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Section 80U - Tax Deduction for the Disabled Persons

Updated on: 16 May, 2024 11:53 AM

The Indian Income Tax Law provides deductions and exemptions under certain sections to help taxpayers save their taxes while promoting social welfare. One such section that allows tax deduction is section 80U, which deals with the taxation for disabled persons (disability as defined by the Income Tax Act).

One such deduction is provided under section 80U of the Income Tax Act. These deductions are tax-free in nature and, hence, are reduced from your gross total income. If the taxpayer is a disabled individual, he/she can claim a deduction under this Section and can lower the overall tax payments. Let’s understand what this section is all about and what deductions it offers.

What is Section 80U?

Section 80U of the Income Tax Act of 1961 states the provisions for tax deductions or tax benefits for individual taxpayers who are suffering from a disability. As per the law, Indian residents who have more than 40% disability are considered persons with disability.

Note: A similar deduction available under section 80DD is also available under the Income Tax Act. However, this deduction offers tax benefits for the taxpayer’s dependant family members suffering from a disability.

Tax Deduction Under Section 80U?

Category Permitted Deductions
A person with a severe disability* Rs. 1,25,000/-
A person with disability** Rs. 75,000/-

*"person with severe disability" means—A condition where the disability is 80 percent or more. Severe disability also includes multiple disabilities, autism, and cerebral palsy.

**"person with a disability" means— A person who has at least 40 percent disability, certified by the medical authorities.

80U Eligibility - Who Can Claim this Deduction?

Resident individual who, at any time during the financial year, is certified by the medical authority to be a person with disability can claim this deduction. However, it is important to note that deductions under section 80U can only be claimed by the person with a disability for themselves. The residential status determines the eligibility for this deduction. NRIs are not eligible for this deduction.

Any person with a disability (upto 40%) or a severe disability (upto 80%) can claim this deduction.

Deduction Limit Under Section 80U

The maximum limit of deduction under section 80U is as follows -

  • Rs.1,25,000 for persons with severe disability
  • Rs.75,000 for persons with disability

Example on 80U Eligibility

If the taxpayer’s aggregate income is INR 10 lakhs and he suffers from a 60% disability, he can avail of a deduction of INR 75,000, which would reduce his total income to INR 9.25 lakhs. The computation of the tax liability would also change. Here’s how –

Without Section 80U deduction With Section 80U deduction
Gross total income/Taxable income – INR 10 lakhs Gross Total Income – INR 10 lakhs Taxable Income – INR 9.25 lakhs
Tax payable on income between INR 2.5 lakhs and INR 5 lakhs – 5% of INR 2.5 lakhs = INR 12,500 + Tax payable on income between INR 5 lakhs and INR 10 lakhs – 20% of INR 5 lakhs = INR 1 lakh Tax payable on income between INR 2.5 lakhs and INR 5 lakhs – 5% of INR 2.5 lakhs = INR 12,500 + Tax payable on income between INR 5 lakhs and INR 9.25 lakhs – 20% of INR 4.25 lakhs = INR 85,000
Total tax payable = INR 1,12,500
Total tax payable after S.H.E.C = INR 1,17,000
Total tax payable = INR 97,500
Total tax payable after S.H.E.C = INR 1,01,400

Thus, with the deduction available under Section 80U, the taxpayer can save INR 15,600 in taxes in the above situation.

Which Disabilities are Covered Under Section 80U?

Section 80U covers the following types of disabilities –

  • Locomotor disability:- This refers to disabilities in joint muscles or bones which lead to severely limited movements of limbs or any form of cerebral palsy.
  • Low vision:- People with visual function impairment that can’t be totally corrected by surgery or standard refractive correction. People having this disability are still capable of using their vision through assistance from other devices.
  • Blindness:- Blindness means a complete absence of sight or where the field of vision limitation by an angle of 20 degrees or worse, or visual acuity less than 6160 Snellen after corrective lenses.
  • Leprosy cured:- People who have been cured of leprosy but still suffer from the disability where they have lost sensation in feet or hands and paresis in eyelid and eye. It also includes senior citizens or people with extreme deformities that obstruct them from performing any beneficial occupation.
  • Mental retardation:- People having incomplete or arrested development of mental capacities resulting in subnormal intelligence levels.
  • Hearing impairment:- Hearing power loss of at least 60 decibels
  • Autism:- Autism spectrum disorder is related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication.
  • Cerebral palsy:- CP is a group of movement disorders that appear in early childhood. Signs and symptoms vary among people and over time but include poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, and tremors. There may be problems with sensation, vision, hearing, and speaking.
  • Mental illness:- This covers other mental disorders

The taxpayer is considered as not severely disabled if he/she is suffering from a disability that is 40% or more but below 80%. However, if the taxpayer is suffering from a disability that is 80% or more, it would be termed as a severe disability. The deduction limit varies depending on the severity of the disability suffered.

How to Claim a Deduction Under Section 80U?

The person claiming the deduction must keep handy a copy of the certificate issued by the medical authority in the prescribed form. Practically, no document is required to be attached with ITR; it is advised to keep the document handy.

Please note that the medical certificate should be submitted certifying the disability suffered. The certificate should be prepared by a recognized medical authority in a prescribed format which is contained in Form 10 -IA The form can be found on the Income Tax India Website -

Form 10 –IA

Thus, it simply implies that if you are taking the deduction under this section, then keep the certificate with you, which you can take from the Authorized Medical Practitioner.

Also, it is suggested that the medical prescription and medical records are safe in case the income tax department asks for the same in the future.

The medical certificate should contain the details of the disability suffered by the taxpayer.

