23 Common Questions on Salary Income – Answers with Examples

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Q.1) What is considered as salary income?

section 17​​ of the Income-tax Act defines the term ‘salary’. However, not going into the technical definition, generally whatever is received by an employee from an employer in cash, kind or as a facility [perquisite] is considered as salary.

Q.2) What are allowances? Are all allowances taxable?| What are Perquisites? | How they are taxed? | How to get exemption for uniform allowance?

Allowances are fixed periodic amounts, apart from salary, which are paid by an employer for the purpose of meeting some particular requirements of the employee. E.g., Tiffin allowance, transport allowance, uniform allowance, etc.

There are generally three types of allowances for the purpose of Income-tax Act – taxable allowances, fully exempted allowances and partially exempted allowances.​

Perquisites are benefits received by a person as a result of his/her official position and are over and above the salary or wages. These fringe benefits or perquisites can be taxable or non-taxable depending upon their nature. . Uniform allowance is exempt to the extent of expenditure incurred for official purposes U/S 10(14).

Q.3) My employer reimburses to me all my expenses on grocery and children’s education. Would these be considered as my income?

​​​Yes, these are in the nature of perquisites and should be valued as per the rules prescribed in this behalf.​​

Q.4) During the year I had worked with three different employers and none of them deducted any tax from salary paid to me. If all these amounts are clubbed together, my income will exceed the basic exemption limit. Do I have to pay taxes on my own?

Yes, you will have to pay self-assessment tax and file the return of income.​

Q.5) Even if no taxes have been deducted from salary, is there any need for my employer to issue Form-16 to me?

​​Form-16 is a certificate of TDS. In your case it will not apply. However, your employer can issue a salary statement.​

Q.6) Is pension income taxed as salary income?

Yes. However, pension received from the United Nations Organisation is exempt.​​

Q.7) Is Family pension taxed as salary income?

​​​No, it is taxable as income from other sources.​

Q.8)  If I receive my pension through a bank who will issue Form-16 or pension statement to me- the bank or my former employer?

​​​​The bank.​

Q.9) Are retirement benefits like PF and Gratuity taxable?

​​​​In the hands of a Government employee Gratuity and PF receipts on retirement are exempt from tax. In the hands of non-Government employee, gratuity is exempt subject to the limits prescribed in this regard and PF receipts are exempt from tax, if the same are received from a recognised PF after rendering continuous service of not less than 5 years.​

Q.10) Are arrears of salary taxable?

​​​​​​Yes. However, the benefit of spread over of income to the years to which it relates to can be availed for lower incidence of tax. This is called as relief u/s 89​ of the Income-tax Act.​​

Q.11) Can my employer consider relief u/s 89 for the purposes of calculating the TDS from salary?

​​​​Yes, if you are a Government employee or an employee of a PSU or company or co-operative society or local authority or university or institution or association or body. In such a case you need to furnish Form No. 10E to your employer. ​​

Q.12) My income from let out house property is negative. Can I ask my employer to consider this loss against my salary income while computing the TDS on my salary?

Yes but only to the extent of Rs. 2 lakh, however, losses other than losses under the head ‘Income from house property’ cannot be set-off while determining the TDS from salary.​​is loss against my salary income while computing the TDS on my salary

Q.13) Is leave encashment taxable as salary?

​​​It is taxable if received while in service. Leave encashment received at the time of retirement is exempt in the hands of the Government employee. In the hands of non-Government employee leave encashment will be exempt subject to the limit prescribed in this behalf under the Income-tax Law.​

Q.14) Are receipts from life insurance policies on maturity along with bonus taxable?

As per section 10(10D), any amount received under a life insurance policy, including bonus is exempt from tax. However, following receipts would be subject to tax:

  • Any sum received under sub-section (3) of section 80DD; or
  • Any sum received under Keyman insurance policy; or
  • Any sum received in respect of policies issued on or after April 1st, 2003, in respect of which the amount of premium paid on such policy in any financial year exceeds 20% (10% in respect of policy taken on or after 1st April, 2012) of the actual capital sum assured; or
  • Any sum received for insurance on life of *specified person (issued on or after April 1st 2013) in respect of which the amount of premium exceeds 15% of the actual capital sum assured.* Any person who is –i) A person with disability or severe disability specified under section 80U​; or (ii) suffering from disease or ailment as specified in the rule made under section 80DDB.

