Home Loan Tax Benefit: 4 income tax benefits home loan borrowers shouldn’t miss out on

Published: January 25, 2020 10:52:29 AM

Have taken a home loan? Let us look at tax deductions that can be claimed against your ongoing home loan.

home loan, Home Loan Tax Benefit, income tax benefit on home loan, home loan tax benefit section 24, home loan tax benefit section 80c, Section 80EEA, home loan interest payment, Deduction for Stamp Duty, registration chargesInterest repaid on a home loan is classified in two categories i.e. interest pertaining to the pre-construction and post-construction period.

Amidst the quest to reduce tax liability, tax payers, especially those who are serving home loan repayment, can miss out on certain tax benefits related to home loans.

Let us look at tax deductions that can be claimed against your ongoing home loan:

1. Section 80C: Deduction up to Rs 1.5 lakh on home loan principal repayment

You can claim tax deduction up to Rs 1.5 lakh under Section 80C for repayment of principal component of a home loan, availed for purchase or construction of residential property. Remember that construction of property must be completed within 5 years from the end of the financial year in which the loan was taken. Also, if the property is transferred or sold within 5 years, tax deductions claimed so far would be reversed, i.e. added back to your income in the year of sale, and then taxed according to your tax slab.

2. Section 24b: Deduction up to Rs 2 lakh on interest repaid during pre and post construction period

Interest repaid on a home loan is classified in two categories i.e. interest pertaining to the pre-construction and post-construction period. As far as interest paid in the post-construction period for self-occupied property is concerned, tax deduction up to Rs 2 lakh can be claimed under Section 24b of the Income Tax Act. In case of a let out property, there is no upper limit for claiming interest deduction. Remember that this deduction can only be claimed from the year in which construction of the house is completed.

Most of us avail a home loan for purchasing under construction property wherein we receive possession at a later date, but home loan repayment starts immediately after availing a loan. Such borrowers can also claim tax deduction under Section 24b on interest paid during pre-construction period for up to 5 years (in 5 equal instalments).

Remember that the maximum amount that can be claimed remains capped at the overall limit of Rs 2 lakh per year, including both pre and post construction period’s interest repayment.

3. Section 80EEA: Additional interest deduction of up to Rs 1.5 lakh under affordable housing for home loans sanctioned between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020

The Budget 2019 provided major impetus to the ‘Housing for All’ mission by announcing additional deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on interest payment made on home loans availed between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020. In order to qualify for tax deduction under section 80EEA, the value of housing property has been capped at Rs 45 lakh. Remember that this benefit can only be availed by the first time home buyer.

4. Section 80C: Deduction for Stamp Duty and registration charges

You can also claim tax benefits on stamp duty, registration charges and other expenses which are directly related to the transfer of the property, which were paid during purchase of house property. These charges can be claimed within the overall limit of Rs 1.5 lakh under section 80C. Remember that such deduction can only be claimed in the year in which these expenses have incurred.

(By Ratan Chaudhary, Home Loans Head, Paisabazaar.com)

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