15G Exempts TDS on Taxable Income below a threshold limit!

Form 15G can be filed with the prescribed financial institution if the individual’s total income is less than the basic exemption amount.

Where interest income from time deposits with prescribed financial institutions for a financial year (FY) exceeds the required maximum (currently 40,000), TDS at the applicable rate is deducted, according to the rules of the Income Tax Act.

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When an individual’s total income is less than the basic exemption limit, he or she can file Form 15G with a prescribed financial institution (such as a bank) to request that no taxes be withheld from the interest income made on the deposits.

Furthermore, if the tax rate at which the total income is subject to tax is NIL or lower than the rate at which the TDS is deducted (regardless of any advance tax paid by the recipient of income), the recipient of income may apply to the jurisdictional tax officer in the prescribed form for a lower or NIL deduction certificate (LDC). Following an examination of the appropriate papers, the tax officer may issue an LDC indicating a lower rate of TDS deduction at his or her discretion. TDS will be deducted at the rate provided in the LDC in this circumstance.

Separately, take notice of the following from the perspective of the timing of taxation of such income. The interest income you receive from recurring deposits is taxed under the heading “income from other sources” (IFOS) according to the accounting system you use on a regular basis (i.e. mercantile/cash basis).

As a result, if you have previously offered interest income or revenue from other sources on an accrual/receipt basis, you might use the same approach for income from these RDs. The interest income will be taxed at the slab rates that apply to you for the fiscal year in which it is received. Any TDS already deducted by the bank on these deposits during the relevant FY will be credited against the income tax you owe for that year. If the amount of taxes deducted at source is less than the appropriate tax rate, you must pay the difference in advance tax in the specified instalments.