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a. Eligibility criteria:
The deduction under this section is available only to individuals. This means, if you are a HUF, AOP, a company or any other kind of taxpayer, you cannot claim any benefit under this section.
b. Amount limit:
This deduction (up to Rs. 50,000) is over and above the Rs 2 lakh limit under section 24 of the income tax act. Read more about deduction of Rs 2 lakh on interest on home loan here.
c. Other conditions:
To claim this deduction, you should not own any other house property on the date of the sanction of a loan from a financial institution only.
Section 80EE came into effect from the financial year 2013-14. It was available for only 2 years, FY 2013-14 and FY 2014-15. The deduction allowed earlier was limited to a maximum of Rs 1 lakh in total and was available for only 2 financial years. However, this section has been reintroduced, effective FY 2016-17 (Assessment Year 2017-18). Now the deduction is allowed for up to Rs. 50,000 per year until the loan is repaid.
The Section does not specify if you need to be a Resident to be able to claim this benefit. Therefore it can be concluded that both Resident and Non-Resident Indians can claim this deduction.
The Section also does not specify if this house should be self-occupied to claim the deduction. So, borrowers living in rented houses can also claim this deduction. Moreover, the deduction can only be claimed by individuals for the house purchases jointly or singly. If a person jointly owns the house with spouse and they both are paying the instalments of the loan, then both of them can claim this deduction.