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Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) and its tax benefits

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Hiral Vakil

HUF
Income from Business & Profession
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Section 80C
Section 80D
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Last updated on April 23rd, 2021

Hindu Undivided Family, commonly known as HUF is a separate entity from its members for the purpose of Income Tax assessment. It is incorporated for its tax benefits, generally.

The term is defined under the Hindu Law as a family that consists of all persons lineally descended from a common ancestor and includes their wives and unmarried daughters. So basically a Hindu Undivided Family is not created by any Act but by status.

Who can form HUF?

A HUF cannot be formed by an individual or a coparcener (a person who acquires a right in the ancestral property by birth and who has a right to demand partition in the HUF property).

A married male can form a HUF. Members of the family including the Father, his wife, children, their wives and their children will be the members of this Hindu Undivided Family. Now, if a father of two daughters passes away, HUF can be carried forward by the daughters (The elder daughter will be Karta).

The Karta: The eldest male person of this Hindu Undivided Family is called Karta and he usually handles the affairs. He has to apply for a separate PAN as a Karta. With the consent of the other members of HUF, a junior male member can also be the Karta of family.

The Members: People other than Karta are the members of the HUF. The wife, the sons and unmarried daughters can be called as Members of a HUF. Even a father and his unmarried daughter can form a HUF. As mentioned in the beginning, HUF is a separate entity from its members. So the income which is brought to the common pool of it by its members or the income which is generated from the assets in the common pool will also be taxed separately as HUF income and shall not be taxed as members’ income.

Difference between a Member and a Coparcener:

A coparcener and a member of a HUF are two different entities. A coparcener has the right to demand partition in the HUF property. So, in case of a partition, a coparcener would receive his/her share while a member would be entitled to receive maintenance from the HUF. The family property managed by Karta is considered the joint property for all the coparceners until they ask for a division.

Tax applicable on HUF income

Once the separate PAN has been obtained, the Hindu Undivided Family will be required to file Income Tax return every year, just like every other individual. Tax will be applied to HUF income at the slab rate which is applicable to individuals. HUF will also enjoy the basic exemption limit of Rs. 2,50,000 which is available to individuals.

Now, if a Hindu Undivided Family contributes funds to a partnership firm, the profits and interest received from it are considered as income of a HUF, because the investment was done by HUF as a whole, and not just by Karta. However, if the Karta is also paid salary from the same firm for his contributions, such income would be considered his individual income.

The tax benefits of HUF can effectively be utilised for tax planning. To understand it simply, if a member is having income which is taxed at the highest slab rate (30 %) if that income is brought to the common pool of HUF it may be taxed at the lower slab rate and at the same time HUF will also enjoy some of the deductions under chapter VIA thus reducing the tax burden on the individual member.

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Tax Deductions available to HUF

As discussed earlier, HUF is a separate legal entity and it also enjoys the basic exemption limit of Rs. 2,50,000 and deductions that are available to an individual. Here are some of section 80 deduction which is available to HUF:

 

Section Deduction for Allowable if
80C Life Insurance Premium Paid for the Policy of any of the members of HUF
Payment under a contract for a deferred annuity Paid for the Policy of any of the members of HUF
Public Provident Fund (PPF) Any contribution made towards PPF account of a member of HUF
Unit Linked Insurance Plan of UTI & LIC Mutual Fund The contribution made in the name of any of the members of HUF
Tuition fees Paid for children of any of the members of HUF
Certain payments for purchase/ construction of residential House Property, Repayment of Housing Loan Paid for the House Property purchased or constructed by HUF and the expenses are wholly and exclusively for the purchase of the property
Subscription to Equity Linked Saving Scheme Paid for the scheme which is either in the name of the HUF or any of the members of the HUF
Term deposit for a fixed period of not less than 5 years, with a scheduled bank or with Post Office Paid for the deposit in the name of HUF or any of its members
80D Health Insurance Premium / preventive health check-up Paid for any of the members of the HUF
80DD Expenditure on medical treatment of a person with a disability Paid for any of the members (with a disability) of the HUF
80DDB Expenses paid for medical treatment of specified diseases and ailments Paid for the treatment of any of the members of the HUF who are completely dependent on the family
80TTA Interest on deposits in Savings Bank Account The interest is earned on the Savings Bank Account in the name of HUF

If HUF is carrying any business, then the expenses in relation to the business can also be claimed while calculating the tax on HUF income. If the Karta and members of HUF are working for the HUF business, than any salary or remuneration paid to them can be claimed as an expense from the HUF business income.

Tax Planning with HUF

You would have understood by now that apart from its members, HUF also enjoys the basic exemption limit of Rs. 2,50,000 as well as the deductions as mentioned above. This can be utilised to the advantage of the members. Let’s take a look at a situation for better understanding.

Dhruv and Khushboo are married and have a son named Tanay. Khushboo earns a Salary of Rs. 10 Lakh per year. Dhruv earns Rs. 18 Lakh from his business and also has an ancestral property from which he earns rental income of Rs. 5 Lakh. So at present, their Tax Liability is as follows:

Particulars Dhruv Khushboo
Salary Income / Business Income 18,00,000 10,00,000
Rental Income from ancestral property 5,00,000
Total deductions under section 80 1,50,000 1,50,000
Total Taxable Income 21,50,000 8,50,000
Tax Liability as per Slab Rate 4,84,100 97,850
Combined Tax Liability 5,81,950

Now, if they form an HUF, they can

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So now the Tax Liability will be as follows:

Particulars Dhruv Khushboo HUF
Salary Income / Business Income 12,00,000 10,00,000 6,00,000
Rental Income from ancestral property 5,00,000
Total deductions under Section 80 1,50,000 1,50,000 1,50,000
Salary Income / Business Income 12,00,000 10,00,000 6,00,000
Total Taxable Income 10,50,000 8,50,000 9,50,000
Tax Liability as per Slab Rate 1,44,200 97,850 1,18,450
Combined Tax Liability 3,60,500

In conclusion, they were able to save Rs. 2,21,450 (5,81,950 – 3,60,500) by forming a HUF and diverting some of the incomes.

