Budget 2016: Lower TDS for life insurance proceeds

The rate of tax deducted at source (TDS) on life insurance policies where maturity proceeds are taxable has been halved from 2% to 1%. Under section 194DA, TDS is applicable on all taxable payments made to them if the total amount exceeds Rs 1 lakh.

Under section 10 (10D), maturity proceeds received under a life insurance policy are exempt from tax. However, the benefit is not extended to policies where the annual premium exceeds 10% (20% in case of policies sold prior to April 2012) of the sum assured.

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