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If you receive money from winning the lottery, Online/TV game shows etc., it will be taxable under the head Income from other Sources. The income will be taxable at the flat rate of 30% which after adding cess will amount to 30.9%.Incomes from falling sources come under this category:

  • Lottery
  • Game Show or any entertainment programon television or electronic mode
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Gambling or betting
  • Races including Horse races.

TDS Applicability

If the Prize money exceeds Rs 10, 000, then the winner will receive the prize money after the deduction of TDS @30.9% u/s 194B.It does not matter whether the income of the winner is taxable or not. The prize distributor is liable to deduct tax at the time of payment. In the case of winnings from horse races, TDS will be applicable if the amount exceeds Rs 5,000.

No Deduction/Expenditure is allowed from such Income

No deduction u/s sec 80C or 80D or any other deduction/allowance is allowed from such income. The Benefit of basic exemption limit and income tax slab rate is also not applicable to this income. The entire amount received will be taxable at the flat rate of 30.9%.

For instance, Rahul has won the prize money of Rs 3 lakhs from a game show and he has an interest income of Rs 5 lakhs p.a .Then the tax liability would be calculated as per following:

Tax on Rs 3 lakhs @ 30.9%

Tax on Rs 5 lakhs as per income tax slab rates after claiming the relevant deductions.


Prize Money received in Kind

If the prizes are given in Kind say a car, then prize distributor shall ensure before releasing the prize that tax has been paid. Tax is paid as per the market value of the prize given. The prize distributor can either recover from the winner or he himself can bear the burden of tax.

For instance, Suman has won an Alto car in a contest whose market value is Rs 4 lakhs, then tax @ 30.9% which is Rs 1, 23,600 must be paid before giving the car to the winner.

In cases where prize is given both in cash and Kind, then the total tax should be calculated on the cash portion of the prize and on market value of the prize given in kind. And the tax amount should be deducted while giving the cash portion of the prize to the winner. But if the cash prize is not sufficient to cover the total tax liability, then either the winner or prize distributor should pay the deficit.