The disability certificate has a specified validity. If the certificate's validity expires in any financial year, the deduction for that financial year can be claimed using the expired certificate. However, from the next financial year, a new certificate would have to be available to claim a deduction under Section 80U in the next year. Taxpayers can get the certificate from certified medical practitioners who are either civil surgeons, a neurologist, or chief medical officer in a government hospital.

Requirements to Claim Deductions Under Section 80U

  • A disability certificate duly signed by a recognized medical authority and submitted through Form 10-IA. There is no need to present the bills or information on the treatment received.
  • The AY in which the taxpayer applies for the deduction, he/she needs to present a disability certificate as per the provisions of section 139 of the Income Tax Act.
  • You will also need a new certificate in the year succeeding the year of its expiration to claim Section 80U benefits.

Which Medical Authority can Issue Certificates Under Section 80U?

Medical authorities who are eligible for issuing a disability certificate can be any of the following –

  • A neurologist who has a degree of MD (Doctor of Medicine) in Neurology
  • A civil surgeon in a Government hospital
  • A Chief Medical Officer in a Government hospital
  • A pediatric neurologist who has a degree of MD (Doctor of Medicine) in Neurology in case of disabled children

Section 80U and Section 80DD & 80DDB

Section 80U and Section 80DD are often mixed together because both these sections allow deductions for disabled individuals. However, the main difference between these sections is that while Section 80U provides deductions for a disabled individual tax-payer, Section 80DD allows deductions if the taxpayer has a dependent who is suffering from a disability. In the case of an individual, the dependent can be a spouse, children, parents, or siblings, and in the case of HUF, a member of the HUF.

Moreover, the deduction under Section 80DD is allowed if the taxpayer has incurred expenses on treatment, medicines, training, or rehabilitation of the disabled dependent. So, both these sections have different meanings and tax implications and should not be confused to be one.

Whereas under Section 80DDB, if an Individual or HUF incurs any expenditure on the treatment of Specified Diseases for a self or dependent relative can take tax benefit. Dependent relative means spouse, children, brother, sister, parents.

Read more about: Section 80DD Deduction

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q- Who can claim deduction under section 80U?

Resident individuals who, at any time during the financial year, are certified by the medical authority to be a person with a disability can claim this deduction for themselves only. The amount of deduction depends upon the severity of the disability.

Q- What is the amount of deduction under Section 80U?

Taxpayers with less than 80% but more than 40% disability get a deduction of Rs.75,000, and taxpayers with severe disabilities, which is 80% or more, get a deduction of Rs.1,25,000. The deduction is a fixed amount that is allowed as a deduction from the taxable income.

Q- Can an NRI avail of deduction under Section 80U?

No, deductions under Section 80U are allowed only to resident Individuals.

Q- Can I claim a deduction under Sections 80U and Section 80DD?

No, if the taxpayer has claimed a deduction under Section 80U, he/she cannot claim another deduction under Section 80DD, although the deduction under this section is for disabled dependents. Similarly, if the taxpayer has claimed a deduction under Section 80DD, he/she cannot claim another deduction under Section 80U for himself.

Q- Would the medical reports or bills require to be submitted for availing deduction under Section 80U?

No medical bills or reports would be required to avail for a deduction under Section 80U. However, a disability certificate issued by an authorized medical practitioner would be required only .

Q- Is the deduction amount based on the actual expenses incurred?

No, the deduction u/s 80U is allowed at a flat rate depending how severe the disability is irrespective of the expenses incurred in treatment or maintenance of the disability.

Q- Can taxpayers claim deductions under Section 80U also claim deductions under other eligible sections?

Yes, tax-payers claiming deductions under Section 80U,, can claim deductions under other sections, too, like Section 80C, Section 80D, Section 80E, etc. But they cannot claim deductions u/s 80DD subject to certain conditions.

Q- What is a severe disability for 80U?

A person with a disability means a person who is suffering from at least 40% of a disability. If an individual has a severe disability (i.e., 80% or more of a disability), he is eligible for a deduction of Rs. 1,25,000. Rs 75,000 is the eligible amount for disability less than 80% but more than 40%.

Q- Can I claim both 80DD and 80U?

Deduction u/s 80DD & 80U cannot be claimed simultaneously for the same individual. If you have incurred expenses for the medical treatment of a disabled dependent relative, then the aforementioned relative cannot claim deduction u/s 80U.

Q- What amount is accepted for deduction under Section 80DD regarding disability?

The amount of deduction that can be claimed depends on the percentage of disability. If the dependent has 40 percent or more disability but less than 80 percent, then the deduction of Rs 75,000 can be claimed in a financial year, and if the disability is 80% or more, then the deduction is INR 1,25,000.

Q- What if my disability certificate expires in the current year?

In the current year, you can claim a deduction on the basis of an expired certificate, but to get a deduction in the subsequent year, you need to get a new certificate.

Q- What are the different documents required under section 80U?

A copy of the certificate of the medical authority in Form 10-IA for certifying a person with a disability, severe disability likeautism, cerebral palsy, and multiple disabilities shall be required for purposes of claiming deduction u/s 80U.

Q- Who can certify a disabled person?

Medical authorities can certify a disabled person. Medical authority here means

  • A civil surgeon or Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of a government hospital.
  • A neurologist with MD in Neurology.
  • A Pediatric Neurologist with an MD in Neurology in the case of children.

CA Abhishek Soni
CA Abhishek Soni

Abhishek Soni is a Chartered Accountant by profession & entrepreneur by passion. He is the co-founder & CEO of Tax2win is amongst the top 25 emerging startups of Asia and authorized ERI by the Income Tax Department. In the past, he worked in EY and comes with wide industry experience from telecom, retail to manufacturing to entertainment where he has handled various national and international assignments.