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by 5paisa Research Team Last Updated: 2023-04-25T16:41:00+05:30
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Introduction

Section 80CCD is a provision in the Indian Income Tax Act that provides tax benefits to individuals who contribute towards the National Pension System (NPS). It is divided into two sub-sections: Section 80CCD(1) and Section 80CCD(2). In total, an individual can claim a maximum deduction of up to Rs. 2 lakhs per financial year under Section 80CCD(1) and 80CCD(2).

Section 80CCD(1) and 80CCD(2)

Section 80CCD(1)

Section 80CCD(1) of the Indian Income Tax Act provides tax benefits to individuals who contribute towards the National Pension System (NPS). The deduction under this section is available to both salaried and self-employed individuals who contribute towards their NPS account.
The deduction allowed under this section is limited to 10% of the individual's salary (in the case of salaried individuals) or 20% of the individual's gross total income (in the case of self-employed individuals). 
It is important to note that the deduction under Section 80CCD(1) is a part of the overall limit of Rs. 2 lakh available under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. Therefore, the total deduction that can be claimed under Sections 80C, 80CCC, and 80CCD(1) cannot exceed Rs. 2 lakh in a financial year which includes a standard deduction of Rs 50,000.
To claim the deduction under Section 80CCD(1), individuals need to contribute towards their NPS account. The contributions can be made in the form of regular or one-time payments and can be made through various modes such as net banking, debit/credit cards, and NPS mobile applications. The NPS account can be opened with any of the registered Point of Presence (POP) service providers or online through the eNPS portal.

Section 80CCD(2)

Section 80CCD(2) of the Indian Income Tax Act provides an additional tax deduction to individuals who contribute towards the National Pension System (NPS). This deduction is over and above the deduction allowed under Section 80CCD(1).
Under Section 80CCD(2), an individual can claim a deduction of up to 10% of their salary (in case of salaried individuals) or 20% of their total gross income (in case of self-employed individuals) towards the contribution made by their employer to their NPS account. 
Notably, the deduction under Section 80CCD(2) is available only to salaried individuals. Self-employed individuals are not eligible to claim this deduction.
To claim the deduction under Section 80CCD(2), the employer needs to contribute towards the employee's NPS account. The contribution can be made in addition to the contribution made towards the employee's Provident Fund (PF) account. The employer's contribution towards the NPS account is usually a part of the employee's overall compensation package.
It is also important to note that the deduction allowed under Section 80CCD(2) is a part of the overall limit of Rs. 2 lahks available under Section 80CCE of the Income Tax Act. 
 

Eligibility for ClaimingTax Deductions under section 80CCD

To claim tax deductions under Section 80CCD of the Indian Income Tax Act, an individual needs to meet the following eligibility criteria:

●    Contribution towards NPS account: The individual must have made contributions towards their National Pension System (NPS) account. The contributions can be made in the form of regular or one-time payments.
●    Residential status: The individual must be a resident of India for the financial year in which they are claiming the tax deduction.
●    Salaried or self-employed: Both salaried and self-employed individuals can claim a tax deduction under Section 80CCD.
●    Maximum limit: The total deduction that can be claimed under Sections 80C, 80CCC, and 80CCD(1) cannot exceed Rs. 1.5 lakh in a financial year. Similarly, the maximum deduction allowed under Section 80CCD(2) is also Rs. 1.5 lakh per financial year with an additional Rs 50,000 standard deduction.
●    Employer contribution: To claim the tax deduction under Section 80CCD(2), the individual must have received a contribution from their employer towards their NPS account.

It is important to note that the tax deductions under Section 80CCD are subject to certain conditions and limitations, and it is advisable to consult a tax professional or a qualified financial advisor to understand the specific rules and regulations governing the provisions of Section 80CCD.
 

