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'Retirement Compensation' from a Public Sector Company or any other Company is Exempt from Tax [Section 10(10C)]

The compensation received or receivable by the employee of the following, on voluntary retirement, under the golden hand shake scheme, is exempt under section 10(10C):

  1. a public sector company; or

  2. any other company; or

  3. an authority established under a Central, State or Provincial Act; or

  4. a local authority; or

  5. a co-operative society; or

  6. a University established or incorporated by or under a Central, State or Provincial Act and an institution declared to be a University under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956; or

  7. an Indian Institute of Technology within the meaning of clause (g) of section 3 of the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961; or

  8. such institute of management as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf;

  9. State Government;

  10. Central Government;

  11. Institutions having importance throughout India or in any State or States as may be notified.

Exemption shall be available, subject to the following conditions:

  1. The compensation is received only at the time of voluntary retirement or termination of his services in accordance with any scheme or schemes of voluntary retirement or in the case of public sector company, a scheme of voluntary separation. Even if the compensation is received in instalments, the exemption shall be allowed.

  2. Further, the scheme of the said companies or authorities or societies or universities or the institutes referred to in clauses (vii) and (viii) above, as the case may be, governing the payment of such amount, are framed in accordance with such guidelines (including inter alia criteria of economic viability) as may be prescribed. In the case of public sector companies, if there is a scheme of voluntary separation, it shall also be according to the said prescribed guidelines.

Quantum of Exemption:

  1. The amount of exemption is the actual amount of compensation received
  2. or ₹. 5,00,000,

whichever is less.

  1. The exemption is available to an employee only once and if it has been availed for an assessment year it shall not be allowed to him for any other assessment year.

  1. The assessee shall not be eligible for relief under section 89 in case he has claimed exemption under section 10(10C). On the other hand, if he claims relief under section 89, he cannot claim exemption under section 10(10C).

Index of Exempted Incomes (Section 10)

Related Topics.... Exempted Incomes :

List of Exempted Incomes (Tax-Free) Under Section-10
Section-wise Index of Exempted Incomes Under Section 10
Gratuity Received by a Non-Government Employee covered by Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 [Section 10(10)(ii)]
Gratuity [Section 10(10)]
Commuted value of Pension Received is Exempt from Tax [Section 10(10A)]
Amount received as Leave Encashment on Retirement [Section 10(10AA)]
Retrenchment Compensation received by Workmen [Section 10(10B)]
'Retirement Compensation' from a Public Sector Company or any other Company is Exempt from Tax [Section 10(10C)]
Any sum received under a Life Insurance Policy [Section 10(10D)]
Exemption in respect of Amount Received from any Provident Fund (PPF/SPF/RPF/URPF) [Section 10(11), 10(12)]
Payment from Superannuation Fund [Section 10(13)]
House Rent Allowance-HRA [Section 10(13A) Read with Rule 2A]
Any Allowance given for meeting Business Expenditure [Section 10(14)]
Interest Incomes [Section 10(15)]
Income of certain Funds of National Importance, Educational Institutions and Medical Institutions [Section 10(23C) and Rules 2C and 2CA] :
Income of Core Settlement Guarantee Fund [Section 10(23EE)]
Any income of a Corporation established for Ex-Servicemen [Section 10(26BBB)]
Certain Interest to Non-Residents [Section 10(4)]
Leave Travel Concession or Assistance (LTC/LTA) [Section 10(5)]
Salary or Remuneration to Foreign Employee and Non-Resident Member of Crew [Section 10(6)]

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