is it ltcg or stcg

What is date of acquisition for long term capital gain – is it Date of payment  or  Date of registration?

I bought a site from a society. I paid the entire amount in December 2007. Due to delay in developing the area with all the necessary amnities, the society gave possession/registration of the site only in December 2010.

Period from the date of payment till now - 5 years

Period from the date of registration/possession - 2 years.

If I happen to sell the site now, which category do I fall into - LTCG or STCG?



The deemed date of transfer will have to be determined with reference to S 2(47(v) of the Income Tax Act read with S 53A of the Transfer of Property Act..

S. 53A provides as under: 

53A. Part performance.- Where any person contracts to transfer for consideration any immoveable property by writing signed by him or on his behalf from which the terms necessary to constitute the transfer can be ascertained with reasonable certainty, and the transferee has, in part performance of the contract, taken possession of the property or any part thereof, or the transferee, being already in possession, continues in possession in part performance of the contract and has done some act in furtherance of the contract, and the transferee has performed or is willing to perform his part of the contract, then, notwithstanding that the contract, though required to be registered, has not been registered, or, where there is an instrument of transfer, that the transfer has not been completed in the manner prescribed therefor by the law for the time being in force, the transferor or any person claiming under him shall be debarred from enforcing against the transferee and persons claiming under him any right in respect of the property of which the transferee has taken or continued in possession, other than a right expressly provided by the terms of the contract: Provided that nothing in this section shall affect the rights of a transferee for consideration who has no notice of the contract or of the part performance thereof.]“

The ingredients are: 

  ♦  That there should be a contract for consideration.

  ♦  That the contract should be in writing

  ♦  That the contract should be signed by the transferor.

  ♦  That the contract should pertain to transfer of immovable property.

  ♦  That the transferee should take the possession of the property and the transferee should be ready and willing to perform his part of contract.

In your case the date of getting possession is much later to the date of payment of the full consideration. However you may citeITAT HYDERABAD BENCH ‘A’

Smt. P. Prathima Reddy


Income-tax Officer, Ward-6(4)

IT Appeal No. 1393 (Hyd.) of 2010

[Assessment year 2007-08]

decided on September 14, 2012, and argue that for applying S. 53A, intention of parties is the  decing factor.




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