While the transaction via e-wallets and UPI transactions have increased manifold in the current times when there are restrictions in respect of withdrawal from same bank ATM and there are fee charges and people prefer to go cashless. There are some implications of these e-wallet or UPI transactions that you need to have an understanding of. So, now as there is reporting of salary income, income from other sources, capital gains etc. in the income tax return (ITR) filing, likewise for funds received via UPI or e-wallets also need to be put forth while tax filing.
UPI and e-wallets also attract tax implications that such funds transacted through these modes also are taxable under the Income Tax rules. Here, note that the maximum permissible limit is Rs. 1 lakh and any amount over and above this shall attract tax implications or will be subject to tax.
Now why there is an increasing use of e-wallets and UPI?
Can be accessed from anywhere and anytime, all you need is an internet connection and then an additional reason because of which people flock this mode for receiving or sending funds is because they occasionally also provide cashbacks on some of the select transactions.
Furthermore, all the steps involved in net banking and other modes are easily avoided and all one needs here is an unique Id.
Now cashback amount if over Rs. 50000 in a financial year is also taxable as per the Income Tax Act under section 56(2).
Circumstances in which UPI transaction is taxable
In a case when the employers gives a gift voucher of over Rs. 5000 then there is charged tax on it as per Income tax rule 3(7) (iv). Also other vouchers got from family or friends in a financial year worth over Rs. 50000 are also taxable income from other sources.