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What is the taxation on any gift via cash transfer to a relative?

With respect to the format and execution of the gift deed, it would be advisable to seek separate legal advice

Documents such as registered gift deed, copy of bank statements showing the transfers, etc. may be maintained for income-tax purposes.Premium
Documents such as registered gift deed, copy of bank statements showing the transfers, etc. may be maintained for income-tax purposes.

My wife and I transferred 22 lakh last year from our savings accounts to the bank account of our grandson, a minor. We plan to transfer a similar amount every year for a couple of years.Will income tax form 26AS capture these transactions. What documents should we produce to prove this if the tax department seeks an explanation, and is there any gift deed format for such transactions?

Sridharan Subramaniam

As per the provisions of the Income-tax Act, any sum of money gifted by you and your spouse to a specified relative (including son or grandson), will not constitute taxable income in the hands of the recipient. Documents such as registered gift deed, copy of bank statements showing the transfers, etc. may be maintained for income-tax purposes.

A gift deed, if you opt for one, should ideally include details of the relationship of the donor and donee, purpose of the transfer, amounts transferred, date and mode of transfer etc. With respect to the format and execution of the gift deed, it would be advisable to seek separate legal advice.

I have a fixed deposit (FD) of 10 lakh and am paying taxes on the interest accrued on this. Can I open a bank account in my the name of my wife, a homemaker, and transfer this amount to her account and thereafter start a new FD from her account. In this way, will we be able to save on taxes? What will happen in the same scenario if I keep the 10 lakh in my wife’s savings account and not opt for an FD?

Lovelesh Saxena

It is assumed from this query that you wish to transfer 10 lakh to your wife’s bank account as a gift.

It is worthwhile to note that as per the provisions of the Income-tax Act, any sum of money gifted by you to your wife will not constitute taxable income in her hands. However, in light of the clubbing provisions of the Act, any income arising to your wife from the money gifted by you shall be clubbed in your income and continue to be taxable in your hands.

Hence, any income (interest in the instant case) earned by your wife from investing the funds transferred by you (either in the form of savings account or fixed deposit account) shall be clubbed in your income and continue to be taxable in your hands.

Based on certain judicial precedents, there is a view that income from any further reinvestment of such interest earned by your wife, should not however be included in your income and should be taxed in her hands.

Parizad Sirwalla is partner and head, global mobility services, tax, KPMG in India.

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Published: 30 Nov 2023, 10:08 PM IST
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