Buying your own house is a dream come true for everyone. The Indian government has always shown a great inclination to encourage citizens to invest in a house. This is why a home loan is eligible for tax deduction under section 80C. And when you buy a house on a home loan, it comes with multiple tax benefits too that significantly reduce your tax outgo.
Many schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana are flashing green light on the Indian housing sector by striving to bring down the issues of affordability and accessibility. In this article, we will discuss more home loan tax benefit.
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 the loan was taken.
If you are paying EMI for the housing loan, it has two components –
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.
From Assessment Year 2018-19 onwards, the 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 the construction of the house is completed.
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.
Let’s understand why. 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.