Following points should be noted in this regard:

  • Exemption is available only in respect of amount received from life insurance policy.
  • Exemption under section 10(10D)​ is unconditionally available in respect of sum received for a policy which is issued on or before March 31, 2003.
  • Amount received on the death of the person will continue to be exempt without any condition.​

Q.15) Is standard deduction applicable to all the salaried person whether he is an employee of Central or State Government?| Is standard deduction applicable to pensioner? | Does standard deduction applicable to person receiving pension? | What is the limit of

As per Finance Act, 2018, new section 16(ia) has been inserted where the standard deduction is allowed while computing income chargeable under the head salaries. It is available to all class of employees irrespective of the nature of employer. Standard Deduction is also available to pensioners. Amount of Standard Deduction is Rs. 40,000 or amount of salary/pension, whichever is lower.

Q.16) Is transport allowance can be claimed as exemption by an employee from A.Y 2019-20 onwards? | Can a person claim exemption in respect of transport allowance from A.Y 2019-20 onwards?| What is the provision of transport allowance?

Exemption of transport allowance of Rs. 1600 p.m granted to an employee is discontinued from A.Y 2019-20. However, exemption of transport allowance of Rs. 3200 p.m granted to an employee who is blind or deaf and dumb or orthopaedically handicapped is still available.

Q.17) Is standard deduction applicable to family pensioners from AY 2019-2020 ? | Does provisions of Section 16(ia) applicable to family Pensioner also?

Section 16(ia) has been introduced by Finance Act, 2018 for class of person whose income is chargeable to tax under head salary. Family Pension is taxable under the head income from other sources. Hence standard deduction is not applicable in case of Family Pension.

Q.18) Mr. X having Gross Salary of Rs. 7,00,000 during the the previous year 2018-19. Compute the standard deduction allowable to him?

​Standard deduction is allowable to the extent of :
a) Rs. 40,000 or
b) Amount of Salary, whichever is lower

In this case standard deduction of Rs. 40,000 is allowable to Mr.X.

Q.19) What is the effective date of enhancement of limit of gratuity from Rs 10 lakh to 20 lakh for purpose of tax exemption computation under section 10(10)(ii)(iii)?

Enhancement of the gratuity ceiling limit from Rs. 10, 00,000 to Rs. 20,00,000 vide notification S.O.1420 (E) dated 29 March 2018 notified by Ministry of Labour and Employment for the purpose of computation of exemption under section section 10(10)(ii)/(iii).

Q.20) What is Form 12BB?

​As per Rule 26C of the Income Tax Rules – Form 12BB is required to be furnished by an employee to his employer for estimating his income or computing the tax deduction at source.
An assessee shall furnish evidence or particulars of the claims, such as House Rent Allowance, Leave Travel concession, Deduction of Interest under the head ” Income from house property” and deductions under Chapter-VIA in Form 12BB for estimating his income or computing the tax deduction at source.

Q.21) When relief under section 89 of the Income Tax Act is available?

Relief under section 89 is available to an individual if he has received

Salary or family pension in arrears or in advance [Rule 21A (2)]
Gratuity in excess of exemption under section 10(10)(ii)/(iii) [Rule 21A(3)]
Compensation on termination of employment [Rule 21A(4)]
Commuted pension in excess of exemption under section 10(10A)(i) [ Rule 21A(5)]

In case of payment received other than above CBDT can allow relief under section 89 after examining each individual case. [Rule 21A (6)]

Q.22) What is the taxability of House Rent allowance (HRA)?

​​​Least/minimum of the following is exempt (Not taxable/deducted from total HRA received)

(a) Actual amount of HRA received

(b) Rent paid Less 10% of salary

(c) 50% of salary if house taken on rent is situated in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi

​or

40 % of salary if the house is taken on rent is NOT situated in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi.

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Q.23) What is the taxability of Conveyance allowance?

As per Section 10(14) read with Rule 2BB Conveyance allowance is exempt to the extent of amount received or amount spent, whichever is less. For e.g., If amount received is Rs. 100 and amount spent is Rs. 80, then only Rs. 20 is taxable. However, if amount actually spent is Rs. 100; then nothing is taxable.

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