7 Income Tax saving tips you might not know

Haven’t you gotten bored of regular income tax saving tips? Are you looking for some tips which are different, kinda unique and not very well known? If yes, then you’re reading the right article, mate! I will share some tips which would help you in area of income tax saving. Some of these tips will help you in this, current year and some, at some later point. But helpful at some level, they will be :) . Below is a video on this topic where I explain those 7 tips. Incase you dont want to watch the video , you can just skip it and move forward to read the tips in text . Let’s look at them. If you are reading this article on email, you can watch the video on youtube here

7 income tax saving tips

1. Gift money to your major children and Save tax on Future Income

Imagine this, you have Rs 25 lacs. Logically you put this in a fixed deposit or invest in some other financial product through which you get an interest at 8%. You will get Rs 2  lacs as interest which will be added to your income and you pay tax on this income. Not good!

Now what? How do we save tax on these 2 lacs? As per income-tax laws you can gift any amount of money to your major children without attracting gift-tax and as their money will become theirs any income arising out of it would be treated as their income, not yours. In case their income is below the limits, there won’t be any tax.

However there can be times, where you might not feel too comfortable gifting away large amounts of money to your major children, in which case, there is another option of giving them loans. And guess what? you can make interest-free loans to your major children as per the law :) . Please note that doing exactly the same thing with your spouse is not possible. Any income you transfer to your spouse which generates any income will be treated as your income only. However, if you are going to be married in some months and you have some big amount of cash, you can gift her right away, as gift given to prospective wife would become hers lawfully! . I hope you liked this first point on income tax saving tips

2. Claim stamp duty and registration fees in 80C

Many people dont know this, but the Stamp duty and the registration fees of the documents for the house can be claimed as deduction under section 80C in the year of purchase of the house. An important point to note here is that you should be in possession of the house if you want to claim these deductions. So in case of under-construction properties, you lose out on claiming this deduction. As per the income tax

The stamp duty, registration fee and other expenses incurred for the purpose of transfer shall also be covered. Payment towards the cost of house property, however, will not include, admission fee or cost of share or initial deposit or the cost of any addition or alteration to, or, renovation or repair of the house property which is carried out after the issue of the completion certificate by competent authority, or after the occupation of the house by the assessee or after it has been let out. Payments towards any expenditure in respect of which the deduction is allowable under the provisions of section 24 of the Income-tax Act will also not be included in payments towards the cost of purchase or construction of a house property.

3. Get deduction for rent even without HRA

All the salaries class people get HRA from their companies, and hence they claim deductions on that. However, what if you are self-employed professional or working for a company who does not provide you HRA benefit? Can you still claim HRA? Yes! But with some caveats.

Under Section 80GG, you can claim deduction of the rent paid even if you don’t get HRA. However not many people are aware of this deduction. If you are not being paid any HRA or don’t have any housing benefit from employer. You can claim least of following 3 things as HRA

a) Rent paid less 10% of total income

b) or Rs 2,000 a month;

c) or 25% of total income.

Note that your spouse or minor child should not own any house with the city limit if you want to claim this benefit , You will have to submit a form called 10-BA that you are paying rent and not receiving HRA.

Bonus tip : If you are staying with your parents, you can pay them rent. If they don’t have
 significant income, it would mean you  save  tax on rent paid and even your parents income does
 not cross the  tax  limits, which is a win-win situation.

4. Declare your losses in tax return to save tax in future

A lot of people do not show their losses in shares, mutual funds, gold ETFs, real-estate in their tax returns. This is a big mistake, as you lose an opportunity to save tax in future years. You can set-off your losses against profits in current year as well as in the future too. For example : Assume you had sold your real-estate property and made a profit of 10 lacs after indexation. You will have to pay a tax of Rs 2 lacs @20%. However suppose in the same year you have also made a loss of Rs 4 lacs in stocks , you can set-off this loss with your 10 lacs profit and just pay tax on Rs 6 lacs , which comes at 1.2 lacs only. That’s a cool 80k in savings!

Also if you have only losses this year and no profits, you can show this loss in your tax returns and carry forward and set-off this loss against any future profits for next 8 yrs. For more details read this article.

5. Buy House with Parent or Siblings as joint-owners

Yes, if you thought only spouse can be co-owner in the real-estate property to claim the tax deductions, you don’t know the whole story. You can have your spouse/parent/siblings as co-owner and all the co-owners can claims the tax deductions of 1 lacs for principal and 1.5 lacs for interest part . So if you take a housing loan with your siblings as co-owner of property and co-Borrower of loan, the loan amount interest and principle paid will be available for tax exemption in ratio of your loan amount.

So if you are still a bachelor or a single who wants to buy a house, consider asking your brother, sister or parents to become the co-owner so that both of you can get tax benefits and reduce your tax-outgo. The only problem in this case is that loan-sanctioning companies are very stringent in giving loans to siblings, as their are higher chances of you parting your ways with them later in case of any family issues, however in case of spouse it happens lesser.

Bonus Tip : The co-owner who falls in the higher tax bracket should  hold a higher proportion
of home loan to make sure that the tax  benefits are maximised.

Income Tax saving tips

6. Use education loan to lower tax for your Children in Future

So what, if you have all the money to pay for your children’s education fees? It would be wise to opt for an education loan in name of your children’s name as you can claim the full interest paid on education loan under section 80E. Note that its only available if you are a parent or a legal guardian . You can’t claim deduction for your spouse education loan :)

The other thing is that you can take education loan on your children name so that after some years when they pay off their loans, they can claim the deductions themselves. Apart from this, they’d be more responsible and this education loan payment from their pocket will make sure that they don’t spend to much money in wrong places and you can use your money today some where else!

7. Take unlimited deductions for your second home loan interest payment

This one is the last tax saving tips we will discuss here. If you have already bought first home where you are living right now and want to buy another house, the good news is that you can claim full interest paid for the EMIs of second house. As per tax laws, you can claim full deductions for the amount paid as interest on loan for second house.

For the first house you can claim up to 1.5 lacs in interest, however for your second house you can claim full amount of interest without any upper limit! . Read some tips on buying real-estate

Which of the above income tax saving tips were new for you ? Please comment .

437 CommentsAdd Comment

  1. Kumar

    Hi Manish,

    I am a software engineer. My wife got a marriage gift on our marriage time nearly 15 lacs including from her father and all relatives at 3 years before. she gave that money to my father for our agriculture land clean up. now my father gave 5 lacs to my wife and she put a FD last year (jun-2014). and again my father gave 5 lacs on this year (apr-2015) again she put a FD. so now she has totally 10 lacs in FD in her name and both she submitted FORM15G. whatever my father gave all are his agriculture income and all he deposited as a money in her bank account. and my wife is a home maker and she does not have any other income. so I heard from my friends i need to have a proof to show all the money in her name otherwise it will be considered as my money and i have to pay tax for the FD interest. please let me know is it correct. if it is how to make the proof of the gift money. even i dont have any proof for the money given to my father. please advice.
    Thanks,
    Kumar K

  2. babu

    I need 15lakhs as home loan.i can pay only10000per month.i can repay 10lakhs after 2yrs.what shall i do?which is beneficial to me?homeloan short term or investing 5lakhs from it somewhere else and pay higher amount other than10000

  3. PRASATH

    I have purchased a home only in my wife name.but housing loan we are paying through my spouse savings account.can i declare the home loan in my tax declaration

  4. Jagannathan s

    If it is not available can i demolish the existing old building and construct a new one with the entire sale proceeds as the land with building is in my name

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