Month: August 2017

Indian real estate likely to attract $7 billion investments in 2017: Report

MUMBAI: Rising institutional investor confidence and appetite for Indian real estate on the back of attractive asset valuations and a favourable regulatory environment is expected to push investments into the sector to $7 billion in 2017 from $6 billion in 2016, showed a report. The sector had witnessed $0.8 billion investment in 2008, $1.2 billion in 2010, $3.2 billion in 2012 and $4 billion in 2014. While office and residential are expected to remain traditional drivers for the industry; alternate sectors such as retail and warehousing will also come to the forefront in 2017. The sector is witnessing unprecedented interest from offshore equity investors, large Indian corporates and high net worth individuals (HNIs) as investors believe that the sector now offers a level playing field with attractive returns, said a CREDAI-CBRE report. “The above sentiment is further endorsed by a cyclical decline in interest rates in 2016. This has drastically reduced the cost of doing business for all investor classes. Even ‘structured debt’ has evolved from being a “high-cost source of funding” to being a very viable source of funding with successive interest rate cuts,” said the report. The combination of measures including Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016 (RERA), Goods & Services Tax, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), easing of FDI norms, Demonetization are likely to help in catalysing ease of doing business in the country while...

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Capital gains can be invested more than once for new house ITAT also held that as the new

MUMBAI: The Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) has held that a taxpayer can invest capital gains for the second or third time towards the same ‘new’ house property. Tax benefits cannot be denied on this ground, provided the cost of the new house is within capital gains that have arisen to the taxpayer. ITAT also held that as the new property was under construction, it cannot be counted towards the number of houses already owned by the taxpayer. Various provisions of the Income-Tax (I-T) Act grant a tax benefit, where long-term capital gains (LTCGs) arising out of a sale of certain assets are invested in acquiring a new house property. To the extent of investment in the new property, the taxable component of LTCGs is reduced, which results in lower I-T outgo. But if the taxpayer owns more than one house, other than the ‘new’ residential property, on the date of transfer of the original assets, the I-T benefit is not available. It is not uncommon for taxpayers to sell more than one asset to buy a larger accommodation or to purchase one in a relatively more tony area. ITAT Delhi bench’s decision early this month will support I-T deduction claims of taxpayers. “ITAT has rightly held that the new house was not complete, so it could not be regarded as a house already ‘owned’ by the taxpayer. Also, there...

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