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Introduction to Family Tax Planning

One of the common methods adopted by taxpayers to lower the incidence of income tax is by means of legal transfer of their sources of income to as many relatives as possible, so that each unit of the family enjoys the basic personal income tax exemption limit, which presently for the financial year 2013-2014 as per the Finance Bill, 2014 is


    Rs. 2,00,000 for individuals and HUFs;

  1. Rs. 2,50,000 for resident senior citizens up to 80 years and

  2. Rs. 5,00,000 for very senior resident citizens (80 years and above).

As per the Finance Bill, 2012 very reasonable income-tax rate slabs have been introduced which would help the process of tax planning.

Thus, for a financial year if an individual derives net taxable income of up to
`2,00,000, then there is no liability to income tax. The first simple tax planning that should therefore be adopted in a family is to have net taxable income upto 2,00,000 in a year in the name of each and every male individual. This is possible if a little care is taken to plan the personal income tax files of all individuals in the family.


Tax saving becomes a reality if all the family members derive separate income from different sources of income and thus each and every family member becomes a taxpayer so as to have a separate income tax file and be called as a separate income tax assessee under the provisions of Income-Tax Act, 1961. Thus, the theme of having separate individual income of all family members which results into their separate income tax files would surely go a long way in saving income tax for the family.


The common modes resorted to for the said purpose have been the employment of the spouse as a highly-paid employee or the sole selling agent, creation of separate nucleus for the spouse and children, formation of trust for children and would-be children and admission of minors to the benefits of partnership by taking advantage of the provisions of the Income Tax Law and formation of private limited companies with wife, minor children and other close relatives as the principal shareholders, etc.


It is lawful to plan one’s tax affairs in such a manner that by resorting to lawful means and within the ambit of the Income Tax Law, an individual can still have a separate file for his minor child or his wife or his minor grandchild or his daughter-in-law or have a trust for a would be son or would be daughter-in-law, etc.


In this chapter we shall be discussing the various means still available to an individual by means of which he is able to plan his tax affairs properly and legally reduce his income tax liability to a minimum by having “family tax planning” for more income in the family and less taxes.
Introduction to Family Tax Planning
Family Tax Planning - Matter Of Making Gifts And Settlements
Family Tax Planning For A Nuclear Family
Family Tax Planning By DINKs (Double Income No Kids)
Family Tax Planning While Accepting Gift
Have A Trust For Your Prospective Spouse for Family Tax Planning
It Is Possible To Have Discretionary Trust - Family Tax Planning
Avoid Oral Trust towards Family Tax Planning
Conclusion @ Family Tax Planning
How To Avoid Clubbing Of Income Of Husband And Wife -Tax Planning
How To Avoid Clubbing Of Income Of Minor Child In Parent’s Income
Minor Child should have Separate Income Tax File for Tax Planning
Use Of Marriage For Family Tax Planning
Major Children Are Your Great Tax Savers for Family Tax Planning
Your Parents And In-Laws Can Save More Taxes For You
You May Plan To Save Income Tax For Your Successors
Separate Income Tax File For A Daughter-In-Law

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