I am hard of hearing for many years. Recently, I read in your column that some income tax rebate is admissible on this account under Section 80U. Therefore, I applied for a disability certificate which has now been issued to me by the state government on 23.5.15.
You are entitled to claim a deduction of Rs 75,000 from your total income for the AY 2016-17 relevant to the FY 2015-16. In the preceding year, admissible deduction will be Rs 50,000 as your case is not covered within the category of severe disability. The deduction for AY 2016-17 has been increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 75,000 in case of a person suffering from disability and Rs 1,25,000 to a person suffering from a severe disability.