Essential conditions for claiming deduction under section 80E of income tax act, 1961 for Interest on Education Loans:

This deduction under section 80E for for Interest on Education Loans is over and above the Rs 1,50,000 deduction allowed under section 80C of Income Tax Act, 1961.

1 Who Can Claim deduction under section 80E
ONLY Individuals Not available to HUF or any other person
2 The purpose of the loan To pursue higher studies in India or outside India  –
3 From where the loan should be taken From Any Bank / financial institution or any approved charitable institutions Loans taken from friends or relatives and loan taken from any financial institution outside India don’t qualify for the deduction under section 80E
4 Meaning of Higher studies It includes both the Vocational courses as well as the regular courses pursued after passing the senior secondary examination or its equivalent exam.
5 Deduction allowed if loan taken for Higher education of self, spouse or children or the student for whom the individual is a legal guardian Loan taken for siblings (brother / sister) or other relatives (in-laws, nephew, niece, etc.) would not qualify for section 80E benefit.
6 Deduction Amount Total interest paid during the financial year.

No limit on the maximum amount of deduction under section 80E

No Tax benefit is allowed for the principal repayment
7 Period of Deduction: It is available from the year in which individual starts paying interest on loan and in 7 succeeding years. Deduction is allowed for maximum period of 8 years or until the interest is repaid in full, whichever is earlier.

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3 responses to “All about section 80E of Income Tax Act, 1961”

  1. Sourav25 says:

    If the education loan is taken for education of son for medical coaching then will the interest on loan for paying the coaching fee will also be eligible for deduction u/s 80E?

  2. Ankur.singhal says:

    Mr Jamal

    The deduction is allowed in the year of payment.

    it can not be claimed in two years by dividing the amount of premium.

  3. Mohammad Jamal says:

    Taken medical insurance for self and spouse from HDFC ERGO for 2 years period combined and a total premium of about Rs 35000/- is paid at a time. Can the amount be divided into 2 parts equally and claimed in two financial years for accessment purpose.

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