We looked at the conditions governing tax exemption on leave travel allowance (LTA). In this post we will look at the calculation of the tax exemption amount. The exemption is available only on travel expenses (ticket fare etc.) incurred by the employee on leave travel. Expenses on local conveyance, boarding, lodging, sightseeing etc. cannot be considered.
Many people mistakenly believe that whatever is spent on leave travel towards ticket fare, taxi fare etc. can be considered in full for tax exemption. There are several conditions — as laid down by Section 10(5) of the Income Tax Act and Rule 2B of the Income Tax Rules — which govern calculation of the actual tax exemption. Let us see how one can calculate the tax exemption if an employee submits details of the travel expenses to the employer.