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Tax Deductions For Freelancers

    IndianMoney.com Research Team | Thursday, November 30,2017, 06:24 PM
 

Tax Deductions For Freelancers

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his Government is nurturing youngsters to be job creators and not job-seekers. More than 1.5 crore citizens have heard the Prime Ministers message and are living the freelance life. Freelancers have a fluctuating income unlike salaried employees. So, freelancers need to do efficient tax planning to save taxes.

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How Do Taxes Work For Freelancers?

 

Let's first understand what is freelancing income. If you get income from a profession which involves work and requires you to use a skill, (this skill can be intellectual or manual), then such an income will be taxed under the head, " Profits and gains of Business and Profession." Your income is the total amount you get for the work you do for all your clients based in India or abroad.

 

1. Tax Deductions for freelancers

 

  • You have taken property on rent for the business: The rent paid by you for a co-working space, or if you are working from a home, the rent you pay is allowed as a deduction.
  • Repairs on the property: If you own a business property and carry out repairs on this property, the cost of repairs can be deducted. Repairs for your laptop, printer and any other equipment used for the business, can be deducted.
  • Work related expenses: You may have expenses like telephone/mobile bills, internet bills, money spent on office supplies and so on. You can claim all these expenses as a deduction. Let's say you have purchased a website domain to showcase your work. Even this can be claimed as a deduction.
  • Expenses for meeting clients: If you go to a coffee shop or a restaurant to discuss business with clients and you pay the bill, you can claim this as a deduction. Any travel expenses including out station trips, fuel expenses incurred for meeting clients can also be claimed.
  • Contracting payments: If you have to enlist the services of a firm or a person during the course of business, these contractual payments can also be deducted.
  • Depreciation of an asset: As a freelancer you use assets like desktops, laptops, cameras and so on. The benefit of these assets are expected to last for more than a year. The value of these assets depreciates with time. A small portion of the value of these assets can be claimed as a deduction on taxable income every year.

 

Remember: You need to keep receipts/bills of all expenses which can be claimed for deductions.

 

SEE ALSO: Income tax benefits under Section 80C

 

2. Tax deductions available to both freelancers and salaried employees

 

Freelancers get Section 80C deductions: If you or any freelancer invests in PPF, ELSS, Tax saving FD, NPS or Post Office Saving Schemes, repayment of the Principal part of the home loan (Home Loan EMI Principal) and premiums paid on life insurance plans, these qualify for deductions under Section 80C of the income tax act up to INR 1.5 Lakhs a year.

Freelancers get Section 80CCC deductions: If you pay an amount towards an annuity plan or a pension fund, you get a deduction up to INR 50,000 a year.

The combined maximum limit for section 80C, 80CCC and sec 80CCD (1) deduction is INR 1,50,000.

Freelancers get Section 80D deductions: A freelancer can claim tax deduction under Section 80D for health insurance premiums paid for self/family/spouse up to INR 25,000 a year. It goes up to INR 30,000 a year for freelance senior citizens or even your parents who are above 60.

Freelancers get Section 80GG deductions: Freelancers who pay house rent, can use the Section 80GG tax deductions, provided he/she does not own a self occupied residential property. The tax deduction is the least of:

1. Rent paid - 10% of total income

2. INR 5000 a month

3. 25% of total income.

Remember: There are several more tax deductions available, but we will discuss this at a later time.

 

SEE ALSO: Income tax benefits of being married 

 

3. Freelancers need to look at the Presumptive Income Scheme

 

If you or any freelancer has income (turnover) up to INR 50 Lakhs in a financial year, you are allowed to avail the benefits under the presumptive income scheme under Section 44ADA. You can claim 50% of your total receipts as a business expense, without the need to maintain any books of accounts.

If you are a freelancer, this article has taught you how to save taxes. Tax planning for freelancers is just like salaried employees. It's not difficult if you pay attention to tax planning. Be Wise, Get Rich.

IndianMoney.com Research Team

The research team at IndianMoney.com comprises of certified and experienced professionals who share the company's vision to make every Indian financially literate by equipping every Indian with right and unbiased advice. IndianMoney.com research team provides newsletters, articles, videos and FAQs on various financial products and concepts only to help you make wise financial decisions.

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