Benefits of section CCD

Section 80CCD of the Indian Income Tax Act offers several benefits to individuals who contribute towards the National Pension System (NPS). Some of the key benefits of Section 80CCD are:

1.    Tax benefits: One of the primary benefits of Section 80CCD is the tax deduction that can be claimed by individuals who contribute towards their NPS account. The deduction allowed under Section 80CCD(1) is limited to 10% of the individual's salary or 20% of their total gross income, while the deduction allowed under Section 80CCD(2) is over and above the deduction allowed under Section 80CCD(1).
2.    Retirement planning: By contributing towards their NPS account, individuals can plan for their retirement and build a corpus that can provide them with a regular source of income after they retire.
3.    Flexibility: The NPS offers individuals the flexibility to choose their investment options and allocate their funds across various asset classes, such as equities, corporate bonds, and government securities.
4.    Low cost: The NPS has a low-cost structure, which means that the fees and charges associated with the scheme are minimal compared to other retirement planning options.
5.    Transparency: The NPS is a transparent scheme, and individuals can track the performance of their investments and make changes to their portfolio as per their investment objectives and risk appetite.
Overall, Section 80CCD provides individuals with a tax-efficient and cost-effective option to plan for their retirement and build a corpus that can help them achieve their long-term financial goals.
 

National Pension Scheme under 80CCD

The National Pension System (NPS) is a retirement savings scheme that was launched by the Government of India in 2004. It is regulated by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) and is open to all citizens of India, including NRIs.

Under Section 80CCD of the Indian Income Tax Act, contributions made towards the NPS are eligible for tax deductions. There are two sub-sections under Section 80CCD:

1.    Section 80CCD(1): This sub-section allows individuals to claim a tax deduction of up to 10% of their salary (for salaried individuals) or 20% of their gross total income (for self-employed individuals) towards their contribution to the NPS. The maximum deduction that can be claimed under this sub-section is Rs. 1.5 lakh per financial year, including deductions under Sections 80C and 80CCC.

2.    Section 80CCD(2): This sub-section allows individuals who are employed by the Central Government or any other employer to claim an additional tax deduction of up to 10% of their salary (basic salary + dearness allowance) towards the contribution made by their employer towards their NPS account. The maximum deduction that can be claimed under this sub-section is also Rs. 1.5 lakh per financial year.

The NPS offers individuals the flexibility to choose their investment options and allocate their funds across various asset classes, such as equities, corporate bonds, and government securities. The scheme also offers a range of annuity options to individuals upon retirement, providing a regular income source.

Overall, the NPS is a tax-efficient and cost-effective option for individuals to plan for retirement and build a corpus to help them achieve their long-term financial goals.
 

Atal Pension Yojana (APY) under 80CCD

Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is a pension scheme launched by the Government of India in 2015. The scheme is aimed at providing a guaranteed minimum pension to individuals in the unorganized sector who do not have access to any formal pension scheme. The APY is regulated by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).
Under Section 80CCD of the Indian Income Tax Act, contributions made towards the APY are eligible for tax deductions. The APY falls under the purview of Section 80CCD(1B), which was introduced in the Finance Act of 2015. This sub-section allows individuals to claim a tax deduction of up to Rs. 50,000 per financial year towards their contribution to the APY.
To be eligible for the APY, an individual must be between 18 and 40 years old and have a savings bank account. The contribution towards the APY is based on the age of the subscriber and the pension amount they wish to receive upon retirement. The minimum pension amount under the APY is Rs. 1,000 per month, and the maximum pension amount is Rs. 5,000 per month.
The APY provides a guaranteed minimum pension to individuals in the unorganized sector and helps them plan for their retirement. By contributing towards the APY, individuals can secure a regular source of income after they retire. The tax deduction allowed under Section 80CCD(1B) further incentivizes individuals to invest in the APY and secure their future.
Overall, the APY is an important pension scheme for individuals in the unorganized sector and provides them with a tax-efficient and cost-effective option to plan for their retirement.
 

Terms and Conditions for deductions under section 80CCD

To claim tax deductions under Section 80CCD of the Indian Income Tax Act, individuals need to fulfill certain terms and conditions, which are as follows:

1.    Eligibility criteria: The individual should be a resident of India and should have contributed towards their National Pension System (NPS), or Atal Pension Yojana (APY) account to be eligible for tax deductions under Section 80CCD.

2.    Contribution limit: The maximum deduction that can be claimed under Section 80CCD(1) is 10% of the individual's salary (for salaried individuals) or 20% of their total gross income (for self-employed individuals). The maximum deduction that can be claimed under Section 80CCD(2) is also 10% of the individual's salary (basic salary + dearness allowance).

