How to save Income Tax in India Schemes to Invest in 2019

Hyderabad: A vehicle of the Income Tax Department parked outside the residence of Congress leader A. Revanth Reddy, in Hyderabad on Sept 27, 2018. The searches at the residences and offices of the Congress Working President in Telangana were reported to be in connection with the financial dealings of his real estate company Sri Sai Mourya Estates and Projects and some other companies of his relatives.IANS
The taxation laws in India contain a number of provisions to let the tax payers save on taxes. By taking some informed decisions on how you spend and account, you can save on taxes in a legitimate way. Here we discuss some important deductions under the Income Tax Act 1961.

Tips to save on income tax

Make the right use of Rs.1.5 lakhs limit allowed under Section 80C

Investing up to a limit of Rs. 1.5 lakh in schemes like Tax-Saver FDs, PPF (Public Provident Fund), ELSS Funds, NSC (National Saving Certificate), Life Insurance Premiums, National Pension System (NPS), Home Loan Repayment, Payment of tuition fees of your children, EPF, Senior Citizens Savings Scheme, and Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana can enable you for appropriate tax deductions depending on the case.

National Pension System

This deduction facilitated by Section 80CCD (1B) allows up to Rs 50,000 for contributing to the National Pension Scheme. The NPS makes it possible to invest in equity and debt pension funds for building a corpus for the retirement life. This can be withdrawn at 60 years of age.

Health Insurance Premiums

Paying for health insurance premiums can let you qualify for a deduction up to Rs 25,000 under Section 80D. This is permitted on top of all the deductions listed above. In case of senior citizens, this limit is up to Rs. 50,000. The taxpayer contributing towards health insurance premiums for himself as well as for a senior citizen can claim a combined deduction of up to Rs. 75,000 per annum.

Deduction on your rent

If you are getting HRA, it is possible to claim tax deduction on your House Rent. Though there is no upper limit specified for this, there are some rules that place a cap on the maximum deduction. If you do not get HRA but pay towards rent, a maximum claim of up to Rs. 60,000 per annum is allowed under Section 80GG.

Deduction on the home loan interest

When you have a home loan running, the interest you pay towards the home loan is tax deductible under Section 24 of the Income tax Act. The maximum limit that you can claim in this regard is Rs. 2 lakh. If the house is rented out, there is no upper limit.

Money in your savings account

The easiest way to save money on income tax is to keep some money in your savings account. Up to a limit of Rs. 10,000 per year, the interest on savings accounts is tax free under the Section 80TTA. In case of senior citizens, this limit is up to Rs 50,000 applicable in cases of both FD and savings account interest.

Give for charity

Donations made towards charity enable you for tax deductions. Though there is no upper limit for this, there are different rules that restrict the amount deductible on the contributions towards charities. Across a majority types of donations to the NGOs, this limit is fixed at 50% of the donated amount and up to 10% of the total income that is adjusted. If you want to claim this deduction, the NGOs to which you contribute must have 80 G certificate.
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