Employees allowed to claim IT exemption on conveyance allowance under New Tax Regime: CBDT


PTI, Jun 28, 2020, 9:21 AM IST

New Delhi:  The government has allowed individuals under the new lower tax regime to claim I-T exemption on conveyance allowance received from employers. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has now amended Income Tax rules to prescribe certain exemptions which can be availed by the employees.

These include any allowance granted to meet the cost of travel on tour or on transfer, any allowance, whether, granted on tour or for the period of journey in connection with the transfer, to meet the ordinary daily charges incurred by an employee on account of absence from his normal place of duty.

It also includes an exemption for any allowance granted to meet the expenditure incurred on conveyance in performance of duties of an office or employment of profit, provided that free conveyance is not provided by the employer.

The CBDT has further clarified that while determining the value of perquisites, no exemption will be available in respect of free food and non-alcoholic beverage provided by employers through paid vouchers.

Further, visually, hearing, and speech-impaired staff or those who are orthopedically disabled can also claim ad-hoc exemption of transport allowance of Rs 3,200 per month while computing salaried income.

Offering an optional lower rate of income tax to individuals, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget for 2020-21 proposed a new optional tax regime under section 115BAC of the I-T Act for individuals willing to forego certain specified deductions or exemptions while computing total income for tax purpose.

Under this, annual income up to Rs 2.5 lakh is exempt from tax. Those individuals earning between Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 5 lakh will pay 5 percent tax. Income between Rs 5 and 7.5 lakh will be taxed at 10 percent, while those between Rs 7.5 and 10 lakh at 15 percent.

Those earning between Rs 10 and 12.5 lakh will pay tax at the rate of 20 percent, while those between Rs 12.5 and Rs 15 lakh will pay at the rate of 25 percent. Income above Rs 15 lakh will be taxed at 30 percent.

The new I-T slabs would be for individuals not availing certain specified deductions or exemptions.

Nangia & Co LLP Partner Shailesh Kumar said, “The notification also considers that it is employers’ responsibility to provide transport to employees with certain disabilities and therefore exempts allowance given to such employees for commuting to/ from office, even under new scheme.”

The notification considers free meals/ beverages provided by an employer to employees during office hours to be a personal benefit to employees and not an expenditure for official purposes.

“Therefore, similar to other allowances withdrawn under new scheme/ slabs, tax exemption of such free meals/ beverages has been withdrawn under the new scheme,” Kumar added.

Taxmann DGM Naveen Wadhwa said, “Section 115 BAC(2) prescribes a list of deductions/exemptions which are not available for deduction while computing total income if taxpayer opts for concessional tax regime. However, the provision empowers the CBDT to prescribe certain exemptions available under section 10 which can be availed by the employees.”

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Govt extends time limit up to December 31 for submission of life certificate by pensioners

School manager, held for trying to rape minor girl student, remanded to judicial custody

Pak PM Khan reiterates govt’s strong stance against violence in name of religion

Bareilly: Three suffocate to death at agro firm unit

Sasikala calls on Rajinikanth

Phone tapping: Gehlot demands Shekhawat give his voice sample for probe

Malala Yousafzai meets Secretary of State Blinken, delivers Afghan school girl’s message of education


Related Articles More

Govt extends time limit up to December 31 for submission of life certificate by pensioners

School manager, held for trying to rape minor girl student, remanded to judicial custody

Bareilly: Three suffocate to death at agro firm unit

Sasikala calls on Rajinikanth

“Explore business opportunities in Gujarat; attend VGGS-2022”: minister to investors from Karnataka

MUST WATCH

Man Accidentally Burns Down House Worth 13 Crore Rs While Trying to Get Rid of Snakes

NEWS BULLETIN 07-12-2021

FIRST DOCTORATE FROM SIDDHI COMMUNITY

Cobra’s Head Gets Stuck in Beer Can

Karnataka law students on warpath against KSLU


Latest Additions

Govt extends time limit up to December 31 for submission of life certificate by pensioners

School manager, held for trying to rape minor girl student, remanded to judicial custody

Pak PM Khan reiterates govt’s strong stance against violence in name of religion

Bareilly: Three suffocate to death at agro firm unit

Sasikala calls on Rajinikanth

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.