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Dear Sir,
I worked and resigned from Private Company in Oct' 07. Recently (Sept' 09) I received gratuity Cheques of about 70,000/-
Please advice, is this income is added to my total salary in this year (2009 -10) for calculation of Income Tax.
thanks / regards
A. Narendra
6th September 2009 From India, Bhubaneswar
dear if this gratuity is paid as per norms of gratuity act than only it is not taxable. regards j s malik
7th September 2009 From India, Delhi
Gratuiity is excemption in Tax for the first time upto 3.5 laks, suppose it exceeds more than 3.5 laks we have to pay tax. You can claim this only once in life time. Regards R.Palaniswamy
7th September 2009 From India, Coimbatore
Dear palaniswamy it is correct that income tax exmp. on gratuity can claim only once in life time. please brief regards guru raj
8th September 2009 From India, Bangalore
Hi This income of gratuity amount shall be taken into consideration for IT for the year 2009~2010. Tks & Regards
8th September 2009 From India, Hyderabad
Folks please clarify me if ABC worked in X orgn for 6 years and got gratuity 4 lakhs and joined Y company and worked for 10 years and got gratuity of 10 lakhs.
As per my understanding above 3.5 lakh is taxable. then ABC need to pay tax both the times???
Hi Mr. palani swamy,
can u brief me on ur thread, im confused on that.
pl clarify me
8th September 2009 From India, Hyderabad
As per the Payment of Gratuity Act an individual is eligible for an amount equivalent to 15 days of salary as per the following formula
(Basic+DA) X 15) X N
N- No of completed years(here six months and above may be rounded off to next
full no.
Since this is terminal benefit he is eligible for the amount as per the aforesaid formula on his/her last drawn service. Currently the ceiling is fixed at Rs.3.5 Lakhs and anybody draws/crosses this limit have to pay IT for the balance amount.
Balamurugan Sivaprakasam
Head- HR
8th September 2009 From India, Madras
Hi Shankar,

Below please find basis of computation of income from salary defined by Income Tax Act. Please go through the Gratuity section, your query will be answered in full. In nutshell, in light of your example, out of Rs. 14 Lakhs, Rs. 10.5 lakh would be taxable income.

Computation of Income

This section contains only salient features for computation of income. The sections in this topic are as under:

Salary income

House Property income

Capital Gains

Other Sources Income



Salary Income

Salary normally includes wages, annuity, pension, gratuity, commission, perquisites, etc. and any other payment received by an employee from the employer received during the year.


Most allowances are taxable like City Compensatory allowance, tiffin allowance, fixed medical allowance and servant allowances; encashment of any concession is also taxable.

A) House Rent Allowance

Out of house rent allowance received during the year, least of the following three amounts will not be included in income: -

* The amount equal to 50% of annual salary, for persons staying in Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta or Delhi, but 40%, for others
* The actual amount of house rent allowance received
* The amount of rent actually paid in excess of 10% of annual salary

Here, salary includes basic salary, dearness allowance, and commission on fixed percentage, but not other allowances.

B) Transport allowance

Transport allowance for traveling from residence to office is exempt up to Rs 800 per month.

C) Any allowance granted for encouraging the academic, research and other professional pursuits

To the extent the allowance is utilised for the purpose specified.

D) Children Education Allowance

Rs. 100 per month per child up to a maximum of two children

E) Any allowance granted to an employee to meet the hostel expenditure on his child

Rs. 300 per month per child up to a maximum of two children


The following perquisites are not taxable either under the executive instructions of the Central Board of Direct Taxes or by virtue of specific provision in the Act/Rules :

Rent-Free House

* Rent-free official residence provided to a judge of a High Court or of the Supreme Court.
* Rent-free furnished residence (including maintenance thereof) provided to an official of Parliament, a Union Minister or a Leader of Opposition in Parliament
* Accomodation provided in a 'remote area' to an employee working at a mining site or an onshore oil exploration site, or a project execution site or an accomodation provided in an offshore site of similar nature.
* Accomodation provided on transfer of an employee in a hotel for not exceeding 15 days in aggregate.


