Personal Income tax being a prime source of revenue for the government ensures that its citizen doesn’t find it a burden to pay a portion of their income as Income Tax. There is a paramount contribution of new ideas, creation for the development of nation from its citizen. India is home to a few greatest minds, to fortify the rights of this innovators patent is brought into the picture. The Income Tax Act, 1961 provides a provision of tax deductions under section 80RRB for individuals who receive an income as royalty on their patents just to foster innovation in the country. Let us understand in depth about Section 80RRB.
A patent as known is a government license that gives the holder exclusive rights to a process, design or new invention for a designated period of time. This right is conferred in exchange of details of a particular invention or creation. A patent is an intellectual property and the patent holder can ensure that his/her rights are protected after an idea or product is developed.
e.g, Miss Neha, Chartered Accountant by profession. She comes up with an idea and creates a unique application exclusively for writers. An application that makes life easier for all those who passionately love to write. She applies for a patent and receives it, and gets a certain amount as royalty on her product for next 3 years.
Royalty basically means the payment made to an owner for the use of property, especially patents, copyrights works, franchise etc. Considering the example of Miss Neha, she grants a MNC the right to use her idea, with the company offering her a certain sum as royalty for it.
India is a home for some of the greatest minds in this world. Every day it witnesses people with new ideas, new creation and new technologies. In order to protect this creation, the creator has been given a right for a specified period of time known as Patent. Patent rights are conferred in exchange of details of a particular invention or creation through a process called Patent Registration.
Note: Only those inventions which are patented can earn royalty income.
In order to claim deduction u/s 80 RRB Author must obtain certificates from the person paying royalty in prescribed form 10(CCD).
There is certain eligibility criterion described below in order to claim deduction u/s 80RRB:
Q. Neeta, is an author receives royalty on her books. Can she claim deduction u/s 80RRB?
No. she cannot claim for tax exemption u/s 80RRB but she is eligible for tax exemption u/s 80QQB.
Q. Can a Non-Resident claim deduction u/s 80RRB for royalty Income?
No. A non-resident cannot claim for tax deduction under this section. It is only for those who are resident in India. Neither any assessee other than Individuals are eligible for the same such as HUFs, Company, and partnership.
Q. What is the maximum amount of exemption allowed under this section?
You can claim up to a maximum of Rs 3,00,000 u/s 80RRB.
India being a democratic country works collectively for the social and economic development of its nation equally. Though its citizens contribute equally a portion of income which constitutes for tax plays a vital role. These taxes go to the government and facilitates the smooth functioning activities and operations thus, reducing financial curb.
In order to save tax, the Income tax Act offers a host of tax exemptions and deductions to persons who regularly pay their taxes. These deductions are specified under chapter VI-A head and can be claimed by contributing towards donation, charity, education, medical treatment, investment, retirement schemes, and Mutual funds and so on.
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