TDS 2% on Non-Exempt payment under Life Insurance Policy w.e.f 01.10.2014

Under the existing provisions
of section 10(10D) of the Act, any sum received under a life insurance policy,
including the sum allocated by way of bonus on such policy is exempt subject to
fulfillment of conditions specified under the said section.
Therefore, the sum received under a
life insurance policy which does not fulfill the conditions specified
under section 10(10D) are taxable under the provisions of the Act.
In order to have a mechanism for
reporting of transactions and collection of tax in respect of sum paid under
life insurance policies which are not exempted under section 10(10D) of the
Act, it is proposed to insert a new section in the Act to provide for deduction
of tax at the rate of 2 per cent. on sum paid under a life insurance policy,
including the sum allocated by way of bonus, which are not exempt under section
10(10D) of the Act. In order to reduce the compliance burden on the small tax
payers, it has also been proposed that no deduction under this provision shall
be made if the aggregate sum paid in a financial year to an assessee is less
than Rs. 1,00,000/-.

This amendment will take effect from
1st October, 2014.


Proposal
Clause 55 of the Bill seeks to
insert a new section 194DA in the Income-tax Act relating
to payment in respect of life insurance policy.
It is proposed to insert a new
section 194DA so as to provide that any person responsible for paying to a
resident any sum under a life insurance policy, including the sum allocated by
way of bonus on such policy, other than the amount not includible in the total
income under clause (10D) of section 10, shall, at the time of payment thereof,
deduct income-tax thereon at the rate of two per cent.
It is further proposed to provide
that no deduction shall be made where the amount of such payment or, as the
case may be, the aggregate amount of such payments to the payee during the
financial year is less than one hundred thousand rupees.
This amendment will take effect from
1st October, 2014.
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