Lately not a day passes without someone mentioning Section 80C and Rs.1,50,000, doesn’t it? You sit down with coworkers for lunch and someone tells you that they just invested money in an ELSS in a last-minute attempt to save taxes. You get calls at least once a week from mutual fund agents telling you to make the most of the increased limit.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had increased the overall limit of Section 80C to Rs.1,50,000 from Rs.1,00,000 in Budget 2014 to boost contributions to small savings schemes.
But before you get convinced that you must make investments to take advantage of the extended limit under Sec 80C, just pause.
We’ll show you how to reach the Rs.1,50,000 limit without making any investments. Section 80C not only encourages investments in savings schemes but also offers tax relief on some of your expenses.
How to reach the Rs.1,50,000 limit without investments?
- Check your PF balance. Your provident fund contribution accumulated over the years itself might add up to a sizeable amount. This is covered under the Rs.1,50,000 limit.
- Did you buy a house between April 2014 – March 2015? Expenses related to stamp duty and registration charges can be deducted under Section 80C.
- Are you paying off home loan? Check your home loan interest certificate for EMI payment details. Your interest payments and principal repayment for this year can be claimed as a deduction.
- Do you have children who go to school or college? Get their fee receipts and add it. (This also includes play school, preschool)
- Are you making life insurance premium payments? Claim the premium payments too. The only condition is the premium must be less than 10% of the sum assured.
Add it all up.
Rs.1,50,000 – (1+2+3+4+5) = Amount left for investments under Section 80C
You might find yourself with very little of the overall limit left, say Rs.15,000. That’s all. Now you can begin thinking about investing your money in products that suit your risk profile.
What are the investments under 80C?
PPF, NSC, NPS, Tax saver FDs, Post Office Term Deposit, ELSS, RGESS, ULIP, Senior Citizens Savings Scheme, Sukanya Samridhi Account. Here is a complete guide to all the deductions allowed under section 80C.