What is Section 194D & Section 194DA under Income Tax Act?


In this part of our TDS series, we’ll further simplify 2 more important tax deduction provisions which are as follows:

  • TDS on Insurance Commission: Section 194D
  • TDS on Payment of Life Insurance Policy: Section 194DA


Section 194D: TDS on Insurance Commission

This provision of tax deduction mostly hits people who work as insurance agents for companies like LIC, HDFC Insurance, ICICI Insurance etc.


  • Who is required to deduct TDS u/s 194D?

Any person who pays to resident an income in the form of remuneration or reward (as commission or otherwise) for generating insurance business.


  • What is the rate & time of tax deduction u/s 194D?

The rate of tax u/s 194D is 5%(Resident person other than the company)/10%( Domestic company) ( as the case may be). And the time of deduction is earlier of, the credit of income to the account of the payee (receiver) or actual payment (in cash, cheque, draft or other modes).


  • No TDS Requirement :

If the amount of such income (whether individually or in aggregate for financial year) does not exceed ₹15000 then no TDS u/s 194D is required.



Section 194DA: TDS on Payment of Life Insurance Policy

It won’t be wrong to say that, every 8 out of 10 people in India opt for Life Insurance Policy. And why not, no one can predict future, hence to save oneself from any future mishap people go for life insurance.

But you’ll be surprised to know that payment received on maturity of insurance policy attracts provisions of tax deduction u/s 194DA if the policy is not exempt under section 10(10D). Let’s understand it as follows:


  • Who is required to deduct TDS u/s 194DA?

Any person who is paying an amount to a resident by way of insurance policy (including bonus amount, if any) will have to deduct tax before releasing the amount.


  • What is the rate & time of tax deduction u/s 194DA?

The rate of tax u/s 194DA is 1% at the time of making the payment.


  • No TDS Requirement :

In the below-mentioned situations, no TDS will be required u/s 194DA.

  • Where the amount of such payment (or aggregate amount during the financial year) is less than Rs.1,00,000.
  • Where the amount of insurance received is as per following cases:
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