Stamp duty on sale of properties may come down significantly with the central government proposing that the levy should be imposed only on capital appreciation.

If the proposal is accepted, buyers will pay stamp duty only on the difference between the transaction value and the previous sale of the property concerned. As of now, stamp duty is paid on the entire value of the property concerned.

If implemented, stamp duty on properties could be imposed only on a “value-added basis”. This will ensure that transaction costs are not too high, providing no incentive for evasion. However, implementation of the proposal will depend on its acceptance by the state governments.

If a developer buys a piece of land worth Rs 10 lakh and constructs a house on it and sells it for Rs 25 lakh, the stamp duty — according to the proposed policy — will only be on Rs 15 lakh, which happens to be the difference between the current transaction and the purchase value of the land. The move is part of the National Housing and Habitat Policy, which is to be considered by the Cabinet soon.

The government feels the policy will go a long way in addressing the inadequacies which dog real estate transactions; and will favour group housing needs in a big way, as stamp duty will be imposed on a value-added basis at the stage of raw land and first sale. At present, due to the absence of any rules guiding the property transaction, developers charge stamp duty from end users according to their whims and fancies.

In the past, confusion over stamp duties was rampant, particularly in the development of housing colonies in Dwarka and Gurgaon. Around that time, various consumer groups had raised a strong demand for rationalisation of stamp duty in case of resale of properties.

Developers have welcomed the move as they say it will help in checking evasion of stamp duty; and will prompt group housing societies to put a stop on misdeclaration of property value, which is being done by developers in collusion with government agencies.

- Economic times

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  • Hi Benz,

    it is really good to notice that people like you invest time in looking for such informative pieces of articles.

    Personally, I think, this proposal may not be welcomed by the Govt. as Stamp Duty is the major source of income for especially state govt. Actually, the amount we pay for purchasing stamp duty is used for investing in development of a state like school etc...

    Although, I agree that purchasers will support as less amount of duty will be payable, but, Govt. revenue will go down drastically and it may not be swallowed by Our SUPREMOS, who enjoy to spend the public's hard earned money.

    Rest its game dear, we will have to wait and watch what do they people agree upon!!!!!!!
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