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Guide to Section 80 Deductions

For financial year 2014-15 & 2015-16 (with changes listed for FY 2016-17)

Deductions on Section 80C, 80CCC & 80CCD

Section 80C

Under section 80C, a deduction of Rs 1,50,000 can be claimed from your total income. In simple terms, you can reduce up to Rs 1,50,000 from your total taxable income through section 80C. This deduction is allowed to an Individual or a HUF.

A maximum of Rs 1,50,000 can be claimed for financial year 2014-15. The limit for financial year 2015-16 and financial year 2016-17 is also Rs 1,50,000.


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    Eligible deductions under section 80C

    Several investments, expenses and payments are allowed to be claimed under section 80C. Maximum deduction cannot exceed Rs 1,50,000.

    Eligible Investments

  1. Investment in PPF – You can open a PPF account and claim deduction on the deposits made. A maximum of Rs 1,50,000 is allowed to be invested in one financial year. The minimum investment required each year is Rs 500. Interest is compounded annually and is reset quarterly. Interest on PPF account is fully tax free. The PPF account matures after 15 years. Receipts on maturity or withdrawals are tax free. Money is allowed to be withdrawn after 5 years. You can open a PPF account for your spouse or child and claim a tax deduction in your tax return for deposits made. For a HUF, it can be in the name of any member of the family.
  2. Purchase of NSCs – National Savings Certificate or NSC are eligible for deduction in the year they are purchased. These can be bought from designated Post Office. Their term is for 5 years and interest earned is compounded annually. Interest earned is taxable. Interest is also eligible for deduction under section 80C during the term of the NSCs (except the last year).
  3. Investment in Sukanya Samridhi account – A maximum of Rs 1,50,000 can be deposited in the Sukanya Samridhi Account for a girl child. Interest rate is compounded annually. This interest is fully exempt from tax. A minimum of Rs 1,000 must be deposited in a year. Receipts on maturity from the account are tax free.
  4. Investment in ELSS - ELSS or Equity Linked Savings Scheme is a type of a mutual fund investment. Investments made in ELSS funds during the financial year are eligible for deduction under section 80C. These funds have a 3 year lock in period.
  5. ULIPS or Unit Linked Insurance Plan - ULIPS sold with life insurance are also eligible for deduction under section 80C. Includes Contribution to Unit Linked Insurance Plan of LIC Mutual Fund e.g. Dhanraksha 1989 and contribution to Other Unit Linked Insurance Plan of UTI.
  6. Sum deposited in Five Year Deposit Scheme in Post Office.
  7. 5 year fixed deposit with a bank.
  8. Amount deposited under Senior Citizens Saving Scheme.
  9. Subscription to any notified securities/notified deposits scheme. e.g. NSS
  10. Contribution to notified Pension Fund set up by Mutual Fund or UTI.
  11. Sum paid as subscription to Home Loan Account Scheme of the National Housing Bank or contribution to any notified deposit scheme/pension fund set up by National Housing Bank.
  12. Subscription to deposit scheme of a public sector, company engaged in providing housing finance (public deposit scheme of HUDCO).
  13. Contribution to notified annuity Plan of LIC (e.g. Jeevan Dhara and Jeevan Akshay) or Units of UTI / notified Mutual Funds.
  14. Subscription to equity shares/ debentures forming part of any approved eligible issue of capital made by a public company or public financial institutions.
  15. Subscription to any notified bonds of NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development).

    Eligible Expenses

  1. EPF or Employee's share of PF Contribution – Employee contribution to EPF is also eligible for deduction under section 80C. 12% of your basic + DA is deducted by the employer and deposited as your contribution in Employee's Provident Fund Scheme or Recognized Provident Fund.
  2. Life Insurance Premium Payment - The policy must be in the taxpayer's name or spouse's or any child's name (child may be dependent/independent, minor/major, or married/unmarried). For a HUF, it may be on life of any member of HUF. The 80C deduction is valid on insurance policies purchased after 1st April, 2012 only if the premium is less than 10% of sum assured. Benefits for existing purchased policies continue. The deduction is also allowed on payments made by Government employees to Central Government Employees Insurance Scheme.
  3. Children's Tuition Fee Payment - Tuition fees paid to any school, college, university or other educational institution situated within India for the purpose of full time education of any two children (including payments for play school, pre nursery and nursery).
  4. Principal Repayments on Loan for purchase of House Property – Principal repayment of loan taken for buying or constructing a residential house property is also eligible. Deduction is also allowed for stamp duty, registration fees and other expenses of transfer of such property to the taxpayer. However, if the property is transferred or sold before the expiry of 5 years from the end of the financial year in which its possession was taken; the total deduction allowed for various years shall be taxed in that year.
  5. Sum paid for securing Deferred Annuity - Sum paid under non commutable deferred annuity for an individual on the life of the taxpayer, spouse or any child. Also allowed on sum deducted from salary payable to Govt. Servant for securing deferred annuity for self-spouse or child. Payment limited to 20% of salary.

