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In India, personal income tax is based on the concept of “pay as you earn” wherein there is a mandatory deduction of tax at source(TDS)  from the salary paid to each employee. From Jan employer asks for tax saving Proofs. This article talks about the steps to claim tax benefits on Home Loan Interest, Why Submit the Tax Saving Proofs to your Employer on time, PAN number of the bank or institution from where you have taken loan, Provisional home loan interest certificate.

Steps to claim Interest on Home Loan Deduction

  • An employee can claim home loan interest deduction under section 24C by submitting details to his employer in Form 12BB with proofs such as Ownership details of the property, provisional home loan certificate. you submit your interest on home loan deduction documents to your employer, your employer will adjust your TDS deductions accordingly.
  • If you are a Freelancer or you are self-employed – you don’t need to submit these documents anywhere. You use it to estimate your Advance Tax liability for each quarter. You can claim it while filing ITR.
  • An employee can also claim the tax deduction on the principal amount under section 80C by submitting details to the employer in Form 12BB along with other tax savings proofs such as PPF, Life Insurance Premium.
  • Form 16 will show the tax saving proofs considered by the employer.
  • Show Home loan interest as income from House Property while filing ITR. You are not required to submit these documents to the Income Tax Department.

If you don’t submit the proof to your employer, you can claim the Principal and Interest on Home loan while filing ITR and ask for the refund. But that’s delaying the process by at least 6 months. We recommend you to provide the tax saving proofs on time to your employer as stitch in time saves nine and taxes too1

To claim tax exemption on home loan one is required to quote PAN number of the bank or institution from where the loan was taken. The loan providers have now modified their home loan payment certificate which quotes their PAN Number. PAN numbers of some of the popular home loan providers are given below. The entire list banks and NBFCs with their PAN Numbers are here.

  • SBI PAN Number – AAACS8577K
  • HDFC PAN Number – AAACH0997E
  • ICICI Bank PAN – AAACI1195H

Why Submit the Tax Saving Proofs to your Employer

In India, personal income tax is based on the concept of “pay as you earn” wherein there is a mandatory deduction of tax at source(TDS) from the salary paid to each employee. The taxes deducted at source (TDS) are covered under Section 192 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 making it the obligation of the employer to withhold taxes at the time of payment of salaries.

The employer asks for the declaration of tax saving proofs in the beginning of financial year i.e Apr. Since the beginning of the financial year, from 1 Apr, your employer would have been computing taxes on your salary based on the proposed investment declaration submitted by you earlier and deducting Tax.

Usually, from Jan employer asks you to furnish the documentary evidence of having actually made the investments as per the investment declaration made earlier.  Once the actual proof is submitted, the accounts department will compute the taxes based on the proofs of the actual investments made by you.You can make tax-saving investments different from those declared by you earlier but the deduction from taxable income will be given only on the basis of the actuals submitted and not on the basis of the proposed declaration made earlier.  This will also enable the employee to finalize tax adjustments, if any, in the balance months of the current financial year (2016-17).If taxes have been deducted in excess or less, accordingly, they will get deducted in the last 3 months of the FY. The documents need not be attached or sent to Income-tax Department at the time of tax filing. Instead, it’s the employer who has to receive them from employees and deduct tax accordingly. Our article Income Tax Proof Submission to the Employer discusses tax saving investment/expenditure proofs in detail.

Do not wait till March for saving tax as one could see a huge tax burden in that month and less of take-home pay.

Income Tax Benefits on a Home Loan

Income Tax Benefits on a Home Loan for FY 2016-17 are given in table below

Particulars Deduction on Amount Conditions
Section 24

Self-occupied property

Rented property

Interest on home loan
Interest on home loan
Upto Rs.2,00,000


No Limit

Home has been purchased/constructed within 5 years
Section 80C Principal repayment, stamp duty & registration charges Upto Rs.1,50,000 Deduction is allowed in the year in which actual principal payment is paid
Section 80EE Interest on home loan Upto Rs.50,000 ( in addition to Rs 2lakhs) Loan must be taken between 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

Taxpayer should not own any property

Loan  from a financial institution

Value of the house must be less than Rs 50 lakhs

Loan must be for less than Rs 35 lakhs.

