The apartment buyers were already burdened by the day by day increasing property rates, and now come another burden to their door. Since last month, many developers have been demanding the buyers to start paying up the service tax announced in Union Budget, 2010, i.e. a 2.5% tax.
However, this service tax will be imposed only on the under construction residential project or where the building has not yet received its occupation certificate. Some sources revealed that some developers admitted that they asked purchasers to pay this tax.
On the other hand, buyers say that they were not told about this additional taxation at the time of booking of flats. A market source told that although the buyers are raising voice against this game played by builders, but they do not have much choice. As they are forced to pay the development charges, society fees, hefty parking charges and other various charges, they will have to pay this tax too.