85 Responses to Interest on Saving Bank Account : Tax, 80TTA

  1. Sonali says:

    If I got 55,000 interest on saving, its clear to show it under ‘Income from other sources’ and claim under sec 80TTA while filing ITR1. But its mention under ‘Income from other sources’ to ensure to fill ‘Sch TDS2’. How to fill that? i dont have any details.

    • bemoneyaware says:

      TDS2 has to be filled when TDS is deducted for ex on interest on FD if interest on FD is more than 10,000 Rs.
      For Saving bank account no TDS is deducted so just fill it as shown in images in the article, as Income from other sources and claim it under section 80TTA

  2. Neha says:

    Is 80AAt deduction applicable on FD’s interest also

  3. richa gupta says:

    Hi team,
    i was overseas for 2 years and transferred my money in regular saving accounts in India in batches.In the bank they transferred the money to MOD accounts or term deposit accounts periodically on every 10th of the month. I am getting interest for this.For those two years,i did not filed my IT returns as i was not in the country.I came back last year and am filing my IT returns.I got a letter from IT department for filing IT returns for last year.Can you please tell how much is the tax we have to pay on interest earned from term deposited money in bank.Do the bank also cut some interest at source.

  4. naresh kr says:

    i have a joint account and total interest earned in saving bank category is Rs5586. and total interest urned from Fixed deposit is Rs7899. please tell me that should i add both of these and show under income from diff source column or should i only show my fixed deposit interest under this column.

    and how to claim an exemption u/s 80tta and how much????


  5. gomathi says:

    TDS deducted by Axis bank as shown in form 26AS is 2600 (for interest of 26000)
    Interest received on savings account(from same Axis bank) is 7000 as seen in axis bank account statement

    in this case,should i show 33000(26000+7000) as income from other sources and show 7000 in 80TT???
    should i show 26000 as income from other sources and show 7000 in 80TT???(assuming 26000 mentioned in form 26AS includes both FD and savings bank interest)
    plz clarify

    • bemoneyaware says:

      Income from Other sources : 33000(26000 + 7000)
      Claim 7000 under 80TTA
      Claim TDS deducted in TDS section.
      The net income would become 26000 . Interest on it is taxable as per your income slab.

  6. Tanmay says:

    How to find the interest earned on saving bank account?
    For example I have interest deposited to my account 6106.00 on 30/06/2014, 6175.00 on 31/12/2014 and 6682.00 on 30/06/2015. So should I consider those amounts which are deposited in between 01 Apr 2014 and 31 March 2015 or I will have to calculate it on monthly basis. My assumption on basis of above amounts is that my interest earned for Assessment year 2015-16 is 12281.00.
    Please let me know is it right?

    • bemoneyaware says:

      Process of interest calculation is as given below.
      Typically banks credit interest from 1 Apr to 31 Mar in two chunks. HDFC does it on 1 OCt and 31 Mar but SBI does it in June and Dec.
      So you can either use or calculate it the way given below.
      I typically show the interest credited in bank .

      The interest is calculated on the daily balance in your account. Lets show it by an example
      Say on 1st Aug Rs 70,000 is credited into your account. On 5th August after some withdrawls balance in your account is Rs 55000. You had Rs 70,000 for 4 days at 4% per annum. So how much interest did you earn? The formulis:
      Interest = Principal or amount in the account * Number of days * Daily Interest Rate

      Daily Interest Rate = Interest rate per annum /365 days
      At 4% Daily Interest Rate is: 4%/365 = 0.010958%

      • Tanmay says:

        Can i declare interest on a saving account on receipt basis i.e. declare them in the financial year in which they are recieved in my account instead of calculating for every respective month, as its a tedious task.
        Please tell.

  7. vijesh says:

    I am under 20% tax paying slab. I have submitted ITR 1 without declaring the interest appr:4k on SB accounts for the tax year 2014-15. Is it fine to send ITR V without amending it. Advise me if I have to use ITR 2. Anyway amount less 10000 is not* deductible, so is it fine to ITR V (based on ITR 1).