Documents to claim Income Tax Benefits on a Home Loan

Following documents need to be submitted for claiming the Income Tax benefits on Home loan in form 12BB. Our article Form 12BB for claiming Income Tax Deductions by Employees explaining Form 12BB in detail. Many employers have their own websites to upload the information.

  • Provisional Interest certificate from Bank/Financial Institution specifying the break-up of interest and the principal amount. The certificate should also have the loan sanction date and PAN number
  • Possession Certificate copy.
  • Sale Deed Copy (In case possession letter in not available)
  • Lease deed copy, in case of let out property
  • In case of Joint Home Loan, self-declaration of the ownership proportion needs to be furnished
  • Form 12C
Form 12BB Claim House Loan Details to Employer

Form 12BB Submit Home Loan Details to Employer

PAN Number of the lender for Home Loan

To claim tax exemption on home loan one is required to quote PAN number of the bank or institution from where they have taken the loan. The loan providers have now modified their home loan payment certificate which quotes their PAN Number. But in case you are not able to find it, here is an alphabetic list of banks or finance institutions with their PAN Numbers.

If you want to check if the PAN Number of the lender is correct, you can do so at Income Tax website for PAN Verification.

PAN number of Banks and Financial Institutions

Bank/Home Loan Providers PAN Number
Allahabad Bank AACCA8464F
Andhra Bank AABCA7375C
Axis Bank Limited AAACU2414K
Bank of Baroda (BoB) AAACB1534F
Bank of India (BoI) AAACB0472C
Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) AACCB0774B
BMW India Financial Services AADCB8986G
Canara Bank AAACC6106G
Canfin Homes Limited AAACC7241A
Central Bank of India AAACC2498P
City Union Bank Limited AAACC1287E
Corporation Bank AAACC7245E
DCB Bank Limited AAACD1461F
Deutsche Bank AAACD1390F
GIC Housing Finance Limited AAACG2755R
HDFC Bank Limited AAACH2702H
ICICI Bank Limited AAACI1195H
IDBI Bank Limited AABCI8842G
Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited AABCI3612A
Indian Bank AAACI1607G
Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) AAACI1223J
Indusind Bank Limited AAACI1314G
Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited AAACK4409J
L&T FinCorp Limited AAACI4598Q
L&T Infrastructure Finance Company AABCL2283L
LIC Housing Finance Limited AAACL1799C
Oriental Bank of Commerce AAACO0191M
PNB Housing Finance Limited AAACP3682N
Power Finance Corporation Limited AAACP1570H
Punjab & Sind Bank AAACP1206G
Punjab National Bank (PNB) AAACP0165G
State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBJJ) AADCS4750R
State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) AADCS4009H
State Bank of India (SBI) AAACS8577K
State Bank of Mysore (SBM) AACCS0155P
State Bank of Patiala AACCS0143D
Syndicate Bank AACCS4699E
TATA Motors Finance Limited AACCT4644A
The Karnataka Bank Limited AABCT5589K
The South Indian Bank Limited AABCT0022F
Union Bank of India AAACU0564G
United Bank of India AAACU5624P
Vijaya Bank AAACV4791J
YES Bank Limited

Provisional Home Loan Interest Certificate

The interest certificate from the bank or financial institution, specifying the break-up of interest and the principal amount for a financial year is required. A sample provisional home loan certificate showing break-up is given below.

Actual repayment is one that is the amount paid by the person who has taken the loan, from Start of the financial year(ie Apr) to the time of generating the certificate.

Expected repayment is amount one is expected to pay from the day of generation of the certificate to the Mar 31 i.e end of financial year

Provisional home loan interest certificate showing break up.

Provisional home loan certificate showing break up.

Most of the banks now provide the provisional home loan certificate through net banking. For example, if one has taken home loan from SBI one can view/download Interest Certificate (Provisional) of their home loan account(s) by following the steps given below. The certificate can be viewed online, printed or downloaded in pdf.

  • Logging to Internet Banking site with your credentials
  • Select Enquires Tab
  • Select the “Home Loan Int.Cert (Prov)” link under “Enquiries” tab. Then select the account for which you require a Home Loan Interest Certificate.

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