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Section 80CCC Deduction


Section 80CCC Deduction

Section 80CCC of the Income Tax Act, 1961, provides an annual tax deduction of up to Rs.1.5 laks for individuals who invest in specific pension plans offered by life insurance. As a taxpayer in India, the primary advantage of claiming tax deductions under Sections such as 80C, 80CCD, and 80CCC is that doing so will reduce an individual’s taxable income and the resulting tax liability. Section 80CCC of the Income Tax Act of 1961 provides tax deductions for contributing to specific pension funds. This section came into effect on the 1st of April 1997.

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What is Section 80CCC?

Section 80CC provides tax deductions for contributions to certain pension funds. Under the section, a maximum deduction of INR 1.5 Lakhs shall be available each year on the expenses incurred in buying a new policy that pays pension or a periodical annuity or by renewing an existing policy. This section is available in addition to the deduction under other sections, such as Section 80C and 80CCD(1). As a result, the maximum total deduction that can be availed by a taxpayer under all three Sections (80C, 80CCC and 80CCD) is INR 1.5 Lakhs.

Eligibility Criteria for Deduction under Section 80CCC

The eligibility to get the tax deduction under Section 80CC are,

  • All individuals (except Hindu Undivided Families) can claim deductions under this section.
  • Individuals can claim deductions for contributions up to INR 1,50,000 towards specific pension plans from LIC or other approved insurers.
  • The total deduction claimed under Section 80C, 80CCC, and 80CCD cannot exceed INR 1,50,000, even for senior citizens.
  • It applies to both residents and non-residents.

Key Features

  1. The plan must relate to receiving a pension from a fund stated in Section 10(23AAB). The amount for the policy must be paid out of the income chargeable to tax. It should be noted that the deduction cannot exceed the taxable income.
  2. Bonuses or interests obtained from the policy are not eligible to be claimed as a tax deduction.
  3. The proceeds from this policy as a pension fund are liable for taxes considered the previous year’s income. This would also include any bonuses or interests if any are received.
  4. The amount obtained after surrendering the annuity plan, whether in whole or in part, is also taxable.
  5. The pension obtained from the annuity plan is also chargeable to tax.

Clause 23AAB of Section 10

The Income Tax Act considers tax-exempt any income generated by a fund established by the Life Insurance Corporation of India (or any other insurer) on or after August 1, 1996. This exemption applies specifically to pension schemes that meet two criteria: (i) individuals contribute to the fund with the intention of receiving a pension upon retirement, and (ii) the scheme receives approval from the relevant regulatory body. Initially, this approval came from the Controller of Insurance (89-90). However, after the establishment of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) in 1999, its approval became the requirement.

Difference Between Sections 80C and 80CCC

  • The main difference between Section 80C and Section 80CCC of the Income Tax Act of 1961 is that under Section 80C, the amount to be paid may come from income that is not chargeable to tax, while under Section 80CCC, the funds must be paid out from income that is chargeable to tax.
  • Individuals who have paid taxes in excess but have invested in policies from LIC, PPF, Mediclaim or other insurance companies may claim these deductions under the Section and receive a refund of excess taxes paid while filing Income Tax Returns.
  • Residents and non-residents of India may claim the deductions available under Section 80CCC. However, a Hindu Undivided Family is not eligible for deductions under this Section.
  • An individual can not claim further deductions after exhausting the limit of INR 1.5 Lakhs under Section 80C, Section 80CCC and 80CCD(1).

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