Tax Planning for Senior Citizens (A.Y. 2016-17 and A.Y. 2015-16)

Tax Planning for  Senior Citizens A.Y. 2016-17 and A.Y. 2015-16: The category of senior citizens has been under the purview of income tax from a very long time. However, there has been certain relief that has been provided to them when it comes to imposing taxes on their income. A person is regarded as a senior citizen if the person is above the age of 60 years. Some of the tax planning tips for senior citizens is as follows:

Maximum Age Limit of Senior Citizens & Very Senior Citizens?

The age limit for a senior citizen is 60 years or more for A.Y. 2016-17 & 2015-16. The age limit for very senior citizens is 80 years or more for A.Y. 2016-17 & 2015.16.

Basic Exemption Limit

When it comes to determining the basic limit for computing tax liability, the senior citizen section enjoys a freedom upto Rs. 3,00, 000 per year (A.Y.2016-17) and same for A.Y. 2015-16. Any income which is within the prescribed limit shall necessarily be exempted from the purview of taxation. A very senior citizens can claim up to Rs. 5,00,000.

Senior citizens (60 years or above) not having any income from business or profession shall not be liable to pay advance tax.

For more information go to: Computation of taxable Income and tax payable for individuals

Permissible Deductions

  • Investments: Deduction in respect of life insurance premium, provident funds, repayment of housing loan etc. up to a maximum of Rs.1,50,000/-[Sec. 80C].
  • Additional deduction of Rs. 50,000 (maximum) for contribution to notified Pension Scheme.
  • Investment in health policies: Just like the benefits which accrue to the ordinary residents, even senior citizens are entitled to receive a deduction of Rs. 30, 000 (only for senior citizens) (A.Y.2016-17)/ Rs.20,000 (A.Y.2015-16). When they invest in medical policies under the section 80D. Check complete detail about deduction under section 80D (mediclaim)
  • One more deduction related to mediclaim added from A.Y.2016-17 i.e. expenditure on medical treatment of resident very senior citizen (80 years or above) not having medical insurance cover, shall also be deductible within the aforesaid limit of Rs.30,000. [w.e.f. 1.4.2016 A.Y.2016-17]

Check all income tax deduction from Gross Total Income

Apart from this, see articles on tax planning  and how to save tax?

There are also numerous other options for “Tax Planning for  Senior Citizens A.Y. 2016-17 and A.Y. 2015-16” that can be conceived and cleverly implemented such that the seniors can avail the maximum tax benefit and end up with as lesser tax liability as possible. But it should be remembered that no unfair means should be used while framing a valid tax planning session else the same case then might turn into a case of tax evasion. Make your decisions wise and thoughts wiser because after all whatever you pay to the Government in form of taxes are ultimately spend on your benefits and comfort.

On Income of Rs.7,60,000, senior citizens is not liable to pay tax planning.

Yes it is true, if you are senior citizen then you don’t need to pay tax on income up to Rs.7,60,000. But it is possible only by proper tax planning.

  1. Loss can be claim up to Rs. 2,00,000 (A.Y.2016-17) for housing loan (self occupied property)
  2. deduction u/s 80 C of LIC, PPF and other tax saving schemes – 1,50,000/-
  3. Deduction of medical insurance u/s 80 D – Rs. 30,000/- (A.Y.2016-17)
  4. Deduction u/s 80CCB (1B) Rs.50,000/- (New Pension Scheme)
  5. Deduction u/s 80TTA (Saving A/c Interest) Rs. 10,000/-

Total deduction is equal to Rs. 4,40,000/- 

Gross Total Income (7,60,000) – Total Deduction (4,40,000) = Net Taxable Income (3,20,000)

On Net Taxable Income – 3,20,000, tax will be Rs. 2,000, less rebate u/s 87A Rs.2,000 So net income tax payable is NIL. 


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  1. I understand limit in PPF is 100,000.

    1. it is 70000.

      1. PPF exemption limit is 100,000 from last year.

      2. It is 1,00,000/-

      3. I am a senior citizen 66 years. I have income from pension Rs 5.9 lac, interest from s/b account 35,249/-, interest from FD 3,92,233, prof. income 10,000/- house rent income 84,000/-and POIMS interest 16,080/- . I intent to save 1.5 lakh to avail 80C.

        My question is whether as a senior citizen have I any deduction from my FD interest over and above the exception of 1.5 lac under 80 c and 10,000/- exception from savings bank interest in Assessment year 2015-16 ?

