Deductions allowable under section 24 of the income tax act
Following two deductions will be allowable from the net annual value to arrive at the taxable income under the head ‘income from house property’:-
(a) Statutory deduction: 30 per cent of the net annual value will be allowed as a deduction towards repairs and collection of rent for the property, irrespective of the actual expenditure incurred.
(b) Interest on borrowed capital: The interest on borrowed capital will be allowable as a deduction on an accrual basis if the money has been borrowed to buy or construct the house. It is immaterial whether the interest has actually been paid during the year or not. If money is borrowed for some other purpose, interest payable thereon cannot be claimed as deduction.
Limit of deduction u/s 24(b)
A. In case of Let out/ deemed to be let out house property: Interest on Money borrowed is allowed as deduction without any limit. Here interest on money borrowed = interest of P/Y + 1/5 of Pre-construction period (PCP) interest. PCP started from the date of borrowing and ended on 31st mar immediately preceeding (Before) the year of completion.
B. In Case of Self Occupied House Property: Max. Rs. 150000 is allowed as deduction if the following conditions are satisfied:
Ø Loan taken after 1 – 4 – 99
Ø For construction/purchase (Capital expenditure) of house
Ø Construction completed within 3years from the end of financial year in which loan is borrowed.
Ø Loan certificate is obtained
For all other cases maximum allowed deduction is Rs. 30000