What are the tax benefits that are available if one avails of housing loan?
Deduction of interest on housing loan:In the case of self-occupied property acquired or constructed out of borrowed funds, the deduction available for interest on capital borrowed is Rs. 2,00,000/-. In case of property, which is rented, the whole of the interest amount is allowed as deduction. The interest on borrowed funds in pre construction period is allowed over a 5-year period.
Limit of repayment of housing loanThe limit of repayment of housing loan qualifying for deduction u/s 80C is Rs.1,50,000/-.
Is there any relief from tax arising on transfer of long-term capital assets under the Income Tax Act, 1961?Long term capital gains on sale of property used for residence: Section 54 of the Income Tax Act provides relief to an individual or Hindu Undivided Family from capital gains arising from transfer of a residential house held by the assessee atleast for a period of 36 months. Such capital gains to the extent utilised for purchase (within 1 year before or 2 years after the date of sale) or construction (within 3 years of date of sale) of a residential house is exempt u/s 54. If the amount of capital gains is proposed to be utilised, but is not so utilised upto the due date for filing of return then, the amount of unutilised capital gain is required to be deposited in the “Capital Gains Account Scheme, 1988″.
Capital Gains on transfer of capital assets other than a residential houseSection 54F of the Income Tax Act exempts long term capital gains arising from transfer of any long term capital asset other than a residential house. Such capital gains to the extent utilised for purchase (within 1 year before or 2 years after the date of sale) or construction (within 3 years of date of sale) of a residential house is exempt u/s 54F. To be entitled to this exemption the assessee should not own more than one residential house other than the house sold as on the date of transfer. The provisions of depositing the unutilised capital gain in the “Capital Gains Account Scheme, 1988″ as explained above is also applicable.
Capital Gains not to be charged on investment in specified assetsSection 54EC of the Income Tax Act provides relief from capital gains arising from transfer of any capital asset on or after 1st April 2000 shall be exempt to the extent such capital gain is invested within a period of 6 months after the date of such transfer in the long term specified asset provided such specified asset is not transferred or converted into money within a period of 3 years from the date of its acquisition. However, the investment made on or after 1st April 2007 in the long term specified asset by assessee during any financial year cannot exceed Rs. 50 lakhs. For claiming this exemption, the capital gains has to be invested (within 6 months of date of transfer) in notified bonds issued by:
- National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
- National Highways Authority of India
- Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd.
- National Housing Bank
- Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)