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Section 80E Deduction


Section 80E – Income Tax Deduction for Education Loan

Section 80E deduction is available in the Income Tax Act, which provides a tax deduction for educational loans. The Government of India wished to provide a tax deduction on the interest component of an education loan for higher studies. For this purpose, Section 80E was introduced in the Act. The deduction under this section can be claimed on educational loans availed for higher studies of the spouse or children of a taxpayer.  Section 80E deduction is available on the interest component of an educational loan after an individual has started repaying the loan. According to the Income Tax Act, “higher education” means any course of study pursued after passing the Senior Secondary Examination or its equivalent from any school, board or university recognised by the Central Government. An educational loan for foreign studies is also eligible for deduction under section 80E. The deduction can also be availed for repayment of loans for vocational training.

What is Section 80E?

Section 80E of the Income Tax Act in India allows you to deduct the interest paid on an education loan from your taxable income. This benefit applies to loans taken for your higher education, your spouse’s or children’s, and there’s no limit on the deductible amount. However, you can only claim this deduction for a maximum of 8 years or until the interest is fully repaid, whichever comes first.

Eligibility Criteria

The taxpayer must conform to the following eligibility criteria for availing of Section 80E deduction:

  • Only individuals are eligible for tax deductions under this section. Hindu undivided families, companies and other categories of assessee cannot avail deductions under this section.
  • The deduction can be claimed only on the interest component of an educational loan.
  • Only those loans from recognised financial institutions and charitable organisations are eligible for a tax deduction. Loans obtained from friends or relatives are not eligible for seeking a deduction under this section. 
  • A taxpayer can take loans to fulfill the educational commitment of either the assessee or the assessee’s spouse or children. 
  • The deduction can only be claimed if the loan is available for higher education.
  • The deduction can be availed only for eight years, beginning from repayment during the first year.
  • The deduction can be claimed only if the loan is taken under the taxpayer’s name or the taxpayer’s spouse or children. 

Amount of Deduction under Section 80E

The deduction allowed is the total interest portion of the Equated Monthly Instalment (EMI) paid during the financial year. Under Section 80E, a maximum deduction of up to Rs.40,000 can be claimed. The taxpayer must obtain a certificate from the bank from which the loan was taken, providing details of the principal and interest portion of the education loan paid during the financial year. 

Period of Deduction

The availability of a Section 80E deduction starts from the year the taxpayer starts repaying the loan. It is available only for seven years starting from the year in which repayment starts or until the interest is fully repaid, whichever is earlier. It should also be noted that even if the assessee’s loan tenure exceeds eight years, then the taxpayer cannot claim the deduction for the interest paid beyond eight years. So, it is always advisable that an education loan should be fully repaid within seven years.

Section 80E Foreign Education

Section 80E deduction can be availed for interest payment of educational loans even when the student has studied abroad. Hence, the deduction is a major incentive for parents and taxpayers to undertake higher education in India or abroad.

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