The Income Tax Department has classified income into various 5 heads – income from salary, capital gains, house or property, profits from businesses and income from other sources. Just like other income heads, income from other sources is also taxable. However, there are certain other income sources that are not taxable.
Read on to get the list of 5 other income sources that are taxable, how to file ITR (Income Tax Returns) and tax exemptions on certain other sources of income.
Tax on income from the other sources is the last head of the income sources that are taxable as per the Income Tax Act. Apart from salary, profits from business, income from house and capital gains, an individual with any other source of income must pay taxes.
What are the various other sources of income that are taxable? Here’s a list of 5:
Notably, interest earned from your savings bank account qualifies as income from other sources. However, there is no provision for TDS on this income. That said, you should make sure to declare this under income from other sources while filing your tax return.
You can claim a tax deduction on the interest obtained from a savings account (and post office deposit) up to a certain limit under Section 80TTA. Residential individuals below 60 years and HUFs qualify for a tax deduction for interest income of up to Rs. 10,000.
The interest that you earn from Fixed Deposits (FDs) also qualifies as income from other sources. This income will attract a certain TDS which is deducted when the interest is earned. In other words, your bank will deduct the TDS when the interest is credited to you.
However, this TDS deduction is possible only when the total interest earned from all deposits at all branches exceeds Rs. 40,000 in one financial year. For senior citizens, this exemption limit is Rs. 50,000.
If your total income is less than the taxable limit, you can prevent TDS deduction on interest earned from FDs. You can do this by submitting Form 15G or 15H to the relevant banks. While Form 15G is for senior citizens, Form 15H is for all other taxpayers. In case you fail to submit these forms, you can ask for a refund while filing an IT return.
If you are a nominee and collect a pension on behalf of a deceased member of the family, then this income is also counted under the Income from Other Sources. The government will deduct Rs. 15,000 or one-third of the pension you collect, whichever is lower, and add it to your income. You should pay the tax as per the applicable tax rate.
The money that you earn by winning a lottery, on online game shows, quizzes, etc. will be treated as income from other sources and taxed accordingly. The government will tax this income at a flat 30% rate. However, after the addition of cess, this will stand at 31.2%.
Other income sources also include movable or non-movable gifts (non-monetary or monetary) from relatives. However, it is only taxable if the amount exceeds Rs. 50,000 for HUFs or individuals receiving gifts after 1st October, 2009. Also, gifts received are not taxable if:
The dividend comes with a broader significance in terms of income tax. It can mean any of the following:
Dividends that you receive from a foreign company will be added to your taxable income and will be taxed as per the applicable slab. So, if you belong to the 30% tax slab, your dividend income will be taxed at 30%. There will be an additional health and education cess.
According to the Finance Act of 2020, dividends paid by an Indian company or mutual fund on or after April 1 2020, are liable to tax deduction. The normal rate of TDS stands at 10% if the dividend you receive is more than Rs. 5,000.
An individual of 60 years of age or less or HUF, savings account interest up to Rs. 10,000 is tax exempted. Tax deductions on interest income earned from the following sources are allowed:
The following expenses do not qualify as income from other sources:
You need to disclose incomes from every source while filing Income Tax Returns (ITR) for a particular assessment year. You have to provide details of income from other sources in schedule OS. Here are some of the sections that taxpayers have to fill:
As a taxpayer, you should be aware of earnings that fall under the ‘Income from Other Sources’ head and the corresponding income tax for them. This will help you to pay the taxes accurately and file IT returns accordingly.
Ans: As per tax laws in India, money that you receive from any relative is not taxable. Naturally, the money that you receive from your mother on the occasion of marriage will be free from taxation.
Ans: Individuals with an annual income that is more than Rs. 2.5 lakh has to mandatorily file income tax returns. In case your income is not more than Rs. 2.5 lakh and your bank has made TDS deductions, you can file for tax return and get a refund.
Ans: As per Finance Act, dividend received from an Indian company or mutual fund is taxable. If the total amount of dividend exceeds Rs. 5,000 in a financial year, you have to pay a TDS of 10%. You can claim an interest expense of 20% of the amount you earn as a dividend.
Ans: These interest incomes are classified under other sources. You have to pay the taxes according to the income tax slab that is applicable to you. Note that you can avail a deduction of up to Rs. 10,000 on interest from saving account and RDs.
Ans: Tax-saving fixed deposits have a lock-in period of 5 years. The amount that you invest in such FDs can be claimed as a deduction under Section 80C of the ITA. However, similar to regular fixed deposits, you have to pay tax on the interest that you earn through a tax-saving fixed deposit.
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