The recent news for Malaysian that they may now eligible to claim up to RM10K tax deduction for the loan interest that they pay. I have summarized this news below:
- Applicable to all types of properties (i.e. landed house, flat, apartment or condominium)
- Applicable to those who buy the property between March 10, 2009 and Dec 31, 2010.
- Applicable to one property only and to those who buy the property for living (non-rental) purposes only.
- If you’re eligible, you can enjoy this tax deduction incentive for 3 consecutive years.
Few things that you may want to consider:
What if the property value drops after you buy it? Isn’t that possible during this bad economy?Summary
[In my opinion]: I don’t think it will drop. Worst come to worst if it drops, I believe in long term the property will still appreciate down the road. If you scare, you have till Dec 31, 2010 and you can still wait and see the market condition before making any decision.
What if the developer cannot finish the construction as promised after your down payment?
[In my opinion]: Yes, I do think this can happen especially for those not reliable developers. Even for the reliable one, we need to be careful also during this bad economy. So if I were to buy, I would prefer to buy those existing finished construction properties. I don’t dare to buy any still under-construction property, do you?
If you’re jobless now or financially not stable, I don’t think you should buy any new properties for the sake of this incentive program. If you have already planned to buy property for quite some times and you’re not jobless now and financially stable, I think you should definitely make use of this tax deduction incentive. Good luck!