Buying a plot of land is the path to riches. You now own something really valuable which you can call your own.
The plot of land you had bought on the outskirts of your city a few years ago is worth several lakhs. You are tempted to sell it and reap a huge profit.
Saving on your long term capital gains tax is your main priority. You need to save tax on selling plot of land.
If you own a plot of land and sell it after 3 years from the date you purchased it for a profit (capital gain), you are taxed on the profit you make. This tax is called a long term capital gains tax.
Remember: You have to hold the plot of land for at least 3 years for your gains (profits) to be called a long term capital gain. Your long term capital gain is taxed at 20% with an indexation benefit.
You can reap the benefits of a lower tax on your long term capital gains through indexation.
But you still have to pay tax.....
You can make use of Section 54 F to save on your long term capital gains by selling your plot of land.
You can sell your plot of land for a long term capital gain and invest the gain (profits) in a residential house/apartment.
You can claim a tax exemption under Section 54 F on your LTCG obtained on the sale of a long term asset other than residential house/property say a plot of land.
The LTCG is exempt if invested in :
You can still avail the benefits of Section 54 F on the LTCG you make on selling your plot of land if you already own a residential flat or a house.
You should not own more than a single house/apartment (other than the house/apartment you would buy on the sale of the plot of land).
See Also: BBMP Property Tax
You can deposit your LTCG in a capital gains account scheme before the due date of filing your income tax returns.
You can withdraw this money and then invest in the residential house/apartment within the time specified (3 years).
If you do not buy/construct a new house within the specified time period (3 years) the money not used (invested in the capital gains account scheme), will be taxed as an LTCG in the financial year which is 3 years after the sale of the plot of land.
What if you sell your new house/apartment bought with the LTCG of your plot of land within 3 years of its purchase?
If you sell your new house/apartment in a time period less than 3 years from the date of acquisition (Date you purchased the new house) then the LTCG you enjoy under Section 54 F is reversed (taken back) and the LTCG will be taxable in the year of transfer of the new house.
You can claim a tax exemption under Section 54 EC on the long term capital gains obtained on the sale of the plot of land provided you invest the capital gains within a period of 6 months of the sale in certain specific long term bonds such as the REC and the NHAI bonds.
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