The GST Council has reduced the GST rates for under-construction flats and affordable housing to five per cent and one per cent, respectively and also increased the carpet area of flats under affordable housing
Update on March 19, 2019: The GST Council, on March 19, 2019, approved a transition plan for the implementation of the new tax structure for housing units, revenue secretary AB Pandey said. As per the plan, builders will be allowed to choose between the old tax rates and the new ones for under-construction residential projects, to help resolve input tax credit (ITC) issues.
As per the decision taken by the GST Council, the developers of residential projects which are incomplete as on March 31, 2019, will have the option either to choose the old structure with ITC or to shift to the new 5% and 1% rates, without ITC. Builders will get a one-time option to continue paying tax at the old rates (effective rate of 8% or 12% with ITC) on ongoing projects (buildings where construction and actual booking have both started before April 1, 2019, but which will not be completed by March 31, 2019), Pandey explained. The new tax rate of 1% for affordable houses and 5% for others, without ITC, will apply on new projects.
The meeting deliberated on the transition provision and related issues for the implementation of lower GST rates for the real estate sector. The Council had, in its last meeting on February 24, 2019, slashed tax rates for under-construction flats in the affordable category to 1%. The GST rate on other categories was reduced to 5%, effective April 1, 2019. Pandey said the GST rates for new projects will be mandatory from April 1, 2019.