HUF transactions should be thought through and planned properly. You can also take help from a CA or a tax expert just to be sure that there are no violations of tax laws.

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Can HUF own any asset?

Any assets received in the following situation would form part of the HUF asset pool:

Partitions of HUF

Partition in HUF is the most common way of reducing the Tax Incidence in HUF.

In Hindu law, these partitions can be either Total or Partial.

In Total Partition, all the members will cease to be the ‘members’ of a HUF and the property will be distributed amongst them. After complete partition, the members will continue to be taxed as individuals.

In Partial Partition, only the members willing to leave will cease to be the members of HUF and the rest will continue to be the members of HUF.

However, according to the Income Tax Act, there’s no concept like Partial Partition. So there’ll either be Total Partition or no partition.

FAQs

Who is responsible for filing HUF return?

Karta is responsible for filing the HUF return. The due date for filing HUF return is the same as individual i.e 31st July. Karta is also required to verify the HUF return.

Can husband and wife form HUF?

Any Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist or Jain can form a HUF. A husband and his wife can form a HUF but the wife only gets to be the member and not a co-parcener. However, if the family has a child, only then they will be able to claim benefits of HUFs.

Can a salaried person open HUF account?

Yes. Salaried Individuals can open a HUF account as soon as he is married. However to enjoy the Tax Deductions he should have a child.

Got Questions? Ask Away!

  1. Hey @sushil_verma

    There are a wide range of deductions that you can claim. Apart from Section 80C tax deductions, you could claim deductions up to INR 25,000 (INR 50,000 for Senior Citizens) buying Mediclaim u/s 80D. You can claim a deduction of INR 50,000 on home loan interest under Section 80EE.

  2. Hey @Dia_malhotra , there are many deductions that you can avail of. Your salary package may include different allowances like House Rent Allowance (HRA), conveyance, transport allowance, medical reimbursement, etc. Additionally, some of these allowances are exempt up to a certain limit under section 10 of the Income Tax Act.

    For eg,

    • Medical allowance is exempt up to INR 15,000 on a reimbursement basis.
    • Children education allowance is exempt up to Rs. 200 per child per month up to a maximum of two children.
    • Conveyance allowance is exempt up to a maximum of Rs. 1600 per month.

    Tax on employment and entertainment allowance will also be allowed as a deduction from the salary income. Employment tax is deducted from your salary by your employer and then it is deposited to the state government.

  3. The benefit Section 80EEB can be claimed by individuals only. An individual taxpayer can claim interest on loan of an electric vehicle of up to INR 1.5 lacs u/s 80EEB. However, if the electric vehicle is used for the purpose of business, the vehicle should be reported as an asset, loan should be reported as a liability and the interest on loan can be claimed as a business expense irrespective of the amount. (We have updated the article with the changes).

    Thus, if you have a proprietorship business, you should claim interest amount as a business expense only if the vehicle is used for business purpose. However, if it is used for personal purpose, you can claim deduction of interest u/s 80EEB in your ITR since you would be reporting both personal and business income in the ITR (under your PAN).

    As per the Income Tax Act, the deduction under Section 80EEB is applicable from 1st April 2020 i.e. FY 2020-21.

  4. Hey @Sharath_thomas , we have updated the content according to the appropriate assessment year. Thanks for the feedback. :slight_smile:

  5. Hey @shindeonkar95

    In case of capital gain income (LTCG/STCG), transfer expenses are allowed as deduction, except STT.

    However, in case of business income (F&O, intraday), all expenses incurred for the business (including STT) are eligible to claim deduction in ITR.

    Hope, it helps!

  6. Hello,

    Is it possible to claim deductions under S. 80CCF for Infra bonds bought in the secondary market and held to maturity?

    There were a number of 10 year infra bonds issued in the 2010- 2013 period, which will start maturing soon. These are all listed on the exchanges (although hardly any liquidity or transactions in them). If I were to buy some of these bonds in the open markets and hold them in my demat to maturity (<3 years), is it possible to claim tax deductions (upto 20k per year) under 80CCF for buying?

    I couldn’t find anything on this. Any help is appreciated.

  7. Hello @Veejayy,

    Yes you can claim deduction under 80CCF for investment made in specified infrastructure and other tax saving bonds bought in the secondary market and held to maturity.

    Deduction under Section 80CCF can be availed only through investment in certain tax saving bonds, issued by banks or corporations after gaining permission from the government which shall be restricted upto 10,000 per year.

    These bonds are generally long term bonds, having tenure of more than 5 years with a lock in period of 5 years in most of the cases. These bonds can be sold after the lock in period!

    Also, interest earned on these bonds will be taxable.

    Hope this helps!

  8. Hi, I need to file my income tax for FY21, I am using Quicko platform for filing, I wanted to confirm if the ELSS investment amount for the FY21 is to be added in the section 80C, since I already the amount of Rs30,072 , should I add my ELSS amount to this existing amount and submit the total

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