Section 80E Deduction or Interest on Education Loan

Section 80E Income Tax Deduction or Interest on Education Loan

An education loan helps you finance your foreign studies and save you a lot of tax as well. If you have taken an education loan and are repaying the same, then the interest paid on that education loan is allowed as a deduction from the total income under Section 80E.
However, the deduction is provided only for the interest part of the EMI, and there is no tax benefit for the principal part of the EMI.


Who can claim this deduction?

Only an individual can claim this deduction. It is not available to HUF or any other kind of taxpayer.
The loan should be taken for the higher education of self, spouse or children or for a student for whom the individual is a legal guardian.
Parents can easily claim this deduction for the loan taken for the higher studies of their children.

Where can this loan be taken?

The loan should be taken from any bank / financial institution or any approved charitable institution. Loans taken from friends or relatives don’t qualify for this deduction.

The purpose of the loan

The loan should be taken to pursue higher studies. It does not matter whether such an education loan is taken for higher studies in India or outside India.
Higher studies include all the fields of study pursued after passing the senior secondary examination or its equivalent exam. It includes both vocational as well as regular courses.

Deduction amount

The deduction allowed is the total interest part of the EMI paid during the financial year. There is no limit on the maximum amount that is allowed as a deduction.
 
You, however, need to obtain a certificate from your Bank. Such a certificate should segregate the principal and the interest portion of the education loan paid by you during the financial year.
 
The total interest paid will be allowed as a deduction. No Tax benefit is allowed for the principal repayment.

Period of deduction

The deduction for the interest on the loan starts from the year in which you start repaying the loan.
 
It is available only for 8 years starting from the year in which you start repaying the loan or until the interest is fully repaid whichever is earlier.
 
This means if the complete repayment of the loan is done in 5 years only, then tax deduction will be allowed for 5 years and not 8 years.
 
It should also be noted that if your loan tenure exceeds 8 years, then you cannot claim a deduction for the interest paid beyond 8 years. So it is always advisable that an education loan is paid within eight years.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I claim a deduction for the principal as well as the interest amount of the EMI which I am paying for an education loan under 80E?
No, you cannot claim deduction under section 80E for the principal amount of EMI. The deduction can be claimed only for the interesting part of the EMI.
  1. How much amount can I claim as a deduction under this section?
There is no limit on the maximum amount which is allowed as deduction.
  1. I want to avail myself higher education loan for my child who is going to study abroad. So can I get a deduction under 80E?
Yes, you can claim deduction under section 80E even if your child is going abroad for higher education and it includes both vocational as well as regular courses.
  1. Is Section 80E part of Section 80C?
Section 80C of the Income Tax Act provides deduction in respect of the tuition fees paid for the education. However, section 80E of the Income Tax Act provides deduction in respect of interest paid on educational loans taken for higher education.

  1. What are the documents required to claim deduction under Section 80E?

The individual wanting to claim deduction under Section 80E has to provide a certificate from the financial institution or any approved charitable institution from which the loan is taken. It is mandatory for this certificate to showcase the principal amount and the interest amount separately for the education loan taken for that particular financial year.

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Posted by Pooja

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