33rd meeting of Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council chaired by has Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has reduced GST rates on under-construction residential properties and affordable housing projects. This decision was based on recommendations of seven-member Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. It was taken after considering importance of real Estate sector as one of the largest contributors to national GDP and employment provider to large numbers of people.
Revised GST rates:
Benefits of these changes
It will benefit home buyers by protecting their interest. It will provide buyer of house fair price. It will address cash flow problem in the real estate sector as there are GST exemption on development rights, FSI (Floor Space Index), long term lease (premium) etc. It will result in better pricing for houses as it will remove unutilised ITC, which used to become cost at the end of the project. It will simplify tax structure and tax compliance for builders. It will give boost government's vision of 'Housing for all by 2022’.