80TTA Deduction for Interest on Saving Accounts

The Savings Bank Account operates as a virtual piggy bank. You accrue interest, which then incurs taxation under the category of 'Income from Other Sources.' However, numerous individuals remain oblivious to this mandatory tax payment. Section 80TTA of the Income Tax Act from 1961 presents an opportunity - one can deduct up to Rs 10,000 on interest income earned specifically from a savings bank account.

Individuals must grasp the cruciality of comprehending the taxation process for this specific interest type. Moreover, they should effectively apply deductions to potentially reduce their payable income tax amount.

What is Section 80TTA?

The Income Tax Act of 2013 incorporates Section 80TTA, which allows individuals to deduct a maximum of Rs 10,000 from their taxable income stemming from interest earned on savings accounts in banks or cooperative societies and post office deposits. Individuals and Hindu Undivided Families can utilise the tax reduction. However, it does not apply to those over eighty years old as they receive benefits under a distinct cutback provided by Section 80TTB. The fiscal year 2012-13 established this regulation's relevance to interest earned on fixed deposits as well.

Who can Claim Section 80TTA Deduction? Can NRIs Claim a Deduction Under 80TTA?

People living in India, or those from India who are now residing abroad - including Individuals and Hindu Undivided Families (HUF) - can take advantage of a tax deduction as per Section 80TTA on the interest income that comes from savings accounts held at banks and post offices. NRIs who maintain NRO savings accounts have the opportunity to lower their taxable income using this benefit since the interest on NRE accounts is exempted from taxes. People who come from India but live in other countries can start NRE and NRO bank accounts when they go to India. But, just the interest money from NRO accounts can get a tax cut according to Section 80TTA.

  • Residents and NRIs in India can claim Section 80TTA deduction on savings account interest.
  • NRIs benefit from NRO account interest deduction.
  • Foreign-based Indians can open NRE and NRO accounts for tax advantages.

Process of Claiming Deduction

Initially, check if you, as a person or part of a Hindu Undivided Family, can get tax savings under Section 80TTA of the Indian Income Tax Act. Then add up all the interest income from savings accounts and cooperative societies you got during this financial year.

The reduction is limited to 10,000 rupees and it covers the total interest earned from these sources together. If interest income exceeds Rs. 10,000, claim a deduction of Rs. 10,000 only.

Add this income from interest to your overall income for calculating taxes. When you submit your income tax, report the interest under the section called "Income from Other Sources." Then ask for a deduction according to Section 80TTA. Remember to be precise and save documents that can support this, like bank statements. In the new regime for taxes, under Section 115BAC, you can't take this deduction. For example, if Mr. A earns a salary of 5 lakh rupees and on top he gets interest of Rs. 5,000 from savings and Rs. 15,000 from fixed deposits, the eligible deduction will be Rs. 10,000.

  • Qualify as an individual or Hindu Undivided Family to claim deduction under Section 80TTA.
  • Calculate total interest received from savings accounts and cooperative societies.
  • 80TTA deduction limit is Rs. 10,000, covering total interest earned; claim this amount if interest exceeds Rs. 10,000.
  • Add interest income to overall income for tax calculation; report it under "Income from Other Sources" in your tax submission.
  • Under Section 115BAC in the new tax regime, this deduction is not applicable; save supporting documents like bank statements for precision.

Type of Interest Incomes Allowed as Deduction Under Section 80TTA

In the Income Tax Act of 1961 in India, there is a section called 80TTA. It allows individuals and Hindu Undivided Families to reduce their taxable income by up to Rs. 10,000 on the interest they earn. Income from interest on money saved in bank accounts, credit unions that offer banking services, and postal savings are counted.

The deduction is not for every single account but for the total of all accounts owned by a person or a HUF collectively. In context to the amount eligible for deduction under section 80TTA, if the total interest income surpasses Rs. 10,000 across accounts, the excess is taxable. It is quite significant to consider this limit when speaking about tax cuts for the interest income earned from various sources.

Type of Interest Incomes Not Allowed as Deduction Under Section 80TTA

According to Section 80TTA of the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961, you cannot make deductions for certain interest incomes. This rule is for the interest earned through Fixed Deposits with banks or corporations and Recurring Deposits, plus any interest received from corporate bonds or debentures. The regulation that excludes specific sums also pertains to time deposits. These are the types of savings returned only after an agreed period has elapsed, and they aren't eligible for tax reductions according to Section 80TTA. People who pay taxes must realise that the money they earn from interest at these sources cannot be deducted as per the regulations mentioned here.

Here’s a quick glance-





Section Name




Applicable to

Individuals, HUFs, and NRIs (NRO accounts)

Deduction Limit

Up to Rs. 10,000 on interest income from savings accounts, cooperative societies, and post offices

Not Applicable to

Fixed Deposits, Recurring Deposits, Corporate Bonds, Debentures, and time deposits

Total Interest Limit

Applies collectively to all accounts; excess taxable if exceeds Rs. 10,000

Claiming Process

Report interest income under "Income from Other Sources" in tax return; claim deduction in Section 80TTA


Not applicable if opting for the new tax regime (Section 115BAC)

NRIs Eligibility

NRIs can claim if holding NRO accounts; NRE accounts' interest is tax-free

Senior Citizens

Not applicable; senior citizens have a separate deduction under Section 80TTB

Number of Accounts

No limit on the number of accounts; deduction based on total interest, capped at Rs. 10,000

TDS Deduction

No TDS deduction from savings bank interest



Frequently Asked Questions Expand All

It does not apply to fixed deposits for tax reductions. It only applies to the interest derived from savings bank accounts.

Indeed, elderly individuals qualify for a tax deduction of up to Rs. 50,000 under Section 80TTB. This applies specifically to the interest they accrue from their bank savings and fixed deposits.

The interest rate does not have a link to Section 80TTA. Instead, this section deducts the earned interest amount from savings accounts. This action remains consistent regardless of whether RBI determines an increase or decrease in rates.