Home Loan Tax Benefits


Posted on 28th January 2019 Author: Planet Homes



Everyone has a dream to own a house of their own. A house is one of the basic necessities of man. And with sky-high soaring rates, owning a house can look impossible. But that's where the banks come in action with home loans. Banks provide loans to you for owning, constructing and repairing your house. Home loans play pivotal roles for first-time home buyers since they come with a lot of benefits and flexibilities.

Home loans under various government schemes and other institutes provide benefits in tax deductions. This makes the buyer happier and safe to invest in a property by relieving them from a little financial burden. The tax benefits received by loan takers as individuals are as follows-

  1. Deduction for interest paid on housing loan

A home loan must be taken for the purchase/construction of a house and the construction of the house must be completed within 5 years from the end of the financial year in which loan was taken. If you are paying EMI for the housing loan, it has two components – interest payment and principal repayment. The interest portion of the EMI paid for the year can be claimed as a deduction from your total income up to a maximum of Rs 2 lakh under Section 24.

For the assessment year 2018-19, maximum deduction for interest paid on self- occupied house property is Rs 2 Lakh. For let out property, there is no upper limit for claiming interest. However, the overall loss one can claim under the head of house property is restricted to Rs 2 lakh only. This deduction can be claimed from the year in which construction of the house is completed.

 

  1. Deduction in respect of interest paid towards home loan during pre-construction period

Say you bought an under-construction property and have not moved in yet. But you are paying the EMIs. In this case, your eligibility to claim interest on the home loan as a deduction begins only upon completion of construction or immediately if you buy a fully constructed property. So does this mean you would not enjoy any tax benefits on the interest paid during the period falling between the borrowing of loan and completion of construction? No, this is not the case.

Let’s understand this in detail. The income tax law provides for the claim of such interest also, called the pre-construction interest, as a deduction in five equal instalments starting from the year in which the property is acquired or construction is completed, over and above the deduction you are otherwise eligible to claim from your house property income. However, the maximum eligibility remains capped at Rs 2 lakh.

  1. Deduction on principal repayment

The principal portion of the EMI paid for the year is allowed as a deduction under Section 80C. The maximum amount that can be claimed is up to Rs 1.5 lakh. But to claim this deduction, the house property should not be sold within 5 years of possession. Otherwise, the deduction claimed earlier will be added back to your income in the year of sale.

  1. Deduction for stamp duty and registration charges

Besides claiming the deduction for principal repayment, a deduction for stamp duty and registration charges can also be claimed u/s 80C but within the overall limit of INR 1.5 lakhs. However, it can be claimed only in the year in which these expenses are incurred.

  1. Deduction for first time home buyers

Additional deduction under Section 80EE is allowed for first time home buyers for maximum up to Rs 50,000. To claim this deduction, the amount of loan taken should be INR 35 lakhs or less and the value of the property does not exceed INR 50 lakhs. The loan must have been sanctioned between 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017. And on the date of sanction of loan, individual does not own any other house.

Section 80EE has been reintroduced effective from FY 2016-17. Earlier the deduction allowed under Sec 80EE was available for 2 years FY 2013-14 and FY 2014-15 only.

  1. Deduction for joint home loan

If the loan is taken jointly, then each of the loan holders can claim a deduction for home loan interest up to Rs 2 lakh each and principal repayment u/s 80C up to Rs 1.5 lakh each in their individual tax returns. To claim this deduction, they should also be co-owners of the property taken on loan. So, loan taken jointly with your family can help you claim larger tax benefit.

The benefits that the banks provide are important to understand how they can be beneficial to you. Right market knowledge and assistance can help you in buying and building your dream home!

 


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