October 26, 2020

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Relief under section 89(1) for arrears of salary With Automated Income Tax Arrears Relief Calculator U/s 89(1) with Form 10E from F.Y.2000-01 to F.Y. 2019-20 in Excel

Did you
receive any advance salary or arrears of salary? If yes, you
might be worried about the tax implications of the same. Do I have to pay taxes
on the total amount? What about the tax calculations of the previous year and
so on? Taxpayers who have such questions in their mind, here is all that you
need to know. 

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By now, you
would have already figured out that income tax is calculated on the total
income of a taxpayer for a certain year. The income can either be in the form
of salary or family pension or other sources of income. However, there might be
scenarios where you have received arrears of family pension or
pending salary during the current fiscal year. It can happen that an income tax
payer gets a part of his profit or salary in advance or as arrears in any
financial year, which increases his total income thereby increase the payable
taxes. In such a case, an application can be made and the assessing officer can
grant a relief to the tax payer. To sum it up, the Income Tax Act ensures there
is parity in the income tax slab rates, and thus, when a portion of the income
received does not pertain to the current year, a relief is granted so that the
taxable income does not increase.

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To ensure that
you are not burdened with paying additional taxes, the income tax department
provides Relief U/s 89(1). If you receive any pension or payments for the
previous year, you will not be taxed on the total amount for the current year.
Essentially keeping you away from paying extra taxes, because there was a delay
in payment.
To avail the
benefits under Section 89(1) you would need to submit Form 10E. What
is Form 10E would be the most obvious question. The details of Form 10E,
along with how and why to submit the same is provided in detail below.

What is relief under section 89(1)?

When the
taxpayer receives:
1.    
Arrears of salary or 
2.    
Advance salary or
3.    
Arrears of family pension
then such
amount is taxable in the Financial Year in which it is received.
However,
relief under section 89(1) is provided to reduce additional tax 
Burden due to
delay in receiving such income. 

How to calculate relief under section 89(1)?

Here are the
steps to calculate relief under section 89(1) of Income Tax Act, 1961:
1.    
Calculate tax payable on total income including arrears
in the year in which it is received.
2.    
Calculate tax payable on total income excluding arrears
in the year in which it is received.
3.    
Calculate difference between (1) and (2).
4.    
Calculate tax payable on total income of the year to
which arrears are related, including arrears.
5.    
Calculate tax payable on total income of the year to
which arrears are related, excluding arrears.
6.    
Calculate the difference between (4) and (5).
7.    
The amount of relief will be the excess amount of (3)
over (6). No relief shall be allowed if the amount of (6) is more than the
amount in (3).

Example on how to calculate relief under section 89(1)

Mr. A has total the income of Rs. 6,00,000/- for Financial Year 2017-18 (Assessment Year 2018-19)
and received arrears of Rs. 1,50,000/- for Financial Year 2011-12 (Assessment
Year 2012-13). The total income for Financial Year 2011-12 is Rs.
2,00,000/-.
The relief
will be calculated as follows:
1.    
Tax on total income of Rs. 7,50,000/- (Rs. 6,00,000+Rs.
1,50,000) including arrears for F.Y. 2017-18 is Rs. 64,375/- (as per rates
applicable for F.Y. 2017-18 i.e. A.Y. 2018-19).
2.    
Tax on total income of Rs. 6,00,000/- excluding arrears
for F.Y. 2016-17 is Rs. 33,475/-
3.    
Difference between (1) and (2) is Rs. 30,900/- (as
per rates applicable for F.Y. 2017-18 i.e. A.Y. 2018-19).
4.    
Tax on total income of Rs. 3,50,000/- (Rs. 2,00,000+Rs.
1,50,000) including arrears for F.Y. 2011-12 is Rs. 17,510/- (as per rates
applicable for F.Y. 2011-12 i.e A.Y. 2012-13).
5.    
Tax on total income of Rs. 2,00,000/- excluding arrears
for F.Y. 2011-12 is Rs. 2,060/- (as per rates applicable for F.Y. 2011-12
i.e A.Y. 2012-13).
6.    
Difference between (4) and (5) is 15,450/-
7.    
The amount of relief will be Rs. 15,450/- [excess
amount of (3) over (6)]

What is Form 10E?

For claiming
relief under section 89(1) for arrears of salary received, it is mandatory to
file Form 10E with the Income Tax department. If Form 10E is not filed and
relief is claimed, then the taxpayer is most likely to receive notice from
Income Tax department for not filing Form 10E.

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