Income Tax Deduction in respect of interest on deposits in savings account under Section 80TTA of Income Tax Act, 1961. For giving additional income tax deduction on Interest on Saving Bank Account new section 80TTA under Income Tax Act,1961 was introduced through Finance Act, 2012. This additional deduction u/s 80TTA is applicable only to individual and HUF on interest income from bank saving account .i.e this deduction is not applicable on interest received on time deposit/term deposit.
Eligible Assessee for section 80TTA: only Individual and HUF are elegible under this section, so a firm, an association of persons or a body of individuals will not get the benefit of this section.
Deduction Limit/ Maximum Deduction under Section 80TTA: Rs 10,000/- or actual interest receipt from saving bank account , which ever is lower. Example1. if person receive interest of Rs 15000/- from saving bank account then he has to pay tax on Rs 5000/- and Rs 10,000/- he can claim as deduction u/s 80TTA. Example2. if person receive interest of Rs 9000/- from saving bank account then he don’t have to pay tax on Rs 9000/- and Rs 9,000/- can be claimed as deduction u/s 80TTA.
Meaning of Term Deposit: The deposits under the Scheme mean “term deposits” received by the bank for a fixed period and withdrawable only after the expiry of the said fixed period and includes Reinvestment Deposits and Cash Certificates or other deposits of similar nature.
Reference: Section 80TTA
Deduction in respect of interest on deposits in savings account.
80TTA. (1) Where the gross total income of an assessee, being an individual or a Hindu undivided family, includes any income by way of interest on deposits (not being time deposits) in a savings account with—
(a) a banking company to which the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (10 of 1949), applies (including any bank or banking institution referred to in section 51 of that Act);
(b) a co-operative society engaged in carrying on the business of banking (including a co-operative land mortgage bank or a co-operative land development bank); or
(c) a Post Office as defined in clause (k) of section 2 of the Indian Post Office Act, 1898 (6 of 1898),
there shall, in accordance with and subject to the provisions of this section, be allowed, in computing the total income of the assessee a deduction as specified hereunder, namely:—
(i) in a case where the amount of such income does not exceed in the aggregate ten thousand rupees, the whole of such amount; and
(ii) in any other case, ten thousand rupees.
(2) Where the income referred to in this section is derived from any deposit in a savings account held by, or on behalf of, a firm, an association of persons or a body of individuals, no deduction shall be allowed under this section in respect of such income in computing the total income of any partner of the firm or any member of the association or any individual of the body.
Explanation.—For the purposes of this section, “time deposits” means the deposits repayable on expiry of fixed periods.
For definition of “Post Office” as defined in section 2(k) of the Indian Post Office Act, 1898