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Posted at: May 9, 2019, 7:41 AM; last updated: May 9, 2019, 7:41 AM (IST)

Builder liable to refund GST if flat booked in FY19 cancelled

Clarification by Central Board of Indirect Taxes

  • The clarification forms part of the FAQ released by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs on the real estate sector
  • The FAQ has been issued to clear the air over the migration provision, which permits the real estate players to shift to 5% GST rate for residential units and 1% for affordable housing without the benefit of input tax credit from April 1, 2019
Builder liable to refund GST if flat booked in FY19 cancelled

New Delhi, May 8

Builders will have to refund GST paid by home buyers in case he cancels the flat booked in the last fiscal and will be allowed to avail credit adjustment for such refunds, the tax department has said.

This clarification forms part of the FAQ released by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on the real estate sector.

The FAQ has been issued to clear the air over the migration provision, which permits the real estate players to shift to 5% GST rate for residential units and 1% for affordable housing without the benefit of input tax credit (ITC) from April 1, 2019.

For the ongoing projects, builders have been given the option to either continue in 12% GST slab with ITC (8% for affordable housing), or opt for 5% GST rate (1% for affordable housing) without ITC. The FAQ said developer will be able to issue a ‘credit note’ to the buyer as per provisions of Section 34 in case of change in price or cancellation of booking. “Developer shall be able to take adjustment of tax paid in respect of the amount of such credit note,” the FAQ said.

Giving example, it said a developer who paid GST of Rs 1.20 lakh at the rate of 12% in respect of a gross amount of booking of Rs 10 lakh before April 1, 2019, shall be entitled to take adjustment of tax of Rs 1.20 lakh upon cancellation of the said booking on or after April 1, 2019, against other liability of GST.

AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said “this clarification though seems to have legal over-reach but would definitely help neutralise the tax burden which customers may face in the event of cancellation of old bookings”.

The FAQ further said once a real estate developer opts for the either old GST taxation regime or the new one for ongoing projects manually with the jurisdictional Commissioner, he will not be permitted to modify it. — PTI

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