    2. limit is 100000

  2. Is NRI senior citizen subject to the above limits? Should be grateful for the information. Thanks.

    1. NRI senior citizen should have the same status as these tax rules are made for everyone in general

  3. By which date a senior citizen has to pay his income tax as he is not required to pay advance tax from this financial year.

  4. Is Interest received on PPF taxable for senior citizen

    1. PPF interest is tax exempted for all including senior citizens and junior citizens.

  5. Sr.citizen having no buisness income may pay his income tax in the month of july 3013 before submitting income tax return? pls. clarify.

  6. Sorry it is july 2013.

    1. What the query, seen to have so far remained unanswered, refers to is the payment by way of self-assessment. But, what is not to be oversighted is the other requirement of ‘advance tax’ should that apply to a given case.

  7. Praphulla Kumar

    My Grandfather is State Government Employee and he will be retired on 31st March’13 on account of completion of 60 years on 10th march’13

    My Question is: Senior Citizenship rebate will be allowed or not for the FY 2012-13 ?

    Pls Help

    1. Rebate will be allowed for FY 2013-14 only. I am also a retired person, retired several years back and had to clarify this point about the eligibility from which year.

      1. you are wrong. pl. contact deptt. of income tax .

    2. A K Verma , Sr. Citizen

      sr. citizenship rebate will be applicable even if he completes his age of 60 yrs. on 31st march 2013 .

    3. SURE – Your Grand Father is Valid to Get Rebate of Senior Citizen for F.Y 2012-13. He completed his 60 in this financial year so Valid.

  8. The short term capital gains will be tax free if the basic threshold limit of 15% is not crossed.This is not well understood.

  9. The 5.2 Lakhs threshold sounds like a joke.Can’t imagine a Senior Citizen stil refunding his Housing Loan!! 80D limit 15000 or 20000? Writeup says 15000, example says 20000.

    1. A Joke , When a H/Loan can be availed in age of Senior citizen

  10. Is the interesdt earned from post office monthly income scheme upto 12,000 rupees exempt from income tax as mentioned in your article ? Please confirm whether this is a fact.

  11. Section 80L is no more valid.

  12. I think now for availing deduction of Rs 100000/- one can invest the entire amount in PPF under sec80C as against Rs 70000/- earlier. Is this true?

    1. Yes, it is true. 100,000 rupees can be invested in PPF to claim full exemption.

  13. I am a senior citizen and house wife. Most of my income is from Fixed Deposits. My total income before allowing deductions wont cross 2,50,000(excluding dividend income and long term capital gains on shares). There is never a short term capital gain. Do I need to file returns?

    1. Yes, any person with income other than salary income + Savings bank interest is liable to file income tax return, even though there is no tax liability. Any one with FD interest income or long term capital gain have to file income tax return even though there is no tax liability because the interest income is less than 2,50,000 for a senior citizen. Best to consult a chartered accountant.

  14. Lalitha Hariharan

    a person born during june, 1933 – whether senior citizen or very senior citizen

    1. He is still a Senior Citizen. He shall be considered Very Senior Citizen only in F.Y. 2013-14.

  15. How much as a senior citicen can get exemption on my own medical expensex? could any one help me?

  16. Total interest income from Babnks and MIS (Poast Office)
    is Rs.4,40,000/- per year. I am retired from Service on supernnuation (60 years) what would be my tax liability for
    the AY 2013-14. I am getting full medical reimbursement from
    my employer i.e. BHEl. and hence I have no mediclaim.
    I do not have reental income too. Only interest income as
    shown above. Do I need to file I.T.return at all.

  17. krishna rani chadda

    i am 80 yrs old.I have sold my house and staying with my son.i want to gift the sale proceeds to my son as i want to help him in purchase of house.whether i am liable to any capital gain tax

  18. Ananthanarayanan

    I m a aged 65 . is there an exemption for me not to pay service tax on the services provided by me

  19. Hello, thanks nice article. I pay fee
    to my accountant to manage my tax affairs. Is this deductible? Also are any
    repairs to self-occupied house property claimable?

  20. hi, my age is 80 years and few months. my tenant wants to submit HRA claim at his office and asked for my PAN number. i hope as i’m above 80 (super senior citizen), i don’t have to share my PAN number. Rent is Rs.17,000 per month. In such case, a declaration can be given by me to my tenant. hope i’m correct. please let me know and the correct declaration form. Thank you.

