100% INCOME TAX EXEMPTION FOR PATIENTS AFFLICTED WITH TERMINAL OR SPECIFIED DISEASES
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I have been afflicted with Chronic Kidney failure since the last 9 years and have been put on Dialysis ever since. Between the 2 types of Dialysis available, I had opted for CAPD (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis) because it involves a self managed Dialysis administration and does not require the patient to go to a Medical center for having the Dialysis. My average expenses per month for Dialysis, medication, pathology, Doctor's visits, and surgicals amount to Rs 60000 to Rs 70000/- which means a whopping Rs 720000/- to Rs 840000/- per year. Being a high income earner, I had been subject to Income Tax throughout under the IT with only a nominal relief of Income Deduction of Rs 40000/- per year under Section 80DDB which has lately been revised to Rs 60000 per year.
Dialysis actually is a life support system. If I do not do it I shall succumb to the disease soon. Which means to keep myself alive I have to spend s huge amount of money. In my case such amount means most of my income. Incredibly the Government, seemingly unconcerned or oblivious to the fact, thinks it proper to tax me, giving me petty relief under Sec 80DDB. I can imagine the plight of similar patients like me suffering from specified diseases.
Today I have retired from service. My retirement income is small, but my medical expenses remains same and huge. Over and above I am required to pay Income Tax on an income which is virtually nil if I take into account my medical expenditure. Why does the Government need my money when I am literally on death row by affliction ?
I invite all such patients to join me in my petition in requesting the Hon'ble Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to sympathetically consider our plight and grant us 100% Income Tax Exemption. This will at least make available vital funds from our income for our Disease management and survival.
My humble appeal to all my co sufferers to please join me by adding your precious signature to this petition, as I believe the Government will surely consider our plight sympathetically and grant us this much needed relief.
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