Salary arrears in India

Hello, in this post we will go through a quick guide to Salary arrears in India. We will cover the following:

What are Salary Arrears in India?

Arrears refers to payment for compensating the salaries left, which should have been given earlier. Employees are paid arrears when they get salary hike in one month but receive the amount in some other month. in this case, the company due to its employees and the due amount which is paid in a later date is termed as arrears.

The arrears feature will be enabled in the Salary transactions menu when Arrears option is checked in the options settings screen.

How are arrears used in practical scenarios?

Arrears are given for various reasons. Below listed are some of the reasons:

  • Delay in taking a decision from the management on the increment issue may result in compensation at a later date.
    • For example: If the salary hike is declared in the month of June but it is applicable from the month of Apr or from any previous month date.
  • The company had financial crunch and decided to revise the salary from an earlier month at a later date.
  • Company may announce the incentive in terms of increment from an earlier date.
  • Pay commission may suggest revising the salary in the public sector and govt organization from an earlier date.
  • When Salary deposit date in the account is the last date of every month, then salary processing person will start the process suppose on 25th assuming last 5-6 days all employees will be Present / Absent / Leave as on last attendance and salary will be credited to their account. In this case, if any employee will take leave or they are absent or present then those days salary will be paid with later month salary, you may call it as Salary adjustment or Arrears.

Calculation of arrears [with example]

Raju has a salary of Rs. 10,000 in the month of March and he gets an increment of Rs. 5000 in the month of April. Due to some backend salary processing issue, the amount is reflected in the month of June. Also, in the month of June arrears for the month of Apr and May will be reflected i.e., Rs. 10,000.

Income tax on arrear salary – relief under section 89(1)

Tax is calculated on the total income earned or received during the year. If your total income includes any past dues paid in the current year, you may be worried about paying a higher tax on such arrears.

In order to save you from any additional burden of tax due to delay in receiving income, the tax laws allow a relief u/s 89(1).

In other words, you need not pay more taxes if there was a delay in payment to you and you were in a lower tax bracket for the year you received the amount.

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