/s.139 in respect of the assessment year for which the deduction is claimed. Where such dependant is a person with severe disability, a deduction of Rs.75,000 can be claimed.

6. DEDUCTION /S.80DDB: If any amount is actually paid for the medical treatment of specified diseases or ailments of the assessee or his dependants, then, a deduction of the amount actually paid or Rs.40,000 whichever is less is allowable on the production of a certificate in Form No.10-I, issued by a Neurologist, an Oncologist, a Urologist, a Hematologist, an Immunologist or such other specialist as may be prescribed, working in a Government Hospital, while filing the Return of Income. If the expenditure is incurred in respect of an assessee aged 65 years and above, the limit of deduction is Rs.60,000. The deduction shall be reduced by the amount received, if any, under any insurance.

7. DEDUCTION U/S.80E: Any amount paid by the assessee in the previous year out of his income chargeable to tax by way of repayment of interest on loan taken by him from any financial/approved Charitable Institution for the purpose of pursuing his higher education is eligible for deduction in computing total income in respect of the initial assessment year & for seven immediately succeeding assessment years or till the interest is paid in full, whichever is earlier.

8. DEDUCTION U/S.80G: Donations in the form of money to certain funds, approved charitable institutions qualify for deduction to the extent of 100% or 50%. (for details, refer Act)

9. DEDUCTION U/S.80GG: An assessee not in receipt of HRA incurs any expenditure on rent, is allowed a deduction of least of the following :
a) Rent paid in excess of 10% of the total income
b) 25% of the total income
c) Rs.2,000 per month
NOTE : Total Income means Total Income before allowing deduction under this section.
The above deduction is allowable only if the assessee or spouse or minor child does not own a house in the place of employment/business. To claim such a deduction, the assessee should file a declaration in Form No.10BA.

DEDUCTION U/S.80L IN RESPECT OF INTEREST ON CERTAIN SECURITIES/ DEPOSITS ETC., IS OMITTED.

10. DEDUCTION U/S.80U: Any assessee suffering from a permanent physical disability (including blindness) or is subject to mental retardation, on the production of medical certificate from Government Hospital in the prescribed form and manner, along with a Return of Income, shall be allowed a deduction of Rs.50,000. Where such assessee is a person with severe disability, a deduction of Rs.75,000 can be claimed.

REBATE FROM INCOME TAX

NO DEDUCTION FROM AMOUNT OF INCOME TAX WILL BE ALLOWED U/S.88, 88B, 88C & 88D W.E.F. A.Y.2006-07

TAX ON FRINGE BENEFITS:The tax on fringe benefits provided by their employer to their employee as defined u/s.115WB(1) and (2) is payable by the EMPLOYER.

PENALTY U/S.271F: If a person who is required to furnish a return of income as required under section 139(1) or by the proviso to sub-section, fails to furnish such return before the end of the relevant assessment year, shall be liable to pay by way of penalty a sum of Rs.5,000.

INTEREST U/S.234A: Where the return of Income of any assessment year u/s.139(1) or 139(4) or in response to a notice u/s.142(1), is furnished after the due date as specified in sub-section 1 of section 139, or is not furnished, the assessee shall be liable to pay simple interest at the rate of one percent for every month or part of a month comprised in the period commencing on the date immediately following the due date.

INTEREST U/S.234B: Where an assessee who is liable to pay advance tax under section 208 has failed to pay such tax or, where the advance tax paid by such assessee under the provisions of section 210 is less than 90% of the assessed tax, the assessee shall be liable to pay simple interest at the rate of one percent for every month or part of a month comprised in the period from the 1st day of April following the financial year.

INTEREST U/S.234C: Where an assessee other than a Company, who is liable to pay advance tax under section 208 has failed to pay such tax or,
1) The advance tax paid by the assessee on his current income on or before the 15th day of September is less than 30% of the tax due on the returned income or the amount of such advance tax paid on or before the 15th day of December is less than 60% of the tax due on the returned income, then, the assessee shall be liable to pay simple interest at the rate of one percent per month for a period of three months on the amount of the shortfall from 30% or, as the case may be, 60% of the tax due on the returned income.
2) The advance tax paid by the assessee on his current income on or before the 15th day of March is less than the tax due on the returned income, then, the assessee shall be liable to pay simple interest at the rate of one percent on the amount of the shortfall from the tax due on the returned income.

DUE DATES FOR FILING RETURN OF INCOME : All Individuals/HUF/Firms deriving Income from Salary, House Property, Capital Gains, Business or Other Sources and not covered under section 44AB are required to file the Return of Income by 31st July. All Tax Audit Cases covered under section 44AB, Company returns are required to file the Return of Income by 31st October.

PERMANENT ACCOUNT NUMBER: Every assessee is required to obtain 10 Alpha numeric Permanent Account Number (PAN) and quote the same in his returns, challans & correspondence. PAN can be obtained by applying in new Form No.49A at the designated Service Centres of UTITSL OR NSDL(Log on to our website). PAN is essential for processing the Return of Income and for giving credit for taxes paid. If a person who is required to quote his Permanent Account Number fails to do so or intimates false number, the Assessing Officer may direct that such person shall pay, by way of penalty, a sum of Rs.10,000.
To Know Your PAN, visit our website.
For PAN Grievances : UTITSL - e-mail - isw.bangalore@utitsl.co.in
NSDL - e-mail - tininfo@nsdl.co.in

TAX PAYMENTS : Advance tax payments and Self-assessment tax payments have to be made in Challan No.280. Please obtain counterfoil of challan containing Challan Identification Number (CIN) from the Bank and enclose copy of the same with the return and quote CIN in the return.

This brochure should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of law. In case of doubt, reference should always be made to the relevant provisions of Income Tax Act, Rules or Notifications.

 

This brochure should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of law. In case of doubt, reference should always be made to the relevant provisions of Income Tax Act, Rules or Notifications.

For further information, please contact:

The Public Relations Officer
Income-tax Department, C.R.Building, Queen's Road,
Bangalore-560 001. e-mail : itpro@bgl.vsnl.net.in

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