CA Sandeep Kanoi
Coming to a concomitant situation that if booking of flats does not tantamount to ownership of the house then how come the assessee claim that by booking a flat it has acquired ‘new house’ and becomes entitle for this exemption. Similar situations repeatedly arose and to settled them, the CBDT issued a circular No. 471 dated 15/10/1986 clarifying that payment made to a builder/developer is a sufficient compliance for exemption under section 54F of the Act. Ld. CIT(A) has gone by sheer technicalities to hold that the flat at Emaar-MGF, Gurgaon is not covered under section 54F of the Act.
To meet such recurrence of situations in the modern days where properties are booked and thereafter purchased, the CBDT in their wisdom further clarifies vide circular No. 672 dated 16/12/1993 that if any amount out of net sale consideration of the original asset is paid to any builder or developer, this amount should be considered towards the terms ‘purchase/construct’ for the purpose of sections 54/54F of the Act. It is not disputed by the Revenue that the assessee has not made payment for purchase of residential house in Gurgaon in view of the above clarifications of CBDT, this is enough compliance of the provision of section 54F of the Act and the assessee became entitled to this exemption.