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Asked by Anonymous - Apr 04, 2023Translate
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If a person buy new 2BHK flat for 65L in March 2023 & want to sale his old 1BHK flat for 40L (which was purchased in 2010), how dose it will be Tax applicable- if any (will it be considered as capital gain, how it is calculated?

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I am presuming that you want to clarify if the capital gain tax be avoided if the reinvestment of old 1BHK flat sale could be mapped against purchase of 2 BHK flat.

The reinvestment conditions specify that you could off-set the capital gain arising out of sale of a residential property by purchasing or constructing a new house within the stipulated timeframes.

If you have bought a ready possession property (new flat) then the timelines are 1 year back or 2 years forward from the date of sale of the old flat.

If you have bought an under construction flat then the timelines are 3 years forward from the date of sale of the old property.

An example would be as follows:

Purchase of 2BHK flat is say June 1, 2022 and date of sale of 1BHK is say May 1, 2023 - You could map the capital gains from 1BHK against the purchase of 2BHK ready possession flat. Similarly, if the purchase of the 2BHK flat was at anytime after May 1, 2023 but within 2 years from this date, then again the exemption would be allowed.

In the case of under construction property, all payments made to the builder after May 1, 2023 would be allowed upto a period of 3 years
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