Have you Explored all Options to Save Tax for FY 2021-22?

Everyone hates paying taxes and always are on lookout for Options to Save Tax. However the income tax rules in India are complicated and its becoming more so in recent years. Budget 2020 introduced the concept of New Tax Regime, then there were several changes to the laws in 2020. Thankfully Budget 2021 has been less event full with very minor tweaking to the income tax rules. In this post we try to explore – What is the Maximum Income Tax I can save for FY 2021-22? 

To make it simple, we have listed all the tax saving tax sections in the table below. This will help you check if you have taken advantage of the relevant section. We have also published eBook which tells you about all options to save tax that are available to an individual (both salaried & business).

Options to Save Tax for FY 2021-22

Broadly speaking If you are able to avail all these sections you can make more than Rs 14 Lakhs income tax free. But unfortunately not all sections would be applicable for you. The table below gives the details of all the tax exemptions available:

S. No.Tax SectionsDescriptionMaximum Tax Exemption Limit (Rs.)
180C/ 80CCC/ 80CCDInvestment in EPF, ELSS, PPF, FD, NPS, NSC, Pension Plans, Life Insurance, SCSS, SSA and NPS. Also includes Home Loan Principal repayment, Tuition Fees, Stamp Duty. Best Tax Saving Investments u/s 80C1,50,000
280CCD(1B)Investment in NPS (Should you Invest Rs 50,000 in NPS to Save Tax u/s 80CCD (1B)?)50,000
324Interest paid on Home Loan for Self occupied homes. You can claim claim Tax Benefit on both HRA & Home Loan – Know How?2,00,000
3 A80EEAAdditional Tax Deduction of Rs 1.5 lakhs on home loans on purchase of affordable home (subject to certain conditions)1,50,000
480EEBAdditional tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakhs for payment of interest on auto loan taken for purchase of electric vehicles1,50,000
580EInterest paid on Education Loan. No Limit – Rs 50,000 is just an assumed value Tax Benefit on Education Loan (Sec 80E)50,000
680DPremium payment for medical insurance for self and parents. Includes Rs 5,000 limit for preventive health checkup Making Sense of Tax Benefit on Health Insurance u/s 80D60,000
780DDBTreatment of Serious illness for self and dependents (Limit of Rs 1,00,000 for Senior Citizens and Rs 40,000 for others)80,000
880UPhysically Disabled Tax payer (Rs 75,000 for 40% to 80% disability and Rs 1,25,000 for more than 80%)1,25,000
980DDPhysically Disabled Dependent (Rs 75,000 for 40% to 80% disability and Rs 1,25,000 for more than 80%)1,25,000
1080GDonation to approved charitable funds like Prime Minister Relief fund, etc (assumed value)50,000
1180GGA Donations for scientific research or rural development (assumed value)50,000
1280GGCDonations to political parties (assumed value)50,000
13 A80TTAInterest received in Savings Account Which bank offers highest interest rate on savings account?10,000
13 B80TTBInterest Income for Senior Citizens Only Learn all about Section 80TTB 50,000
13 C10(15)(i)Interest up to Rs 3,500 for single holder account and up to Rs 7,000 for joint account in Post Office Saving Account7,000
1480GGFor Rent Expenses who do have HRA component in salary How to Claim Tax Benefit for Rent Paid u/s 80GG?60,000
Maximum Tax Exemption Possible (Rs.)14,37,000
Options to Save Tax for FY 2021-22

The Problem

Though 14 Lakhs sounds big amount but most people would avail only few of the above. Here is the reason:

  1. Rs 1.5 Lakhs exemption for donation: People donate for a cause and their passion/empathy and not to save taxes. It’s just that tax exemption sweetens the deal!
  2. Rs 2.5 Lakhs exemption on account of tax payer or his dependent being physically disabled. This is a much needed exemption but applies to very few tax payers.
  3. Rs 1,00,000 deduction for treatment of serious illness is something that very few tax payers would take advantage of.

