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Diwali Season Is On: Is There a Tax Obligation on Received Gifts?

During Diwali, many businesses give gifts to their customers, vendors, and associates. They need to consider Section 194R, which mandates a tax deduction when the gift's value exceeds Rs 20,000.


Diwali Season Is On: Is There a Tax Obligation on Received Gifts?

With Diwali just around the corner, you might be gearing up for the joy of receiving gifts from friends, family, and even your employer. But, did you know that the taxman might have something to say about it? Let's break it down for you.

Regarding taxes, the gifts you get during Diwali can have different implications. In India, the Income Tax Act is the rulebook for this game. The key is to know what gets taxed and what gets a free pass.

Here's the Important note: Gifts from certain family members get a green light, no matter what the value is. They are fully exempt from tax. However, gifts from non-relatives, like friends and colleagues, could be taxable if their total value crosses Rs. 50,000 in a financial year. 

If it does, the whole sum gets added to your income under "Income from Other Sources," and you will be paying tax based on your applicable tax rate. If the net value of the gifts is more than Rs. 50,000/- during a financial year, the entire amount is taxable under "Income from Other Sources" at the recipient's applicable tax rate.

Now, let's talk about gifts from your employer. These gifts fall under the "Income from salary" category and are usually taxable. But, don't fret just yet—there's a little break here.

You get an exemption of up to Rs. 5,000 in a year for gifts from your employer. For instance, if your boss hands you a Diwali cash gift of Rs. 4,000, you are in the clear—no tax hassle. However, if the gift is a bit more generous, say Rs. 6,000, you will be on the hook for tax on the extra Rs. 1,000, as it goes beyond the exemption limit. 

Implications of Section 194R

During Diwali, many businesses give gifts to their customers, vendors, and associates. They need to consider Section 194R, which mandates a tax deduction when the gift's value exceeds Rs 20,000. In such instances, a TDS of 10% must be deducted from the recipient of the gift.

Example: XYC Industries gifts a TV worth Rs 1 lakh to their best dealer, Mr. JK, on Diwali. In case the value of the gift is more than Rs 20,000, then the deposit of a TDS of Rs. 10,000 to the government is required to be done.

What is exempted?

1. Gifts from Relatives: Anything you get from family, like your parents, siblings, or grandparents, is tax-free. It's all about the love, not the taxman. So, if your parents gift you something fancy worth Rs. 1,00,000 for Diwali, no need to worry about taxes—it's exempt.

2. Gifts during Weddings: Wedding gifts are also in the clear, no matter how valuable they are. This rule is not just for the couple tying the knot; it extends to their families too. So, if you snag some valuable gifts during a Diwali wedding bash, they're not going to show up on the tax radar.

Note: If you ever get some seriously valuable gifts, it's a good idea to keep a record. It helps you play by the tax rules and keep everything smooth.


Also Read: The CBDT Announces Exemption Under Section 10(46) of the Income Tax Act for the Press Council of India


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