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How is interest from savings account taxed?

How is interest from savings account taxed?
February 20, 2024
  • Interest from savings account is exempt from tax for an amount up to Rs 10,000 during a financial year
  • Rs 10000 limit includes the sum of all interests earned from all savings bank account held by an individual or HUF
  • If the cumulative sum of interests earned from savings bank account exceeds Rs 10000, it must be reported as ‘income from other sources’ in tax form

First things first — interest from savings account is taxable, even though there is no tax deduction at source (TDS). Do not fall prey to the misconception that interest thus earned from the savings bank account is tax free, because you will have to pay tax on savings account interest. You can avail deduction of up to Rs 10,000 on the total savings account interest income earned. This deduction can be availed under Section 80TTA of the Income Tax Act and is available to an Individual and HUF.

If your total interest income is below Rs 10,000 then you do not have to pay tax on it. However, this does not mean that you can avail of tax free interest income by having multiple savings accounts where the interest earned is below this threshold. The deduction available is not per bank account but on the total interest earned on all your bank accounts.

How is interest from savings account taxed?

The interest earned from your Savings Account is added to your income from all the other sources and then your total income is taxed according to the relevant tax bracket. This will vary each financial year, depending on the money that was residing in your bank account in that period.

Make a start by accumulating all your savings bank account statements for the previous financial year. Dig deep into the statement to locate the interest accrued to your savings account, which can be seen in the deposit column. Depending on your bank, your statement could show interest as an annual, biannual or quarterly credit(s).

Don't miss out on the interest from savings account when filing income tax returns”

In case of biannual interest payout, which is the most common manner in which interest earned is paid out — the interest earned may actually be for the previous year. In such cases, seek the help of the bank staff to understand how to calculate the interest earned in the relevant financial year. Now, note down all the interest credits mentioned in your bank accounts and add them up. In case the net interest earned is more than Rs 10,000 a deduction of Rs 10,000 will be applicable on the total. Any sum above Rs 10,000 should be mentioned in the income section during tax calculations . Additionally, to save your tax you must also consider tax planning.

Section 80 TA & Section 80TTB

Section 80TTA is titled as ‘Deduction in respect of interest on deposits in savings account’ in the Income Tax Act. Section 80TTA of the Income Tax Act allows you to claim deductions on savings accounts deposits that are held in a post office, bank, or cooperative society.

Section 80TTB 80TTB is a provision whereby a taxpayer who is an Indian resident senior citizen, aged 60 years and above at any time during a Financial Year (FY), can claim a specified amount as a deduction from his gross total income for that financial year.


Section 80TTA

Section 80TTB


Applicable to individuals and HUF who are less than 60 years of age

Applicable to senior citizens who are residing in India

Income specified

Interest earned on savings account only

Interest on all kinds of deposits like a savings bank account, fixed deposit account, recurring deposit account, etc.

Deduction Limit

Up to Rs 10,000

Up to Rs 50,000


Section 80TTA can be applied only in case of savings accounts and not on term deposits, fixed deposits or recurring deposits.

  • If the interest income from a savings account is owned specifically by an Associate of Persons (AOP), a firm or a body of individuals (BOI), Section 80TTB deduction will not be available for the partner of such a firm or any member of AOP or BOI

  • Individuals and Hindu Undivided Families
    apart from senior citizens cannot avail of the tax deductions under Section 80TTB

  • Non-resident Indians (NRIs) are not eligible for the 80TTB deductions

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