Section 80CCD

Section 80CCD Deduction

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Section 80CCD Deduction

It is essential for every citizen to pay their income tax accurately and promptly as the economic growth of the country crucially depends on it. On the other hand, the Government has ensured to make several provisions in the Income Tax Act, 1961 that offers taxpayers various deductions against investments in specified avenues. One popular option that is in favour of the taxpayers for deductions is in Section 80CCD. The Act prescribes many tax deductions for contribution to pension plans under Chapter VI-A. Section 80CCD provides deductions for the contribution to pension schemes that are governed by the Central Government, such as the National Pension Scheme (NPS). This article talks about Section 80CCD and the sub-sections under the same.

National Pension Scheme

The National Pension Scheme is a savings scheme that is backed up by the Central Government that focuses on building a retirement corpus for the citizens of India. Given below are a few of the significant provisions of the NPS.

  • It is mandatory for employees of the Central Government to be a part of the NPS.
  • Any other individuals may voluntarily contribute to the NPS.
  • Contributions to the NPS have to be made consistently by a member until the age of 60.
  • The minimum annual contribution to the NPS must be INR 6,000 or more. Simultaneously, a minimum monthly contribution of INR 500 is essential. This criterion has to be fulfiled in order to be eligible for tax deductions under Tier 1 of the Scheme.
  • The minimum annual contribution to the NPS must be INR 2,000 or more. Simultaneously, a minimum monthly contribution of INR 250 is essential. This criterion has to be fulfiled in order to be eligible for tax deductions under Tier 2 of the Scheme.
  • The NPS offers a wide array of investment instruments to choose from, such as Government securities, fixed income bearing instruments and equity funds. However, the latter cannot exceed the threshold limit of 50%.
  • The NPS is a cost-effective market-linked investment scheme.
  • The NPS permits partial withdrawals of up to 25% of the invested amount based on the reason behind the withdrawal.
  • The NPS offers its members with the option to withdraw upto 60% of the proceeds in a lump sum, while the remaining 40% of the investments are required to be reinvested into an annuity plan.
  • For a deferred exit, 80% of the withdrawal proceeds are required to be reinvested into an annuity plan.

Deduction for Contribution to the NPS

The Union Budget of 2015 improved the scope for tax benefits that are offered under Section 80CCD of the Income Tax Act in order to attract more members to be a part of the NPS and make relevant investments. The latest amendments that were made helped increase the deduction limit from INR 1 Lakh to INR 1.5 Lakhs under Section 80CCD(1A). Furthermore, as per the new sub-section 1B, an additional deduction of upto INR 50,000 was provided. These additional tax benefits are offered over and above the deduction limit prescribed under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act.

In order to claim tax deductions, the Income Tax form has to specify if the contribution made is by themselves or an employer on behalf of their employee. For this, statements of the transaction are to be presented as proof for claiming any deductions under Section 80CCD.

Categories under Section 80CCD

Section 80CCD of the Income Tax Act is categorised into two distinct sub-sections. These sub-sections clearly define tax deductions and relevant eligibilities. One sub-section talks about the rules that govern the tax deductions that are applicable to salaried and self-employed individuals for the contributions made by them to the NPS. The other sub-section focuses on the provisions for employers who contribute to the NPS in the name of their employees.

Sub-section 80CCD (1)

Sub-section 80CCD defined the various rules with respect to the income tax deduction that is offered to members of the NPS. This subsection is applicable to everyone; irrespective of who made the contribution, be it a government employee, private employee or a self-employed individual. The provisions prescribed under this Section is applicable to every Indian citizen, between the ages of 18 and 60 years, who are members of the NPS and has been contributing consistently to the same. This Section is also applicable to Non-Resident Indians.

The following are the key provisions stated under Section 80CCD (1):

  • The maximum deduction permissible under Section 80CCD (1) is 10% of an individual’s salary (Basic Salary + Dearness Allowance) or 10% of their gross income.
  • From Financial Year 2017-18, this limit has been increased for the individuals who are self-employed from 10% to 20% of the Gross Total Income with the maximum limit being capped at INR 1.5 Lakhs for a given financial year.

The new amendment of Section 80 CCD that was introduced as sub-section 1B in the Union Budget 2015 says the following:

Individuals may claim an additional deduction of INR 50,000 as well. This is offered to both salaried as well as self-employed individuals. Therefore, this raises the maximum deduction available under Section 80CCD to INR 2 Lakhs. Tax benefits under Section 80CCD (1B) may be claimed over and above the deductions prescribed under Section 80CCD (1).

Sub-section 80CCD (2)

The provisions prescribed in Section 80 CCD (2) comes into effect when an employer contributes to the NPS fund of their employee. An employer can make the contributions towards the NPS along with those made towards EPF and PPF. The contributions made by an employer may be equal to or higher than that of the employee. This Section is only applicable to salaried individuals and not to self-employed individuals. The tax deductions under this Section may be availed over and above those prescribed under Section 80 CCD (1).

Section 80CCD (2) permits salaried individuals to claim deductions up to 10% of their salary. This salary would include the basic pay along with their dearness allowance or is equal to the contributions made by their employer towards the NPS.

Eligibility to claim Section 80CCD Deductions

The following are the eligibility criteria to claim deductions under Section 80CCD of the Income Tax Act.

  • Individual assesses who are both salaried and self-employed.
  • Every citizen of India, including NRIs, may avail tax benefits under this Section.
  • Hindu Undivided Family is not eligible for tax benefits and deductions under this Section.
  • Deductions under Section 80CCD (1) is capped at INR 1.5 Lakhs. An additional deduction of up to INR 50,000 may be claimed under Section 80CCD (1B), hence making the maximum deduction limit rise to INR 2 Lakhs.
  • Income tax assesses employed on or after the 1st of January, 2004 by the Central Government may contribute up to 10% of their annual salary (Basic Salary + Dearness Allowance) towards the NPS.
  • Salaried employees who are not employed by the Central Government could contribute a maximum of 10% of annual salary (Basic Salary + Dearness Allowance), while self-employed tax assesses could claim deductions of up to 10% of their gross income during the Financial Year 2016 – 17. However, since Financial Year 2017–18, the deduction limit has been increased to 20%.

Terms and Conditions

The following are the terms and conditions in order to claim deductions under Section 80CCD.

  • Tax benefits are applicable for salaried and self-employed assesses on contributions made to the NPS. This would include their employers as well.
  • The relevant tax deductions that may be claimed is 10% of their salary (Basic Salary + Dearness Allowance) for salaried assesses or 10% of their gross income for self-employed individuals may be claimed with a maximum deduction of up to INR 1.5 Lakhs.
  • An additional deduction of up to INR 50,000 for individuals who make contributions toward the NPS as per Sub-section 1B from Financial Year 2016-17, increasing the maximum limit for the deductions up to INR 2 Lakhs annually.
  • Tax benefits obtained under Section 80CCD cannot be claimed under Section 80C again. Moreover, the total tax deductions under Section 80C and Section 80CCD combined cannot exceed INR 2 Lakhs.
  • The proceeds from the NPS received in the form of monthly pension payments, or surrendered accounts shall be taxable under relevant tax slabs as prescribed under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act.
  • Re-investments made into an annuity plan with the proceeds of the NPS is exempted from any tax deductions.
  • Deductions under Section 80CCD (1) are capped at INR 1.5 Lakhs per year, and an additional deduction of INR 50,000 may be claimed under Sub-section 80CCD (1B), with a maximum deduction limit of INR 2 Lakhs.

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