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Section 80CCC: Deduction for Premium Paid for Annuity Plan of LIC or Other Insurer

This section provides deduction to an Individual for any amount paid or deposited in any annuity plan of LIC or any other insurer. The plan must be for receiving pension from a fund referred to in Section 10(23AAB).

If the annuity is surrendered before the date of its maturity, the surrender value is taxable in the year of receipt.


Section 80CCD: Deduction for Contribution to Pension Account

Employee's contribution – Section 80CCD(1) Allowed to an Individual who makes deposits to his/her Pension account. Maximum deduction allowed is 10% of salary (in case of taxpayer being an employee) or 10% of gross total income (in case of tax payer being self-employed) or Rs 1,00,000 whichever is less. The limit of Rs 1,00,000 has been increased to Rs 1,50,000 starting financial year 2015-16 (assessment year 2016-17).

Deduction for self contribution to NPS - section 80CCD(1B) A new section 80CCD(1B) has been introduced for additional deduction for amount deposited by a taxpayer to their NPS account . Contributions to Atal Pension Yojana are also eligible. Deduction is allowed on contribution up to Rs 50,000.

Employer's contribution – Section 80CCD(2) Deduction is allowed for employer's contribution to employee’s pension account up to 10% of the salary of the employee. There is no monetary ceiling on this deduction.

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For FY 2014-15 (assessment year 2015-16)

Total Deduction under Section 80C, 80CCC and 80CCD(1) cannot exceed Rs 1,50,000.

For FY 2015-16 (assessment year 2016-17)

Total Deduction under Section 80C, 80CCC, 80CCD(1) and 80 CCD(1B) cannot exceed Rs 2,00,000.

For financial year 2016-17 (assessment year 2017-18)

The deductions allowed are the same as FY 2015-16. There is no change.

Note : [From assessment year 2012-13, employer's contribution under section 80CCD(2) towards NPS is outside the monetary ceiling mentioned above.]


Deductions on Interest on Savings Account

Section 80 TTA: Deduction from gross total income for Interest on Savings bank account

A deduction of maximum Rs 10,000 can be claimed against interest income from a savings bank account. Interest from savings bank account should be first included in other income and deduction can be claimed of the total interest earned or Rs 10,000, whichever is less. This deduction is allowed to an individual or HUF. And it can be claimed for interest on deposits in savings account with a bank, co-operative society or post office. Section 80TTA deduction is not available on interest income from fixed deposits or recurring deposits or interest income from corporate bonds.


Deductions on House Rent

Section 80GG: Deduction for House Rent Paid where HRA is not received

  • This deduction is available for rent paid when HRA is not received. Taxpayer or his spouse or minor child should not own residential accommodation at the place of employment.
  • Taxpayer should not have self-occupied residential property in any other place.
  • Taxpayer must be living on rent and paying rent.

Deduction available is the minimum of

  1. Rent paid minus 10% of total income
  2. Rs. 2000/- per month
  3. 25% of total income

For Financial year 2016-17 – For calculating deduction above, Rs 2,000 per month has been raised to Rs 5,000 per month. Therefore a maximum of Rs 60,000 per annum can be claimed as a deduction.


Deductions on Education Loan for Higher Studies

Section 80E: Deduction for Interest on Education Loan for Higher Studies

Deduction is allowed for interest on loan taken for pursuing higher education. This loan may have been taken for the taxpayer, spouse or children or for a student for whom the taxpayer is a legal guardian. The deduction is available for a maximum of 8 years or till the interest is paid, whichever is earlier. There is no restriction on the amount that can be claimed.


