TDS on Immovable Property u/s 194-IA

Before coming on the main article, let’s understand why there is a need for invoking such provisions of section 194-IA under income tax act, 1961.

There is a great need and importance of invoking such provisions in income tax so as to curb the circulation and flow of black money in India.

Many Real Estate dealers cast their transactions in such a way so as to avoid taxation and most transactions are done in cash so as to hide money trail i.e. cash transactions are easy to hide but the same transactions if any routed through banking channels; then there are fewer possibilities of concealing that transactions.

Moreover, there is also a provision that debars the seller to take consideration in cash exceeding 2,00,000/- INR in respect of such transaction.

Now coming to the main article, let’s discuss the provisions. Language of section 194-IA as per Bare act are as follows:

(1) Any person, being a transferee, responsible for paying (other than the person referred to in section 194LA) to a resident transferor any sum by way of consideration for transfer of any immovable property (other than agricultural land), shall, at the time of credit of such sum to the account of the transferor or at the time of payment of such sum in cash or by issue of a cheque or draft or by any other mode, whichever is earlier, deduct an amount equal to one per cent of such sum as income-tax thereon.

(2) No deduction under sub-section (1) shall be made where the consideration for the transfer of immovable property is less than 50 lakh rupees.

(3) The provisions of section 203A shall not apply to a person required to deduct tax in accordance with the provisions of this section.

Explanation.— For the purposes of this section,—
(a) “agricultural land” means agricultural land in India, not being a land situated in an area referred to in items (a) and (b) of sub-clause (iii) of clause (14) of section 2;

(b) “immovable property” means any land (other than agricultural land) or any building or part of a building.

The crux of the abovementioned section:

1) Applicability:- Applies to all types of person (being transferee) as defined u/s 2(31) and all resident transferor. It Applies to all types of immovable property except agricultural land.

(i) The person deducting the tax is not required to obtain TAN.
(ii) TDS is required to be made only if consideration exceeds 50 lakhs INR.

2) Time of deduction of tax:- Tax shall be deducted at the time of credit of such sum to the account of the transferor or at the time of payment of such sum in cash or by the issue of a cheque or draft or by any other mode, whichever is earlier.

3) Rate of TDS: Tax shall be deducted at the rate of 1%.

4) What if PAN is not furnished by the deductee: Section 206AA, as inserted with effect from 1-4-2010, provides as under:

Every person whose receipts are subject to deduction of tax at source (i.e., the deductee) shall furnish his PAN to the deductor. If such person does not furnish PAN to the deductor, the deductor will deduct tax at source at higher of the following rates:

(a) the rate prescribed in the Act; or
(b) at the rate in force, i.e., the rate mentioned in the Finance Act; or
(c) at the rate of 20%.

Where the PAN provided to the deductor is invalid or does not belong to the deductee, it shall be deemed that the deductee has not furnished his PAN to the deductor and above provisions shall apply accordingly. Let’s understand it by way of an example

Example No. 1:

Suppose there was an immovable property owned by Pushp Kumar Sahu whose market value is 5 Crores INR. The said property was sold by Pushp Kumar Sahu to Mr. Uday Kumar Sahu at a consideration of 5.5 Crores.

Now there is a liability on Mr. Uday to deduct tax @ 1% of the said consideration i.e. 5,50,000/- and the same should  be paid to the credit of the Central Government within a period of thirty days from the end of the month in which the deduction is made and shall be accompanied by a challan-cum-statement in Form No. 26QB.

Note: After filing Challan cum statement 26QB, Deductor requires to issue Form 16B (TDS Certificate) to the deductee.

Example No. 2:

Suppose there were three brothers named Pushp, Mohit and Rishab, they are co-owners of an immovable property. They sold that property to Laxminayaran & associates (partnership firm) at a consideration of 1.45 Crores. Now the question arises that whether the Laxminarayan & associates needs to deduct TDS on such consideration.

The answer is no, as the property is owned by three persons, individual consideration per person does not exceed 50 lakh INR, therefore no requirement for TDS u/s 194-IA. Reliance can be placed on the judgment passed by the Delhi Bench of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal in case of Vinod Soni and others (Taxpayers).

Article Written by – Pushp Kumar Sahu

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