New Delhi [India], Nov 21 (ANI): National Real Estate Development Council (Naredco) Chairman Rajeev Talwar on Tuesday said that a flat Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate of six percent with input tax credit for housing is a win-win situation for everybody.
According to Talwar, capping GST at the proposed rate will not only give a huge boost to GDP growth but also increase activity in the housing sector, which in turn will benefit both the government and the consumers.
"We are seeking a rate of six percent flat with input tax credit, as it will give a very big boost to the demand. The benefit would pass on to the buyer, and the government will get more taxes because of greater activity in the sector which will all be accounted for," said chairman Naredco and CEO DLF, Rajeev Talwar told the media here.
"The consumer would benefit, the government would benefit and all of us would benefit in terms of GDP growth, and employment," he added.
The effective rate for housing projects of up to 60 sq. metre is presently eight percent.
"We have made a request that this rate should be extended to all affordable housing projects of up to 60 sq. metres, whether in the private sector or whether in any partnership with any government agency," Talwar added.
Earlier today, Finance Ministry officials chaired a meeting with real estate developers over GST to be levied on properties owned by private developers.
The meeting followed the 23rd GST Council meeting that was held earlier this month in Guwahati, where in it was decided that real estate would be brought under the ambit of the taxation scheme.