    • bemoneyaware says:

      Sometimes ignorance is not bliss.
      Income from Saving Bank account is considered under Income from Other sources. So you don’t have to use ITR2. ITR1 is fine.
      As you said, interest upto 10,000 is tax exempted.
      So it’s upto you to whether you want to revise your return.
      You can add interest from Saving bank account as Income from other sources and then claim deduction under 80TTA. Net result same .

  8. vijesh says:

    I am under 20% tax paying slab. I have submitted ITR 1 without declaring the interest appr:4k on SB accounts for the tax year 2014-15. Is it fine to send ITR V without amending it. Advise me if I have to use ITR 2. Anyway amount less 10000 is deductible, so is it fine to ITR V (based on ITR 1).

  9. Savi says:

    I left my job last year in june end, so i have following queries.

    1. I closed my ULIP plan which was 7 years old and i received Rs.196000 on closure. Do I need to declare this amount , if yes,the under which part and will it be taxable?
    2. I received my PF closure amount of Rs 67000 approx. Do I need to declare this amount , if yes,the under which part and will it be taxable?
    3.I am currently not working so I invested my above received amount in the form of FDs and RDs. So my question is do i need to show the interest from these savings as Income from Other sources? However the RDs which i have opened in my ICICI bank are non taxable. Please advise

    • Kirti says:

      1. As you have surrendered ULIP after 5 years the surrender value received is tax free. You show it in exempt Income
      2. If PF closure happened after 5 years it’s tax free. Show as exempt Income
      3. Interest from FD and RD are taxable as per your income slab whether TDS is deducted or now. You have to show these as income from Other sources.

  10. Daisy Talukdar says:

    I have two accounts in SBI and HDFC banks. As per Form 26AS My TDS has been deducted from HDFC bank even i have not fall in TAX slab. But in SBI account I also get interest for which TDS was not deducted. Now if I shall file the ITR-1 for Tax refund should I show both interest (income other sources) from SBI and HDFC or I need to follow the Form 26AS which shown only HDFC interest.

    • bemoneyaware says:

      Sir TDS would be deducted on Interest in FD not on saving bank account.
      TDS would be deducted as Interest on FD when interest exceeds Rs 10,000.

      You have to show all your bank accounts.

  11. shine says:

    My TDS is already deducted BUT when i fill online return form so notice that i forget to mentioned my interest on saving account. my total interest of June and Dec month is 55000. so what is my income tax amount on saving bank interest pls help me. and i show it in e return form, should i fill form 280 and what is the procedure and after filling it how can i mentioned my interest on saving account in e-return form

  12. Atindra says:

    My FD, RD & SB total interest for a financial year is less than 10000. How to show it in ITR-1. Please guide.

  13. shadab says:

    Hello, i am working in saudi arabia and per month i transferring money 60000 rupee india in my brother’s saving account.It is any intrest amount is taxable. Plz help me to know how i save tax, I am beginner for this all tax and all that.

  14. Suresh says:

    My wife (house wife) received around 16,000 as bank interest. So, TDS was deducted by bank . She has PAN, but never filed IT as she is not eligible (income less than 2 lak) . Can I file her return separately and claim the refund. Or do I need to show this amount in my returns. If so, how to show this in my ITR2 form..
    Please suggest

  15. Malathi Murali says:

    I am a retired professor from Osmania university and I am drawing pension. I estimated interest on my savings account and interest on deposits and filled up ITR1 online. However it is NOT accepting my submission and asking details under TDS2. TAN number etc. Wile my banker did not deduct tax on Interest in my savings account, I added ESTIMATED interest for this year on my couple of TAX FREE DEPOSITS – I submitted Form 15 H for not deducting interest. But I am showing interest in my returns. How do I get details to fill in TDS2 under Para 20 and how do I fill this up. I didnt have this problem last year. Please respond

  16. Deepak says:


    My gross income is 2 lakh 40 thousand rupees per year.

    I HAVE 3 SB Accounts (2 sole accounts, 1 either or survivor with mother)


    Recently through property sharing my mother received 3 LAKHS CHEQUE.

