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Real estate sector worried about raised costs due to GST

Updated on: Jul 13th, 2021

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Real estate developers across the nation are worried that if the industry falls under the 18% GST tax bracket and the stamp duty is not subsumed, then the overall cost of properties could rise by a discernible margin. According to the amended bill passed in Rajya Sabha earlier this month, land leasing, purchase of under-construction properties and renting of commercial properties will be taxable events under GST.

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This tax will include the VAT and service tax that consumers pay currently, but will not subsume the stamp duty. The National Real Estate Development Council (Naredco) is worried that allowing stamp duty and other local body taxes to continue might increase property rates. The association believes that GST for the real estate sector should not be more than 12% and has requested the government for the same.

As reported in The Hindustan Times

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Real estate developers are concerned that if industry falls under 18% GST bracket without subsuming stamp duty, property costs may rise. Recent GST council meetings focused on revising rates, compliance relief for e-commerce, & deferring rate hike for textiles. Naredco seeks 12% GST for real estate. Meetings in 2021 and 2022 addressed COVID tax concessions, revenue augmentation, and correction of inversion.

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