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Section 80CCC of the Income Tax Act of 1961 provides deductions of up to Rs. 1.5 lakhs per annum for contributions made by an individual towards specified pension funds.

1. What is Section 80CCC?

The Section 80CCC exemption limit includes the money spent on the purchase of a new policy or payments made towards renewal or continuation of an existing policy. The primary condition for availing this exemption is that the policy for which the money has been spent must be providing a pension or a periodical annuity.

Section 80CCC is read along with Section 80C and Section 80CCD(1), thereby limiting the total exemption limit to Rs. 1,50,000/- per annum.

2. Terms and Conditions of Section 80CCC

Following are the terms and conditions applicable under the Act: –

(i) Available to those individuals who have paid the sum for renewal or purchase of a life insurance policy from their taxable income.

(ii) The payment of funds from the policy should be made as per the terms of Section 10 (23AAB) from the accumulated funds.

(iii) If any bonuses are received or interest is accrued, it is not eligible for deduction under Section 80CCC.

(iv) Any amount received from the policy as a monthly pension is liable for taxation as per the prevailing rates.

(v) If the policy is surrendered, the amount would also be subject to taxation.

(vi) Any rebates that were available on investment in annuity plans before April 2006 are not allowed under Section 88.

(vii) Any amount deposited before April 2006 is not eligible for deduction.

3. What is Section 10 (23AAB)?

The provisions of Section 10 (23AAB) are inherently linked with Section 80CCC. It relates to the income earned from a fund that has been set up by a recognized insurer, including the LIC. The fund must have been set up before August 1996 as a pension scheme. The contributions made by the taxpayer to the policy must have been with the intention of earning pension income in the future.

4. Eligibility for Deduction Under Section 80CCC?

The conditions regarding eligibility for deductions are:  

(i) An individual taxpayer who has subscribed to an annuity plan which has been offered by an approved insurance company.

(ii) HUF or Hindu Undivided Family is not eligible for exemption under Section 80CCC.

(iii) These provisions apply to both residents as well as non-residents.

5. Important Points Related to Section 80CCC

Here are some essential points that you must know regarding the applicability of 80CCC Section:

(i) The deduction limits available under Section 80CCC are clubbed together with Section 80C and Section 80CCD (1) to determine the total deduction limit available.

(ii) The provisions of Section 80CCC are specifically applicable to those insurance providers in India that offer annuity or pension plans. The insurer could be a public Sectiontor entity or a private Sectiontor entity as well.

(iii) The deductions are applicable for the premium/sum paid for the preceding Assessment Year only. For instance, if an individual pays the sum for 2-3 years together, then deduction can only be claimed for the amount that pertains to the preceding year only.

(iv)The maximum available deduction under this Section is Rs. 1,50,000/- per annum.

With the provisions of Section 80CCC, you can save a significant sum of money towards your taxation liability. To be eligible to avail this exemption, you must keep a record of the transaction for the payment of money towards the insurance policy. Under no circumstances can the exemption limit exceed the income of the individual. Along with Section 80CCC, there are several other provisions also under the Income Tax Act to help you save your taxation liability.

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