What is Section 80DDB?
Under Section 80DDB, a deduction is allowed if expenses are incurred on the treatment of specified diseases. Following are the specified diseases:
- Neurological Diseases with a disability of at least 40%
- Malignant cancer
- Chronic Kidney failure
Who can claim deduction u/s 80DDB?
The income tax deduction under Section 80DDB can be claimed by:
- Any resident individual/ HUF.
- An individual for himself or for people dependant on him, like spouse, children, parents, siblings.
- HUF for any of its members.
- The Karta or the members of the HUF.
What are the deduction limit under section 80DDB?
The deduction is allowed only up to the amount of expenditure incurred. For FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20), the following deduction limits are applicable:
|Individual or a member of HUF, aged below 60||Rs. 40,000|
|Individual or a member of HUF, aged 60 years or above||Rs. 1,00,000|
From 1st April 2016, no deduction shall be allowed unless the prescription is obtained for the treatment from a specialist. It is not necessary that the specialist has to be working at a government hospital.
Earlier a certificate was required to be obtained and submitted in Form No. 10-1 to claim this deduction, it has been duly omitted. So, you can obtain the same but it is not required to be submitted along with income tax return to claim the deduction.
How to Acquire Certificate for Claiming Deduction under Section 80DDB?
Here is the list of people from whom you need to acquire the certificate:
|Disease||Eligible person to ask for a certificate|
|Neurological Diseases where the disability level is proved to be of 40% and above||A neurologist who has an MD degree in Neurology. Or any equivalent degree that’s recognised by Medical Council of India.|
|(b) Dystonia Musculorum Deformans|
|(c) Motor Neuron Disease|
|(h) Parkinsons Disease|
|Malignant Cancers||An oncologist who has an MD degree in Oncology. Or any equivalent degree that’s recognised by Medical Council of India.|
|AIDS (Full Blown Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome)||Any specialist who has a postgraduate degree in general or internal medicine. Any equivalent degree that’s recognised by Medical Council of India.|
|Chronic Renal Failure||A nephrologist who has an MD degree in Nephrology. Or a urologist who has a Master Chirurgiae (M.Ch.) degree in Urology. Or any equivalent degree that’s recognised by Medical Council of India.|
|Haematological Disorders||A specialist who has an MD degree in Hematology. Or any equivalent degree that’s recognised by Medical Council of India.|
What should the certificate contain?
The acquired certificate must have the following details:
- Name and Age of Patient.
- Name of the Disease.
- Details of the specialist issuing the prescription, i.e., Name, Address, Registration Number, Qualification.
- The name and address of the hospital if the treatment was taken in a government hospital.
Specified diseases such as AIDs, cancer, dementia, neurological diseases etc. are covered under 80DDB.
No, you cannot claim Deductions on both Section 80D and Section 80DDB. Note that Section 80D allows to claim Deductions on general Medical Expenses whereas Section 80DDB allows Deductions for treatment of specific diseases only. It is also important to note that the amount of deduction claimed will be reduced by the amount received from an insurer or reimbursed by the employer for medical treatment of the said person.
The Deduction amount will depend on the severity of the disability/disease. For Senior Citizens the deducted amount is INR 1,00,000. For Individuals below 60 years are entitled a deduction of INR 40,000.