Income Tax Deduction of interest on deposits

Income Tax Deduction of interest on deposits
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Income Tax Deduction of interest on deposits

Deduction in respect of interest income on deposits from a savings bank account can be claimed u/s 80 TTB by senior citizens & by others u/s 80TTA. Both the sections were introduced in the Finance Bill, 2018 and were made effective on 1 April 2018.

Income Tax Deduction of interest on deposits
Deduction Section 80TTA Section 80TTB
Eligible Assessee Individuals up to the age of 60 years and HUF Senior Citizens
Maximum deduction Rs.10,000/- Rs. 50,000/-
Conditions to avail the deduction of interest on deposits

Interest income should be earned from

  • A savings account with a BANK
  • A savings account with a CO-OPERATIVE BANK 
  • A savings account with a POST OFFICE 

Note: Interest income derived by keeping deposits with companies, firms, or Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) will not be eligible for deduction under this section.

To claim the deduction one needs to first show the interest income under the head “Income from Other Sources” and then claim the deduction under section 80TTA/80TTB.

What is the amount of maximum deduction allowed under section 80TTA?

The maximum deduction available while computing the total income of the assessee will be

  • Rs. 10,000/- or
  • Amount of such interest income

whichever is lower.

Note: Total interest income derived from deposits from all the specified institutions shall be taken into account.

What is the amount of maximum deduction allowed under section 80TTB?

The maximum deduction available while computing the total income of the assessee will be

  • Rs. 50,000/- or
  • Amount of such interest income

whichever is lower.

Note: Total interest income derived from deposits from all the specified institutions shall be taken into account.

Is it possible to claim a deduction for interest from fixed deposits/recurring deposits/term deposits under section 80TTA?

NO. Interest income earned by way of time deposits has been specifically excluded from the purview of deduction u/s 80TTA. Time deposits mean the deposits that are repayable on the expiry of fixed terms. Hence interest income from the fixed deposits/recurring deposits/term deposits will not be eligible for deduction under section 80TTA.

Is it possible to claim a deduction for interest from fixed deposits/recurring deposits/term deposits under section 80TTB?

YES. Interest income earned from all kinds of deposits will be eligible for deduction under section 80TTB. There is no specific exclusion of interest from term deposits like in section 80TTA.

Hence, interest income earned from fixed deposits/recurring deposits/term deposits will be eligible for deduction under section 80TTB.



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Ankita is a Chartered Accountant in practice and holds a Diploma in IFRS (from ACCA, UK). She is also a Commerce PG and Certified Independent Director (from IICA). She holds a certification in Forex and Treasury Management. Her area of expertise is GST and Income tax. She is passionate about reading, writing, and sharing knowledge on areas related to finance and taxation.

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