Deduction for First Time Home Owners

Section 80EE: Deductions on Home Loan Interest for First Time Home Owners
For Financial Year 2013-14 and Financial Year 2014-15

This section provided deduction on the Home Loan Interest paid. The deduction under this section is available only to Individuals for first house purchased where the value of the house is Rs 40lakhs or less and loan taken for the house is Rs 25lakhs or less. And the Loan has been sanctioned between 01.04.2013 to 31.03.2014. The aggregate deduction allowed under this section cannot exceed Rs 1,00,000 and is allowed for financial years 2013-14 & 2014-15 (Assessment year 2014-15 and 2015-16).


This deduction is not available for financial year 2015-16 (assessment year 2016-17).

For Financial Year 2016-17

This section was revived in Budget 2016 and is applicable starting FY 2016-17. The deduction under this section is available only to an Individual who is a first time home owner. The value of the property purchased must be less than Rs 50 Lakhs and home loan must be less than Rs 35 lakhs. And the Loan must be taken from a financial institution and must be sanctioned between 01.04.2016 to 31.03.2017. Under this section, an additional deduction of Rs 50,000 can be claimed on home loan interest. This is in addition to deduction of Rs 2,00,000 allowed under section 24 of the income tax act for a self-occupied house property. There is no restriction on the number of years for which this deduction can be claimed.


Deductions on Rajiv Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme (RGESS)

Section 80CCG: Rajiv Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme (RGESS)

The Rajiv Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme (RGESS) was launched after the 2012 Budget. Investors whose gross total income is less than Rs. 12 lakhs can invest in this scheme. Upon fulfilment of conditions laid down in the section, the deduction is lower of, 50% of amount invested in equity shares or Rs 25,000.


Deductions on Medical Insurance

Section 80D: Deduction for premium paid for Medical Insurance

For financial year 2014-15 - Deduction is available up to Rs. 15,000/- to a taxpayer for insurance of self, spouse and dependent children. If individual or spouse is more than 60 years old the deduction available is Rs 20,000. An additional deduction for insurance of parents (father or mother or both) is available to the extent of Rs. 15,000/- if less than 60 years old and Rs 20,000 if parents are more than 60 years old. Therefore, the maximum deduction available under this section is to the extent of Rs. 40,000/-. (From AY 2013-14, within the existing limit a deduction of up to Rs. 5,000 for preventive health check-up is available).

For financial year 2015-16– Deduction is raised from Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000. The deduction for senior citizens is raised from Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000. For uninsured super senior citizens (more than 80 years old) medical expenditure incurred up to Rs 30,000 shall be allowed as a deduction under section 80D. However, total deduction for health insurance premium and medical expenses for parents shall be limited to Rs 30,000.


Deductions on Medical Expenditure for a Handicapped Relative

Section 80DD: Deduction for Rehabilitation of Handicapped Dependent Relative

Deduction is available on:

  1. Expenditure incurred on medical treatment, (including nursing), training and rehabilitation of handicapped dependent relative
  2. Payment or deposit to specified scheme for maintenance of dependent handicapped relative.

Where disability is 40% or more but less than 80% - fixed deduction of Rs 50,000.

Where there is severe disability (disability is 80% or more) – fixed deduction of Rs 1,00,000.A certificate of disability is required from prescribed medical authority.

Note: A person with 'severe disability' means a person with 80% or more of one or more disabilities as outlined in section 56(4) of the 'Persons with disabilities (Equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation)' Act.

  • Certificate can be taken from a Specialist as specified.
  • Patients getting treated in a private hospital are not required to take the certificate from a government hospital.
  • Patients receiving treatment in a government hospital have to take certificate from any specialist working full-time in that hospital. Such specialist must have a post-graduate degree in General or Internal Medicine or any equivalent degree, which is recognised by the Medical Council of India.
  • Certificate in Form 10I is no longer required. The certificate must have - name and age of the patient, name of the disease or ailment, name, address, registration number and the qualification of the specialist issuing the prescription. If the patient is receiving the treatment in a Government hospital, it should also have name and address of the Government hospital.

For financial year 2015-16 – The deduction limit of Rs 50,000 has been raised to Rs 75,000 and Rs 1,00,000 has been raised to Rs 1,25,000.


