Tax experts say that an employee can still claim tax benefits under HRA in his or her tax return.
Even if the employer does not allow HRA exemption to the employee - due to non-availability of PAN or declaration by the landlord for not having PAN, the employee still has the option to claim it at the time of filing the income tax return, says Sandeep Sehgal, director of tax and regulatory at Ashok Maheshwary & Associates LLP. "Once a person is to file his/her income tax return, there is no requirement to furnish the PAN of landlord," he adds.
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Mr Sehgal however says that the HRA claim could attract scrutiny from tax authorities. "The tax authorities can examine the cases to verify the genuineness of the claim made by the employee," he says.
To substantiate the claim, the employee needs to keep a record of the rent agreement/lease deed, rent receipts, intimation to the society for the occupancy etc., says Mr Sehgal. Also, it is advisable to ensure that the rent payments are made through banking channels as cash transactions may not be considered genuine, he adds.