The education industry in India is reportedly estimated to reach US$144 billion by 2020. The sector has continuously managed to push the importance of pursuing basic and higher education for economic development. Demographically India has the advantage of having one of the largest youth populations, coupled with widespread educational institutes and schools. Hence educational expenses naturally become one of the liabilities for an individual.
With the growth of the Indian economy and rise in income levels, the spending on education has increased too. This accounts for the second-highest share of wallet for middle-class households in the country.
The expenditure on pursuing education can let you save on income taxes. Under Section 80E of the IT Act, you can claim a deduction of interest paid on the loan taken from the taxable income for pursuing higher education.
According to Section 80E the deduction is allowed on the total interest amount of the EMI paid during the financial year. The loan has to be taken from a bank or financial institution for the purpose of pursuing higher studies. One needs to obtain a certificate from the bank wherein the principal and interest amounts of the education loan paid during the financial year should be mentioned separately. It is because no deduction is allowed on the principal repayment amount.

Amount of deduction under Section 80E:

The interest amount paid during the financial year is allowable as a deduction from taxable income. There is no limit on the deduction amount. The benefit of the deduction is available for a maximum of 8 years or till the interest is paid- whichever is earlier. It is applicable even when you have taken the education loan for your spouse, children or for a student for whom you are the legal guardian.
This is why it is essential to wind up a higher education loan within 8 years to get the maximum benefit of section 80 E.
Parents can make use of this section to give their children the best of opportunities in higher education and secure their career too. If they take a loan for financing their children's foreign studies, they can also claim the deduction under section 80E. The deduction applies to all courses pursued after senior secondary examination or equivalent and it should be from a school/institute/university recognised by the government.
Let us look at one example to know how section 80E deduction helped Shivam.
Shivam is a regular salaried IT executive living in Mumbai with his family. His 19-year old son, Aman is ready to pursue engineering from one of the reputed colleges in the country. Shivam took an education loan of 10 lakhs to fund Aman’s college fees for 4 years. Aman is comfortably studying in his college, looking forward to a secure career. Shivam has taken the loan for 6 years. And in this duration, he can claim a deduction of interest paid on loan taken for higher education under section 80E.
An education loan indirectly supports in career-building by financing the crucial years of education. If you have taken an education loan and are in the process of repaying the same, then avail the tax benefit of Section 80E. This way you can save on some money while moving towards a successful career ahead. The education is getting costlier and for many, it is still a dream to continue studying after school. Tax deduction sections like 80E have been indirectly supporting many such dreams.

Section 80E FAQs

What is the eligibility for tax* benefits by claiming deduction under Section 80E?

The eligibility criteria for deduction under Section 80E is as follows:
  • Any individual applying for a loan for further studies or higher education for himself or on behalf of their spouse, children or student for whom the individual is legal guardian
  • Companies and Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) cannot claim deduction
  • Only the tax payer who has applied for the loan can claim deduction

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.

For how long can you claim the deductions under Section 80E?

You can claim the deduction under Section 80E right from the year you start repaying the loan. The deduction can be availed only for a period of eight years from the year when you start repaying or until you have fully repaid your interest, whichever happens earlier.
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* Tax benefits are subject to conditions under Section 80E,115BAC and other provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Good and Service tax and Cesses, if any will be charged extra as per prevailing rates. Tax laws are subject to amendments made thereto from time to time. Please consult your tax advisor for details, before acting on above.
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