Explainer: How GST cut on under-construction houses will help home buyers

The GST Council's decision will only benefit buyers who are on construction-linked payment schemes.

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The committees will also look at issues such as transfer of development rights, joint development agreements, lease premium

The Modi government on Sunday announced a cut in the goods and services tax charged on sales of residential properties under construction as it looks to stimulate the economy by driving up consumption. The Goods and Services Tax Council, comprising central and state finance ministers, announced that the new rate will be 5 percent, down from 12 percent, on all new housing projects except those that are classified as af fordable housing. The council also decided to slash the tax rate on affordable housing projects to 1 percent from 8 percent.However, builders will not be able to ...