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Union Budget 2019-20: What's in for buyers and developers

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  • Union Budget 2019-20: What's in for buyers and developers

    The Union Budget 2019-20 is out and though it does not offer much to offer to buyers, developers and the real estate sector on a whole, three announcements could affect home owners and home buyers to some extent. Let's see what they are.
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    What real estate gained in Union Budget 2019?

    Read what the budget 2019 offered to the India real estate industry.ETRealty | Updated: July 05, 2019, 18:42 IST

    NEW DELHI: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2019-20 on July 5.

    According to Sitharaman, “Our economy was at approximately US$ 1.85 trillion when we formed the Government in 2014. Within 5 years it has reached US$ 2.7 trillion. The Indian economy will grow to become a 3 trillion dollar economy in the current year”

    Here is what real estate gained in budget 2019:

    Current Rental Laws are archaic as they do not address the relationship between the Lessor and the Lessee realistically and fairly. A Model Tenancy Law will also be finalized and circulated to the States. It is proposed that several reform measures would be taken up to promote rental housing.

    Large public infrastructure can be built on land parcels held by Central Ministries and Central Public Sector Enterprises all across the country. Through innovative instruments such as joint development and concession, public infrastructure and affordable housing will be taken up

    It is proposed to permit investments made by FIIs/FPIs in debt securities issued by Infrastructure Debt Fund – Non-Bank Finance Companies (IDF-NBFCs) to be transferred/sold to any domestic investor within the specified lock-in period.

    An important determinant of attracting cross-border investments is availability of investible stock to the Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs). This issue assumes greater significance in view of the gradual shift, from stock targeted investments, towards passive investment whereby funds track global indices composition of which depends upon available floating stock. Accordingly, FM proposed to increase the statutory limit for FPI investment in a company from 24% to sectoral foreign investment limit with option given to the concerned corporate to limit it to a lower threshold. FPIs will be permitted to subscribe to listed debt securities issued by REITs and InvITs.

    New and innovative financial instruments have been launched in the last five years like Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs), Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) as well as models like Toll-OperateTransfer (ToT) as part of the brownfield asset modernization strategy for augmenting infrastructure investment. India has had a reasonable success in brownfield asset monetization and several InvITs and one REIT transaction have already been completed. Additionally, NHAI carried out one ToT transaction as well. The cumulative resources garnered through these instruments and model exceed 24,000 crore.

    Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G) aims to achieve the objective of “Housing for All” by 2022. A total of 1.54 crore rural homes have been completed in the last five years. In the second phase of PMAY-G, during 2019-20 to 2021-22, 1.95 crore houses are proposed to be provided to the eligible beneficiaries. These houses are also being provided with amenities like toilets, electricity and LPG connections. With the use of technology, the DBT platform and technology inputs, average number of days for completion of houses have reduced from 314 days in 2015-16 to 114 days in 2017-18.

    Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY-Urban), over 81 lakh houses with an investment of about 4.83 lakh crores have been sanctioned of which construction has started in about 47 lakh houses. Over 26 lakh houses have been completed of which nearly 24 lakh houses have been delivered to the beneficiaries. There is large scale adoption of new technologies for construction of these houses. Over 13 lakh houses have so far been constructed using these new technologies.

    For good quality of life and ease of living, maintaining a cleaner environment and ensuring sustainable energy use is vital. A programme of mass scaling up of LED bulbs for widespread distribution at household level was taken up resulting into massive replacement of incandescent bulbs and CFLs in the country. Approximately 35 crore LED bulbs have been distributed under UJALA Yojana leading to cost saving of 18,341 crores annually. India is going to be free of incandescent bulbs and CFL use has already become miniscule. We will use the approach of mission LED bulb method to promote the use of solar stoves and battery chargers in the country.

    Financial gains from cleaning of the banking system are now amply visible. NPAs of commercial banks have reduced by over 1 lakh crore over the last year, record recovery of over 4 lakh crore due to IBC and other measures has been effected over the last four years, provision coverage ratio is now at its highest in seven years, and domestic credit growth has risen to 13.8%.

    Government is setting an enhanced target of 1,05,000 crore of disinvestment receipts for the financial year 2019-20. The Government will undertake strategic sale of PSUs. The Government will also continue to do consolidation of PSUs in the non-financial space as well.

