Income Tax Calculator Last Updated : 24 Feb 2020

An Income tax calculator is an online tool designed to do help with basic tax calculations. Tax calculators make use of information related to your income, deductions and HRA exemption to provide approximate figures of income tax to be paid. Bear in mind that the results provided by these calculators will not be exact. Lets read further to understand in detail how these calculators work.

You can use the following income tax calculator to understand the amount of tax you will be required to pay.

How to Calculate Income Tax on Salary with an Example

Let us first take a look at some important concepts you should know before you start calculating your income tax on salary.

Salary Earned During Financial Year (FY) Assessment Year (AY)
1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020 2019-2020 2020-2021
Calculating Income Tax on Salary
How to Calculate Income Tax

The easiest way to calculate your tax liability is through an online income tax calculator. However, it can be done manually as well.

Let us consider the example of Mr. Dutta whose earnings include a basic salary of Rs.37,500 per month (i.e., Rs.4.5 lakh per annum) in the financial year 2019-2020.

  • His salary also includes House Rent Allowance (HRA) of Rs.20,000 per month or Rs.2.4 lakh per year.
  • The Leave Travel Allowance (LTA) is Rs.15,000 on an annual basis.
  • There is also a special allowance component of Rs.10,000 per month (i.e., Rs.1.2 lakh per year).
  • Mr. Dutta stays in Kolkata and pays rent of Rs.15,000 per month, which amounts to Rs.1.80 lakh per year.
  • There is also an EPF component (Mr.Dutta’s share) that is deducted from his salary per month. This is equivalent to 12% of his basic salary on a monthly basis, i.e., Rs.(37,500 * 0.12) = Rs.4,500. On an annual scale this will amount to Rs.54,000.

Step 1: Calculation of Taxable HRA

The first step is to identify the HRA chargeable to tax. Mr. Dutta uses an online HRA Calculator tool to determine the taxable component of his HRA. The manual method of calculating the taxable HRA component is not very complicated either. In this case, it is calculated as shown below:

The lowest value among the following will be exempt from tax:

  • 50% of Mr. Dutta’s annual basic salary = Rs.(4.5 lakh * 0.5) = Rs.2.25 lakh
  • HRA received on an annual basis = Rs.2.4 lakh
  • Rent that is paid in excess of 10% of annual basic salary = Rs.(1.8 lakh - (0.1 * 4.5 lakh)) = Rs.1.35 lakh

Hence, the total taxable HRA = Rs.2.4 lakh – Rs.1.35 lakh = Rs.1.05 lakh

Step 2: Calculation of Taxable Income from Salary

The annual gross income from his salary is outlined in the table below:

Component Total Amount Exemption Taxable Amount
Basic Salary Rs.4.5 lakh - Rs.4.5 lakh (A)
HRA Rs.2.4 lakh Rs.1.35 lakh Rs.1.05 lakh (B)
Special Allowance Rs.1.2 lakh - Rs.1.2 lakh (C)
LTA Rs.15,000 Rs.10,000 (travel bills submitted) Rs.5,000 (D)
Standard Deduction* Rs.50,000 (E)
Gross Income from Salary Rs.8.25 lakh (sum of the above rows in this column) A + B + C + D - E = Rs.6.3 lakh

*Standard deduction was proposed to be Rs.40,000 in the Union Budget 2018. In the Interim Budget of 2019, it was increased to Rs.50,000.

Step 3: Calculation of Total Deductions

Now let us take a look at the investments made by Mr. Dutta.

  • On an annual basis, consider that he has earned interest of Rs.9,000 from a savings account.
  • He has also made investments in Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS) during the financial year 2019-20. These investments amount to Rs.50,000 for PPF and Rs.15,000 towards ELSS.
  • He is also paying premium worth Rs.10,000 for a life insurance policy and Rs.12,500 for a health insurance policy.

Mr. Dutta can claim tax deduction for each of these investments, as shown below:

Section Maximum Deduction Allowed Investments Eligible for Tax Deduction Deductions Claimed by Taxpayer
80C Rs.1.5 lakh PPF – Rs.50,000 (L) ELSS – Rs.15,000 (M) Life insurance – Rs.10,000 (N) EPF contribution deducted by employer – Rs.54,000 (O) L + M + N + O, up to a maximum limit of Rs.1.5 lakh = Rs.1.29 lakh
80D Rs.25,000 for self and Rs.50,000 for parents Health insurance – Rs.12,500 Rs.12,500
80TTA Rs.10,000 Interest from savings account – Rs.9,000 Rs.9,000

Step 4: Calculation of Gross Income that is Taxable

The next step is the calculation of the gross taxable income for Mr. Dutta for the financial year 2019-20.

Gross Taxable Income from Salary Rs.6.3 lakh
Income from Other Sources Rs.9,000 (from savings account interest)
Gross Total Income Rs.6.39 lakh
Deductions under
80C Rs.1.29 lakh
80D Rs.12,500
80TTA Rs.9,000
Gross Taxable Income (Gross Total Income – Total Deductions) Rs.4,88,500

Step 5: Calculation of Income Tax Liability

The final step is to analyse the income tax slabs and identify Mr. Dutta’s tax liability. The amount of tax he needs to pay is dependent on the tax slab that his income falls under. The tax slabs for the financial years 2019-2020 and 2018-2019 are as shown below. The amount due to be paid by Mr. Dutta is also indicated in the following table:

Income Slab Rate of Taxation Amount to be Paid
Below Rs.2.5 lakh No tax 0
Between Rs.2.5 lakh and Rs.5 lakh 5% 5% of (Rs.4,88,500 less Rs.2.5 lakh) = Rs.11,925
Between Rs.5 lakh and Rs.10 lakh 20% 0
Rs.10 lakh and above 30% 0
Cess 4% of total tax 11,925 * 0.04 = Rs.477
Total Income Tax Liability Rs.11,925 + Rs.477 Rs.12,402

*The above tax slabs are applicable to taxpayers below 60 years of age

Mr. Dutta is liable to pay the tax for the financial year 2019-2020 and will have to file the income tax returns during the assessment year 2020-2021.

Now that you have a clear idea of the income tax calculation on salary, here are some common income tax terms you may be interested in understanding:

What is the difference between Exemption and Deduction?

Both exemption and deduction help reduce your tax liability, but these are availed under different sections of the Income Tax Act.

  • Deduction is a reduction in the total taxable income based on Section 80 and Chapter VI-A. Specific kinds of spending such as investment in life insurance policies and payment of children’s tuition fee help you avail a tax deduction.
  • Exemption is a specific amount that is excluded from the gross total income before calculating tax. Exemptions are available under Sections 10 and 54. Interest earned from tax-free bonds and salary components like LTA are examples of exemptions.

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