Have you claimed education cess? Be prepared to pay tax as per the new rules
November, 07th 2022
Education Cess was introduced in Financial Year (FY) 2004-2005 with the aim to finance primary education. Currently, the Health and Education Cess (Cess) stands at 4% of gross tax liability (including surcharge). Taxpayers adopted a position to claim Cess as a deduction from their taxable income, which resulted in a dispute with the Tax Department. As a result, the matter was discussed before the Bombay High Court, which granted a deduction to the taxpayer. Relying on the Bombay High Court's decision, several other taxpayers started claiming deductions of Cess, either in their tax return or through an application made before the Tax Officer/Appellate Authority.