  21. i m a 71 year sr citizen lady having income from various sources like rent income and income from bank interest and so plan to give loan.

  22. My father in law expired in Dec 2013 he was of the age of 92 , his wife was not an earning member and as such she is 82 years , now after his death all the investments have been transfered on her name and she earns interest on the same . She would need to start filing her returns so what is the benifits she can claim.

  23. my father in law just retired. he will get 23000/month pension and got 20 lakhs. if he make fd of 20lakhs he will get 180000 as interest so he will accumulate 456000. what will be the income tax figure. he dont have hbl. only sbi life of 20000/ann

  24. Is the transport allowance applicable to pensioners

  25. Amalendu sarkar

    I am a senior citizen I want to make payment tax for 2014-2015 which will ending 31st march 2015. through
    net banking. pl guide which form use A.Y 2015-2016 CORRECT OR NOT .ADVANCE PAYMENT OR NOT

  26. i am a senior citizen having age 63 and my pension + interest on fixed deposit will be around 600000(6 lac).
    I know I can save tax upto 5 lac (3 lac exemption and 2 lac investment).So i have to pay tax on 1 lac i.e 10000.Kindly tell me last date to pay this tax for AY 2015-2016.

  27. I am a working senior citizen. I come under the highest income tax bracket. since investment in NPS for the purpose of tax saving is available only upto the age of 60years , how do I avail of the additional Rs 50000 deduction apart from Rs 150000 in PPF?

  28. I am a senior citizen :
    Pension income : Rs1.88,000 , FD interest + bank interest comes to Rs 3.20,000/-.
    do i get any benefit under section 80 C as PPF invested 1.00 L , SCSS scheme

    Please guide

  29. I am a senior citizen having age 78 and my pension + interest on fixed deposit will be around 600000(6 lac).
    Kindly tell me know the tax to be paid considering deduction under section 80 C if applicable. for AY 2014-15.
    what would be the deduction amount and under which section

    regards & Thanks


    Senior citizenship rebate for f.y.2015-16 (a.y.2016*17) will be applicable even if I complete my age of 60 yrs. on 12th September 2015.

  31. In order to help my son claim HRA (HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE) EXEMPTION from being computed as his taxable income,I suggested he give declaration to his employers that I am receiving say Rs.10,000/- pm from him for FY1516/AY1617 which Lease Rent I will show in my IT-RETURN as my Income of Sr.Citizen as I have ample scope in my Limit of Rs.3,00,000/-. What precautions shd I take for this purpose?

    1. Hello TV Subramanian, Sorry for late reply. Yes you are right, Your son can claim as business expenses if he declare his income as business and profession. And it is treated is as your rental income. plz ask if you have any doubt. thanks

  32. Once again repeating my query:-
    for FY1516 if I give an ACK of Lease Rent Recd. @ say Rs.10,000/- pm to my Son for declaring to his Office then will it be exempt from his Income re.HRA an will it be taxable in my Sr.Citizen Income?

    1. Hello TV Subramanian, Sorry for late reply. Yes you are right, Your son can claim as business expenses if he declare his income as business and profession. And it is treated is as your rental income. plz ask if you have any doubt. thanks

  33. I have posted 2 queries…no response in this site? Y

    1. Please refer your question. I have already answered it. Thanks

  34. if a senior citizen has capital gains, does he have to pay advance tax?

  35. My mother is 70 yrs old. she receives a widow pension of 19000/- per month. My Dad passed away in 2011 and the FDs are now transferred to my mother. it is around 15 lacs. she invested around 10 lacs in MF . Is she liable to pay Income TAX and does she have ti file return?

  36. sir what is actually tax rebate to senior citizen above the age of 60 years
    for the 2016-17 pls. reply.

  37. I have complate 60 year in july.2016 I take seneior citizen benefit this year

  38. I am a senior citizen reaching the age of 80 years on Feb 18th 2017 I don’t have a house of my own paying a rental accommodation of ₹2000 pm my net take home pension 700800/ per annum I don’t have any savings how much is my tax liability

  39. I am a senior citizen age 68 and I don’t have any source of income for my expenses except pf of 600 rupees per month and I am selling my house for 45 lakhs as I need money for my expenses what are my options to save tax and use half the money to pay rent and for my expenses?

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