UPDATE: 25th July
#1: Please be sure to have the rent receipts with you if you are claiming HRA in the tax return directly. After your tax return is submitted and processed, the Department may ask you to upload the rent receipts on the Income Tax website.
First, check your Form 16 to see if HRA is already included in your Form 16.
Look for this in Part B, line item 2 Allowance exempt under Section 10.
You’ll see the HRA item here if you have submitted your rent receipts and your employer has taken them into consideration. If you don’t see a table like the one on the screenshot, scroll further down to Form 12BA. The table under Form 12BA will tell you if HRA is being considered or not.
Follow the below steps if you don’t see HRA and have to claim HRA fully.
Step 1: Upload Form 16 and fill in your personal details.
Step 2: On the ‘Income Sources’ page of ClearTax, you’ll see the first field already pre-filled. That’s your income chargeable under the head ‘Salaries’. Enter this number manually from the Form 16 if the field is empty.
Step 3: Next, on the side you’ll see a button to calculate HRA.
Answer No if you have not submitted rent receipts at all.
Step 4: You’ll need a payslip to fill up this section. Enter the basic salary and house rent allowance as mentioned in your payslip.
Step 5: On this screen, enter the rent you are paying.
Step 6: Select the city you live in
Step 7: Based on your inputs, the HRA is calculated and the HRA-adjusted salary is displayed. Click on ‘Use this HRA-adjusted salary’
Step 8: The HRA is adjusted against the ‘Income chargeable under Salaries’ and you’ll see it on the Salary page.
Check the details on the rest of the page and Click ‘Save’ to continue.