Deductions on Medical Expenditure on Self or Dependent Relative

Section 80DDB: Deduction for Medical Expenditure on Self or Dependent Relative

A deduction Rs. 40,000/- or the amount actually paid, whichever is less is available for expenditure actually incurred by resident taxpayer on himself or dependent relative for medical treatment of specified disease or ailment.

The diseases have been specified in Rule 11DD. A certificate in form 10 I is to be furnished by the taxpayer from any Registered Doctor.

In case of senior citizen the deduction can be claimed up to Rs 60,000 or amount actually paid, whichever is less.

For financial year 2015-16 – for very senior citizens Rs 80,000 is the maximum deduction that can be claimed.


Deductions for Person suffering from Physical Disability

Section 80U: Deduction for Person suffering from Physical Disability

Deduction of Rs. 50,000/- to an individual who suffers from a physical disability (including blindness) or mental retardation. In case of severe disability, deduction of Rs. 100,000 can be claimed. Certificate should be obtained from a Govt. Doctor. The relevant rule is Rule 11D. This is a fixed deduction and not based on bills or expenses.

For financial year 2015-16 – The deduction limit of Rs 50,000 has been raised to Rs 75,000 and Rs 1,00,000 has been raised to Rs 1,25,000.


Deduction for donations towards Social Causes

Section 80G: Deduction for donations towards Social Causes

The various donations specified in Sec. 80G are eligible for deduction up to either 100% or 50% with or without restriction as provided in Sec. 80G. 80G deduction not applicable in case donation is done in form of cash for amount over Rs 10,000.

Donations with 100% deduction without any qualifying limit:

  • National Defence Fund set up by the Central Government
  • Prime Minister's National Relief Fund
  • National Foundation for Communal Harmony
  • An approved university/educational institution of National eminence
  • Zila Saksharta Samiti constituted in any district under the chairmanship of the Collector of that district
  • Fund set up by a State Government for the medical relief to the poor
  • National Illness Assistance Fund
  • National Blood Transfusion Council or to any State Blood Transfusion Council
  • National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities
  • National Sports Fund
  • National Cultural Fund
  • Fund for Technology Development and Application
  • National Children's Fund
  • Chief Minister's Relief Fund or Lieutenant Governor's Relief Fund with respect to any State or Union Territory
  • The Army Central Welfare Fund or the Indian Naval Benevolent Fund or the Air Force Central Welfare Fund, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister's Cyclone Relief Fund, 1996
  • The Maharashtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund during October 1, 1993 and October 6,1993
  • Chief Minister's Earthquake Relief Fund, Maharashtra
  • Any fund set up by the State Government of Gujarat exclusively for providing relief to the victims of earthquake in Gujarat
  • Any trust, institution or fund to which Section 80G(5C) applies for providing relief to the victims of earthquake in Gujarat (contribution made during January 26, 2001 and September 30, 2001) or
  • Prime Minister's Armenia Earthquake Relief Fund
  • Africa (Public Contributions — India) Fund
  • Swachh Bharat Kosh (applicable from financial year 2014-15)
  • Clean Ganga Fund (applicable from financial year 2014-15)
  • National Fund for Control of Drug Abuse (applicable from financial year 2015-16)

Donations with 50% deduction without any qualifying limit.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund
  • Prime Minister's Drought Relief Fund
  • Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust
  • The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

Donations to the following are eligible for 100% deduction subject to 10% of adjusted gross total income

  • Government or any approved local authority, institution or association to be utilised for the purpose of promoting family planning
  • Donation by a Company to the Indian Olympic Association or to any other notified association or institution established in India for the development of infrastructure for sports and games in India or the sponsorship of sports and games in India.

Donations to the following are eligible for 50% deduction subject to 10% of adjusted gross total income

  • Any other fund or any institution which satisfies conditions mentioned in Section 80G(5)
  • Government or any local authority to be utilised for any charitable purpose other than the purpose of promoting family planning
  • Any authority constituted in India for the purpose of dealing with and satisfying the need for housing accommodation or for the purpose of planning, development or improvement of cities, towns, villages or both
  • Any corporation referred in Section 10(26BB) for promoting interest of minority community
  • For repairs or renovation of any notified temple, mosque, gurudwara, church or other place.

