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Section 80TTB Deduction for Senior Citizens

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Old age is often associated with health concerns, both physical and mental, for senior citizens, which takes a heavy toll on their finances. Therefore, it is necessary to provide them with adequate relaxations in the form of tax deductions.

Having this in mind, the government keeps on bringing new rules to simplify lives for senior citizens. The Finance Budget 2018 has chosen to introduce many benefits for our senior citizens. One such important amendment in Budget 2018 (for senior citizens) is the introduction of a new provision – Section 80TTB.

Applicability of Section 80TTB

Section 80TTB is a provision whereby a taxpayer who is a resident senior citizen, aged 60 years and above at any time during a Financial Year (FY), can claim a specified amount as a deduction from his gross total income for that FY. This Section is applicable w.e.f. 1st April 2018.

Amount of deductions available under 80TTB

A deduction of Rs 50,000 or a specified income, whichever is lower, is allowed from the gross total income. Specified income is any of the following income in aggregate:

  • Interest on bank deposits (savings or fixed)
  • Interest on deposits held in a co-operative society engaged in the business of banking, including a co-operative land mortgage bank or a co-operative land development bank
  • Interest on post office deposits

Exceptions to Section 80TTB

Suppose the specified deposits are held by or on behalf of a partnership firm. In that case, an Association of Persons (AOP), or a Body of Individuals (BOI), Section 80TTB deduction is not available for the partner of such a firm or any member of such an AOP or BOI while computing their total income.

Section 80TTA vs 80TTB

Section 80TTA provides deductions similar to Section 80TTB. However, it offers interest deductions only on a savings account held in a bank, co-operative bank, or a post office, from the gross total income of the individual taxpayer or a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) up to Rs 10,000.

With the introduction of Section 80TTB exclusively for senior citizens, deduction under Section 80TTA is not available to senior citizens.

Difference between Section 80TTA and Section 80TTB

ParticularsSection 80TTASection 80TTB
ApplicabilityApplicable to individuals and HUF except for senior citizensApplicable to senior citizens
Specified incomeInterest on savings account onlyInterest on all kinds of deposits
Quantum of deductionUp to Rs 10,000Up to Rs 50,000

Illustration on tax savings by senior citizens

Senior citizens already enjoy a higher basic exemption limit compared to normal taxpayers. The introduction of Section 80TTB further aids tax savings for senior citizens. Let us see how with the following example. Let us consider the following incomes for a taxpayer:

  • Savings interest of Rs 5,000
  • Interest on fixed deposits of Rs 2,00,000
  • Other income of Rs 1,50,000

Now, the following table will help you understand how a senior citizen stands to benefit (as against a normal taxpayer) with the provisions of Section 80TTB 

Computation of Taxable Income

ParticularsNon-Senior Citizen (Rs)Senior Citizen (Rs)
Savings interest5,0005,000
FD interest2,00,0002,00,000
Other income1,50,0001,50,000
Gross total income3,55,0003,55,000
Less: Deduction under Section 80TTA5,000Not Applicable
Less: Deduction under Section 80TTBNot Applicable50,000
Taxable income3,50,0003,05,000

In the above example, a non-senior citizen can claim only a savings interest deduction of Rs 5,000 under Section 80TTA. Whereas a senior citizen can claim savings interest and fixed deposits interest deduction restricted up to Rs 50,000.
Read more about 80TTA here.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a senior citizen aged 67 years and have income from a savings account of Rs 10,000 and interest from fixed deposits of Rs 60,000 from a nationalised bank. Can I claim a deduction under Section 80TTB?

Yes, you can claim deduction under Section 80TTB on both interest from savings and deposit accounts with banks, but the deduction amount is limited to Rs 50,000.

How can I claim a deduction under Section 80TTB?

You can claim deduction under Section 80TTB by filing your income tax return. First, the income should be included in your income under the head ‘Income from other sources’, and then claim Section 80TTB deduction.

80TTB deduction is applicable for AY 2021-22?

Yes, Section 80TTB deduction is applicable for AY 2021-22.

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