Tax Benefits on a Car Loan

You get tax-benefits on repayment of many types of loans. For home loans, we get tax benefit principal repayment under Section 80C and for interest payment under Section 24. If you have taken an education loan, you get tax benefit for interest payment under Section 80E of the Income Tax Act. Do you get any… Continue Reading

This Diwali, Set Your Personal Finance Basics Right

Diwali is here. The festival of lights. Time for a vacation, family get-togethers, sweets, and bright crackers and fireworks. This is also a good time (just like any other day on the calendar) to review and throw light on shortcomings in your financial planning. To see if you have got your personal finance basics covered.… Continue Reading

My Favourite Tax-Saving Investment

A quick disclaimer to begin. My favourite tax-saving investment does not have to be your favourite tax-saving investment and we can always agree to disagree. We discussed “Things to consider before investing in a tax-saving product” in an earlier post. The post is a good primer on how to think about your tax-saving choices. My… Continue Reading

3 Benefits for Women Home Buyers in India

Asset ownership is one of the ways of women empowerment. Thus, the Government tries to incentivise women house ownership. In this post, let’s look at 3 benefits available to women home buyers in India. #1 Banks Offer Lower Interest Rates to Women The lenders usually offer lower interest rates to women borrowers. For instance, State… Continue Reading

An Education Loan or a Loan for Education?

Higher education is getting expensive and many of us need to take an education loan to fund higher education for children. Fortunately, all the banks offer education loan products. And, given the product nature, there are a few peculiarities about education loans. Since the student won’t earn while studying (or earn enough), education loans have… Continue Reading

Should You Prepay Your Home Loan or Invest?

You got your annual bonus. You have a home loan too. What should you do? Use the bonus (lumpsum) amount to repay the loan OR Invest the amount in the hope that you will earn a higher post-tax return than the post-tax cost of home loan There is no black and white answer. My stance… Continue Reading

Budget 2021 Highlights

The Finance Minister presented the Union Budget 2021 on February 1, 2021. Here are the key highlights. Tax Slabs Remain Unchanged No changes have been made to the existing income tax slabs. Interest on EPF Becomes Taxable If you contribute more than Rs 2.5 lacs to your EPF account every year, the interest earned on… Continue Reading