How to Claim Tax Exemptions while filing ITR?

How to Claim Tax Exemption while filing Income Tax Return?

How to Claim Tax Exemption while filing Income Tax Return?

There are times when some salaried tax payers are not able to claim tax exemption as they were not able to submit the required documents within timelines. Generally companies start asking for the tax exemption documents like investment proof, rent receipt, Loan payment certificates etc from January on wards. But in case you were not able to submit the proof and your employer has deducted excess tax, you need not worry.

You can claim some of these exemptions while filing your income tax return (ITR).

House Rent Allowance (HRA)

You need to submit rent receipts, PAN card number of landlord (or declaration in case of no PAN card) and in some cases rent agreement to your employer to claim tax deduction against HRA.

In case you did not submit your documents before the deadline, your employer would not give tax exemption on HRA and deduct tax accordingly.

But the good news is you can claim HRA exemption even while filing your tax return.

You need to calculate the amount of HRA exemption which is minimum of

  1. Actual HRA Received or
  2. 40% (50% for metros) of (Basic + Dearness Allowance) or
  3. Rent paid (-) 10% of (Basic + Dearness Allowance)

You can use our HRA Tax exemption calculator for the same.

Also Read: 8 Questions about Tax Exemption on HRA

The next step is to subtract the above HRA exemption from the total taxable salary. This is the new “total taxable salary” to be used for filing your tax returns.

HRA exemption while filing Income Tax Return (ITR)

HRA exemption while filing Income Tax Return (ITR)

You need not submit any of the documents to the income tax department but will have to keep it safely with yourself in case your Assessing Officer asks for them.

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2. 9 key changes in ITR Forms for AY 2017-18

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6. Form 26AS – Verify Before Filing Tax Return

7. 5 Ways to e-Verify your Income Tax Returns

8. What if You DO NOT file your Returns by due Date?

9. Can I file my Last Year Tax Return?

10. Why and How to Revise Your Tax Return?

11. What does Intimation U/S 143(1) of Income Tax Act mean?


Section 80C/80D Deductions:

In case you did not submit your investment proof for eligible instruments under section 80C like PPF, ELSS, Insurance etc you can claim these exemptions while filing your ITR. You can also claim Section 80D Deductions for Medical Insurance Premium paid for self and parents.

All you need to do is mention the investments in ITR. Again you need not send any proof to income tax department but will have to keep it safely with yourself in case your Assessing Officer asks for them.

Also Read: Best Tax Saving Investments u/s 80C

Tax Saving Investment exemption while filing Income Tax Return (ITR)

Tax Saving Investment exemption while filing Income Tax Return (ITR)

Home Loan/ Education Loan Deductions:

Again fill the relevant details in corresponding sections to claim the deduction in ITR to claim exemption, in case you had not submitted the relevant proof to your employer.

Also read: 11 Tax Free Components You Must have in Salary

Medical Domiciliary:

Most employers offer tax free reimbursement of Rs 15,000 per year against medical bills. In case you have not submitted the relevant bills to your employer, the amount is paid after deducting tax.

Unfortunately you cannot claim exemption on Medical Allowance while filing ITR.

LTA (Leave Travel Allowance):

LTA is tax free in case you submit relevant travel bills to your employer. In case you have not done so and the employer would pay it after deducting tax.

You cannot claim tax benefit on LTA while filing ITR.

Points to Note:

For claiming any of the eligible tax exemption as above, you should not submit any document to Income tax Department. However keep the proofs safe with you as it may be asked by Income tax officer while scrutinizing your returns.

The IT Department can ask for above proofs up to six years from the year of assessment.

Also Read: How to Pay 0 Income Tax on Rs 11 Lakh Salary?

In case you were not aware of above provisions, you can file your revised return and claim tax refund. This can be done up to 2 years from the time of original filing of return. Also the original return should have been submitted before the deadline/extended deadline for that year (usually July 31).

Both online and offline returns can be revised. An online return can be revised only online, and an offline one can be revised offline.

There is no limit on number of times you can file revised returns provided it is done within the prescribed time limit.

36 thoughts on “How to Claim Tax Exemptions while filing ITR?

  1. Sandip Kumthekar says:

    Hi Amit,
    i have two doubts..
    1. I’m about to fill ITR for 17 -18, at the time of declaration my rent was 8000/- but before 3 months i got shifted to another house of rent 10000/-.. can i get that benefit while filling ITR now..? and if yes then under which section i have to put that amount and how much amount i have to put.?
    2. Our Employer circulated one communication one month before that we can Claim Professional Development Allowance in TDS. in which section we can put it…?

    • 1. You have to deduct the HRA eligible amount from salary and put it at “income from salary”
      2. Ideally Professional Development Allowance should have been accounted in Form 16 by employer. If not you’ll have to deduct it from salary before putting it at “income from salary”

  2. abdul waris says:

    Hi Mr Amit

    I am a pensioner with income of 4,32,000/- for FY 2016-17. Now I want claim House Rent of Rs 6500/- pm under 80GG. I have a doubt as to how much I need to mention in the Return.
    Should I mention 6500×12 directly or need to check with three options ie 5000/- pm, 10% less income or 25% of total income.

    Please advise and also let me know how much I can claim under 80GG.

    • You’ll need to mention the final amount as follows:
      Minimum of the below three amount:

        Rs. 5,000 per month – Rs 60,000
        25% of annual income – 25% * 432000 = Rs 108,000
        (Rent Paid – 10% of Annual Income) = Rs 34,800 (78,000 – 43,200)

      You’ll fill Rs 34,800 against 80GG row in your income tax returns!
      You can get more details about Section 80GG here.

  3. how to claim benefit under section 115h while preparing ITR2 as there is no place where we can give choice

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