Published On: Thu, May 25th, 2017

Different Views On GST’s Impact On Housing Rates

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By Accommodation Times Bureau

About the impact of GST on housing prices , Naredco and Credai today gave contrasting outputs , highlighting the confusion in the GST sector ,regarding the new indirect tax regime.

While Naredco mentioned that there will be no inflationary impact on housing prices once the GST will take it toll from July 1, Credai said the cost to end consumers will rise unless the government provides abatement on land.

Naredco said the actual tax incidence under GST would either match or be lower than the existing multiple taxes on the sector.”There will be no inflationary pressure on housing prices,” Naredco Chairman Rajeev Talwar told reporters here.

The GST Council has finalized tax rate of 12 per cent on construction of a complex, building or civil structure for sale to a buyer.The current indirect tax rate on the sector is also in the range of 9-11 per cent, including service tax and VAT.

Talwar, who is also the CEO of DLF Ltd, sought clarity on GST rate for construction of commercial buildings for lease purpose. Naredco President Parveen Jain said tax incidence will not increase either for the buyers or developers.However, Credai said that stamp duty would continue to be applicable even after implementation of GST.

“The additional burden on real estate on account of stamp duty averages between 5-8 per cent of the value of the immovable property…Unless abatement for land is allowed, cost to the end consumer would go up,” Credai President Jaxay Shah informed in a statement.

Credai demanded that the government should minimize double taxation of real estate .

“Whereas for all other sectors GST is their total indirect tax liability, for real estate the GST rate fixed at 12 per cent is only a fraction of its tax burden. Real estate sector is exceptional because GST regime does not eliminate multiple taxation,” Shah said.

PWC Partner-Indirect Tax Amit Bhagat said the GST is likely to either reduce the cost of real estate for home buyers or have neutral impact.

“Even though the GST rate of 12 per cent…appears to be higher than the current effective tax rate of 9-11 per cent (excluding stamp duty), the cost for the home buyer should reduce in case the project developer passes on the benefit of increased input tax credit now available to him on procurements,” he said.

However, with the exemption from service tax on construction of low-cost houses not being continued under GST, the cost for home buyers in this segment is likely to go up marginally, he added.

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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