Deduction for Royalty Income of Authors – 80QQB

Deduction is available in respect of royalty or copyright income of authors.

Assessee covered:

The taxpayer should be an individual resident of India (non – residents not covered).

Conditions to be fulfilled:

  • Deduction available to an author or joint author.
  • Income should be received in consideration for authoring any book of literary, artistic or scientific nature. It does not include brochures, commentaries, guides, diaries, magazines, journals, newspaper, pamphlets, text books for schools, tracts or other publication of similar nature.
  • A certificate in form 10CCD is required .This certificate is to be verified from the person making payments to author.
  • The income should be earned in exercise of his profession.

Extent of Deduction:

Deduction is available to the extent of Rs.3lacs or income received, whichever is less.

Points to be noted:

  • If royalty or copyright fee is not provided for complete transfer of rights of author – In such case, deduction will be “income, before allowing expenses attributable to such income, as in excess of 15 % of the value of books sold during the previous year.”
  • If the income is earned from outside India – Only that much amount which is brought in India in convertible foreign exchange within six months from the end of previous years or within extended time by RBI.

Illustration for Clarity:

Royalty fee received – Rs. 90000 (it is earned from abroad).

Rate of royalty as % of value of books – 18%.

Expenditure for earning royalty – Rs.10000.

Amount remitted to India in convertible foreign exchange within six months – 70000.


(a) Amount remitted to India in convertible foreign exchange within six months – Rs.70000

(b) Lump sum consideration, if received – NIL

(c) Royalty not exceeding 15% – Rs.75000

Income received – Lower of (a), (b) or (c): Rs.70000

Less: Expenditure incurred: Rs.10000

Hence, amount deductible subject to a maximum of Rs.300000 – Rs. 60000. provides full fledged comprehensive tax planning service wherein we suggest the best investment and tax saving plans, which would minimize your total tax on income.

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