- Income tax exemption on both HRA, repayment of home loan can be claimed
- However, taxman could 'closely monitor' such a situation, says an expert
- Income Tax Department may disallow one of the claims, he adds
But "this situation could be closely monitored by the Income Tax Department particularly where the amounts are relatively higher and may also disallow one of the claims if sufficient explanations are not available", says Amit Maheshwari, managing partner at Ashok Maheshwary & Associates LLP.
Mr Maheshwari cites some cases when the tax department may not raise questions:
- When the person may have moved from rented house to own house during the year or vice versa
- When the person's own house could be smaller in size and the person may have moved to a bigger house rented by him/her
- When the children of the person may be studying in the locality of the rented house and during the year it was not possible for him/her to change the school and consequently he/she was not able to move to the new house bought
"Hence, in all such situations, the individual has to ensure that the related documentations (like lease deeds, possession/completion letters, etc.) and justification regarding the same are readily available with him/her if the such query is raised," Mr Maheshwari says.
The deduction on HRA is the lowest of the following under Section 10(13A) of the Income Tax Act:
- Actual HRA received from the employer
- 50 per cent of (basic salary + dearness allowance) for those living in metro cities (40 per cent for non-metros)
- Actual rent paid less 10 per cent of salary
In this year's Budget, the government had announced an extra deduction of Rs 50,000 on the interest component of home loan for first-time buyers, where the loan does not exceed Rs 35 lakh and the value of the property is up to Rs 50 lakh.
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