Immerse Boosting of Duty :Property Gift Deeds in Maharashtra


By Accommodation Times Bureau


If a person is  having a flat in Mumbai, where the ready reckoner rate (official rate fixed by government) for land is Rs 81,000 per sq m. If he wants  to transfer it to his spouse, sibling or child, stamp duty would be mere Rs 200-500, depending on the nature of the plot. On May 16, however, the state cabinet decided , on a steep hike in duty on such gift deeds. The decision , aimed at boosting revenue, will result in government charging 3% of ready reckoner rate as stamp duty if a flat is gifted to a blood relative or a spouse.

The move to amend the Maharashtra Stamp Duty Act will impact on both gift deeds and conveyance deeds (which establish the transfer of a property in the name of another person). By approving it, the cabinet has revolutionalized the decision by former revenue minister Eknath Khadse, who had ceased the stamp duty on gift deeds.Before Khadse’s terms of office , the government was charging 2% of the land value on gift deeds.

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