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Interest Incomes [Section 10(15)]

Interest incomes which are exempt under section 10(15) could be explained with the help of the following table-



Exemption to


Interest, premium on redemption, or other payment on notified securities, bonds, certificates, and deposits, etc. (subject to notified conditions and limits)

All assesses


Interest on notified Capital Investment Bonds notified prior to 1-6-2002



Interest on notified Relief Bonds



Interest on notified bonds (notified prior to 1-6-2002) purchased in foreign exchange (subject to certain conditions)

Individual - NRI/ nominee or survivor of NRI / individual to whom bonds have been gifted by NRI


Interest on securities

Issue Department of Central Bank of Ceylon


Interest on deposits made with scheduled bank with approval of RBI

Bank incorporated


Interest payable to Nordic Investment Bank

Nordic Investment Bank


10(15)(iiic) Interest payable to the European Investment Bank on loan granted by it in pursuance of framework agreement dated 25-11-1993 for financial corporation between Central Government and that bank

European Investment bank


Interest received from Government or from local authority on moneys lent to it before 1-6-2001 or debts owed by it before 1-6-2001, from sources outside India

All assessees who have lent money, etc., from sources outside India


Interest received from industrial undertaking in India on moneys lent to it under a loan agreement entered into before 1-6-2001

Approved foreign financial institution


Interest at approved rate received from Indian industrial undertaking on moneys lent or debt incurred before 1-6-2001 in a foreign country in respect of purchase outside India of raw materials, components or capital plant and machinery, subject to certain limits and conditions

All assessees who have lent such money, or in favour of whom such debt has been incurred


Interest received at approved rate from specified financial institutions in India on moneys lent from sources outside India before 1-6-2001

All assessees who have lent such moneys


Interest received at approved rate from other Indian financial institutions or banks on moneys lent for specified purposes from sources outside India before 1-6-2001 under approved loan agreement

All assessees who have lent such moneys


Interest received at approved rate from Indian industrial undertaking on moneys lent in foreign currency from sources outside India under loan agreement approved before 1-6-2001

All assessees who have lent such moneys


Interest payable by scheduled bank, on deposits in foreign currency when acceptance of such deposits by bank is approved by RBI

Non-resident or individual/HUF who is not ordinarily resident in India

10(15)( iv)(g)

Interest received at approved rate, from Indian public companies eligible for deduction under section 36(1)(viii) and formed with main object of providing long-term housing finance, on moneys lent in foreign currency from sources outside India under loan agreement approved before 1-6-2003

All assessees who have lent such moneys

10(15)( iv)(h)

Interest received from any public sector company in respect of notified bonds or debentures and subject to certain conditions

All assesses

10(15)( iv)(i)

Interest received from Government on deposits in notified scheme out of moneys due on account of retirement

Individual –Employee of Central Government/ State Government/Public sector company


Interest on securities held in Reserve Bank’s SGL A/c No. SL/DH-048 and Deposits made after 31-3-1994 for benefit of victims of Bhopal Gas Leak Disaster held in such account with RBI or with notified public sector bank

Welfare Commissioner, Bhopal Gas Victims, Bhopal


Interest on Gold Deposit Bonds issued under the Gold Deposit Scheme, 1999 or deposit certificates issued under the Gold Monetisation Scheme, 2015

All assesses


10(15)(vii) Interest on notified bonds issued by a local authority/State Pooled Finance Entity

All assesses


Interest on deposit made on or after 1-4-2005 in an Offshore Banking Unit referred to in section 2(u) of the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005

Non-resident or person who is not ordinarily resident


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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