Budget wishlist permits REIT companies to list on stock exchange

New Delhi: Real estate companies are feeling the need to pitch in as competing investment avenues. As a result, the tax structure for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) could be similar to that of equity-based mutual funds which are registered under the Indian Trust Act, 1882.
REIT has to operate as a trust that owns and operates income-generating real estate assets such as shopping centres, hotels and offices.
This will allow small investors to participate in real estate and generate income for shareholders through lease rentals and property appreciation, which is a global practice.
Further, these trusts would be permitted to deduct dividends paid to shareholders from their corporate taxable income.
REITs are expected to be exempt from tax keeping the stockholders paying dividend distribution tax.
REITs would be a huge success in India with the market comprising listed Indian real estate companies estimated to touch the Five billion dollar mark in the next 4 to 5 years, REITs offer a tremendous opportunity.

Post a Comment

Your email is never shared. Required fields are marked *