When Finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the new Union Budget on 1 Feb 2017,he mentioned that it would generate greater financial savings for individuals.Here’s how you can save more to boost your personal funds.
1) JOINT HOME LOANS
You both are working and willing to buy a new apartment.You have purchased a new apartment jointly, and are also paying the home loan jointly, then each of you is entitled to deduction of 2 lakh-2.5 lakh. In case you have a working son/daughter and the bank is willing to split the loan three ways, all three can avail deduction.
2) HOUSE RENT
An individual can claim deduction under Section 80GG for rent paid even if the employer doesn’t give HRA. The condition is that he or she doesn’t own a house and neither does the spouse or child. The deduction is subject to a ceiling of Rs 5,000 per month.
3) EMPLOYEE STOCK OPTION PLAN
No need to pay tax when options are granted by your employer to you under an employee stock option plan. Taxability arises on actual allotment of shares and not on grant or vesting of options. Such income is taxed as regular salary income and is subject to tax withholding by the employer.
4) HRA & LOAN
HRA exemption and interest deduction on housing loan can be availed simultaneously, if the house bought with the loan is in a city different from the place of work, where you’ve rented a house as daily commuting is not possible.
5) PROVIDENT LOAN
There is a block-in period of 5 years for PPF withdrawals. But a loan on the accumulated balance may be obtained (after expiry of one year from the end of the financial year in which initial deposit was made) for certain purposes, subject to various limits.
For claiming transport allowance exemption, you don’t need to submit expense proof. But if you are incurring expenses on official travel, your employer can reimburse the expense on the basis of the claim submitted (backed by bills) and this is not taxable.