“Applicable GST rate” is where the confusion of the property buyers cut loose. There’s nothing to get panicked if you have the right amount of knowledge of GST levied on the construction sector. The unified tax regime, GST replaces the earlier service charges, cess, VAT and other indirect taxes. Basically, you will have to pay a single tax on your purchase.
In order to remove the applicable GST rate on real estate, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has recently issued a clarification regarding the applicability of GST on ready-to-move and under-construction projects.
“The simplified tax policy will benefit the industry in a long run. It will squeeze the profit margin of the developers and it will put stop to the inconvenient practice of multiple taxations which used to result in an artificially jacked-up project price,”- said, Mr. Mahesh Somani, Chairman- National RERA Committee, National Association of Realtors India (NAR-INDIA).
GST rate on ready-to-move projects– These projects are exempted from GST purview. It’s neither considered as goods nor services. Worthwhile mentioning, projects those have received the completion certificate before giving out the possession will also be considered as ready-to-move projects and thereby not inviting GST.
There is no need of paying GST on those projects for which you already paid the full sale amount before the date of GST implementation (July 1, 2017). But such transaction will attract a service tax of 4.5% under the erstwhile regime. Resale projects will also be considered as ready-to-move ones; GST will not be applicable in such transactions.
In case the buyer has paid a part of the sale amount before GST implementation, he will have to pay GST separately.
GST on under-construction projects– The effective GST rate on under-construction projects or undivided share of land is 12% with full input tax credit. However, the original GST rate on under-construction projects is 18% but one-third of this 18% is deemed as the value of land or undivided share of land supplied to the buyer of the property.
GST on PMAY affordable housing purchased under Credit-linked Subsidy Scheme- Effective from January 25, 2018, any purchased property under CLSS scheme will attract 12% of GST and the effective rate will be of 8% after deducting one-third of the amount charged for the value of the land.
–LNN (Liyans News Network)– Need property in city or suburb areas? Drop your property need under post your property requirement in Kolkata to avail experts’ assistance on your realty investment. Buy/Sell/Rent real estate portal.