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What is Advance Tax?

Advance Tax

Advance Tax means that you are required to pay taxes to the government on your income throughout the year as you want this income.

Who is it applicable for?

If a financial total tax liability exceeds rupees 10,000 you will be required to pay Advance Tax Do remember to include all heads of income calculating advance tax.

Senior citizens, those who are 60 years or older and do not run a business, are exempt from paying advance tax.

Let us point out Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) as a concept. When you receive any income (your salary, Interest Income), many times, the person paying you will deduct TDS before paying you. If the TDS deducted is more than your tax due, then you may not have to pay advance tax.

Salaried Employees:

If you work at a company and earn a salary, your employer is going to deduct TDS on salary, so you don't have to deal with advance tax. However, if you have interest income from fixed deposits etc. which is more than ₹50,000 you should calculate your tax due as you may have to pay advance tax. These trips are a lot of people over as they don't know they are liable for advanced tax.


Freelancers almost always have advanced tax due. This is because when freelancers get paid, TDS deducted by the person paying the freelancer is usually not enough!

Here's how you can calculate your Advance Tax:

  1. Estimate your Freelancing Income:
    Add the expected income from your clients. If you have ongoing agreements which lay out payment terms, use those for estimating your income.
  2. Subtract Expenses:
    From this income, you are allowed to reduce expenses which are directly related to freelancing work. Rent of your workplace, internet, telephone costs, depreciation on computers, travel expenses etc.
  3. Add up all other Income:
    Add expected income from other heads like House Property, Interest Income etc. Apply the latest Income Tax Rates to calculate your tax due. Do remember to reduce any TDS that may have been deducted from your Income.
  4. If the remaining tax due exceeds ₹10000 you are required to pay advance tax as per the due dates mentioned below.

Note: that you are not required to submit any supporting documents while paying your advanced tax. In case some of your expected income or expenses have undergone a change, you can always re-estimate your income and adjust payments accordingly, before paying the next installment.

Written By: Robinsh Kumar Singh, Advocate - Cyber Law Consultant

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