People buying houses will get an additional deduction of 100,000 rupees on interest payments on their first home loan of up to 2.5 million rupees, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Thursday as he unveiled one of the most highly anticipated Indian budgets in recent years.
"I propose to allow such home buyers an additional deduction of interest of 100,000 rupees to be claimed in AY 2014-15. If the limit is not exhausted, the balance may be claimed in AY 2015-16," Chidambaram said.
"This deduction will be over and above the deduction of 150,000 rupees allowed for self-occupied properties under section 24 of the Income Tax Act."
At present, interest on home loans is deductible up to 150,000 rupees annually, irrespective of the home loan amount.
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(Reporting by India Online)
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