Budget 2021 update :It has been proposed to exempt the senior citizens from filing income tax returns if pension income and interest income are their only annual income source. Section 194P has been newly inserted to enforce the banks to deduct tax on senior citizens more than 75 years of age who have a pension and interest income from the bank.
The due date of filing ITR for AY 2020-21 is extended to 10th January 2021 for Individual taxpayers. For audit, transfer pricing cases and other taxpayers, the due date has been extended to 15th February 2021. Read about the Union Budget 2020 highlights here.
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 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.
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 construction of the house is completed.
2.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. 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.
3.Deduction on Principal repayment
The Principal portion of the EMI paid for the year is allowed as 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.
4.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 Rs 1.5 lakhs. However, it can be claimed only in the year in which these expenses are incurred.
5.Additional deduction under section 80EE
Additional deduction under Section 80EE is allowed to the home buyers for maximum up to Rs 50,000. To claim this deduction, the amount of loan taken should be Rs 35 lakhs or less and the value of the property does not exceed Rs 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.
6.Additional deduction under section 80EEA
The budget 2019 has introduced additional deduction under Section 80EEA
for home buyers for maximum up to Rs 1,50,000. To claim this deduction, the stamp value of the property does not exceed Rs 45 lakhs. The loan must have been sanctioned between 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. And on the date of sanction of loan, individual does not own any other house. The individual should not also be eligible to claim deduction under section 80EE.
7.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 a larger tax benefit.
||Maximum Deduction (INR)
||house property should not be sold within 5 years of possession
||loan must be taken for purchase/construction of a w house and the construction must be completed within 5 years from the end of financial year in which loan was taken
||amount of loan taken should be Rs 35 lakhs or less and the value of the property does not exceed Rs 50 lakhs
||can be claimed only in the year in which these expenses are incurred
||The stamp value of the property should be Rs 45 lakhs or less. The taxpayer is not eligible to claim deduction under section 80EE
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