Income Tax Slab for Women: Guide to Investment and Exemptions

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Up to 2012-13, women taxpayers in India enjoyed higher tax exemptions than men. But not anymore. Read this blog to know more about the income tax slab for women in India and the exemptions they enjoy.

Did you know that the income tax slab announced by the Government of India was different for both men and women tax-bearers in the country until the year 2012? However, this segregation was put to rest in the FY 2012-13, when it was declared that men and women would be required to pay an equal amount of tax, as stated by the government, without any higher exemptions for women.

Income Tax Slab for Women in India

As per the new income tax slab announced, both men and women taxpayers in India are entitled to enjoy the same tax exemption benefits and rebates. This was not the case earlier (at least until 2012-13). However, the new taxation rules dictate that the income tax slabs would be calculated for all (men and women) on the basis of their income earned as well as their age.

This also makes the tax payable directly proportional to the income earned, meaning that the higher income a taxpayer earns, the more tax payable for him/her. Also, as the age of the taxpayer increases, the income tax to be paid by him/her would go down. This means that senior citizens would be required to pay a lesser amount of tax to the government.

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Income Tax Slab for AY 2022-23 for Women under 60 Years of Age

To give you a clearer picture of how income tax slabs for women in India were before 2012-13 and how the slabs have now changed for the annual year 2022-23, we have enlisted the old and new income tax slabs in the table below:

Income Tax Slabs for Women (below 60 yrs) Old Tax Rules New Tax Rules
Income earned up to Rs. 2.5 lakh No tax applicable No tax applicable
Rs. 2.5 lakh – Rs. 5 lakh 5% tax applicable 5% tax applicable
Rs. 5 lakh – Rs. 7.5 lakh Rs. 12,500 tax + 20% tax applicable over Rs. 5 lakh Rs. 12,500 + 10% tax applicable over Rs. 5 lakh
Rs. 7.5 lakh – Rs. 10 lakh Rs. 12,500 tax + 20% tax applicable over Rs. 5 lakh Rs. 37,500 + 15% tax applicable over Rs. 7.5 lakh
Rs. 10 lakh – Rs. 12.5 lakh Rs. 1,12,500 + 30% tax applicable over Rs. 10 lakh Rs. 75,000 + 20% tax applicable over Rs. 10 lakh
Rs. 12.5 lakh – Rs. 15 lakh Rs. 1,12,500 + 30% tax applicable over Rs. 10 lakh Rs. 1.25 lakh + 25% tax applicable over Rs. 12.5 lakh
Over Rs. 15 lakh Rs. 1,12,500 + 30% tax applicable over Rs. 10 lakh Rs. 1.87,500 + 30% tax applicable over Rs. 15 lakh

Income Tax Slab for Senior Citizen Women (Over 80 Years)

The table above gives a clear idea about the income tax slabs for women taxpayers (under 60 years), as per the old tax regime (prior to 2012-13) and also in accordance with the new tax rules stated for the AY 2022-23.

Now let us take a quick look at the taxation charges applicable to women senior citizens (older than 80 years of age), in line with the new taxation regime:

Income Tax Slab for Senior Women Income Tax Slabs Old Regime New Tax Rules
Income earned up to Rs. 2.5 lakh None None
Rs. 2.5 lakh – Rs. 5 lakh None 5% tax over Rs. 2.5 lakh
Rs. 5 lakh – Rs. 7.5 lakh 20% over Rs. 5 lakh Rs. 12,500 + 10% over Rs. 5 lakh
Rs. 7.5 lakh – Rs. 10 lakh 20% over Rs. 5 lakh Rs. 37,500 + 15% over Rs. 7.5 lakh
Rs. 10 lakh – Rs. 12.5 lakh Rs. 1 lakh + 30% over Rs. 10 lakh Rs. 75,000 + 20% over Rs. 10 lakh
Rs. 12.5 lakh – Rs. 15 lakh Rs. 1 lakh + 30% over Rs. 10 lakh Rs. 1.25 lakh + 25% over Rs. 12.5 lakh
Over Rs. 15 lakh Rs. 1 lakh + 30% over Rs. 10 lakh Rs. 1,87,500 + 30% over Rs. 15 lakh

Surcharge for Women Taxpayers in India

In addition to the new tax slabs introduced for women for the AY 2022-23, the government introduced an additional surcharge for women whose annual taxable income crossed Rs. 50 lakh. This is how the extra surcharge would be applicable for the different annual taxable income slabs:

  • For income earned over Rs. 50 lakh up to Rs. 1 crore annually, an additional surcharge of 10% would apply
  • For income earned over Rs. 1 crore up to Rs. 2 crore, an additional surcharge of 15% would apply
  • For income earned over Rs. 2 crore up to Rs. 5 crore, an additional surcharge of 25% would apply, and
  • For income earned over Rs. 5 annually, an additional surcharge of a whopping 37% would apply on all women taxpayers

Income Tax Exemptions for Women Taxpayers in India

While the new income tax slab did do away with the higher exemption benefits for women that were in place earlier (under the old tax regime), women still continue to enjoy some tax benefits from the government. In fact, this has been done to encourage more women in India to get into the habit of saving a certain proportion of their earned income and thereby invest it to good use to secure their future and that of their loved ones financially.

Let’s now look at some of the income tax exemption benefits granted to women taxpayers:

Under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act: This section details that all earnings to women gained from certain investment schemes are entitled to tax redemption of up to Rs. 1,50,000. These schemes include National Pension Scheme, Employee Provident Fund, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, National Savings Certificate, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, and the like.

Under Section 80D: This section of the Income Tax Act enlists tax exemption for women up to a certain limit, upon payment of premium amount for health insurance towards self, spouse, dependent parents, dependent children, and the like.

For instance, a tax exemption of Rs. 25,000 is granted for health insurance premium payment made for self, spouse, and dependent children. An additional Rs. 25,000 is exempted for policy payment for parents (along with Rs. 25,000 exempted for premium payment for self, spouse, and kids).

If the parents are over 60 years of age, the tax exemption limit of Rs. 25,000 goes up to Rs. 50,000 in addition to the Rs. 25,000 exemption for policy payment towards self, spouse, and dependent kids.

Under Section 80DDB: A certain tax exemption of up to Rs. 40,000 is offered to women taxpayers for expenses incurred on the medical treatment of a dependent (below 60 years) who has been diagnosed with some specific medical conditions. Also note that if the dependent is over 60 years old, a tax benefit of Rs. 1 lakh can be availed.

To Conclude

Both men and women taxpayers are obligated under Indian law to pay taxes to the government. Certain tax exemptions are granted to women earners to inculcate the habit of savings in them. Also, you can easily compute the current income tax slab that you fall under by using the income tax slab 2022 calculator available online.

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Aug 18, 2022
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