Amendments under Income from House Property


Amendments under Income from House Property

A person’s gross total income chargeable to tax various heads and one of these heads of income is ‘Income from House Property’.

While filing returns for the FY 2018-19, an individual is required to provide the break-up of the income from house property.

The income from house property is added/ included in a person’s (the assessee)’ gross total income only if it satisfies three essential conditions:

1. The assessee is the owner of that property.
2. The property must consist of house, buildings and/or land.
3. The property may be used for any purpose except used by the owner for the purpose of running his business or profession.

The following amendments should be considered for the taxability of Income under the head house property,having regard to the Finance Act, 2019:-

In case of assessee other than builders or developers :-

Relief has been provided to the taxpayer by allowing him an option to claim nil annual value in respect of any 2 houses, declared as self-occupied, instead of one such house as is currently provided.

A self-occupied house property is used for one’s own residential purposes. This may be occupied by the taxpayer’s family – parents and/or spouse and children. A vacant house property is considered as self-occupied for the purpose of Income Tax.

Prior to FY 2019-20, if more than one self-occupied house property is owned by the taxpayer, only one is considered and treated as a self-occupied property and the remaining are assumed to be let out. The choice of which property to choose as self-occupied is up to the taxpayer.

For the FY 2019-20 and onwards, the benefit of considering the houses as self-occupied has been extended to 2 houses. Now, an owner can claim his 2 properties as self-occupied and the remaining house(s) as let out for Income tax purposes.

The monetary limit of deduction on account of interest payable on borrowed capital shall continue to apply to the aggregate of the amounts of deduction in case of more than one self-occupied houses.

Amendments under Income from House Property
Amendments under Income from House Property

In case the assessee is a builder or developer :-

• Relief to the taxpayers that notional rent in respect of unsold inventory shall not be charged to tax up to 2 years, instead of existing one year, from the end of the financial year in which the certificate of completion is obtained from the competent authority.

Earlier the notional rent in respect of unsold inventory was not charged to tax for 1 year but the same has been amended. Accordingly,where the property consisting of any building or land appurtenant thereto is held as stock-in-trade and the property or any part of the property is not let during the whole or any part of the previous year, the annual value of such property or part of the property, for the period up to two years from the end of the financial year in which the certificate of completion of construction of the property is obtained from the competent authority, shall be taken to be nil.

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