Tax Benefit on Home Loan – FY 2016-17, AY 2017-18

Last Updated 17th Jan 2017
Here is a key to tax benefit on home loans as per 2016-2017 budget presented on Feb 29th 2016 applicable for financial year 2016-17 and assessment year 2017-18 as compared to previous year and practical tips to avail these to maximize your tax savings on home loans by MyLoanCare:
Key highlight of the budget is
  • First time home buyers will get additional exemption of upto Rs. 50,000/- on interest paid for loans upto Rs. 35 lakhs with cost of home upto Rs. 50 lakhs.
  • For loans taken from the FY 2016-17, Up to Rs. Two Lakh if completed within 5 years from the end of the fin. year in which loan is taken, else Rs. 30,000.
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Tax benefits on home loan in summary

Tax Benefits On Principal Repaid On Interest Paid
First Home – Self Occupied No change – Upto Rs. One Lakh Fifty Thousand (Rs. Two Lakh for senior citizens) Up to Rs. Two Lakh if completed within 3 years from the end of the financial year in which loan is taken, else Rs. 30,000.
For loans taken from the FY 2016-17, Up to Rs. Two Lakh if completed within 5 years from the end of the financial year in which loan is taken, else Rs. 30,000.
Additional exemption of upto Rs. 50,000/- on interest paid for loans upto Rs. 35 lakhs with cost of home upto Rs. 50 lakhs
First Home – Rented/ Vacant No change – Upto Rs. One Lakh Fifty Thousand (Rs. Two Lakh for senior citizens) if staying in a different city for work No change – On entire interest paid without any limit
Second Home None No change – On entire interest paid without any limit
Under Constrn. None No change – The interest paid can be claimed in equal parts in five fin. years post completion or handing over.
     
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Income tax exemption on repayment of home loan principal amount up to Rs. 150,000 (Rs. 2,00,000 for senior citizens) annually under Section 80 C of the Income Tax Act:

Deduction of home loan interest paid for self occupied home up to Rs. 2,00,000 (Rs. 3,00,000 for senior citizens) annually under Section 24 of the Income Tax Act

Tax benefit on home loan for under construction property before possession

If you have taken a home loan for buying under construction property, you can claim tax rebate on the interest paid during the construction year but not on principal repaid.
According to Section 24 of IT Act, you can claim deduction against the interest amount that you have paid on your housing property during the pre construction period. The total interest paid during the pre construction period is allowed for tax deduction in five equal installments during five successive years from the year in which construction is completed and property possession is handed over to you. The total interest allowable during these five years will still be capped at Rs. 2 Lakh per year for self occupied house. There is no limit in case of let out property and deemed to be let out property. It is important to note that tax deduction during construction period is not allowed for loan taken for repair or renewal.
According to section 80C, no deduction against the principal amount will be allowed for the pre – construction period

Tax benefit on home loan for co-applicant, co-borrower and joint owner

If the home loan that you have taken is in joint names then you can save more tax as compared to when you have taken home loan individually. In this case, each of the applicant and the co-applicants (any number) can avail tax benefit individually. To be eligible for the tax benefit, all the borrowers and the co–borrowers must be joint owners of the property.
Each applicant and co-applicant can separately claim a maximum tax deduction of Rs. 1.50 lakh per annum for principal repayment under Section 80C and Rs. 2 lakh per annum for interest payment, under Section 24.
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Deduction of upto 100% interest paid on home loan taken to purchase a property that is either rented out or not self occupied

Tax Benefit under following cases

Property is vacant -
As per Income Tax rule (Section 24), you will be required to account for deemed rent on the property as taxable income. Deemed rent is notional rent based on market rental values. You can claim 100% of the interest payable against the rental income or deemed rental income
Property not self occupied for reason of employment , business or profession in different place or other city -
As per Income Tax Rule ( Section 24) tax deduction allowed will be Rs. 2 Lakh only
Property sold before 5 years from taking possession -
The tax deduction already claimed in previous financial years under Section 80C & Section 24 will be reversed and must be added as taxable income for the financial year in which you have sold the property
Property is self occupied and part is rented out -
The interest must be spilt in proportion of the size of the two parts and tax benefit shall be split proportionately
Tax Benefit on Home Loan News - Jan 2017
17th Jan 17 LIC Housing Finance registers a 19 percent growth in its net profit in third quarter of FY 17
LIC Housing Finance has reported an increase of 19 per cent in its net profit at Rs. 499 core for third quarter ending on 31st December, 2016 as compared to Rs. 419 crore for the corresponding period a year ago. Non performing assets of the company have declined to 0.56 percent from 0.58 percent during the same period a year ago.
16th Jan 17 Home loans are likely to get additional tax incentives in the upcoming union budget for FY17
Union budget for FY 2017 is expected to bring higher tax benefits for middle class home loan borrowers. The benefit is expected to provide an increased tax deduction to home loan borrowers which may go beyond the annual amount of Rs. 2 lakh. The additional tax benefit is likely give a boost to the faltering reality sector that has been adversely hit by demonetisation.
16th Jan 17 Demonetization hits real estate market adversely with sales reduced by 50 per cent
Developers in real estate market have experienced a significant fall in sales of houses by 50 percent during October to December, 2016. Developers in Delhi NCR region alone are estimated to have incurred a revenue loss of around Rs. 22, 600 crore during this period. The effect could also be seen on state government finances in the form of estimated reduction in stamp duty collections of around Rs. 1, 200 crore.
14th Jan 17 Tata Capital Housing Finance reduces home loan interest rates
Tata Capital Housing Finance has reduced its home loan interest rates. The revised home loan rates for loan amount up to Rs.75 lakhs now stands at 8.70 percent for women borrowers. The NBFC has also reduced its home loan rates for other borrowers to 8.75 percent.
13th Jan 17 Standard Chartered Bank reduces home loan interest rates
Standard Chartered Bank has reduced its home loan interest rate by 45 basis points. The revised home loan rate now stands at 8.90 percent as compared to 9.35 percent earlier. The new rate is effective from 8th January, 2017.
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