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What section of IT Act covers tax benefits for health insurance policies?

Section 80(D) of IT Act.

Scope

Health Insurance Premium paid for a health insurance scheme provided by any insurer in India that is approved by the Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority (IRDA).

Assessees Allowed Deduction

  1. Individuals
  2. Hindu Undivided Family (HUF)

Mode of Payment for Health Insurance Premium

Premium must have been paid by any mode other than cash to avail tax benefits.

Who is covered?

Amount of Deduction Allowed

To encourage individual assessees to supplement the efforts of their parents to get medically insured, the government allows an additional deduction of Rs. 15,000 to an assessee, being an individual, on any premium payments made in effect to keep in force an insurance on the health of his/her parent or parents. In this case, the existing condition of dependent with respect to parents is dispensed with. This deduction will be in addition to the existing deduction available to individual assessee for medical insurance on himself/herself, spouse and dependent children. Further, if either of the individual assessee’s parents is a senior citizen and is medically insured, the deduction would be allowed upto Rs. 20,000 or the health insurance premium, whichever is lower.

For example, an individual pays (through any mode other than cash) health insurance premia as under during the previous year:

  1. Rs. 12000 to keep in force an insurance policy on his health and the health of his wife and dependent children
  2. Rs. 17000 to keep in force an insurance policy on the health of his parents.

He will be allowed a deduction of Rs 27,000 (Rs. 12,000 + Rs. 15,000) if neither of his parents is a senior citizen. If any of his parents is a senior citizen, he will be allowed a deduction of Rs. 29,000 (Rs. 12,000+Rs. 17,000). Whether his parents are dependents or not, is not a consideration for taking this deduction. In other words, you can avail of this deduction on parents’ health insurance premiums paid even if they are not your dependents.

Further, in the above example, if the cost of insurance on the health of parents is Rs. 30,000 out of which Rs. 17000 is paid (by any non-cash mode) by the son and Rs. 13000 by the parent (who is a senior citizen), out of their respective taxable income, the son will get a deduction of Rs. 17000 (in addition to the Rs. 12000 for medical insurance on self and family) and the father will get a deduction of Rs. 13000.

Consult your tax advisor for the exact computation of your deduction for health insurance premiums under section 80D and consequent tax liability when you file your taxes.

If you are looking to buy a health insurance policy in India (also referred to commonly as Mediclaim policy), you must understand the coverage you can get from the policy so that you can compare the different plans. Typical benefits from health insurance or mediclaim policies in India fall under the following categories: 

It must be noted that not all policies provide all of the above benefits. The benefit coverage amounts for each of the above may also vary based on the type of policy you have taken and the company from which you are taking the health insurance policy.