Dear Members:
I request you kindly clarify if meal vouchers offered to employees by Employer as part of salary are exempt from taxable income or not.
Would appreciate a response with references and examples.
Finally, i would like to thank and appreciate the founders of this forum for providing it as a effective platform for HR fraternity.

From India, Hyderabad
Hi. If u offer meal cards from salary it will be taxable. But if u offer apart from salay it is exempt.
From India, Mumbai
Hi All,
Im working in a Pune base manufacturing cum Fabricationn Company.The HR department had been set up vry recently.We want to implement Employee Id Card along with card reader or even a simple ID
(plastic card) cards for employees in our company.So can anyone forward me the contact person details of the same in Pune.Please help its very urgent, even can mail me the details to

From India, Pune
Dear Sashi: It seems your have posted this request by mistake in this section of CiteHR. Please post your request in the relevant section. Regards Ravikanth
From India, Hyderabad
the meal vouchers are exempted from tax provided they are used only for meals in the company but FBT is applicable for them

Meal vouchers if part of the salary are fully taxable. They should be in addition to the salary. Usually upto Rs. 1000 per employee. In this case then Rs. 12,000 a year will be tax exempt.
From India, Mumbai
Meal vouchers are exempt from Tax as of now, whether they form a part of the salary or no. The limit can go upto Rs 3000/- per month

I think all of us have given our opinions, what u can do is talk to the Regional Manager- Sodexo - Ahmedabad region, Mr.Bala, when u call him u can tell him that i have given u the reference. They are into this business , he will tell u all the facts

Income Tax : 100% exemption for the employee
FBT : 100% exemption for the employer
As this is a meal voucher, it is advisable to make the calculation on a daily allowance basis. Though there is no upper cap for the meal allowance but the vendors recommend Rs.75/- per working day.

From Germany
Meal vouchers are not taxable. There is no limit specified under Income Tax Act but an amout should be "considerable". You may go upto Rs. 75/- per day.
It is also exempted from Fringe Benefit Tax.
Sanjay Shende

From India, Mumbai

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