It is difficult for an average salaried differently abled individual to bear their entire medical expenses. The Government of India has framed section 80DD under the Income Tax Act, to provide relief to people who are dependent-with-disabilities and people with severe disabilities. The only eligibility criteria for claiming income tax exemption under section 80 DD is that the individual must be a resident of India, i.e, no NRI can claim tax exemptions under section 80 DD.
The disabilities which are are listed under Section (i) Clause 2 of Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.
Eligibility criteria to claim tax deductions
Individuals with disabilities are subject to tax exemptions under Section 80 DD of Income Tax Act. A person who is dependent-with-disabilities (individual experiencing 40% and above level of disability), can claim tax exemptions upto ₹50,000 and a person with severe disabilities can claim tax exemptions upto ₹1,25,000.