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Diwali gifts and taxation: Unwrapping the legal insights

08 November 20235 mins read by Angel One
This article aims to clarify what types of gifts may be subject to taxation and which items enjoy exemptions, helping you navigate the complexities of Diwali gift-giving.
Diwali gifts and taxation: Unwrapping the legal insights
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As the joyous Diwali season approaches, the exchange of gifts is a cherished tradition. However, amidst the festivities, it’s essential to be aware of the tax implications of these generous gestures. 

Taxation of Diwali Gifts 

Diwali gifts, like any other monetary transaction, can have tax implications. According to experts, gifts received from relatives are fully exempt under the Income Tax Act (ITA). However, the situation changes when gifts are received from non-relatives. Gifts exceeding Rs 50,000 received from a person other than a relative fall under the category of “Income from other sources.” Who qualifies as a relative for tax exemption purposes? These include spouses, siblings, parents, in-laws, and their respective lineal descendants. 

However, the tax net tends to tighten around gifts received from non-relatives, particularly those on special occasions. Diwali, while a cherished festival, does not fall under the list of special occasions that grant tax exemptions. Hence, any gifts received from non-relatives during Diwali, with a value exceeding Rs. 50,000, will be subject to taxation. 

Special Occasions that Enjoy Exemptions 

To provide a clearer perspective, let’s examine the special occasions that enjoy tax exemptions: 


As per a Will 

Inheritance or in Contemplation of Death 

Gift from Local Administration 

Gift from Educational Institutions 

Gift from Charitable Organizations 

While Diwali gifts may not enjoy exemptions, it’s essential to keep the above occasions in mind, as they provide a roadmap for understanding when gifts become taxable. 

Types of Gifts Subject to Taxation 

Apart from the occasions mentioned, it’s crucial to be aware of the types of gifts that fall under the purview of gift taxation. The following assets are subject to taxation when received as gifts exceeding Rs. 50,000: 

  1. Shares and Securities: Any gift of shares and securities is taxable. This includes stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments. 
  1. Jewellery and Bullion: Gifts of jewellery and bullion, such as gold and silver, are subject to taxation. 
  1. Art and Collectibles: Items like drawings, paintings, sculptures, and other works of art are taxable when received as gifts. 

In essence, gifts of assets falling outside these categories, even if they exceed Rs. 50,000 in value, are not subject to tax.  

However, there are exceptions. If you receive monetary consideration exceeding Rs. 50,000 or immovable property with a value exceeding Rs. 50,000, these also come within the purview of gift taxation. 

A Balanced Approach 

Understanding the tax implications of Diwali gifts allows you to make informed choices. While taxation is a consideration, the spirit of giving during this festive season should not be dampened. It’s essential to strike a balance between maintaining the Diwali tradition of gifting and staying within the boundaries of tax regulations. 

If you anticipate receiving gifts exceeding Rs. 50,000, consider consulting a tax advisor to ensure compliance and explore available exemptions. By being aware of the tax implications and making informed choices, you can continue to embrace the spirit of Diwali and enjoy the festivities to the fullest. 

Disclaimer:This blog has been written exclusively for educational purposes. The securities mentioned are only examples and not recommendations. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet and is subject to changes. Please consult an expert before making related decisions.  


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