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Budget 2019: FICCI seeks tax exemption on preventive health check-ups under Section 80D of IT Act 

India Today , Jun 17, 2019

Ahead of the budget 2019-20 announcement on June 5, industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has asked the government in its pre-budget memorandum to increase the income tax exemption limit for preventive health check-ups.

FICCI has asked the finance ministry to consider increasing limit of tax exemption under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act to Rs 20,000 from Rs 5,000 in case of preventive health check-ups.

Explaining that roughly over 50 lakh Indians succumb due to various diseases, the industry body said increasing tax exemption on preventive health check-ups could help in saving lives.

"Every year, roughly 5.8 million Indians succumb to heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) like diabetes, heart diseases and respiratory diseases are expected to comprise more than 75 per cent of India's disease burden by 2025," said FICCI.

"Preventive health check-ups can help in early diagnosis and timely treatment of NCDs, hence lowering complications, mortality, and burden on secondary and tertiary care facilities," the industry body added.

The industry body has also asked the government to direct employers to get separate annual deduction of up to Rs 10,000 per employee towards expenses incurred for health check-ups.

FICCI has made the demand after considering the rising number of lifestyle diseases in India that have led to a loss of productivity. Furthermore, the Delhi-based industry body has also demanded for the reintroduction of reimbursement deduction.

In the 2018 budget presented by former finance minister Arun Jaitley, medical reimbursement deduction was merged with conveyance allowance into a composite standard deduction limit of Rs 40,000. It also cited the rising medical inflation over the past few years and stated that the annual deduction limit for medical reimbursement should be increased to at least Rs 1,00,000.