FIRST-home buyers would receive almost $25,000 in tax breaks over five years – on top of the existing $7000 grant – under a plan to stem the housing affordability crisis if we follow trh e plan of Aussie johns.
Aussie Home Loans boss John Symond said yesterday he had presented Prime Minister John Howard with a solution to the problem because years of political buck passing had led to inaction at all levels of government.
Mr Symond’s plan would give first-home buyers a tax deduction of up to $4725 a year for five years on annual home loan interest repayments of $15,000. That equates to a $400 monthly saving, reducing loan repayments from $1900 to $1500 on a $300,000 loan.
The maximum benefit would be available for new homes or units worth $200,000 to $500,000.
“Housing affordability today, in all my 30 years in the business, is the worst it has ever been for first-home buyers,” Mr Symond said yesterday.
“If we sit by and do nothing the crisis just deepens – that’s what’s happening at the moment.”
Mr Symond met Mr Howard in Sydney for an hour on Tuesday to present him with the report and detail how the proposal would work.
Mr Howard yesterday told The Daily Telegraph he was interested in the proposal and would have a thorough look at it before releasing his own policy on housing affordability.
“I haven’t made a decision, I’m not saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ but I always look at something that John Symond puts forward,” Mr Howard said.
“He’s a very public-spirited man, he’s contributed a lot and I always take his ideas seriously.”
The scheme would cost the Federal Government $505 million per year and would be open only to people buying new dwellings – in an effort to stimulate construction and increase housing supply on city fringes.
Opposition housing spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek said the more that experts contributed to solve housing affordability the better.
“It’s a very important issue for many Australians and the Government has been unwilling to propose any solutions of its own,” she said.
The plan has been in development for the past four months in conjunction with economic analysts BIS Shrapnel, which yesterday predicted the Reserve Bank of Australia would raise its cash rate from 6.5 per to 7.3 per cent by 2011.
“Substantial interest rate rises in the next 12 months is unlikely but the risk is, if we’ve got strong construction activity, that they will rise significantly by 2010/11,” BIS Shrapnel boss Robert Mellor said.
He estimated the number of Australians aged between 25 and 35 years – the average first home buyer age – would increase by 36,200 over the next five years.
Here is an example showing how u get tax deductions if you take a home loan in india.. here is how we can learn a thing or 2 from them
You can save significant part of your tax liability if you have taken a home loan. Here’s how it works:
Interest paid on the home loan
As per Sec 24(b) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 a deduction up to Rs. 150,000 towards the total interest payable on the home loan towards purchase / construction of house property can be claimed while computing the income from house property. (The deduction stands reduced to Rs 30,000 in case of loans taken prior to March 1, 1999). The interest payable for the pre-acquisition or pre-construction period would be deductible in five equal annual installments commencing from the year in which the house has been acquired or constructed.
Please remember that in case of self occupied property, this deduction is allowed only for one such self – occupied property. The interest towards home loan taken for purchase, construction, repairs, renewal or reconstruction of house property is eligible for deduction under section 24(b).
Principal repayment of the home loan
As per the newly introduced Sections 80C read with section 80CCE of the Income Tax Act, 1961 the principal repayment up to Rs. 100,000 on your home loan will be allowed as a deduction from the gross total income subject to fulfillment of prescribed conditions. Let us consider a hypothetical example.
Your taxable Income: Rs 5,50,000
Principal repayment for the same year: Rs 1,10,000 and Interest payable for the year : Rs 1,60,000
Total Deductions allowed: Rs 2,50,000 (Rs 1,50,000 towards interest payable & Rs 1,00,000 for principal repayment of the loan)
Thus, your taxable income will reduce to Rs 3,00,000 ( Rs 5,50,000 – Rs 2,50,000 ).