Sec. 24(b) doesn’t mandate acquiring possession of property to claim interest deduction: ITAT

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Income-tax deduction of interest payable

Case details: Abeezar Faizullabhoy v. CIT - [2021] 130 156 (Mumbai - Trib.)

Judiciary and Counsel Details

    • M. Balaganesh, Accountant Member and Ravish Sood, Judicial Member 
    • Brajendra Kumar for the Respondent.

Facts of the Case

Assessee, a lawyer by profession, had e-filed his return of income for A.Y. 2015-16. During the course of the assessment proceedings, it was observed by the AO that the assessee had claimed deduction of interest paid on borrowed capital of Rs. 2 lac under Sec. 24(b) under the head income from house property.

On being queried, it was submitted by the assessee that the aforesaid claim for deduction of interest pertained to the funds which were borrowed by him for purchasing a residential property. However, assessee had not taken possession of the property yet.

AO passed order disallowing claim for deduction of interest. On appeal, CIT(A) also upheld the order of AO. Aggrieved-assessee filed the instant appeal before the Tribunal.


The Tribunal held that the view taken by CIT(A) while upholding the order of AO was misconceived. The CIT(A) held that in the absence of any control/domain over the property, the assessee would not be in receipt of any income from the same, therefore, allowing deduction under Sec. 24(b) qua the said property would be beyond comprehension.

Insofar the determination of the ‘annual lettable value’ of a property is concerned, the same as per Section 22 read with section 23 is dependant on the ‘ownership’ of the property, irrespective of the fact whether the assessee has taken the possession of the same or not.

Further, as per the plain literal interpretation of Sec. 24(b), there is no bar on an assessee to claim deduction of interest payable on a loan taken for purchasing a residential property, though, the possession of the same might not have been vested with him.

Thus, the interest which was admittedly paid on the capital that was borrowed for acquiring the property is to be allowed as deduction under section 24(b) even if possession of the property has not yet been acquired by assessee.

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