Pension is a security that provides peace to both young and old alike. People look for jobs that provide pension or start saving up for their retirement. This is to provide themselves with a sense of security in much uncertainty that exists in the changing world.
It is an exemption limit that includes money spent on the purchase of fresh payments toward renewal or contribution of an existing policy. The main condition of getting this exemption is that the policy for which the money has been spent should be giving a pension or periodical annuity. Section 80C and Section 80CCD(1) along with Section 80CCC are read together and the total exemption limit is up to Rs. 1.5 lakhs.
Under Section 80CCC you can claim a deduction for investments on specific pension funds. They include:
Mentioned below are the terms and conditions under Section 80CCC:
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In order to claim the benefit under this section, you must meet the following criteria:
You have to be an individual to be able to claim benefit under this section. Even Non-resident Individuals (NRI) can avail the aforementioned benefits.
Your income must be taxable in order to gain this benefit. If you have an income below the basic exemption limit, you cannot claim this deduction.
You can claim this benefit only if you invest money in specified pension funds during a financial year.
The investment you make should be solely out of your taxable income. If done otherwise, you will not be eligible to claim the benefit.
Note: After you have invested funds under Section 80CCC, you will be required to report the same at the time of filing your Income Tax Return to get a tax benefit. This will be available on the amount invested and not on interest or bonus accrued.
You will be eligible for following tax benefits under Section 80CCC:
One of the biggest benefits under this section is that you get a complete deduction up to Rs. 1.5 lakhs.
The pension or withdrawal amount received is completely taxable in the hands of the receiver.
The interest or bonus amount received will also be taxable in the hands of the receiver.
Note that no tax benefit as mentioned under Section 80CCC is allowed if you have already been a beneficiary under Section 80C. The deduction under Section 80C, 80CCC and 80CCD(1) cannot exceed Rs. 1.5 lakhs.
Section 10(23AAB) has provisions that are linked with Section 80CCC. It is related to the income that is earned from a fund set up by a recognised insurer including Life insurance Corporation of India (LIC). The fund should have been up before August 1996 as a pension scheme. Note that the contribution made to the policy should be with the intention of earning pension income in the future.
Here are a few points to remember under this section:
The deduction limits under Section 80CCC are clubbed together with Section 80C and Section 80CCDD(1) and the total deduction limit is determined.
Remember that the deductions are applied to the premium paid for the preceding year of assessment. If you pay the premium for 2-3 years together, the deduction can be claimed for the amount that pertains to the preceding year only.
The maximum deduction that is available to attain is Rs. 1.5 lakhs.
The provisions under this section are available to insurance providers who offer annuity or pension plans. The insurer could be both public or private sector entity.
The main point of difference between Section 80C and Section 80CCC is mentioned below:
|Section 80C||Section 80CCC|
|According to Section 80C deduction can be claimed by an individual or Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs). When an investment is made or money is spent on specified avenues up to Rs 1.5 lakh, this investment/expenditure can be claimed as a deduction from gross total income before calculating tax payable on it in a financial year.||Section 80CCC is an exemption limit that includes money spent on the purchase of fresh payments toward renewal or contribution of an existing policy. It is related to pensions and periodical annuity|
You can save much toward your taxation liability under Section 80CCC. Keep a record of the transaction for the premium you pay toward the policy in order to avail this exemption.
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