    My mother deposited in HER EITHER OR SURVIVOR ACCOUNT.


    KINDLY CLARIFY…Expecting a reply at the earliest

    Thank You

  17. Kanaga says:

    Hai Everyone

    I am a housewife (Home Maker).therefore i have no income

    Recently my father passed away and i received my share of property (ie) around 5 lakh rupees.

    I want to open an SB ACCOUNT and deposit this money there, so that i can give it to my son when he needs some money.

    But i am afraid whether i will be posted income tax , since income from SB Interest will cross 10000 rs.

    Kindly clarify….whether i would be taxed.


    Kindly help.

  18. Raghav says:

    Hai everyone.

    My gross income is rs 250000 (2 lakh 50 thousand). i earn rs 17000 as interest from SB accounts from multiple banks.

    SHOULD I PAY TAX. Kindly tell….

    How can i exempt myself from paying Income tax for the above mentioned income

    • Kanwaljit S.Chhabra says:

      Calculation of tax = Rs. 1700/- (10% on Rs.17000)for this fiscal. But you are entitled to Exemption of Rs.2000/-under section 87-A Since your earnings are less than Rs.500000. So, you are not liable to pay any tax. Be free.

  19. Bineet says:

    1. I got interest on ppf credited on 31 March 2013, So i will declare it in ITR of Assessment year 2013-2014, given the fact that Previous year in which this interest was credited is 2012-2013(1 April 2012-31March 2013) ??

    2. I got interest on saving account credited in my Account on 30 June 2012 and 31 Dec 2012. So i will declare it in AY 2013-2014 ?

    I am filing a revise return. Kindly help

    • Kirti says:

      Sir for PPF As the interest is credited on 31 Mar 2013 it has to be accounted in the FY 2012-12 or AY 2013-14.
      Show it under exempt Income in Interest income as explained in our article Exempt Income and Income Tax Return.
      Interest on Saving Account is tricky.
      Interest on saving bank account credited on 30 June 2012 is actually for 1 Jan 2012-30 Jun 2012.
      Interest on saving bank account credited on 31 Dec 2012 is actually for 1 Jul 2012-31 Dec 2012
      But if amount is less than 10K it’s ok.

  20. ajay says:

    how to calculate RATE OF INTEREST of recurring deposit.

    Suppose I’m investing 2500 per month in recurring deposit account for 2 years with rate of interest 8% compounded quarterly. Now I have to find out MATURITY AMOUNT. For this i will use formula :

    ACTUAL AMOUNT (MATURITY AMOUNT) = PRINCIPLE AMOUNT *( (1+RATE/100/4)^(4*2)-1)/(1-(1+RATE/100/4)^(-1/3))

    ACTUAL AMOUNT (MATURITY AMOUNT) = PRINCIPLE AMOUNT *( (1+8/100/4)^(4*2)-1)/(1-(1+8/100/4)^(-1/3))




    Suppose I’m investing 2500 per month in recurring deposit account interest compounded quarterly. My MATURITY AMOUNT IS 65229/-.


  21. Mayank says:

    My Mother (housewife)has earned Saving bank interest as (Rs. 646) + FD interest as (Rs. 25459)= 26105 for FY 2012-13.No other source of income.

    1-Does she need to file ITR?
    2-Do i need to ask bank to deduct 10% tax on above?

  22. Mayank says:

    I earned interest from all Savings A/cs as 7000…My ITR filer has indicated ‘7000 as income from other sources and deducted 3000 from taxable income’…Is it correct? or he has to deduct 7000 from taxable income?

    • Kirti says:

      Ex : For income of Rs 6,00,000 if you have earned Rs 7000 as interest on the saving bank account which comes as income from other sources
      On Income of 6,0,7000 taxability is 52942
      On Income of 6,00,00 taxability is 51500
      So as per me it is not correct,
      You have to show 7000 as income from other sources, claim 7000 as deduction in section 80TTA so net taxable income is 600000.
      Now do you want to revise your return?

