Health insurance tax benefit

It’s common knowledge that buying health insurance helps you to save tax. Under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act 1961, you can get a maximum tax benefit of Rs.15000 on health insurance premium paid. The exemption limits are as follows:

  • An individual can avail an annual deduction of Rs. 15000 from taxable income for health insurance premium paid for self and dependents. ‘Dependents,’ in this case, refers to spouse and children.
  • In the case of senior citizens (aged 56 years and above), the annual deduction from taxable income goes up to Rs. 20000.


But here’s a tidbit that might help you save more tax than you think:

  • If you are paying the premium for your parents’ health insurance policy, you can claim an additional tax benefit up to Rs.15000 under the provisions of Section 80D.
  • If your parents are senior citizens (aged 56 years and above), the benefit goes up to Rs. 20000.


Put together, the two facts listed above come down to this:

The health insurance premium that you pay for yourself, your dependents (spouse and children) and your parents, are all considered for tax benefit under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act 1961.

Therefore, you can claim a deduction up to Rs. 30000 on your taxable income, and if your parents are senior citizens, the deductible amount goes up to Rs. 35000.


However, there are a few conditions:

  • You cannot claim tax benefit on health insurance premium paid for your in-laws.
  • Proof of payment of premium has to be furnished, in order to avail the tax benefit.
  • Except cash, any mode of payment is acceptable for claiming tax benefit.
  • The health insurance premium must be paid from your taxable income of that year only if you want to claim a deduction. If you have paid the premium from your savings or from gifts of money received by you, then you will not be eligible to claim tax benefit under Section 80D.

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