14 OCTOBER, 2019

The year 2019 being a year with the Lok Sabha elections was unlike a regular year for us Indians. In an election year, the government presents an Interim Budget before the election to get approval of the Parliament for its expenditure for the period of the year till a new government is formed. Later, once the new government is formed post-elections, the full Budget for the year along with tax proposals and changes is announced. The final budget for 2019 was presented in July by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman after the BJP-led government came back to power. The Budget also had tax proposals that will have an impact on the finances of most Indians.

Let us take a look at some important tax proposals from the Budget that could impact you.

Tax benefits on the purchase of affordable housing

As per Union Budget 2019, Indian citizens are now entitled to an additional deduction of Rs. 1.5 lakh on interest paid on home loans sanctioned in the current fiscal year up to 31 March 2020 for houses priced below Rs 45 lakh. Therefore, a person purchasing an affordable house will now get an enhanced interest deduction up to Rs 3.5 lakh. The tax benefits are provided to support the PMAY Scheme (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana) of the government that aims towards housing for all. There are, however, certain conditions to avail the newly introduced benefits announced this time.  

  • An individual availing this benefit should not be a home-owner before sanctioning of the home loan under PMAY scheme.
  • The loan must be borrowed between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020.
  • The value of the property must not be more than Rs. 45 lakh.

TDS on parking and other charges

Budget 2019 has imposed TDS (tax deduction at source) on parking and other charges while buying a house. Before this, only the property value was considered to deduct TDS. From September 2019 onwards, the additional charges like club membership fees, water facility, etc. will be added into the total cost of a house while determining the tax to be deducted at the time of property transfer.

The Union Budget 2019 has brought good news for the people who are willing to apply for a home loan under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. It is anticipated by the experts that the tax benefits linked to the purchase of affordable housing will attract and encourage more beneficiaries. Due to a significant reduction in tax, getting a home loan will be affordable for people belonging to different sections of society. Overall, it can be said that the Union Budget will be giving a boost to the affordable housing sector in India.

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