  23. jay says:

    Under 80TTA examption of rs 10000, if i have minore a/c of my child & in both my a/c & my child a/c int income is more then 10000 then exampted both or only 10000rs.

    • Kirti says:

      Under 80TTA Only 10,000 Rs of interest on Saving Bank account of which you are primary or First holder is exempt.
      (iii) Section 10(32) provides exemption to extent of Rs. 1,500/- in respect of minor’s income for the purpose of clubbing. Therefore, exclude Rs. 1,500/- from the income of the minor while clubbing the income of the minor in the respective head. However, if income of the minor is to be clubbed in various heads, total exclusion should not exceed Rs. 1,500/-.
      So in Schedule SPI, Income of specified persons(spouse, minor child etc) includable in income of the assessee(income of the minor child to be
      included after Rs. 1,500 per child)
      show under relationship MINOR CHILD Nature of Income as INTEREST INCOME and under Amount (Interest income – 1500) ex: 12000-1500.
      Show Rs 1500 in Exempt Income Section under Others, including exempt income of minor children as shown in our article Exempt Income and Income Tax Return

  24. Suresh Iyer says:


    I have interest earned from Savings Account – Rs. 11,000. I had invested in Corporate FD from Shriram Transport Financial in 2010 for a 3 year cumulative FD. The interest earned in the 3 year period was Rs. 9000.

    Kindly advise on how do I treat these incomes

    • Kirti says:

      In case of company fixed deposit, the TDS limit of the interest earned is caped at Rs 5,000. The companies would deduct tax at source if the interest earned in a financial year exceeds Rs 5,000 as per the tax slab of the individual.
      Please correct me if I am wrong. NO TDS was deducted for you for Corporate FD from Shriram Transport Financial.
      Assuming no TDS was deducted
      Interest earned i.e Rs 9000 would be your income from other sources. As your interest income from Saving Bank account is more than 5000 Rs please use ITR2 and not ITR1 Our article Income From Other Sources :Saving Bank Account, Fixed Deposit,RD and ITR discusses it in detail.
      Interest in Saving Bank account : Show 10,000 in section 80TTA (Same section where 80C etc are mentioned). Add 11,000 Rs to interest portion of Income from other sources as explained in our article Interest on Saving Bank Account : Tax, 80TTA

      • vicky says:

        Hello Kirti,
        I guess there is some confusion regarding what form to fill if the savings interest income is more than 5000. Here you are saying that we should go for ITR2. I raised a query to official IT website and there response was – interest income does not come under exempt and in this case one should go for ITR1 only.

  25. Nagaraj says:

    Hi Kirti,

    I was filling ITR 2 and landed up in couple of doubts here.

    1)I have declared some amount under allowances exempt under section 10 in the sheet Part B.(HRA,Conveyance amount)
    So where should i fill the details about it .Any schedule where in we should fill that.

    2)Also what needs to be filled under Schedule EI sheet, it has some options like interest, agriculture and others.
    Shd we fill the exempt income mentioned in 1 like HRA under it this as others?


    • Kirti says:

      Nagraj we usually don’t show HRA in ITR1 mostly it’s accounted in Form 16.
      This year there is confusion regarding exempt income and whether HRA,Travel allowance need to be declared but there is no notification from Income Tax dept regarding how to show HRA etc. So like in earlier years most CAs are not showing HRA in ITR1
      For HRA in ITR2 you need to show HRA allowance in Schedule S Details of Income from Salary (Fields marked in RED should not be left Blank) under
      Allowances exempt under section 10
      Mostly for exempt income we have interest like : Interest on EPF,PPF,Dividends etc which need to be shown.
      We have discussed it in detail in our Exempt Income and Income Tax Return
      Hope it helps!

  26. Kirti Azad says:

    I’ve a Auto Sweep account in SBI(Savings Plus).Total Interest for FY12-13 is Rs9832/- and TDS deducted is Rs 1088/-. Whether I can claim this interest in section 80TTA.I fall in 20% Tax slab. Interest from MOD or Auto sweep FD’s are taxexempted under 80TTa or we have to pay tax on them as per our Tax slab.