Deductions on Contribution by Companies to Political Parties

Section 80GGB: Deduction on contributions given by companies to Political Parties

Deduction is allowed to an Indian company for amount contributed by it to any political party or an electoral trust. Deduction is allowed for contribution done by any way other than cash.

Political party means any political party registered under section 29A of the Representation of the People Act. Contribution is defined as per section 293A of the Companies Act, 1956.


Deductions on Contribution by Individuals to Political Parties

Section 80GGC: Deduction on contributions given by any person to Political Parties

Deduction is allowed to a taxpayer for any amount contributed to any political party or an electoral trust. Deduction is allowed for contribution done by any way other than cash.

Political party means any political party registered under section 29A of the Representation of the People Act.


Deductions on Income by way of Royalty of a Patent

Section 80RRB: Deduction with respect to any Income by way of Royalty of a Patent

Deduction for any income by way of royalty for a patent registered on or after 01.04.2003 under the Patents Act 1970 shall be available up to Rs. 3 lakhs or the income received, whichever is less. The taxpayer must be an individual resident of India who is a patentee. The taxpayer must furnish a certificate in the prescribed form duly signed by the prescribed authority.


Deductions on Investment in Long Term Infrastructure Bonds [REMOVED]

Section 80CCF: Investment in Long Term Infrastructure Bonds

This section is no longer valid from AY 2012-13.


Section 80 Deduction Table

Section Deduction on FY 2015-16
Section 80C
  • Investment in PPF
  • Employee's share of PF contribution
  • NSCs
  • Life Insurance Premium payment
  • Children's Tuition Fee
  • Principal Repayment of home loan
  • Investment in Sukanya Samridhi Account
  • ULIPS
  • ELSS
  • Sum paid to purchase deferred annuity
  • Five year deposit scheme
  • Senior Citizens savings scheme
  • Subscription to notified securities/notified deposits scheme
  • Contribution to notified Pension Fund set up by Mutual Fund or UTI.
  • Subscription to Home Loan Account Scheme of the National Housing Bank
  • Subscription to deposit scheme of a public sector or company engaged in providing housing finance
  • Contribution to notified annuity Plan of LIC
  • Subscription to equity shares/ debentures of an approved eligible issue
  • Subscription to notified bonds of NABARD
Rs. 1,50,000
80CC For amount deposited in annuity plan of LIC or any other insurer for pension from a fund referred to in Section 10(23AAB). -
80CCD(1) Employee's contribution to NPS account (maximum up to Rs 1,00,000 for FY 2014-15) -
80CCD(2) Employer's contribution to NPS account Maximum up to 10% of salary
80CCD(1B) Additional contribution to NPS Rs. 50,000
80TTA(1) Interest Income from Savings account Maximum up to 10,000
80GG For rent paid when HRA is not received from employer Least of rent paid minus 10% of total income Rs. 2000/- per month 25% of total income
80E Interest on education loan Interest paid for a period of 8 years
80EE Interest on home loan for first time home owners Nil
80CCG Rajiv Gandhi Equity Scheme for investments in Equities Lower of - 50% of amount invested in equity shares or Rs 25,000
80D Medical Insurance - Self, spouse, children
Medical Insurance - Parents more than 60 years old or (from FY 2015-16) uninsured parents more than 80 years old
Rs. 25,000

Rs. 30,000
80DD Medical treatment for handicapped dependant or payment to specified scheme for maintenance of handicapped dependant
  • Disability is 40% or more but less than 80%
  • Disability is 80% or more





  • Rs. 75,000

  • Rs. 1,25,000
80DDB Medical Expenditure on Self or Dependent Relative for diseases specified in Rule 11DD
  • For less than 60 years old
  • For more than 60 years old
  • For more than 80 years old
  • Lower of Rs 40,000 or the amount actually paid
  • Lower of Rs 60,000 or the amount actually paid
  • Lower of Rs 80,000 or the amount actually paid
80U Self suffering from disability:
  • Individual suffering from a physical disability (including blindness) or mental retardation.
  • Individual suffering from severe disability

  • Rs. 75,000



  • Rs. 1,25,000
80GGB Contribution by companies to political parties Amount contributed (not allowed in cash)
80GGC Contribution by individuals to political parties Amount contributed (not allowed in cash)
80RRB Deductions on Income by way of Royalty of a Patent Lower of Rs 3,00,000 or income received