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The Government of India offers home loan tax benefits to individuals who take a loan to purchase their first house

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Home loan is a thing which is required for everyone at least once in their life to fulfill the wish of owning a house.
Many people are used to considering the home loan as a loan with the help of which we can purchase a house. Pixabay

The Government of India offers home loan tax benefits to individuals who take a loan to
purchase their first house. The aim is to provide a boost to the real estate market and encourage individuals to own homes. You can also avail tax benefit on the interest paid on all your home loans, regardless of whether it was for your first home or not. Let us take a look at the various scenarios involved:

Deduction for principal repayment
Under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, the actual principal repaid towards your home loan can be claimed as a deduction. The deduction is available for your first home. The deduction is also applicable to a rented home when the owner is staying in a different town for work. The maximum deduction available under Section 80C is ₹1,50,000. The limit is raised to ₹2,00,000 for senior citizens.

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The aim is to provide a boost to the real estate market and encourage individuals to own homes.

Deduction for interest paid on a home loan
Income tax benefit on home loan also includes deduction on the interest paid under Section 24 of the Income Tax Act. If the construction of the home was completed within five years of the loan disbursal, actual interest paid up to ₹2,00,000 are allowed as a deduction when calculating the taxable income for the individual. The cap is increased to ₹3,00,000 for senior citizens if the loan was for a self-occupied first home. If the construction of the home is not completed within five years, the tax exemption is allowed up to ₹30,000 only.

Additional deduction under Section 80EEA
Under Section 80EEA, an additional deduction of ₹1,50,000 can be availed if the loan was for the purchase of an affordable house under ₹40 lakh till March 2020. Again, this deduction can only be availed for a self-occupied first home.

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Additional deduction under Section 80EE
If you have taken a loan for your first home after 1st April 2016, you may be eligible for an
additional deduction of ₹50,000 under Section 80EE of the Income Tax act. You can avail this deduction if your home finance was for less than ₹35,00,000 and the value of the property was under ₹50,00,000.

Deduction for interest paid pre-construction
Deduction on home loan interest rate is only available after completion of construction or
immediately on the purchase of a fully constructed house. But the EMI payments would start as soon as the loan is disbursed. You could still claim Income tax benefit on home loan interest paid during the construction phase – you would do this after the construction has been completed. The interest paid can be claimed in equal parts for five financial years post-completion, up to a maximum of ₹2,00,000 per year. The limit includes both the interest paid in the current year and the deduction being claimed for the interest paid during the construction of the property.

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Canon India Ramps Up Efforts To Grab Healthcare Imaging, Security Market

On the camera front, India offers great opportunities in segments like wedding, wildlife, sports and media

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Canon India also showcased EOS-1D X Mark III - the flagship product from the Canon EOS range, featuring latest advancements and innovations in digital imaging technology. Wikimedia Commons

After cementing its position across four key business verticals — camera, home printers, office printers and commercial printing solutions — Canon India is now ramping up its effort to top the growing healthcare imaging and security surveillance market in the country, a top company official said here on Wednesday.

After grabbing a substantial share in the Indian market in the professional printing segment which has been among the fastest growing verticals for Canon in India, the company now eyes diagnostic imaging market which is witnessing a tremendous growth with new super-specialty hospitals and diagnostic centres being opened at a fast pace, including in the tier II and II towns.

“In 2020, our key focus areas will be medical and security verticals in India. There have been a strong demand in the field of diagnostic imaging like MRIs, CT scans and X rays in the recent past which, we think, is an important segment for us in this country going forward,” Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India, told IANS.

Although India will be the youngest country in the world by 2020 with a median age of 29 years, the number of elderly people is likely to increase significantly after that, according to the “State of Elderly in India” report.

By 2021, the elderly population will reach 143 million.

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After cementing its position across four key business verticals — camera, home printers, office printers and commercial printing solutions — Canon India is now ramping up its effort to tap the growing healthcare imaging and security surveillance market in the country. Wikimedia Commons

According to market research firm Mordor Intelligence, the increase in life expectancy over the years has resulted in an increase in the population of the elderly. Hence, the growing geriatric population is expected to augment the demand for diagnostic imaging equipment.

The global medical imaging market was approximately $34 billion in 2018 and is expected to generate around $48.6 billion by 2025, according to Zion Market Research, and the of a huge patient pool and rise in the number of hospitals and diagnostic centres in India, Japan and China are anticipated to fuel the medical imaging market in the Asia Pacific.

“Today, if you go to a hospital and take a picture of your chest, that needs to be printed on a film. We propose to print that on a paper. This is my economical and environmental-friendly vision,” said a beaming Kobayashi on the sidelines of the launch of its flagship camera EOS-1D X Mark III.

According to him, security is another big area to focus on.

“Security surveillance camera systems have come of age and at Canon, we are aiming to make a revolution in this area soon,” said the executive.

Canon’s business in India is divided between business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) verticals.

The B2C category includes camera and home printers while B2B includes commercial printers and sales to corporates and MSMEs.

Canon India also showcased EOS-1D X Mark III – the flagship product from the Canon EOS range, featuring latest advancements and innovations in digital imaging technology.

“On the camera front, India offers great opportunities in segments like wedding, wildlife, sports and media. One great observation is that the demand for high-end cameras is also coming from smaller Indian towns and we are excited about this,” said C. Sukumaran, Director, Consumer Systems Products and Imaging Communication Products, Canon India.

Priced at Rs 575,995 (taxes included) for the body, including 512GB CF Express Card and Reader, the EOS-1D X Mark III will be available mid-February onwards at select retail outlets across the country.

The EOS-1D X Mark III offers an unmatched continuous shooting speed up to 16fps with viewfinder shooting. It houses a newly developed 20.1MP Full Frame CMOS sensor.

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After grabbing a substantial share in the Indian market in the professional printing segment which has been among the fastest growing verticals for Canon in India, the company now eyes diagnostic imaging market which is witnessing a tremendous growth with new super-specialty hospitals and diagnostic centres being opened at a fast pace, including in the tier II and II towns. Wikimedia Commons

“The newly developed algorithms in the camera enable not just eye detect and face detect autofocus but also head detect autofocus. This allows highly precise autofocus and tracking even in challenging conditions and with multiple and rapidly moving subjects,” informed Sukumaran.

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According to Kobayashi, the high-end camera will further enable the company promote the photography culture in India.

“Our latest offering will cater to the growing list of professional photographers in India and open up newer possibilities in the imaging space,” he added. (IANS)