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Understanding taxes: What is your tax slab?

Last updated on: March 23, 2010 16:45 IST

Understanding taxes: What is your tax slab?



It's that time of the year again when many of us find ourselves in a mad rush to make our investments and get our paperwork in order. As tax filing season rolls around, it's not uncommon to feel totally lost about the taxes you need to pay to the government and the documents you need. So to help you make sense of your taxes, shares some pointers...

Given in the table alongside are the income tax slab rates for FY 2009-10 (corresponding to Assessment Year 2010-2011).

Let's take an example to clearly understand the tax calculation. Vikky, 30, is a marketing manager employed at XYZ with taxable income of Rs 9,90,000. As per the tax slab, his tax liability (including education cess of 3 per cent) would come to Rs 2,07,030 for FY 09-10.

Instead of paying such high amounts in tax, one can claim various deductions under Chapter VI A and reduce the net taxable amount. This way one can invest as per his/her financial goals and save on taxes too.

Let's continue the same example to see how much can be saved in taxes by investing in tax saving instruments under Chapter VIA.

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Let's assume Vikky had bought a mediclaim insurance policy in FY 2009-10 (insurance premium Rs 10,000 pa). He has also invested in PPF for Rs 40,000, term life insurance policy (insurance premium Rs 25,000; annual), ULIP (premium Rs 26,000; annual), tax saving mutual fund (amount invested in FY 2009-10 is Rs 50,000), pension plan of mutual fund PQR (contribution for FY 2009-10 is Rs 25,000).

From the above, you can see that Vikky has invested a total of Rs 1,66,000 in various tax saving products for FY 2009-10 apart from the contribution to mediclaim insurance policy. As per the tax slabs for FY 2009-10, he can claim a maximum of Rs 1 lakh tax deduction with Sec 80C, Sec 80CCC (contribution to pension funds) put together and up to Rs 15,000 pa for payment towards medical insurance premium paid towards policy for self.

Therefore, under Sec 80C and Sec 80CCC he gets a deduction of Rs 1 lakh and under Sec 80D he gets a deduction of Rs 10,000. Claiming the total tax deduction of Rs 1,10,000, his net taxable income reduces to Rs 8,80,000. Hence, his tax liability is reduced to Rs 1,73,040; a saving of Rs 33,990, which can be directed towards other investments/ financial commitments.  

This is a simple example of saving taxes through investments in government-approved schemes.   

Note: Surcharge of 10 per cent on income tax is not applicable from FY 2009-10.

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Given below is a list of some of the essential documents you will require when filing you taxes:

Documents for salaried individuals with/without interest income

  • Form 16, salary certificate
  • Receipt of investments made

Documents for house property income:

  • Rental income details (rental receipts, bank statements)
  • Municipal tax/property tax payment receipts
  • Interest certificate for loans

Income from capital gains:

  • Proof of sale
  • Proof for 'cost of acquisition' and 'cost of improvement'
  • Proof of purchase of original asset

Income from business/profession:

  • Financial statements
  • Audit report/certificate (if required)
  • In case of salaried class, you may consider availing reimbursements from your employer and take maximum advantage of the same. A person in a lower tax slab can reduce his tax liability with exemptions alone.

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