The government of India allows tax breaks & income tax exemption on the fees paid by the individual for their children. To promote Higher literacy rate & education of the children within India, there are number of tax benefits which the person can take for reducing their taxable income.
Exemption for Children education & Hostel Expenditure
Following exemption* is provided to an individual employed in India:
- Children Education Allowance: Rs 100 per month per child up to a maximum of 2 children.
- Hostel Expenditure Allowance: Rs.300 per month per child up to a maximum of 2 children.
(*Only if expenses are incurred in India as per Section 10(14) of the income tax act)
Deduction of payment made towards Tuition Fees under section 80C
In respect of education / tuition/ school fees, a parent can claim a deduction on the amount paid to any university, college, school or any other educational institution.
The maximum deduction on payments made towards tuition fee can be claimed up to Rs 1.50 lakh together with the deduction in respect of insurance, provident fund, pension etc. in a financial year.
It can only be claimed in respect of two dependent children and for fees paid to an education institution, college or school.
Eligibility of Tuition fees for claiming deduction u/s 80C
Persons paying any sum/ fees towards the education of their children can claim tax deduction provided following conditions are satisfied:
- Who is eligible: Deduction is available only to an Individual.
- How many Children?: Deduction is available to a maximum of 2 children for each individual. Therefore, a maximum of 4 children deduction can be claimed, i.e. 2 by each parent.
- Maximum Limit: Deduction is available maximum up to Rs.1.50 Lakh for each financial year for each parent respectively. Please note that aggregate amount of deduction under section 80C , 80CCC and 80CCD shall not exceed Rs.1,50,000 for the individual parent.
- Fees Paid to affiliated Educational institution, University, College, School within India: Deduction is available irrespective of the class attended by the child. But, the university must be situated in India. It can be affiliated to any foreign university.
- The deduction is available only for full-time education courses that include Nursery School, Creches & play schools.
- Deduction is available only on actual payment and not on payable basis: For example, if fees is paid by the parent in April, 2017 for the quarter ending March, 2017 then fee paid will be eligible for deduction in FY 2017-18.
- Fee can even be claimed by Unmarried person/ divorced parent.
- Adopted Child’s school fees is also eligible for deduction.
Non-eligibility of payments towards Tuition fees
- Deduction is not available for payment made towards Development fees, donation or charity, Private Coaching center, other expenses such as hostel expenses, mess charges, library charges or similar payments.
- Deduction is not available for payment made towards part-time courses.
- Deduction is not available towards payment made for school fees of Self, spouse, brother or sister, father or mother or any other relative.
- Late school fees paid is also not eligible for deduction.
- Fees paid to a foreign university situated outside India would also not be eligible for deduction.
How to claim the tax exemption for Children education allowance (u/s 10(14) & deduction for payments made towards tuition fees u/s 80C
The person would need to submit receipt issued by the Schools for the payment made during the financial year to their employer & also show in form 12BB before submitting proofs of investments at the end of the Financial year.
For an Individual other than salaried employee, you would have to claim the deduction under VI-A schedule by showing the amount of fees paid under section 80C in the income tax return.
It is important to mention here that Children education allowance i.e part of salary structure & fees paid towards tuition fees of the Children are both different deductions & is therefore can be claimed respectively within the limit prescribed(as mentioned above) as per the India income tax Act.