8 Smart Ways To Save Tax On Your Salary

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If you are getting a salary, there are various ways in which you can save money from it. Take a look at 8 smart ways to save tax on your salary. Some of these can be implemented by yourself, while a few others may need the intrevention of your company. 

Opt for meal vouchers

If your company is offering meal vouchers go for the same. You get a tax exemption of up to Rs 30,000 on the same. What this means is if you are in the highest tax bracket, you can save up to Rs 10,000 in taxes.

Conveyance allowance

In case you are incurring expenses on travel with relation to work, make sure your salary has a conveyance allowance.

Conveyance allowance is exempt up to Rs 1,600 per month. So, the tax benefits you get is Rs 19,200 per year. In case you are even in the 10% tax bracket, you save almost Rs 2,000, while those in the highest tax bracket save almost Rs 3,840 by way of taxes.


There are many other allowances that help you save tax. If you are incurring telephone expenditure as an example, make sure that it is not in a lumpsum salary, but, as part of a allowance. Some allowances are tax exempt.



In case your company is not offering LTA, make sure you ask. LTA is exempt in a block of 2 years. However, you need to submit bills and must travel.

Increase PPF Account

PPF account allows you tax exemption under Sec 80C of the Income Tax Act. By increasing your PPF amount, you can get good tax exemption.

Submit medical bills

Make sure you submit medical bills. You get a tax break of Rs 15,000. It is important to note that you must incur the expenditure on yourself or your dependents. You simply should not claim tax deductions otherwise.

8 Smart Ways To Save Tax On Your Salary

Make sure that you use the full benefits of Sec 80C by investing in instruments like LIC, PPF, EPF, home loan principal amounts etc. Tax benefits under Sec80C is Rs 1,50,000.

So, if you are in the 10% tax bracket, you save Rs 15,000 every year, in the 20% tax bracket you save Rs 30,000 and Rs 45,000 in the highest tax bracket.

Submit the proofs on time

Make sure that you submit the proof on time, so there is no TDS from salary at the end of the month.

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Story first published: Monday, July 25, 2016, 5:59 [IST]
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