Tax Exemption Rules on Marriage Gifts in India
Wedding presents that immediate family members give to newlyweds are not taxable. Hence items, such as jewellery, house or property, cash, stocks, etc., are not taxed. Section 56 of the Income Tax Act exempts these from tax.
In India, weddings are a time for exchanging gifts. So all newly married couples should be aware of the marriage gift exemption in income tax.
So, let’s find out if there is any wedding gift tax!
Income Tax Slabs Applicable on Wedding Gifts in India
Newlyweds do not have to pay tax on wedding presents given by immediate family members. This includes parents, siblings of parents, siblings, spouses of siblings. Gifts received from any other party, such as friends, colleagues, etc., will be subject to tax if it exceeds ₹ 50,000 in total.
What Happens to Income Accrued from Wedding Gifts?
Though this gift itself is not taxed, any income generated from this present is taxable. For example, if a couple receives property as a present at the couple's wedding and gives it out on rent, they will have to pay tax on their earnings.
Highlights of the New Marriage Bill in India
Mrs Ranjeet Ranjan initiated this new bill to curb any show of wealth during weddings. Here are some pointers that this bill proposes.
- There will be a cap on the number of dishes served and guests invited.
- If any wedding party spends more than ₹ 5 lakhs, they will have to contribute to some poor girl's marriage. The contribution amount will be 10% of the amount spent on their wedding.
- This bill's name is Marriages (CRPWE) (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016.
- The families that wish to spend more than ₹ 5 lakhs on the wedding must mention the same to the state government. Moreover, the contribution amount they will have to make will go into a Welfare Fund.
- Moreover, people will have to register for the wedding within 60 days of the marriage.
- The Government has not yet fixed the number of invitees or the number of dishes.
In conclusion, marriage gift exemption in income tax applies only to the newly married couple. Moreover, any couple does not have to pay tax up to ₹ 50,000 received from friends and colleagues.
So, are wedding gifts taxable?
From my immediate family, they are not!