All about TAX in 2008

POSTED BY Jagoinvestor ON April 13, 2008 COMMENTS (12)

There is just one word which can describe the year 2008-2009 tax structure … GREAT. This article will tell you everything about tax in 2008. Following things will be discussed :

1. Tax Slab in 2008 for salaried employees

2. How much will you save?

The exemption limit for the year 2008 is 1.5 lacs, which means that if your taxable income is upto 1.5 lacs, you don’t pay any tax.

income tax

What is Taxable Income?

The pay which you get has many components, like HRA, conveyance allowance and others.

Out of this income, some things are deductible on your hand and after deducting you arrive at an amount called Taxable income, on which you have to pay income tax.

Taxable Income = Your Gross Salary – (HRA) – (Investments under Sec 80 C) – (Conveyance allowance) – (Health insurance Premium, Sec 80D) and some more things which you may claim.

The slab for the year 2008-09 is as follows:

Exemption Limit for Men = 1.5 lacs
The Exemption Limit for Women = 1.8 lacs
Exemption limit for Senior Citizens = 2.25 lacs

3% Education cess also on the tax amount after tax and surcharge (if any)

What is surcharge?

* If salary is above 10 lacs, a 10% surcharge will also be applicable.

Example : Ajay earns Rs 14 lacs

Total Income (14 lac ) – amount under sec 80c (1 lac) – HRA (Rs 70k , for example) – Conveyence allowance (9,600 , 800*12) – health Insurance (10k , max 15k) under sec 80D (its seperate from sec 80C) = 14 lacs – 1,94,800 = 12,05,200

Now lets do tax calculation :

0 – 1.5 : 0
1.5 – 3 : 15,000 (@ 10%)
3 – 5 : 40,000 (@ 20%)
5+ : 2,11,560 (@ 30%)

= 2,66,560 + surcharge (10% of this amount)
= 2,66,560 + 26,656
= 2,93,216

Now education cess will also be applied : @ 3% , so 2,93,216 + 3%
= 2,93,216 + 8796.48
= Rs. 302012.48

This is the total tax payable.

Note: education cess is charged after surcharge is applied and not before.

I would be happy to read your comments or disagreement on any topic. Please leave a comment.

12 replies on this article “All about TAX in 2008”

  1. AVINASH says:

    I am Mr.Avinash & i am govt employee .I have paid my tax but return file have not done.But from last two years i am doing my return file .can u plz, suggest how to file my ITR before 2014.

    1. Hi AVINASH

      This query belongs to CA domain, hence we are not the right people to comment on this issue.

      I suggest you get in touch with a CA for this in your city.

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  2. Saurav Sinha says:

    Hi Manish… Gud explanation… Just 1 doubt… Dont we deduct EPF n Gratuity for salaried class? N for my case I do’ve a Group Mediclaim provided by my company, for which I pay monthly premium of Rs 5k pa.. So can I include it for exemption?

    1. You can include only EPF for 80C ,rest all is seperate . Gratuity comes into the picture in the year of reciept


  3. Karsudha says:

    We can also claim upto 1.5 lacs on house loan interest paid. That saves good money for us.

  4. Manish Chauhan says:

    Hi Modeller

    I like short term trading ..


    1. PA says:

      Im confused about Assessment Year & Financial Yr as this is the first time i would be paying Income tax.Would you be able to explain for which year`s income should the income tax be paid before this March 31st 2010 ?
      for the period from April 2009 – Mar 2010 OR April 2008 – March 2009?

      1. April 2009 – Mar 2010

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