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Question regarding Real Estate. - I purchased a property at a document value of Rs.10.00Lacs. - Subsequently the corporation index rates increased (Doubled) within 6 months of my purchase. - Now if I sell my property at the increased index rates, within 2 years of my purchase, - Will I have to book profit for the difference in index rates of purchase & sale. Please Advise

Ans: Hello Bhavesh, please consult your tax advisor for the same
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I booked a house from builder in March 2012 with basic price of Rs 30.89 lakh + gst of around 3%. I paid around Rs 12.37 lakh + gst by July 2012 and balance of Rs 18.52 lakh approx + gst by 31.05.2013 in equal monthly installments. In March 2016, I paid EDC of approx Rs 1 lakh, Rs 1.43 lakh as freehold charges, stamp duty of Rs 2.27 lakh and registry charges of Rs 0.20 lakh aggregating Rs 35.79 lakh + gst. Total cost including gst is approx Rs 37.00 lakh. The registry was executed in January 2017. Now, I expect to sell my property in September 2022 at a consideration of Rs 72 lakh. I have the undernoted questions: 1. Shall I get indexation benefit from the date of payments made to the builder or date of registry? 2. Do I need to open capital gains account or can I realise the sale proceeds in my regular savings account and invest the LTCG in the chosen bonds? 3. Do I need to deposit the entire sale proceeds in the notified bonds or only the LTCG after indexation and rest money utilize in whatever way I like without attracting tax?  4. Will GST be included in the cost of acquisition of my property?
Ans: Indexation benefit will be available from the date of payments made to the builder.

If you want to avail tax exemption by investing in bonds, you have to invest amount of taxable capital gain (derived after taking benefit of indexation), in bonds within 6 months of transfer of property.

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Sir, On 14-June 1994, I acquired a flat (tenement) in my own name for Rs. 2,98L. In April 2015, I had to spend Rs. 4.15L on general renovation of this flat. Now, I plan to sell this tenement and wish to invest its sale proceeds within two years of the sale in buying a ready possession flat in another city. My queries are follows: 1. Can I invest the sale proceeds in buying two flats in the same society of the new city or do I have to necessarily invest in one property only? 2. Can I add the name of my spouse and my son also as co-owners in the new property(s) even if their financial contribution is nil? 3. Can I add the name of my spouse and my son also as co-owners in the new property(s) in case they also partially contribute financially in the purchase of the new flat(s)? 4. What is the present applicable Indexed Cost of the flat planned to be sold by me?
Ans: Hi Thomas
As the base year for Cost Inflation Index (CII) has been reset to 2001, you may need to get a valuation done through an approved valuer to identify the value as on April 1, 2001. If this value is higher than Rs. 2.98 Lakhs then you could use that as the cost.

As regards the general renovation amount spent, it may not be allowed to be added as cost of the property as generally tax officers are not dispensed to allow it.

W.R.T. your decision to reinvest in a ready possession flat within 2 years, please note that if this investment is extending beyond 6 months OR due date for filing your tax returns (whichever is earlier), you would need to open a Capital Gain Account Scheme (CGAS) account with a nationalized bank and park the capital gain amount in it for reinvestment.

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Query 1 - If the capital gain amount does not exceed Rs. 2 Crores then you could reinvest in 2 residential units. This however is a one time option and cannot be used again in any other year.

Query 2 - Yes you could add their names but they would be treated as name-sake owners and for all purposes of taxation, you would be taxed singly.

Query 3 - You can add their name as proportionate owners to the value of their contribution. The taxation of income in that case would be based on their contribution

Query 4 - The answer to this would depend on the valuation report. Nevertheless, you could derive the indexed cost yourself by multiplying a factor of 3.48 to the cost. An example would be as follows:

Suppose the cost is Rs. 2.98 Lakhs
Indexed cost would be Rs. 2.98 Lakhs x 348 / 100 OR 2.98 Lakhs x 3.48 = Rs. 10.37 Lakhs
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