Section 80TTB of the Income Tax Act provides a deduction to a senior citizen in respect of interest income earned on deposits with a bank or a co-operative society or a post office. The maximum amount of deduction available in INR 50,000.

Deduction under section 80TTB was introduced for the first time in Budget 2018. Section 80TTB provides a deduction to senior citizens towards interest earned on deposits. The provisions of the same are explained hereunder –

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Persons eligible for claiming deduction under section 80TTB

Deduction under section 80TTB is available only to a senior citizen. The explanation to section 80TTB defines ‘senior citizen’ as an individual, being resident in India, who is of 60 years or more at any time during the relevant previous year.

Type of income towards which deduction is available under section 80TTB

Any interest income earned by a senior citizen on deposits is allowable as a deduction under section 80TTB. The deposits should be held with any of the following –

  • A banking company (i.e. banks) to which the Banking Regulation Act applies (it also includes banks referred to in section 51); or
  • A co-operative society is engaged in carrying on banking business (it also includes a co-operative land development bank or a co-operative land mortgage bank); or
  • A post office as defined under section 2 (k) of the Indian Post Office Act.

Section 80TTB (2) specifically states that any interest income earned from the savings account held by the firm or Association of Persons (AOP) or Body of Individual (BOI) shall not be allowed as a deduction under section 80TTB to partners of the firm or members of the association or individual of the BOI.

The maximum amount of deduction available under section 80TTB

The maximum amount of deduction available under section 80TTB is lower of the following –

  • The whole of the interest income
  • INR 50,000.

In simple terms, if the eligible interest income is less than INR 50,000, then, the entire interest income would be allowed as deduction. However, in case the interest income is more than INR 50,000, then, only INR 50,000 would be allowed as a deduction under section 80TTB.

Both section 80TTA and Section 80TTB provides deduction towards interest income. The following table would help the reader to understand the basic difference between Section 80TTA and Section 80TTB –

Particulars Section 80TTA Section 80TTB
Eligibility An individual and a Hindu Undivided Family (other than senior citizens) can claim deduction under section 80TTA. Only a senior citizen can claim deduction under section 80TTB.
Type of income allowed as a deduction Interest income earned on a savings account.It doesn’t include fixed deposits interest or recurring deposits interest. Interest income earned on all types of deposits.It includes interest earned on a savings account, fixed deposit or recurring deposits.
The maximum amount of deduction INR 10,000 INR 50,000