HRA Salaried individuals who live in a rented accommodation can avail the benefit of this deduction. The extent of deduction which can be availed is subject to the provisions of section 1013A of the Income tax Act, 1961.
Interest on home loan Homeowners can claim deduction of interest on home loan if the owner or his family resides in the house property. The deduction can also be claimed when the house is vacant. The extent of deduction which can be availed is subject to the provisions of section 24b of the Income tax Act, 1961.
On a plain reading of the text it may seem that one cannot claim benefit of both HRA and Interest on home loan together, as, the former is a deduction allowable in respect of a rented accommodation and the latter is a deduction allowable in respect of an owned house property.
However, salaried individuals can claim both the deductions. Following are some of the circumstances in which one can avail benefit of both the deductions:
Following are the provisions and limits as per the Income Tax Act, 1961 for claiming deduction u/s 1013A and 24b:
|Deduction u/s 1013A - Lower of the three is allowable|
Actual HRA received from the employer;
|2||50% of salary, 50% of salary if employee lives in a metro city; and 40% if the employee lives in a city other than a metro, and|
|3||Actual rent paid minus 10% of salary basic plus dearness allowance plus turnover-based commission|
|Deduction u/s 24b|
In respect of the self occupied house property, maximum allowable deduction is Rs. 2 lakhs
|2||In respect of a let out house property, entire interest is allowable as a deduction. However, the net loss from house property shall be limited to Rs. 2 lakhs.|
|3||Pre construction interest is allowed in 5 equal installments, starting from the year in which the house is purchased or construction is complete.|
Writer- Mayank Lal
Mayank is an accounts and finance professional with over 7 years of work experience in accounts, finance and taxation, currently employed with IIFL Home Finance Ltd. as Manager Accounts and Finance.