States told to slash stamp duty on housing
Housing Secy assures that revenues will not fall as sales volumes swell
New Delhi: Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra on Friday asked states to reduce stamp duty on registration of properties, saying their revenues will not be impacted due to sales boost. He further expressed confidence that the objective of 'Housing for All' will be achieved by 2022.
Addressing a virtual conference organised by industry body Assocham, Mishra said the ministry had twice written to the states/UTs to reduce stamp duty. He said the Maharashtra and Karnataka governments have reduced stamp duty that has led to rise in housing sales.
Mishra said he will again hold a video conference with chief secretaries of all states/UTs and try to convince them for reduction in the stamp duty.
He said that overall revenue of states will not be affected as number of sales will increase.
The secretary said housing sales have revived in the last few months because of measures taken by the Centre as well as stamp duty cut by some states.
Mishra said builders have started taking advantage of recent tax relief announced by the government. This will help increase housing sales and clear unsold stocks.
Recently, the government relaxed income tax rules to allow primary or first sale of housing units of up to Rs 2 crore at a price that can be 20 per cent below the stamp duty circle rate. Earlier, the law restricted differential between circle rate and agreement value at 10 per cent.
Mishra said the government''s Affordable Rental Housing Complex (ARHC) Scheme for migrants, which was launched a few months ago, has picked up well.
He asked Assocham members to participate in this programme to build small homes with all basic amenities, which can be given to people on cheaper rents.