    • Kirti says:

      Kirti, after the sweep from saving bank account into Fixed Deposit that is treated as FD and hence interest from FD is taxed as per your income slab.
      Section 80TTA applies only to interest from Saving Bank account.
      Just a doubt, typically TDS is 10% of interest earned so if you have earned interest of 1088 then your interest should be 10,880.

  27. ASHOK KUMAR says:

    Dear Kirti,

    Do me correct one thing that its is interest on saving bank account

    • Kirti says:

      If you only have interest on saving bank account, first add it to interest income in Income form other sources and then show it as deduction under section 80TTA. As it is exempt income and above 5000 Rs use ITR2.

  28. ASHOK KUMAR says:

    Dear Kirti,

    will u please clarify, if we earn interest income above rs.-5000/- which ITR we have to file

  29. Nagaraj says:

    I have two questions with respect to income tax filing for this year.

    1) I have income from “Interest from saving bank account to about 2k, so I should show this in Income from other sources and deduct in 80TTA and use IRR1 itself “.Am i correct?

    2) My company provides me with HRA and conveyance allowances.Will these come under exempt income of 5k ,in which case do i need to go for ITR1 or ITR 2?I dont have any other income apart from these.

  30. Rachit says:

    I have one question regarding saving a/c and RD interest…..I got around 2000 saving a/c interest and 3000 RD a/c interest should i need to show this amount in ITR form or not.

    • Kirti says:

      Yes any income earned has to be shown in income tax return form.
      Interest from Saving Bank account and RD interest come under Income from other sources. They have been explained in our article Income From Other Sources :Saving Bank Account, Fixed Deposit,RD and ITR with pictures.
      If you still have questions please ask

      • Rachit says:

        Thanks for your reply…its clear about saving a/c but what about RD interest…..we have to show that also……

        • Kirti says:

          Thanks for asking for clarification. Realized that explanation was not complete so updated the article.
          If you have opened a Recurring Deposit or any of investment schemes in financial year for which you are filling return for example you opened in Oct 2012 ,then show it in the Income Tax Return by adding only interest earned as income from other sources. And keep on showing it.

          If you had opened a Recurring Deposit or any of investment schemes for which TDS was not deducted in earlier financial years, say Aug 2010 but has not reported any of the interest income till now then wait till the scheme attains mathttp://www.bemoneyaware.com/blog/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-formurity, show it in income tax return of that year.

          So did you open Recurring Deposit this year ?

          • Rachit says:

            Thanks again….actually me RD matured on Feb 2013…..and I got interest around 3k….. so should I show this interest in other income row….but I am still not sure because I read some where if interest less than 10k so not needed….

          • Kirti says:

            Interest less than 10k is exempt only for saving bank account. From whatever little we know we would suggest you to show interest income as income from other sources and pay tax on it.
            If you have link to where you read if interest less than 10k so not needed pass it on, we shall try to understand it

  31. Chirag says:

    Is the interest income garnered from the Postal MIS (Monthly Income Scheme) treated as a ‘term deposit’ or can I claim the amount under 80TTA?
    Am a little confused on how to treat the interest from the MIS. :(

    • Kirti says:

      Post Office Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) is meant for investors who want to invest a sum amount initially and earn interest on a monthly basis for their livelihood.
      This does not come under sec 80C so there is no tax-exemption for the amount you invest in this, and interest income is taxable, but there is no TDS cut in this scheme.
      Only interest from Saving Bank Account can be claimed in section 80TTA not even Fixed Deposit, or Recurring deposit etc

  32. Vaibhav says:


    Thanks for this useful info. One small question – while filing IT returns, where do I mention this plain savings bank account interest (Income from other sources or exempt income)?


    • Kirti says:

      Thanks for asking Vaibhav, we had forgotten to mention it. We have added answer in the article above.

      • Vaibhav says:

        Hey thanks for the reply, Kirti.

        Can you also tell me where do I specify this interest income as ‘other income’ in ITR2?