So out of Rs 14 lakhs, around 5 lakhs exemption would be claimed by very few tax payers and in special cases only.

How to Pay 0 Income Tax on Salary of Rs 20+ Lakh?

Salary components and salary structure plays a very important role in how much income tax you pay. We have come up with some optimised salary structure using which you pay NO income tax even with CTC of more than Rs 20 Lakhs.

Most tax payers even after using all the tax saving sections would be able to claim tax benefit up to Rs 6  to 6.5 Lakhs.

Options to Save Tax for FY 2021-22
Options to Save Tax for FY 2021-22

Tax Saving Sections Options to Save Tax for FY 2021-22

Below is the recap of all tax saving sections:

Section 80C/80CCC/80CCD: Investment in EPF, ELSS, PPF, FD, NPS, NSC, Pension Plans, Life Insurance, SCSS, SSA and NPS. Also includes Home Loan Principal repayment, Tuition Fees, Stamp Duty (Best Tax Saving Investments u/s 80C)

Section 80CCD(1B): Investment in NPS (Should you Invest Rs 50,000 in NPS to Save Tax u/s 80CCD (1B)?)

How much Taxes you Need to Pay this Year? Download Our Income Tax Calculator to Know your Numbers

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Section 24: Interest paid on Home Loan for Self occupied homes. Budget 2017 has capped the limit to Rs 2 Lakhs for both rented and self-occupied house. You can claim claim Tax Benefit on both HRA & Home Loan – Know How?

Section 80EEA: Additional exemption on Home Loan Interest for First time home buyers. (Budget 2019)

Section 80EEB: Additional tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakhs for payment of interest on auto loan taken for purchase of electric vehicles. (Budget 2019)

Section 80E: Interest paid on Education Loan. No upper/lower Limit! (Tax Benefit on Education Loan (Sec 80E))

Section 80CCG: Budget 2017 removed this tax exemption for RGESS

Section 80D: Premium payment for medical insurance for self and parents. Also includes Rs 5,000 limit for preventive health checkup (Making Sense of Tax Benefit on Health Insurance u/s 80D)

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Section 80DDB: Treatment of Serious illness for self and dependents (Limit of Rs 80,000 for person above 80 years, Rs 60,000 for person above 60 years and Rs 40,000 for rest)

Section 80U: Physically Disabled Tax payer (Rs 75,000 for 40% to 80% disability and Rs 1,25,000 for more than 80%)

Section 80DD: Physically Disabled Dependent (Rs 75,000 for 40% to 80% disability and Rs 1,25,000 for more than 80%)

Section 80G: Donation to approved charitable funds like Prime Minister Relief fund, etc

Section 80GGA: Donations for scientific research or rural development

Section 80GGC: Donations to political parties

Section 80TTA: Interest received in Savings Account

Section 80TTB: Interest income for Senior Citizens. They can use either 80TTA or 80TTB but not both together.

Tax Free Salary Components

There are components in salary which are fully or partially tax exempt. For example HRA is tax exempt if you satisfy certain conditions. You can have the complete list in the post: Must have Tax Free components in Salary.

Section 80GG: In case you do not receive HRA from employer or are self-employed but NO house in your name (Claim Tax Benefit for Rent Paid u/s 80GG)

We hope this would help you to maximise your income tax savings for FY 2021-22!

6 thoughts on “Have you Explored all Options to Save Tax for FY 2021-22?”

  1. Thanks for sharing the article, it will be really helpful for people who are looking to save taxes for this year.

  2. Goof information , But at the same time Section wise If Limited in AMount is written would be much more clarified.
    Keep it up.

  3. Hi Amit,

    Nice summary of all the tax exemptions ! I would also like you to add the extra point of Post Office Saving Account Interest exemption here which you mentioned is Rs 3,500 for single holder account and up to Rs 7,000 for joint account in the article :- https://www.apnaplan.com/tax-investments/

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