Yes an employer can keep different HRA rates in same establishment, once he pays more % than the min.HRA fixed by statute. In maharahstra we have House rent allowance act. According to it, an employer has to pay min.5% HRA on (Basic+da) or consolidated Basic salary. However, we have 3 different HRA % .
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When you are calculating HRA for tax exemption you take into consideration four aspects which includes salary, HRA received, the actual rent paid and where you reside, i.e. if it is a metro or non-metro.
If these aspects remain constant through the year, then tax exemption is calculated as a whole annually, if this is subject to change, as in a rent hike or shift in residence etc. then it is calculated on a monthly basis.
The place of residence is significant in HRA calculation as for a metro the tax exemption for HRA is 50% of the basic salary while for non-metros it is 40% of the basic salary.
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I agree with Ajay, in an organization HRA can be different for employees based on their Location. For Example a company in Gurgaon gives 40% of basic as HRA to the employee staying in Gurgaon while gives 50% of basic as HRA to the employee staying in Delhi.
But with regard to your question it should not be based on employee experience...
Our company has just revised the percentage for HRA and the employees are all working in the same location (about 10) and employees who have joined in the last year for whom the slab is still the previous one.
The newer joinees get the revised percentage, same with the older ones, but the employees with less than a year in the organization fall in the prior slab.. It really looked uneven to me, so i posed the question.
Thanks again for the help.