        I didn’t find any such field ‘Income from other sources’ like that of in ITR1. I’m assuming this specified ‘other income’ will then be compensated against the one that I’ll be specifying in VIA schedule to avail 80tta deduction?

        Can you please clarify?


        • Kirti says:

          Vaibhav we have written an article Income from other sources to explain it .
          If your interest from all your saving bank account is more than 10,000 Rs under section 80TTA show 10,000 and remaining add it to your other Income from other sources. If your interest all your from saving bank account is less than 10,000 say 7000 then show 7000 in 80TTA only.

  33. Gopinath says:

    I still didnt understand. Please elaborate with example.
    Lets say

    a) Bank has deducted 4000/- (ie. 10% of FD interest – 40000) but
    my tax slab is 20%.
    b) Bank has not deducted any tax on Saving A.c interest – Rs.30000/-

    What all sections and amounts I should show in e-return .
    Is there any extra tax I have to pay.

    • Kirti says:

      Gopinath the article is about Income on Saving Bank Account and not Fixed Deposit.
      Most of the banks are paying interest of 4% pm (Yes and Kotak are paying around 6%)on daily basis which is credited twice a month in your bank account without any Tax deducted or TDS
      For FD bank will deduct TDS if interest income in FY is more than 10,000. The interest income on FD comes under the head Income from other sources and is added to total income and taxed according to income slab. So if you are in 20% slab you would have to pay tax(10% + education cess) on the Interest from FD.

      In e return TDS on Interest from FD is shown in Income from other sources part and you need to pay self assessment tax
      These links will be helpful to you:
      How to Calculate Income Tax : On understanding different kinds of income
      Filling ITR-1 : Bank Details, Exempt Income, TDS Details
      Fixed Deposits and Tax


    can i take the deduction of auto sweep interest under U/s TTA or not..

    thanking you

    • Kirti says:

      Interest income from auto sweep is considered as Income from FD so you need to treat it as Income from Other sources.
      It does not come under Sec 80TTA which is for plain saving bank account.

  35. Sunil says:

    Dear Be Money Aware,

    Would this mean the amount that is Auto Swept into FD will also be considered as Svaings Bank Interest (Since there is no particualr lock on the FD). Or it will be taxed as per one’s tax slabs.

    Please clarify.

    • Kirti says:

      Sunil a very good question. If you can tell us which bank Autosweep facility you use we will be able to throw more light on it.
      In General terms :
      Auto sweep accounts have two parts :
      1. Saving bank account.
      2. FD part.
      Interest on Saving bank account is treated like normal bank interest ,what is covered here.
      FD interest is added to you income for the year and taxed accordingly

      How does the auto sweep facility work?
      You decide the maximum amount that you want in your account. This is also called the threshold limit.
      You decide the amount for which the FDs need to be created.
      You decide the tenure of these FDs. The interest rate offered on these auto sweep FDs is the same as the rate offered on regular FDs of that duration.

      Whenever the amount in your account becomes more than the sum of the maximum amount you specified (point 1 above) and the FD amount (point 2), an FD is created for the specified amount and the specified tenure (in point 3). (This is called Sweep-in)

      If the amount that you want to withdraw is more than the amount in your account, one of the FDs would be broken immediately (this happens automatically), and you would get the money. (This is called Sweep-out or reverse-sweep)
      Which FD is broken and penalty charged depends on bank policy. Some banks follow the FILO (First In Last Out), . Thus, if an FD has to be broken to provide for a withdrawal, the most recent FD is broken first. some banks follow First in First Out (FIFO) some LIFO(Last in First Out) approach for breaking the FDs

  36. My Bank always request me to keep big amounts in Term Deposits so that I can earn more interest.I now understand how interest on the amounts in SB a/c is calculated. Thanks for the info.

    • Kirti says:

      Thanks Easwar you are welcome anytime. Yes keeping in Term deposits is a good idea, a safe no risk idea and earns more interest :-)
      But each kind of investment has a purpose in life.Saving Bank Account is used to meet daily needs nd emergency funds because of good liquidity.
      Term deposits should be part of one’s investment plan

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