Here are some of the exclusive income tax benefits to own a house as per the Finance Budget 2017-18
1 – House Loan Deduction under Section 80C
The very first tax benefit that comes to your mind is the house loan deduction. When you purchase a house for residential purpose and avail a loan for the same, the IT department gives you a deduction of INR 1, 50, 000 (upper cap) for loan repayment. This means that if you are paying a monthly installment of INR 10, 000 per month towards house loan, you would be getting a deduction of INR 1, 20, 000 while computing your payable tax. However, do make a note that the residential property should not be sold before 5 years from the date of possession, else the benefits would be reversed.
2 – Deduction for payment of Registration Chargers and Stamp Duty
Apart from availing deduction for repayment of house loan, the IT Department also lets you claim a deduction in respect of expenses such as registration charges, stamp duty, etc. This benefit is only available in the year of acquisition. The amount would be claimed under Section 80C and the upper cap would remain at INR 1, 50, 000.
3 – Deduction for interest paid on house loan [Section 24(b)]
Another opportunity lies in Section 24(b). Section 80C lets you grab a deduction in respect of repayment of house loan and Section 24(b) lets you claim a deduction for the interest paid on house loan. Unlike Section 80C, even if you sell your house within 5 years of its acquisition, there would be no tax reversal. An available deduction is INR 2, 00, 000.
4 – Benefit granted in Budget 2017
In the latest budget, the Finance Minister of India announced that an additional deduction of INR 50, 000 would be available to new house owners. Section 80EE would offer the additional deduction provided the cost of a house is not greater than INR 50, 00, 000 and the loan sanctioned amount is not more than INR 35, 00, 000. The deduction is only available if the loan is availed from a house finance company or a financial institute.