Section 80GG House Rent Allowance

By | November 11, 2014
If an individual is not in receipt of HRA and he does not own any residential accommodation at the place where he resides or perform his duties and if he files declaration in Form 10BA then the following amounts, the least of which, will be deductible.

a) Rs. 2000 per month
b) 25% of total income(TI)
c) Rent paid over 10% of total income



Conditions of applicability for Section 80 GG
For you to be applicable to save rent under Section 80GG, the following conditions must be satisfied:
The Individual has not been in receipt of any House Rent Allowance from his employer specifically granted to him which qualifies for exemption under section 10
You should not own any residential house at any place of your employment or business,
You should not own a house at any other place which is claimed as self-occupied house. So, if you work in Mumbai and claimed tax benefits for a self-occupied house in Pune, you will not qualify for deduction under Section 80 GG
The Individual files the declaration in Form No. 10BA.

Rent Deduction Calculation under Section 80GG
The amount which you can claim under Section 80 GG will be the least amount of the following options.
Rent paid minus 10 percent the adjusted total income.
Rs 2,000 per month.
25 percent of the adjusted total income.

What is Adjusted Total Income?
Adjusted total income here means your total income after allowing all deductions under Section 80, apart form Section 80 GG. But, it includes short-term capital gain tax and long-term capital gain tax

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Assumptions:
Your adjusted total income : Rs 10 lakh
Rent paid : Rs 10,000 a month, that is Rs 1.20 lakh for a year.

Option 1:
Subtract 10 percent of your adjusted total income from the rent paid
Rs 120,000 – 10% of 10 lakh = Rs 20,000.
Option 2:
Here you pay Rs 2,000 per month, that is Rs 24,000 per year.
Option 3:
25 percent of adjusted total income, that is Rs 2.5 lakh.

So, in this case, you will be able to claim a deduction of Rs 20,000 as per Section 80 GG, since that’s the least amount among the three options.

Conclusion:

It has been generally observed that most people who qualify under section 80GG, usually fall under the Rs.2000 per month deduction amount category. To claim this deduction you will need to fill the form 10 BA.

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