Section 80D of the Income Tax Act, 1961, offers health insurance policyholders tax benefits to reduce yearly income tax liabilities. This provision is applicable to the premium amount paid by the policyholders towards their health insurance policies for themselves and their family members.
As per Sec 80D of the Income Tax Act, taxpayers can claim tax deductions on health insurance premiums. Benefits under Section 80D are applicable even after claiming exemptions under Section 80C.
Simply put, the health insurance premium that individuals pay for themselves or their family members is subtracted from their taxable income. This, in turn, reduces their tax liability.
Note: Section 80C offers tax exemption of up to Rs. 1.5 lakh from total taxable income. It is applicable to various investments like life insurance, 5-year FD, tuition fees paid towards the education of 2 children, etc.
Considering three different scenarios, Section 80D deductions are as follows:
As per Section 80D, individual taxpayers are eligible for this tax benefits on health insurance. They can pay health insurance premiums for themselves and the following family members to claim deductions:
|Premium Paid for Self, Family & Children (Rs.)||Premium Paid for Parents (Rs.)||Section 80C Deduction (Rs.)|
|Individuals and parents below 60 years of age||25,000||25,000||50,000|
|Individual & family below 60 years, but parents above 60 years||25,000||50,000||75,000|
|Individual, family and parents above 60 years||50,000||50,000||1,00,000|
Let’s understand the concept of Tax deduction with the help of this example:
Suppose Ravi, who is above 60 years of age, is paying Rs. 30,000 annually as a premium for health insurance on behalf of himself and his family members. Moreover, he pays Rs. 33,000 for his parents’ medical insurance plan separately. Note that both of his parents are above 60 years of age.
According to Sec 80D, Ravi will be able to claim the following exemptions on his taxable income:
Thus, the overall tax deduction amount that he can claim per year is Rs. 58,000.
Individuals often tend to confuse Section 80C with Section 80D of the Income Tax Act. So here are two key distinguishing points between the two.
|Section 80C||Section 80D|
|This section provides deductions up to Rs. 1.5 lakh per year.||Under this section of the Income Tax Act, individuals can claim deductions of up to Rs. 1,00,000. However, this is subject to different conditions.|
|This includes investments in an extensive range of financial instruments, such as small savings schemes, mutual funds, life insurance premiums, and more.||This is specifically meant for deductions in relation to health insurance premiums paid during a year.|
To be able to claim tax deductions under Section 80D, you must remember the following points at the time of buying a health insurance plan:
For taxpayers, opting for health insurance policies can be an excellent way to reduce their tax liability. Also, having health insurance coverage can bail one out financially in case of a medical emergency. That said, individuals must make sure to choose a health insurance provider that offers the best facilities.
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Ans: Yes, individuals will be able to claim tax benefits under Section 80D even if his/her spouse is not dependent. However, they have to pay health insurance premiums on their spouse’s behalf.
Ans: No, individuals will not be able to claim tax deductions on medical insurance premiums if they are paid in cash.
Ans: Individuals have to pay the service tax amount in addition to the health insurance premium amount. They can’t claim this amount as tax deductions.
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