Transfer of commercial tenancy rights put under GST
In what has implications for commercial rental space and businesses in general, the government has said transfer of tenancy rights is a service liable to tax. A finance ministry circular has said such activity against consideration in the form of tenancy premium constitutes a “supply of service”, which is liable to Goods and Services Tax (GST) “Merely because a transaction or a supply involves execution of documents which may require registration and payment of registration fee and stamp duty, would not preclude them from the scope of supply of goods and services and from payment of GST,” it said.
The circular has reaffirmed that residential renting is exempted from tax. It said grant of tenancy rights in a residential dwelling for use as residence against tenancy premium or period rent or both, is exempt.
“The activity of transfer of ‘tenancy rights’ is squarely covered under the scope of supply and taxable per-se,” it said. Services provided by outgoing tenant by way of surrendering tenancy rights against consideration in form of a portion of tenancy premium is also liable to GST, it has said.