New personal taxation regime under Section 115BAC for reduced tax rates without exemption – Certain allowance exempted

Senior Citizens above 75 years of Age, Having Pension & Interest Income exempted from Filing Tax Return

New Personal Income Tax at reduced rates with no exemption under Section 115BAC of Income Tax Act when opted, only limited allowances will be exempted – Perquisites allowed by Employee are not to considered

Section 115BAC of Income Tax Act when opted, only limited allowances will be exempted as provided below

  • Employer’s contribution to pension account (NPS) – Section 80 CCD (2)
  • Allowance to meet cost of tour / Travel
  • Transport Allowance to Divyang (Differently Abled)
  • Conveyance Allowance for Office Duties
  • Additional Employee Cost (Section 80JJAA)
  • Daily Allowance to meet Daily Charges when working out of the office

Now, Income Tax provide certain additional allowances / perquisites originally exempted under Rule 2BB of Income Tax Rules, which are also exempted when opted for new tax regime under section 115BAC

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Additional Allowance exempted now

(a) any allowance granted to meet the cost of travel on tour or on transfer;

(b) any allowance, whether, granted on tour or for the period of journey in connection with transfer, to meet the ordinary daily charges incurred by an employee on account of absence from his normal place of duty;

(c) any allowance granted to meet the expenditure incurred on conveyance in performance of duties of an office or employment of profit :

(Department of Revenue)


New Delhi, the 26th June, 2020


G.S.R. 415(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 115BAC read with section 295 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Board of Direct Taxes hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Income-tax Rules,1962, namely:‒

Option u/s 115BAC under New Tax Regime: Amendment Notification No. 38/2020

1. Short title and commencement: -(1) These rules may be called the Income-tax (13th Amendment) Rules, 2020.

(2) They shall come into force from the 1st day of April, 2021 and shall accordingly apply in relation to the assessment year 2021-22 and subsequent assessment years.

2. In the Income-tax Rules, 1962,-

(a) in rule 2BB, after sub-rule (2), the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:—

“(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (1) and (2), an employee, being an assessee, who has exercised option under sub-section (5) of section 115BAC shall be entitled to exemption only in respect of the allowances mentioned in sub-clauses (a) to (c) of sub-rule (1) and at serial no. 11 of the Table below sub-rule (2) to the extent and subject to the conditions, if any, specified therein.”;

(b) in rule 3, in sub-rule (7), in clause (iii), after the proviso, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:—

“Provided further that the exemption provided in the first proviso in respect of free food and non-alcoholic beverage provided by such employer through paid voucher shall not apply to an employee, being an assessee, who has exercised option under sub-section (5) of section 115BAC.”.

[Notification No. 38/2020/F. No.370142/15/2020-TPL]

GUDRUN NEHAR, Director (Tax Policy and Legislation)

Note: The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section-3, Sub-section (ii) vide number S.O. 969 (E),dated the 26th March, 1962 and last amended by the Income-tax (12th Amendment) Rules, 2020, vide notification number G.S.R. 338 (E) dated 29.5.2020.

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