Section 80EEA - Deduction on interest paid on home loan

Section 80EEA | Deduction on interest paid on home loan

With a view to promote “Housing for All”, a new section namely Section 80EEA was inserted in the Income Tax Act. This Section helps first time home buyers to claim an additional tax of Rs. 1,50,000 during each financial year against the home loan interest payments. Further, the rebate amount under this section is over and above the deduction limit mentioned under Section 24(b) of the Act.

Eligibility Criteria to claim deductions of Section 80EEA

The deduction under Section 80EEA can be claimed only by Individuals. In other words, this deduction cannot be claimed by HUFs, firms, companies, AOPs, BOIs, or any other type of legal persons.

Section 80EEA - Deduction on interest paid on home loan

Eligibility Criteria To Claim Deductions Of Section 80EEA ​

The deduction under Section 80EEA can be claimed only by Individuals. In other words, this deduction cannot be claimed by HUFs, firms, companies, AOPs, BOIs, or any other type of legal persons.

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Time period of sanction of loan for claiming deductions of Section 80EEA

In order to claim the deduction under Section 80EEA, the loan sanction date should be between 1st April, 2019 to 31st March, 2022.

Additional conditions to claim deductions of Section 80EEA

  • The taxpayer should be a first-time home buyer. The taxpayer should not own any residential house property as on the date of sanction of the loan.
  • Housing loan must be taken from a financial institution or a housing finance company for buying a residential house property.
  • Stamp duty value of the house property should be Rs 45 lakhs or less.
  • The individual taxpayer should not be eligible to claim deduction under the existing Section 80EE.
Conditions To Be Met Wrt Carpet Area
  • Carpet area of the house property should not exceed 60 square meter ( 645 sq ft) in metropolitan cities of Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi National Capital Region (limited to Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Faridabad), Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai (whole of Mumbai Metropolitan Region)
  • Carpet area should not exceed 90 square meter (968 sq ft) in any other cities or towns.
  • The real estate project must have been approved on or after 1 September 2019.
Amount of deduction available under Section 80EEA

The amount of deduction available under this section shall be calculated in the following manner :
– Actual Interest payment or
– Amount of Rs. 1,50,000/-,
(whichever is lower)

Also Read: Section 80D: Deductions On Medical Expenditure & Health Insurance

Illustration

Amitabh is a first time home buyer and the details of loan taken and interest on home loan by him and deductions available to him are as follows:

Stamp Duty Value of House Property (in Rs.)

Total Interest (in Rs.)

Loan taken during

Deduction under Section 24 (in Rs.)

Deduction under Section 80EEA (in Rs.)

Reasons

10,00,000

4,50,000

FY 2016-17

2,00,000

NIL

The loan was taken during the FY 2016-17

20,00,000

4,00,000

FY 2018-19

2,00,000

NIL

The loan was taken during the FY 2018-19

30,00,000

3,00,000

FY 2019-20

2,00,000

1,00,000

The deduction available under Section 80EEA is calculated over and above the amount of rebate under Section 24(b) and the maximum amount of deduction is actual amount of interest or Rs. 1.5 lacs, whichever is lower. Therefore, only Rs. 1 lac will be available as deduction under Section 80EEA.

40,00,000

5,00,000

FY 2020-21

2,00,000

1,50,000

The deduction available under Section 80EEA is calculated over and above the amount of rebate under Section 24(b) and the maximum amount of deduction is actual amount of interest or Rs. 1.5 lacs, whichever is lower. Therefore, in this case Rs. 1.5 lacs will be available as deduction under Section 80EEA

50,00,000

3,00,000

FY 2021-22

2,00,000

NIL

The stamp duty value of house property is more than Rs. 45 lacs

FAQs

Under this section, rebate of interest payment on home loan maximum upto Rs. 2,00,000 under house property income is available subject to certain conditions.

Deduction on the interest of a home loan under this section is available. The maximum deduction available as per this section is Rs. 50,000/- subject to certain conditions:

  • Value of house should be up to Rs. 50 lakh
  • Loan amount should not exceed Rs. 35 lakh
  • Loan must be sanctioned between 01-April-2016 to 31-March-2017

Yes, if the joint owners meet all the conditions specified in the Income Tax Act, they can claim deduction of Rs1.5 lakh each.

You can claim the deduction under section 80EEA until you have repaid the housing loan.

Toggle ContenAs a first time home buyer, you can claim deductions under the following sections:

Sections

Amount (in Rs.)

Section 80C

2,00,000*

Section 24(b)

1,50,000

Section 80EEA

1,50,000*

Total

Rs. 5,00,000

*The amount mentioned above are subject to certain conditions.

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