No service tax on mere transfer of title in immovable property

Mininstry of Finance issued a note on 26 October 2015 about Mere transfer of title in immovable property is exempted from Service Tax. 

 In order to resolve a long standing issue relating to levy of Service Tax on sale of flats/dwellings etc. after issue of occupancy certificate but before issue of completion certificate in areas under the jurisdiction of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai i.e. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), it has been conveyed to the Service Tax Authorities in Mumbai on Friday, 23rd October, 2015 that sale of flats/dwellings etc., where the entire consideration is received after issue of occupancy certificate by BMC, leading to a mere transfer of title in immovable property, falls outside the definition of “Service” provided in Section 65B (44) of the Finance Act, 1994, and is therefore, not taxable.

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