How to Save Tax for Salary above 20 Lakhs? Tax Saving Options for Salaried 2023-24?


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Updated on Jan 01, 2024

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it is and in this blog, we’ll tell you how to pay Zero Tax for CTC of Rs 20 Lakhs for FY 2023-24 for Salaried while filing a declaration with your employer. Stay tuned.

Every year, when it’s tax paying time, several salaried employees start cracking their brains over how to save taxes on their annual income. It is a question rather too important to be solved because it is their hard-earned money for the whole year after all. And it’s only in their interest that it be saved to the maximum. While tax deductions and exemptions on a certain income tax bracket are not unheard of, what if we were to tell you that you could actually end up paying zero tax on your income of over 20 lakh rupees? If you find it hard to believe, continue reading to learn more about how to calculate income tax on salary with example.

But first, let’s understand a little more about income tax on salary and why it is mandated by law.

What is Income Tax on Salary?

The term salary has come to be understood over the years as any form of fixed and predefined compensation assured to an individual in return for the services they render. These can be services offered to another individual or to an organization at large. The individual and the organization in this case both are obligated to return the favor to the first individual by providing them with a benefit (generally monetary in nature) in the form of a salary.

Now, the Indian law under the Income Tax Act of 1961 mandates individuals on a fixed salaried income falling under a specific income tax bracket (usually Rs. 2.5 lakh and above) to pay income tax to the government. This is used by the government of India to fund various public service and social welfare projects for the country, say building of roads, infrastructure facilities, hospitals, schools, and the like.

Income tax therefore refers to the tax that you are required to pay on the annual income earned. As per the Indian taxation law, a person is eligible to be levied income tax on salary if he/she was in India for at least 182 days during the previous tax year. Alternatively, if the person had been residing and earning in India for at least 1 year during the last 4 years, he/she becomes liable to pay taxes to the Indian government.

Read More: Income Tax Slabs and Rates for FY 2022-23

How to Save Tax on Salary in India?

Depending on the total income that you earn in one financial year, you will be levied taxes accordingly. In other words, tax rules are never the same for all individuals in the country alike. For instance, as per the Indian taxation system, individuals in India earning less than Rs. 2.5 lakh are exempted from paying any tax. This means that only certain people falling under a specific defined income tax bracket are required to pay income tax.

These tax slabs are revised every year by the Finance Ministry of India and announced in the annual budget. Every salaried employee eagerly awaits the news on tax revisions in the hope that he/she may be able to save more money on their hard-earned income. The good news always is that the government does make certain provisions to allow salaried employees to save taxes on their salary.

Before moving on to learning about tax-saving, it is important to understand first what exactly is your tax slab, meaning under which income tax bracket does your salary fall. Based on that, you will be able to determine the exact amount of tax payable and correspondingly, how to save taxes. Moreover, you should also be aware of the breakup of your salary components. This would further assist you in determining where exactly there is scope for deductions in the taxes.

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Deductions that can be Claimed During Income Tax Filing

As stated above, there are certain permissible deductions that a salaried employee can claim in their payable taxable income while declaring income tax every year. These deductions help the employee save taxes on their salaried income. Here is a list of the various deductions that are allowed to be claimed for tax-saving:

  • Employee contribution to Provident Fund or PF – returns upon maturity are tax-exempted
  • Professional Tax
  • Any income received in advance or arrears is permitted for tax exemption under Section 89(1) of the ITA
  • Some salaried employees are offered meal coupons such as Sodexo, which are tax-deductible up to a certain amount per month
  • Medical insurance can be claimed for tax deductions under Section 80(D)
  • Loan for education is also considered for deduction
  • Compensation offered to the employee on voluntary retirement is also tax-exempted

These are some of the deductions that help reduce your overall taxable income to the government. Making use of these deductions from time to time can be highly beneficial for you. We will discuss how to make use of these deductions in your tax return filing in the next section.

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How to pay zero tax on salary income INR 20+ Lakhs for FY 2023-24?

Now that we have a fair idea about the meaning of income tax, why it is levied and how to save taxes in general on your salaried income, let us proceed with the big question that we started writing this blog with – How to Save Tax on a Salary Income of 20 lakhs and Above? Is it even possible to have zero tax on a 20+ lakh salary?

The answer to this question is, you sure can end up paying zero taxes for your CTC of 20+ lakh. And to help you understand this better, we will explain this with the help of an example.

How to Save Tax for Salary Above 20 Lakhs?

We already learned above that the best way to save taxes on salaried income is to avail maximum deductions on your taxable income. Going with the same concept, the following table enlists the maximum number of deductions that are permissible and that you can claim during your Income Tax Returns (ITR) filing. Note that this example shares the deductions to be claimed for an employee filing ITR for FY 2023-24 for a CTC of up to Rs. 2,00,000.

Deductions Permissible on Income Tax Total Amount Permissible (In Rs.)
House Rent Allowance (HRA) 6,00,000
Interest on home loan 2,00,000
Exemption under Section 80(C) of the ITA 1,50,000
Education for children; Leave Travel Allowance (LTA); reimbursement on mobile phone and internet bills; newspaper allowance; uniform allowance; gift vouchers 1,25,000
EPF contributed by employer 1,25,000
NPS contributed by employer 1,00,000
Gratuity (which is a component of CTC but not a part of the salary and is exempted from tax) 50,000
Standard Deduction 50,000
NPS tax exemption under Section 80CCD(1B) 50,000
Health Insurance (both for self and for parents) 50,000
Meal coupons like Sodexo offered by the employer 25,000
Maintenance of car 25,000
Total Taxable Income After Deductions (Under Section 87A, Zero tax up to Rs. 5,00,000) 4,50,000

Also Read: How To Save Tax For Salary Above 10 Lakh in India?

As can be seen from the table above, after claiming the maximum deductions in the ITR, the total taxable income for the FY 2023-24 for a CTC of Rs. 20 lakhs comes to Rs. 4,50,000, which is exempted from tax payment under Section 87A of the Income Tax Act (falling in the tax bracket below Rs. 5,00,000). Hence, the individual with a CTC of 20 lakhs would have to pay zero taxes or no taxes in this case.


Knowing about the various deductions permissible in the Indian taxation system can go a long way in claiming the maximum tax relief in your taxable income. For more information about taxes payable and the various deductions that can be claimed under the Income Tax Act, visit PayBima.

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FAQs on How to Pay Zero Tax on Salary Income INR 20+ Lakhs for FY 2023-24

How to save tax for salary above 15 lakhs?

If your taxable income is up to Rs. 15 lakhs, you can claim tax deductions worth Rs. 10,000 on the interest earned on savings banks account. This is as per Section 80TTA of the Income Tax Act.

How to save tax on 12 lakhs salary?

You can avail a number of tax deductions under Section 80(C) of the ITA:
Investment in ULIPs
Investment in Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
Home loan repayment
Investment in National Savings Scheme
Investment in Public Provident Fund

What is the tax on 20 lakh salary?

A tax of Rs. 3,51,000 is levied on a gross salary of Rs. 20,00,000 as per the new tax regime in India.

Which tax regime is better for 20 lakhs?

The new regime will be advantageous when total deductions are less than Rs. 1.5 lakhs. When total deductions exceed Rs. 3.75 lakhs, the old regime will be much beneficial.

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