30 September 2020
Hi Experts, I am a 35 year old boy. My elder sister(age 38 ) is suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease and is on dialysis twice a week. She is so weak that she is unable to work and earn . She has no income at all. But we have been filing her ITR returns since almost 14 years now..Most of her F.D.s have been broken and now she has an income of only 2Lakhs this yr for A.Y.2020-2021. This income is only from her F.D., the last one now.The tax on her income is "0"..In fact a refund of 17,000 is due to her (from the TDS deducted by a Bank on her F.D). I pay for her dialysis and other medical expenses as she has no health insurance at all.My questions are: Can I claim the deduction upto 40,000 under Sec 80DDB for my sister i.e. Is my sister a dependant as per I.T. Act because from what I understood of this section- “dependants” of an individual assessee may include spouse, children, father, mother or siblings who are wholly or mainly dependent on the assesse. What does it mean - wholly or mainly? Many thanks for your expert advice and valuable time.