3.    Maximum deduction limit: The maximum deduction that can be claimed under Section 80CCD (1) is Rs. 1.5 lakh per financial year, including deductions under Sections 80C and 80CCC. The maximum deduction that can be claimed under Section 80CCD(2) is also Rs. 1.5 lakh per financial year.

4.    Withdrawal restrictions: The contributions made towards the NPS or APY account cannot be withdrawn before the individual reaches the age of 60 years. Partial withdrawals are allowed under certain conditions, but they are subject to tax implications.

5.    Annuity purchase: At the time of retirement, the individual must use at least 40% of the accumulated corpus to purchase an annuity that will provide a regular source of income.

6.    Taxation of pension income: The pension income received by the individual after retirement is taxable as per the individual's income tax slab rate.

Overall, Section 80CCD provides individuals with tax-efficient and cost-effective options to plan for their retirement and build a corpus that can help them achieve their long-term financial goals. However, individuals need to fulfil the above terms and conditions to claim tax deductions under Section 80CCD.
 

How to file a section 80CCD deduction claim?

To claim a deduction under Section 80CCD, individuals need to follow the below-mentioned steps:

1.    Obtain the statement of contributions: If you are a salaried employee and have contributed towards the NPS or APY, you can obtain a statement of contributions from your employer. If you are a self-employed individual, you can obtain a statement of contributions from the NPS or APY account provider.
2.    Calculate the eligible deduction amount: Calculate the maximum deduction amount that you are eligible for under Section 80CCD. This would depend on the amount contributed towards the NPS or APY and the applicable limits.
3.    Enter the details in the income tax return: While filing the income tax return, enter the details of the contributions made towards the NPS or APY and the eligible deduction amount in the relevant section of the income tax return form.
4.    Verify and submit the income tax return: After entering all the relevant details, verify and submit the income tax return online. You can use the Aadhaar OTP, net banking, or digital signature to verify your income tax return.
5.    Keep records: It is advisable to maintain records of the contributions made towards the NPS or APY and the tax deduction claimed under Section 80CCD for future reference.

It is important to note that while claiming the tax deduction, individuals need to ensure that they comply with the terms and conditions of Section 80CCD, such as the contribution limits, withdrawal restrictions, and annuity purchase requirements. Non-compliance with the terms and conditions could lead to the tax deduction being disallowed, resulting in additional tax liability.
 

Conclusion

Section 80CCD of the Indian Income Tax Act provides tax benefits to individuals who contribute towards the National Pension System (NPS) or Atal Pension Yojana (APY) for their retirement planning. Individuals can claim tax deductions under Section 80CCD(1) and Section 80CCD(2), subject to certain terms and conditions, such as contribution limits, maximum deduction limits, withdrawal restrictions, and annuity purchase requirements. 

Claiming tax deductions under Section 80CCD can help individuals save taxes and plan for their long-term financial goals. It is important to comply with the terms and conditions of Section 80CCD while claiming the tax deduction and maintain records of the contributions and deductions for future reference.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Contributions made towards the National Pension System (NPS) and Atal Pension Yojana (APY) are eligible for tax deductions under Section 80CCD of the Indian Income Tax Act. Employees can claim a deduction under Section 80CCD(1) for their own contributions towards their NPS account, while employers can claim a deduction under Section 80CCD(2) for contributions made towards their employees' NPS accounts. 

The maximum deduction that can be claimed under section 80CCD varies based on the type of contribution and the section under which the deduction is claimed. For contributions made towards an individual's own NPS account, the maximum deduction under Section 80CCD(1) is 10% of salary or 20% of total gross income, depending on whether the individual is salaried or self-employed.

Yes, an additional deduction is available under Section 80CCD(1) of the Income Tax Act. If an individual has exhausted the maximum deduction limit under Section 80C (which is Rs. 1.5 lahks in a financial year), they can claim an additional deduction of up to Rs. 50,000 under Section 80CCD(1) for contributions made towards their NPS account. 

Yes, an individual can claim deductions under both sections 80CCD(1) and 80CCD(1B) of the Income Tax Act. Section 80CCD(1) allows individuals to claim a deduction of up to 10% of their salary or 20% of their total gross income for contributions made towards their own NPS account.