Under the Income Tax Act, there are certain sections, where capital gains will be exempted by reinvesting the gains on some bonds or assets. One of the popular sections is section 54EC, taxpayer allows to claim tax exemptions on long-term capital gains to reduce tax liability under certain conditions.
What is section 54EC?
Gains arising from the transfer of any long-term capital asset are essentially taxable but under section 54EC the exemption is available on these gains by investing the profits arising from a sale of a long-term capital asset on specific capital gain bonds like REC, NHAI, etc. The asset could be land, immovable property, or both of it.
- Taxpayer must invest in specified bonds within 6 months from the date of the sale of an asset.
- The investment in specified bonds u/s 54EC, including, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), etc.
These bonds are government-backed and thus have lower risk factors. Individuals can redeem these bonds before the maturity period. Moreover, these are not listed bonds, And the Interest earned on these bonds is taxable.
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The exemption amount will be the least of the,
a) The cost of NHAI/REC Bonds
b) The Capital Gains on the sale of land or building
Let’s understand by an example,
Ajay sold land in FY 2022-23 for ₹80 lakhs, which was purchased in FY 2017-18 for ₹50 lakhs, Now if he wants to purchase NHAI bonds for ₹40 lakhs in FY 2022-23, he is eligible to claim the exemption u/s 54EC.
The calculation of the exemption is as follows:
Taking inflation into consideration, the cost price will be adjusted, and the indexed cost of acquisition will also be taken into account.
Index Cost of Acquisition = Cost Price* Cost of Inflation (FY 2022-23) / Cost of Inflation (2017-18).
When can 54EC bonds be withdrawn?
The exemption claimed under section 54EC would be withdrawn, in case the long-term specified asset is transferred or converted into money before the expiry of the period of five years.
Are capital gains bonds taxable on maturity?
By investing in such bonds, it can be tax-exempted. You will need to declare capital gain from 54EC bonds under your return filing. However, the interest earned is taxable as per the income tax slab.
What is the maximum limit of exemption u/s 54EC?
The maximum exemption available in these bonds under 54EC cannot be more than Rs 50 lakh during the financial year.
Here’s a detailed article on Section 54EC of Income Tax Act on Sale of Land/Building- Learn by Quicko.
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