    For realisation of the goal of ‘Housing for All’ and affordable housing, a tax holiday has already been provided on the profits earned by developers of affordable housing. Also, interest paid on housing loans is allowed as a deduction to the extent of 2 lakh in respect of selfoccupied property. In order to provide a further impetus, I propose to allow an additional deduction of up to 1,50,000/- for interest paid on loans borrowed up to 31st March, 2020 for purchase of an affordable house valued up to 45 lakh. Therefore, a person purchasing an affordable house will now get an enhanced interest deduction up to 3.5 lakh. This will translate into a benefit of around 7 lakh to the middle class home-buyers overtheir loan period of 15 years.

    Consideration for TDS on immovable property: It is proposed to provide that for the purpose of tax deduction at source from payment made for acquisition of immovable property, consideration shall include other charges in the nature of club membership fee, car parking fee, electricity and water facility fee, maintenance fee, advance fee or any other charges of similar nature which are incidental to the purchase of immovable property.

    Alignment of definition of affordable housing with GST Acts: In order to align the definition of affordable housing in the Income-tax Act with the GST Acts, it is proposed to increase the limit of carpet area from 30 square meters to 60 square meters in Metropolitan regions and from 60 square meters to 90 square meters in nonmetropolitan regions. It is also proposed to provide the limit on cost of the house at Rs. 45 lakh in line with the definition in the GST Acts.

    I propose to enhance the metrorailway initiatives by encouraging more PPP initiatives and ensuring completion of sanctioned works, while supporting Transit Oriented Development (TOD) to ensure commercial activity around transit hubs.











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      Nice pointers here! Can we have separate points so as to understand more?

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        Additional tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakhs on home loan interest

        The first amendment affecting the home buyer, is a beneficial provision to allow them tax breaks, on the purchase of a residential house, subject to certain conditions. The finance minister has proposed to provide for an additional benefit for home buyers, in the form of interest on home loans, of Rs 1.5 lakhs. This is in addition to the benefit of interest available under section 24(b) up to Rs 2 lakhs, for self-occupied property.

        The benefit is available, if the home loan is sanctioned between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020. The borrower should not own any house, on the date of sanction of the home loan. This benefit is available, only if the stamp duty value of the property does not exceed an amount of Rs 45 lakhs. This benefit can even be claimed with respect to interest paid during the construction period, which is not available under Section 24(b). As per the provisions in the finance bill, this benefit could also be claimed with respect to a let out property, although the finance minister, in her speech, referred to only self-occupied house properties.
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          Refinement of TDS provisions, for sale of a house to a resident

          Presently, a buyer has to deduct tax at source, while purchasing any property from a resident, if the value of the property exceeds Rs 50 lakhs. However, while computing this value, the parties involved in the deal used to reduce the value, by ascribing costs to garage, electricity charges, maintenance charges, club membership fees, etc., in case the deal value was marginally higher. In order to bring clarity about the value that has to be taken, Section 194IA has been amended, to include all such charges while arriving at the threshold of Rs 50 lakhs. This will help reduce unnecessary litigation in the matter.
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            Shifting of regulation of housing finance companies from the NHB to the RBI

            When it comes to providing home finance, two categories of lenders are involved – banks and housing finance companies (HFCs). Both are regulated by different regulators. Banks are under the purview of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), whereas HFCs are governed by the National Housing Bank. As they are different regulators, there is no uniformity in the lending policies of both the categories of lenders, in the home loan sphere. The finance minister had announced that the regulation rights of housing finance companies, will be transferred. This will ensure that the policies of both the categories are uniform, with respect to the methodology for computing the benchmark lending rate, as well as various charges like prepayment penalties. This will also ensure that the eligibility criteria, as well as margin requirement for home loans, are uniform. This will benefit and help the borrowers, as it will increase competition amongst the lenders.
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              Looks good on paper, but will the proposal made in the Union Budget 2019-20 for an additional tax benefit of Rs 1.5 lakhs on home loans, in addition to the benefit of Rs 2 lakhs under Section 24(b) fully work out? Will home buyers be able to avail the full benefit of Rs 3.5 lakhs?

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                So, who's benefiting from the Union Budget, 2019?

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                  getintoit Do you need to ask?

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