Taxability Of Perquisites for Computing Salary Income



(A) Exempted for All Employees

(B) Taxable for All Employees

(C) Taxable for Specified Employees Only

1. Free medical facilities as given u/s 17(2) (Proviso) (see details on next pages).

2. Free refreshments during working hours.

3. Free recreational facilities.

4. Provision of telephone whether basic or cellular exclusively for official use.

5. Free meals provided in remote area or at offshore installation are fully exempted.

6. Free education, training or refresher course for employees.

7. Leave Travel Concession if given twice in a block of 4 years.

8. Free ration received by members of armed forces.

9. Perquisites allowed by Government to its employees posted abroad.

10. Rent free house given to an officer of Parliament, a Union Minister, and leader of Opposition in Parliament.

11. Free residence and Conveyance facilities to Judges of Supreme Court and High Court.

12. Free conveyance provided by employer to employee for going to or coming from place of employment.

13. Any amount contributed by employer towards pension or deferred annuity scheme.

14. Employer’s contribution to staff group insurance scheme.

15. Computers, laptops givn to [not transferred] an employee for official/personal use.

16. Transfer of a moveable asset [computer, car or electronic items] more than 10 years old without consideration.

17. Accident insurance premium paid by employer for his own benefit.

18. Interest free loan or loan at concessional rate of interest taken by employee from employer if amount of loan does not exceed Rs. 20,000 or loan is taken for medical treatment.

19. Value of any shares or debentures given free of cost or at concessional rate to employees under stock option scheme approved by the Central Govt.

20. Tax on perks paid by employer.

21. Rent free accommodation given in remote or offshore areas.

  1. Rent free house.
  2. Concessional Rent House.
  3. Obligation of employee met by employer.
  4. Any amount of life insurance premium paid by employer on the life of employee during the previous year.
  5. Value of specified security or sweat equity shares allotted or transferred.
  6. Contribution to approved superannuation fund of the employee in excess of Rs. 1,00,000.
  7. Other fringe benefits
  8. Interest free or concessional loan.
  9. Travelling, Touring, Accommodation.
  10.  Food or beverages facility.
  11. Gift or Voucher or Token facility.
  12. Credit card facility.
  13. Club facility.
  14.  Use of movable assets.
  15.  Transfer of movable assets.


  1. Car, or any other automotive conveyance.
  2. Services of domestic servants including sweeper, watch-man, gardner, personal attendent provided by employer.
  3. Gas, water and electricity facility.
  4. Education facility for children.
  5. Free transport allowed by employer engaged in transport business.


Perks can be divided into three categories

  • Perks exempted for all employees

  • Perks taxable for all employees

  • Perks taxable only for specified employees.

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Rent Free House [Section 17(2)(i) Rule 3(1)]

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Valuation Of Rent Free Accomodation (Unfurnished & Furnished)

Valuation of Rent Free Accommodation Provided as Concessional Rent [Sec. 17(2)ii)]

Obligation of Employee of Rent Free House met by Employer [Section 17(2)(iv)]

Sum payable by the Employer directly or through a fund to effect an assurance / an annuity [Section 17(2)(v)]

Any specified security or sweat equity shares allotted or transferred to employee [Section 17(2)(vi)] [ w.e.f. 1-4-2009]

Contribution to an Approved Superannuation Fund by the Employer [Sec. 17(2)(vii)]

Interest free or Concessional loan from employer [Rule 3(7)(i)]

Valuation of Perk in respect of Travelling, Touring, Accommodation

Food or Beverages Facility by Employer to Employee

Valuation of Perquisite in respect of Gift Voucher or Token

Valuation of Perquisite in respect of Credit Card

Valuation of Perquisite in respect of Club Facility

Use of Moveable Assets by Employer to Employee

Transfer Of Moveable Assets to the employee

Meaning of Specified Employee for Taxable Perquisites [Section 17(2)(iii) Rule 3]

Valuation of Perquisite of Motor Car or any Other Automotive Conveyance [Rule 3(2)]

Perquisite of Free domestic servants [Rule 3(3)]

Perquisite in respect of free supply of gas, electric energy, water supply [Rule 3(4)]

Free Educational Facilities to Children of Employee’s Household [Rule 3(5)]

Facility of Free or Concessional Private Journey to an employee by the employer engaged in the carriage of passengers or goods [Rule 3(6)]

Receipts treated as Profit in Lieu of Salary [ Section 17(3)]

Leave Travel Concessional (LTC) Assistance [Section 10(5)]

Death-Cum-Retirement Gratuity [Section 10(10)]

Non-Government employees receiving gratuity under payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 [POGA]

Non-Government Employees receiving gratuity (Not covered under payment of Gratuity Act)

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Leave Encashment [Section 10(10AA)] for Computing Salary Income

Any amount received as compensation on termination of employment [Section-10B]

Any amount received on voluntary retirement [Section 10(10C)]

Payment received from Recognised Provident Fund [Section 10(12)]

Any payment from Superannuation Fund [Section 10(13)]


Entertainment Allowance to Government Employees [Section-16(ii)]

Tax on Employment Under Section - 16(iii)


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Qualifying Amount ( Q.A.) for Deduction U/s 80C

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