Hardik Sir, i am retiring from Govt services shortly, all the pension benefits which i get , i would like to give it to my wife, will there be any tax implication to her for this one time transaction. Whether it is advantageous or dis advantageous to transfer to wife as one time gift, i want her to take the responsibility of this amount of around 60 lakhs.
Ans: Dear Prasanna,
Firstly, congratulations on your upcoming retirement. It's a significant milestone, and I'm here to help you navigate the financial aspects of it.
Now, coming to your question about transferring your pension benefits to your wife. As per the Income Tax laws in India, any gift received from specified relatives, such as a spouse, is not treated as income. Therefore, it is fully exempt from income tax. So, if you decide to give your pension benefits to your wife as a one-time gift, there won't be any immediate tax implications for her.
However, there's an important aspect to consider. While the gift itself is tax-free, any income generated from this gift (for example, if your wife invests this amount and earns interest or dividends) would be clubbed with the income of the giver, i.e., you, and taxed accordingly. This is known as the clubbing of income.
In conclusion, gifting your pension benefits to your wife could be a good idea if the aim is to let her manage the funds. However, the income generated from the gifted amount would still be taxable in your hands.
I hope this clarifies your query.