- Section 80TTA of the Indian Income Tax Act provides a deduction of up to Rs. 10,000 on interest earned from savings accounts.
- The deduction is only applicable to interest earned from savings accounts held with banks, post offices, or cooperative societies.
- Interest earned from fixed deposits, recurring deposits, and any other time deposits is not eligible for the deduction under Section 80TTA.
- The deduction is available on the gross total income, which means that the interest earned up to Rs. 10,000 will be reduced from the total income to arrive at the taxable income.
- NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) can also avail this deduction, but they are only allowed to open two types of accounts in India, namely NRE (Non-Resident External) and NRO (Non-Resident Ordinary) accounts. Interest earned on NRE accounts is tax-free, and hence, NRIs holding NRE accounts cannot claim the benefit of Section 80TTA. On the other hand, interest earned on NRO accounts is taxable, and NRIs holding NRO savings accounts can claim a deduction of up to Rs.10,000 under Section 80TTA on the interest earned from such accounts.
Section 80TTA of Income Tax Act
Mitali (Asst Accountant) (2231 Points)24 March 2023