Direct Taxes Professionals’ Association has made a representation to Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Finance Minister for widening the scope of benefit in case of difference in agreement price and Circle Rate of property is upto 20 per cent for the purpose of Income tax. Text of the Representation is as follows:- 

DIRECT TAXES PROFESSIONALS’ ASSOCIATION

Income Tax Building, 3, Govt. Place West, Ground Floor, Kolkata 700001 Ph 033-22420638
Email : dtpakolkata@gmail.com

Ref. No.- DTPA/Rep/20-21/7

Dated 13th November, 2020

To

Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman,
Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Ministry of Finance,
Government of India,
North Block, New Delhi 110 001

Respected Madam,

Sub: Representation for widening the scope of benefit in case of difference in agreement price and Circle Rate of property is upto 20 per cent for the purpose of Income tax

At the outset we wholeheartedly welcome the Aatmanirbhar 3.0 stimulus package of Rs.2,65,080 Crores. We are sure it will give boost to more jobs, benefit to farmers, MSMEs, housing and overall growth of our economy. We take this opportunity to make some suggestions in respect of widening the Relief for Housing sector.

Representation to FM to Widen Scope of Benefit of 20% for flats

Housing sector: The stimulus package has also announced that if there is difference of upto 20 per cent in consideration shown in agreement/ Sale Deed and Circle Rate of residential flats sold by promoters, the difference will be permitted from 12th Nov 2020 to 30th June, 2021 if the value of such unit/ flat is upto Rs. 2 Crore. Our suggestions for helping those seeking home or transfer of their residence to another flat/ unit are as under :

1. Benefit should be extended to all transferors and transferees of flats: Benefit should be allowed to purchasers seeking home or transfer of their present residence to another flat/ unit. The benefit of deduction under sec. 54/54F is available if they transfer the existing flat and invests sale consideration or capital gain in a new flat. Most of the times it is seen that new housing complexes are coming up in a locality much far from the locality the person presently staying and he may be willing to prefer to buy a residential flat in his present neighbourhood. In the process he may be getting some offers form the intending sellers of existing flats which he may like to buy. In these circumstances to felicitate to acquire the suitable home/ flat, the restriction of mandatorily buying the residential unit from a promoter/ developer is unnecessary. The broad focus should be to promote housing whether it is purchased from a reseller or from a promoter. The focus on sale by promoter alone is not desirable and is detrimental to allow people to shift to another flat of their choice and get exemption from capital gains as permitted under law. Therefore, the relaxation should be extended even under section 50C in addition to sections 43CA and 56(2) already announced by the Hon’ble FM.  Further the cap of up to Rs. 2 crore should be per buyer. In case 2 brothers are buying a flat jointly then the cap should apply on investment made per person in the flat being acquired. Appropriate clarifications may kindly be issued.

2. Benefit may be extended to purchase of land for the purpose of housing projects and on transfer of commercial units: If the Government is willing to help the developers, kindly allow them to execute the conveyance deed of Land or plot of Land which is pending due to difference in price as per agreement and as per stamp duty valuation. We suggest that the benefit of up to 20 per cent difference may be extended to purchase of land for the purpose of housing projects. Further the benefit may also be extended on transfer of commercial properties/ offices as well. It will help developers in disposing off the real estate properties and will bring liquidity to them. Many of them are unable to repay the loan or even they are failing in payment of agreed interest on such loans.

3. The need for Revision of Circle Rates by State Governments: The Hon’ble Finance Minister has rightly acknowledged the fact that Circle Rates are higher than the actual price of flats. It is time that Hon’ble Finance Minister should use her good office in advising the State Governments to revisit the Circle Rates for stamp duty purposes so that these rates may reflect the prevailing rates in the locality. The stamp duty authorities should assess at lower rate of say 50 per cent, in case any property is let out. Further a discount of 5 per cent per year subject to maximum discount of 50 per cent in valuation of the property, which was constructed say 15 years ago. All the Sanitary Pipes, Utility pipes, electrical fittings, lifts etc. are bound to deteriorate on passage of time.

Kindly consider the above suggestions which are made with view of the concept ‘Housing for all’ and appreciating the focus of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Assuring you of our full co-operation,

Yours faithfully,

DIRECT TAXES PROFESSIONALS’ ASSOCIATION

CA N.K. Goyal
President

Adv Narayan Jain
Chairman
Representation Committee

CC To:

1   Sri Anurag Singh Thakur
The Hon’ble Minster of State For Finance

2. Sri Ajay Bhushan Pandey
Revenue Secretary, Ministry of Finance

3. Shri P.C. Mody,
Chairman,
Central Board of Direct Taxes,

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3 Comments

  1. narayan jain says:

    The Government need to consider the suggestions made by DTPA.
    It will be helpful for all concerned and will help in reviving the economy.

    Narayan Jain. LL.M., Advocate

  2. vswami says:

    SElectively:
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    Housing sector: The stimulus package has also announced that if there is DIFFERENCE OF upto 20 per cent in consideration SHOWN IN AGREEMENT / SALE DEED and CIRCLE RATE of residential flats sold by promoters, THE DIFFERENCE WILL BE PERMITTED FROM the 12th Nov 2020 to 30th June, 2021 if the value of such unit/ flat is upto Rs. 2 Crore. UQ
    FONT< EXtremely unclear; and unclear as to how these are intended to be given effect ?!?

    Is that not so if one were to bear in mind the incomplete / inept changes of rellevance brought into being by the Finance Act 2020?

    Looking back: Consider the viewoints repetitively shared wprt the Old and New Tables for 'INDEXation' and the dubious concept of 'FMV' with attendant pitfalls in implimentation !

    courtesy

    FN (a common sense poser) : "DIRECT TAXES PROFESSIONALS’ ASSOCIATION" -< is this a duly registered / formally recognised entity'; so that its representations could be expected to carry weight and be even looked into by the Hon'ble FM !

  3. Rashmi says:

    I don’t understand how we will become Atmanirbhar by such relief. This relief doesn’t give any financial benefit to the purchaser of flat. Stamp duty will be levied as per Circle Rates only. According to me if circle rates are reduced then real benefit will be there else by not levying or initialing the income tax on difference you are just killing the sense of those provisions i.e. to curb balck money market

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