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

Last Updated 19th Feb 2017
In the union budget announced on 1st Feb 2017, the Finance Minister has made three significant changes with respect to tax benefit on home loan and sale.
  • Change in long term capital gains definition - Earlier, any property sold within 3 years of purchase used to attract short term capital gains tax at marginal tax rate (30%). Starting FY2017-18, a house property sale will qualify under long term capital gains if it is held for a minimum period of 2 years and hence be eligible for concessional tax rate of 20% (with indexation) or 10% (without indexation) in addition to tax exemption by way of investment under Section 54E. For more, refer to MyTaxCare Capital Gains on Property Guide 2017.
  • Capping of interest set off in case of rented property - Earlier, interest paid on capital borrowed to purchase a house for investment purpose (house that was not self occupied but was let out or lying vacant) was eligible to be set off from rental income without any limit. Further, loss as a result of interest expense being more than the rental income was eligible to be set off from income under any head such as salary, business or interest. From FY 2017-18, the maximum allowable deduction for interest has been capped at Rs. 200,000 (Rupees two lakhs only). For more details, refer to the latter part of this page under the heading "Deduction of interest paid on home loan taken to purchase a property that is either rented out or not self occupied"
  • TDS on rent paid by individuals – So far, only corporate entities were required to deduct TDS at 10% on rent paid in excess of Rs. 2,00,000 per annum. As per Budget 2017, effective 1st June 2017, individuals, professionals and businessmen will also be required to deduct TDS at the rate of 5% on rent paid in excess of Rs. 50,000 per month. For more details on TDS rates, refer to MyTaxCare TDS Guide 2017
Budget 2017 has reduced income tax on individuals. For details refer to MyTaxCare Income Tax Slabs Guide 2017.
There is no change in tax benefits on home loan as per 2016-2018 budget presented on Feb 1st 2017 applicable for financial year 2017-18 and assessment year 2018-19 as compared to previous year. Here are the practical tips to avail these to maximize your tax savings on home loans by MyLoanCare:
Like earlier,
  • 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 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 - Feb 2017
17th Feb 17 Affordable housing segment to get better returns in FY18
Government has recently introduced a series of reform to encourage affordable housing segment in India. Several measures such as granting infrastructure status to real estate and launch of new regulatory act for realty sector are likely to benefit the real estate developers and investors operating in the affordable housing segment.
17th Feb 17 Scheme with interest subsidy on housing loan to be applicable from 1st January, 2017
Prime Minister of India had announced a special home loan interest subsidy of up to 4 percent for buyers or owners of affordable and middle income houses on 31st January, 2016. The scheme is expected to be operational from 1st January, 2017. Home loan borrowers with loans of less than Rs 18 lakh sanctioned after 1st January, 2017 can avail the benefit of interest subsidy under the scheme. Unmarried and earning young adults intending to acquire a new house including repurchase are also eligible for the benefit. Under the scheme, flats measuring up to 960 sqft and 1,184 sqft will attract interest subsidy of 3 and 4 percent respectively.
16th Feb 17 Home loan growth is likely to be lowerat 16 to18 percent in FY17
ICRA, a leading credit rating agency has revised its home loan growth targets downward by 2 percent from its earlier projections of 18 to 20 percent to 16 to 18 percent in FY17. As per its report, total housing credit outstanding in India in September, 2016 witnessed an 18 percent growth on a year on year basis and stood at Rs 13.3 lakh crore as compared to 19 percent in March, 2016 when it stood at 12.4 lakh crore. The growth could be impact by investors and buyers are expected to defer their purchase decision in expectation of a decline in real estate prices.
15th Feb 17 HDFC Ltd to raise Rs. 5,000 crore via Masala Bonds
HDFC Ltd is planning to raise funds worth Rs. 5,000 from international investors via Masala Bonds. The bonds with a tenure of three years are expected to be issued in FY17. The bank plans to utilise the funds for funding growth in its home loan business.
14th Feb 17 Sunteck Realty to invest Rs. 1000 crore in affordable housing segment
Suntech Reality, Mumbai based realty firm, is planning to invest funds worth Rs. 1000 crore in affordable housing projects, its new business vertical. The new vertical is likely to bring higher volumes for the company and also help in business diversification. The realty firm is expected to focus on the geographies of Navi Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan and the locations near Mumbai.
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