* Re-imbursement of expenses in respect of car (which is owned by employee and used for personal and official purpose) (amount not taxable is up to Rs. 1,200 per month for car having engine capacity of not more than 1600cc, Rs. 1,600 per month for car of above 1600cc and Rs. 600 per month for driver).
* Conveyance facility provided to High Court Judges and Supreme Court Judges.
* Conveyance facility provided to an employee to cover the journey between office and residence.

Interest-Free Loan

* Interest-free / concessional loan of an amount not exceeding Rs.20,000


* Gift-in-kind up to Rs.5,000 in a year.
* Employer's contribution to staff group insurance scheme.

Leave Encashment

Leave encashment while in service is taxable. Encashment of sick leave is taxable.

Leave encashment received at the time of retirement is fully exempt in the case of Government Servants. In the case of non-Govt. Employees, leave encashment is exempt to the extent of the least of the following four amounts: -

* Rs. 3,00,000/-
* Ten months' average salary;
* Cash equivalent of the leave due at the time of retirement;
* Leave encashment actually received at the time of retirement.

Here the average salary means the average of the salary drawn during the last ten months before retirement.


Any death cum retirement gratuity received by Government or Local Authority employees is exempt from tax. For Non-Government Employees the taxability depends on whether Gratuity is covered under the Gratuity Act

A) Gratuity covered under the Gratuity Act

For Gratuity covered under the Gratuity Act, total of gratuity received by an employee, covered by the Gratuity Act, from various employers in whole of service is exempt from tax to the extent of least of the following three amounts:

* 15 days' salary, based on the last drawn salary, for each completed year of service
* Rs. 3,50,000/-; or
* The gratuity actually received.

B) Gratuity not covered under the Gratuity Act

For Gratuity not covered under the Gratuity Act any gratuity not covered by the Gratuity Act, is exempt from tax to the extent of least of the three amounts

* The half month's salary for each completed year of service; or
* Rs.3,50,000/-; or
* The gratuity actually received.

VRS Compensation

Compensation received at the time of voluntary retirement is exempt up to Rs 5 lakhs under certain conditions.

Deductions from Salary income

Certain deductions are available while determining the taxable salary income.

A) Standard Deduction

Standard deduction from the Assessment year 2004-05

Salary income before giving Standard Deduction

Amount of standard Deduction from the assessment year 2004-05

Income from salary is less than Rs. 1.5 lakhs

40% of gross salary or Rs.30,000 whichever is lower

Income from salary exceeds Rs. 1.5 lakhs but does not exceed Rs. 5 lakhs

Rs. 30,000

Income from Salary exceeds Rs. 5 lakhs

Rs. 20,000/-

B) Professional Tax

Professional tax, which is paid, is allowed as deduction.

C) Arrears salary

If salary is received in arrears or in advance, it can be spread over the years to which it relates and be taxed accordingly as per section 89(1) of the Income tax Act.

House Property Income

Tax is on the annual value of the house property after allowing certain deductions. House Property consists of any building, flat, shop etc., and the land attached to the building.

Computation of income from Self Occupied property

Income is computed after giving certain deductions from the annual value of the property.

A) Computation of annual value of self occupied property

The annual value of Self occupied property is taken as NIL if the property is fully utilized for own residential stay during the year or if the property is not actually occupied as owner and is also not let out. If a property is let out for only a part of the year, proportionate annual value will be calculated.

B) Entitled deductions for self occupied property

The only entitled deduction is interest, if any payable, on loan taken for the purchase or construction of the house property. The maximum deduction on this account is Rs.30,000/-; However, for properties acquired or constructed between the 1st April 1999 and the 1st April 2003 out of borrowed funds, maximum limit is Rs. 1,50,000/-

Computation of income from let out property

Income is computed after giving certain deductions from the net annual value of the let out property.

A) Computation of net value of let out property

For let out properties the gross annual value will be the greater of the following three amounts:

* Municipal value of the property;
* Actual rent received during the year;
* Fair rent i.e. rent of similar properties in the same or similar locality.

Out of the gross annual value, municipal taxes actually paid during the year has to be deducted to arrive at the net annual value.

