24 July 2013

Rent received from renting of flats held as stock-in-trade

Rent received from renting of flats held as stock-in-trade shall be taxable under the head "House Property".[The High Court of Delhi at New Delhi- New Delhi Hotels Limited versus ACIT].

Similar to the case Azimganj Estate (P.) Ltd. v. CIT (2012) 206 Taxman 308 (Cal.).....On this issue, the Calcutta High Court held that the rental income from the unsold flats of a builder shall be taxable as “income from house property” as provided under section 22 and since it specifically falls under this head, it cannot be taxed under the head “Profit and gains from business or profession”. Therefore, the assessee would be entitled to claim statutory deduction of 30% from such rental income as per section 24. The fact that the said flats have been claimed as not chargeable to wealth-tax, treating the same as stock-in-trade, will not affect the computation of income under the Income-tax Act, 1961

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