Taxability of advance forfeited on sale of land and building
Seller of properties often receives advance towards sale consideration of land and building. At times, due to unsuccessful negotiations the sale may not take place. However, the seller may retain the advance.
The tax treatment of any amount received as advance forfeited by the seller for non-compliance by the buyer with the clauses in the agreement can be classified under the below two scenarios:
- If advance was received and forfeited before 01 April 2014
However, if the advance had been received and retained by the previous owner and not the seller himself (for example, in case of sale of inherited property), then the same would not go to reduce the cost of acquisition of the seller.
- If advance was received and forfeited on or after 01 April 2014