B) Entitled deductions for let out property

The deductions available for computing House Property Income are:

* 30% of the net annual value for repair and maintenance and rent collection expenses for the property
* Interest on money borrowed to build, buy or repair the property;

Ownership of property

Besides owning property in own name, a person is deemed as owner in following three cases:

* As transferor of the property to spouse or minor child for inadequate or no consideration;
* As holder of an impartible estate or a property in part performance of a contract under the Transfer of Property Act;
* As share holder of a co-operative society or a company, which entitles to hold any property

Capital Gains

If any Capital Asset is sold or transferred, the profits arising out of such sale are taxable as capital gains in the year in which the transfer takes place.

Definition of capital asset

Capital Asset means all moveable or immovable property except trading goods, personal effects, agricultural land other than within municipal areas or within 8 kilometers from it wherever notified and gold bonds. Jewelry and ornament are not personal effects and their sale will attract capital gains.

Distinction between short term and long-term asset

Capital Assets are of two types i.e., long term and short term. Long-term capital assets are assets held for more than 36 months before they are sold or transferred. In case of shares, debentures and mutual fund units the period of holding required is only 12 months. Different rates of tax apply for gains on transfer of the long term and short-term capital assets. Gains on short-term capital asset are taxed as regular income.

Computation of Capital Gains

Capital gains are to be computed by deducting the following three amounts from the consideration money received on transfer of the asset.

i) The actual cost of the asset or its estimated market value as on 1.4.81, if acquired earlier;

ii) The cost of improvement, if any, for the asset;

iii) Expenses incurred on transfer of the asset; and

In case of a long-term capital asset, the costs are increased as per a Cost inflation index for the year.

Cost Inflation index

Click here to view the cost Inflation Index

Exemptions from Capital Gains

In case of Individuals and HUF, long-term capital gains are exempt if the sale proceeds are reinvested in certain assets.

Some examples:

A) Profits on sale of residential house is reinvested in a new residential house.

B) Long term capital gains are invested in notified bonds

These exemptions are subject to certain conditions and the reinvestment has to be made within the prescribed time.

Other Sources Income

Any income other than (a) salary, (b) house property income (c) Income from business or profession, or (d) Capital Gains income, will be taxed as Income from Other Sources. Examples are interest from deposits, winnings from lotteries, races, income from the hiring out of machinery, or machinery compositely with building, royalty, copyright fees, family pension, dividends other than from domestic companies and mutual funds etc.

Allowable Deductions

* In case of winnings from lotteries and races no deduction is allowable.
* For family pension, the allowable deduction is 1/3rd of the pension or Rs. 15,000/- whichever is lower.
* For other cases, any revenue expenditure, exclusively incurred for earning such income is allowed as deduction.
* In case of income from hiring of machinery, depreciation on such machinery is also allowable as deduction.


Deduction is the amount, which is reduced from the gross total income before computing tax.

There are other deductions such as for donations, for repayment of loans taken for educational purposes etc.

Deductions on Interest etc. U/s 80L

If interest is earned on Govt. Securities, Bank deposits, Post Office deposits, debentures, National Savings Certificates etc., deduction up to Rs. 12,000/- u/s 80 L is allowable from the net income after deducting the expenditure incurred in earning it. Further, an additional deduction up to Rs. 3,000/- will be allowable on interest from Govt. Securities, if not already covered in the Rs. 12,000/- limit mentioned earlier.

Deductions on premium for medical insurance

If premium for medical insurance is paid by cheque for a person, or his dependent family member or member of the HUF, deduction up to Rs. 10,000/- for insurance premium paid is allowable. In respect of senior citizens the maximum limit for deduction will be up to Rs. 15,000/-.

Deductions on expenditure on handicapped dependent

If any expenditure has been incurred on the treatment, nursing, training of a handicapped dependent, or for creating an insurance benefit for such person a deduction up to a maximum limit of Rs. 40,000/- u/s 80DD is allowable subject to the condition that doctor working in a government hospital has issued the necessary certificate.

Deductions on treatment of diseases

If an individual or an HUF actually incurs expenditure for treatment of certain specified diseases for himself, dependents or a member of HUF, deduction up to Rs.40,000 /- u/s 80DDB is allowable. For treatment of senior citizens, the amount of deduction will be up to Rs.60,000 /-. This deduction is available only for certain specified diseases.

Deductions on contribution to pension funds

If an individual contributes to specified pension funds deduction up to Rs.10,000 /- u/s 80CCC is allowable. The pension will however be taxable on receipt.


