a home loan is one of the most important consideration when buying a
house. This is because not only does it determine whether we will be
able to purchase the house or not, it will probably also be the
biggest loan we will take in our lifetime. Having proper knowledge of
home loans not only helps in making the process of loan application
but also helps in utilising the benefits associated with, one of
which happens to be tax benefits.
many know about this but there are indeed tax
benefits on home loans which can help in increasing
your savings. If you do not know about this, then read on to find
Benefits on Principal Repayment
installment which is paid each month for repaying the loan has two
parts - the interest and the principal. Towards the beginning of the
repayment period, the interest remains higher than the principal but
eventually the interest comes down.
Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, you can claim deductions of up to
Rs. 1.5 lakh per annum for the principal which is paid as part of
your home loan. However, it needs to be understood that this claim
can be made only after you gain possession of the house and not when
it is under construction. Also, if you happen to sell the property
within five years of possession, then the tax benefit so received
will be included in the taxable income.
Benefits on the Interest Paid
24 of the Income Tax Act allows us to claim tax benefits of the
interest part of the home loan. The maximum deduction which can be
obtained has been capped at Rs. 2 lakh per annum. There are, however,
certain conditions which are -
loan should have been used for the purpose of buying or construction
of the property. If the loan has been used for construction of a new
house, then it should be completed within five years.
the construction has not commenced three years after obtaining the
loan, the maximum deduction which can be claimed is Rs. 30,000 per
deduction is applicable only if the property is self-occupied and in
case the property has been put on rent, then the interest amount is
deducted from the rent which is received.