Section 80GGB of the Income Tax Act, 1961 has provisions for tax deductions specifically for Indian companies or enterprises that make contributions or donations towards a registered political party or an electoral trust. There is no hard limit on the tax deduction towards the donation but a company can only donate up to 7.5% of its annual net profit.
This section of the Income Tax Act was introduced to encourage companies and corporations to invest and contribute more towards political parties and electoral trusts. Only donations towards political parties that have been registered under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 are eligible for an 80GGB deduction. An electoral trust is a non-profit organisation that receives donations from companies and distributes them to all registered political parties.
The following is the eligibility criteria to claim tax deduction under Section 80GGB of the Income Tax Act:
No cash contributions are allowed under Section 80GGB. Any contributions made in cash will not be eligible for a tax deduction. Other methods of payment such as cheques, online transfers, etc, must be used.
There is no maximum limit to the amount of tax deduction or the contribution made to political parties. However, a company can only donate or contribute up to 7.5% of its net annual profit towards a political party or electoral trust.
If the contributions are made towards an electoral bond, there is no need to disclose the political party to which the donation has been made. Only the amount of money paid as donations must be disclosed.
An advertisement from a private company or corporation on a media platform (newspaper, magazines, social media, etc) owned by a political party will be considered for tax deduction under Section 80GGB.
Any company looking to make a donation towards a political party or electoral trust must be aware of the following points:
Any company or corporation registered in India can make donations to any political party.
Any company can make any number of donations towards multiple parties. All the donations will be eligible for tax deduction under Section 80GGB.
Donations must be made to political parties registered under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 to be eligible for a tax deduction.
Any company can claim a 100% tax deduction on the amount they have donated towards a political party and there is no upper limit. However, the company making the donation must keep all records intact and follow all the regulations laid out in the Income Tax Act, 1961 for donations towards political parties.
There are also some exclusions to donations made under Section 80GGB of the Income Tax Act, 1961.They are:
A public sector enterprise is not eligible for an 80GGB tax deduction.
A company that has been in operation for 3 years or less will not be eligible for income tax deduction under Section 80GGB.
Section 80GGB of the Income Tax Act has provisions for companies to claim tax deductions on donations made towards political parties and electoral trusts. To be eligible for a tax deduction, the donation must be made towards a political party that is registered under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
There is no limit for deduction under Section 80GGB and companies can claim 100% of donations as tax deductions. However, companies can only make donations of up to 7.5% of their annual net profit.
You will need to submit a receipt issued by the political party you donated to that clearly states the amount of donation made.