Rebate u/s 88

For the assessment year 2003-04, the amount of rebate is as follows -

1. Tax rebate under section 88 is available at 30% of the net qualifying amount if the following two conditions are satisfied.

a. income chargeable under the head "Salaries" (before giving deduction under section 16) does not exceed Rs. 1,00,000; and

b. income chargeable under the head "Salaries" is not less than 90% of gross total income.

2. If gross total income does not exceed Rs. 1,50,000 ,tax rebate is available at 20% of the net qualifying amount.

3. If gross total income exceeds Rs. 1,50,000 but does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000, tax rebate is available at 15% of the net qualifying amount.

4. If gross total income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000 tax rebate under section 88 is not available.

Rebate for senior citizens

Taxpayers of the age of sixty-five and above, at any time during the relevant previous year, will get an additional rebate from tax payable up to a maximum of Rs 20,000/-.

Rebate for women taxpayers

All women resident in India get a special rebate up to Rs. 5,000/- out of the tax payable by them. This rebate will not be allowable for women tax payers above sixty five at any time during the relevant previous year, who will get senior citizen rebate of Rs. 20,000/-.
8th September 2009 From India, Mumbai
Dear Shankar, The Gratuity amount is taken for the life time. If the Gratuity amount received in any parts exceeds 3.5 Lakh, then over and above amount is taxable. Regards, Dinakar.V HR
8th September 2009 From India, Hyderabad
Hi All,
Under the present Gratuity Act and IT rule upto Rs 3.5 lacs is not taxable. As per latest Finance Bill gratuity paid to an employee not exiting on supernannuation are likely to be taxed wef 2009-10. However, full details in this regard are yet to be published.
8th September 2009 From India, Calcutta
as per present Act only Rs. 3.50 lakhs is the upper limit from all sources. Not taxable if calculated 15/26 for each completed year subject to limit of Rs.3.50-any payment fom earlier employer
9th September 2009 From India, Delhi
Dear Mr Rajat Joshi
I need further clarification
suppose a employee works for a company for 6 years and attains gratuity and gets exemption upto 3.5 lakhs
and if he works for another company and works for 7 years , my question is whether he is eligible for gratuity as per rules and whether the 3.5 exemption limit is applicable on this case too or he has to pay tax on entire amount of gratuity
your response is urgently required, thanks in advance
R sudhakar

9th September 2009 From India, Madras
Dear all,
The basic question raised is whether income from Gratuity is taxable or not? I would like to clarify that amonut received as gratuity (as per the Gratuity Act.) is not tabxable upto Rs. 3,50,000/- however income received on receipted gratuity (after Investment) is fully taxable as per the Income Slab laid down under IT Act.
Some Companies consider Gratuity amount in CTC and keeping the practice to pay accumulated Gratuity as per CTC , at the time of full n final settlement of the employee though he rendered the service below than 5 years. In such case though such company labelled as Gratuity but under the IT Act it is considered as regular salary Income like other allowances and not as Gratuity, hence treated such income as taxable Income.
11th September 2009 From India, Pune
Hi shankar
Tks for your reply , my question is
Suppose "A" works for ABC for 7 years and got gratuity of 5 lakhs and got exempted upto 3.5 lakhs and pays tax on 1.5 lakhs and again works for another comapny XYZ for 10 years and gets gratuity of 10 lakhs
Now my question is whether A needs to pay tax on 10 lakhs or 6.5 lakhs and who tracks whether the Grautity exemption had already been availed by an individual
R Sudhakar

15th September 2009 From India, Madras
HI Sudhakar,
I have already posted my detailed comment on similar question on this thread only (you may refer to it). In view of your example, as you paid tax on 1.5 lakh (difference) received from your first employment, you have to have pay tax on full amount of gratuity received from all subsequent employers. As regard to tracking of Tax, you must be aware that IT department has implemented MAPPING system based on your PAN. Thus all transaction carried out through out your life are recorded at single page (your PAN). Obviously, if IT act is so clear on taxation front, they will implement system to track your income received under different head. Moreover, it will be questioned to you during Scrutiny of your return where you might have reported receipt of Gratuity.
It's better to be clear today to stay tense free future. Hoping your query is answered in full.
15th September 2009 From India, Mumbai
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