Be it school fees, medical insurance, etc., only the member making payment can avail the tax benefits offered. Both the spouses cannot claim the same tax benefit.
If you have 2 children then each spouse that are actually making the payment can claim tax benefits for one child.
Here are the common reasons where you must cross-check before handing over your income tax return (as published in ET Wealth on Feb 13, 2012):
- Ignoring income from investment in the name of spouse, kids.
- Ending life insurance policy before 3 years.
- Not including interest income in your tax return.
- Selling a house bought on loan within five years.
- Not including ornaments in wealth tax.
- Receiving gifts and cash from persons other than blood relatives.
- Not paying wealth tax on second house.
- Withdrawing PF within five years of joining a company.
- Taking benefit of basic exemption limit twice in a year.