Budget 2013-14 Proposes Rs.1L Deduction to First-Home Buyers

With the Rs.1 lakh deduction on interest rates on home loans up to Rs.25 lakh, the first time home buyers alone may benefit from the Budget 2013-14 which was presented in the parliament on Feb 28.
Budget 2013-14 will help the first time home buyers

Budget 2013-14 will help the first time home buyers

The much awaited Budget 2013-14 was presented in the parliament by the finance minister on Feb 28. This year the budget did not have many sops to the real estate sector as a whole.

However real estate sector will benefit from the budget as it includes deduction of interest in the home loans by the first-home buyers. Those who plan to buy home for the first time can gain tax exemption and deduction in the interest rates up to Rs.1 lakh.

This will have more effect on the middle income class and so the buyers of this class will have a reason to be happier. Continue reading

CREDAI Report on Application of Service Tax

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According to CREDAI, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India, due to the application of service tax as per the union budget 2010, the property prices will experience an increase.

All of us are aware of the fact that this service tax has come into effect since July 1. For those who don’t, a quick recap says that an introduction of “deeming provision” took place in Union Budget 2010 which brought realty within the horizon of service tax.

According to the president of CREDAI, Mr Chitty Babu, there will be an increase of around 2.5% in property prices on account of the levy. Additional to this, in locations like Tamil Nadu where land registration and sale of building are done separately, a hiatus of 66.3% has been granted, thus, service tax will be applicable on the balance.

Finally, this whole tax would come just on the shoulders of buyers. This fact has even been admitted by some developers that they would charge extra from the buyers themselves to pay this tax.

What Should the Buyers do?

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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.