Ltcg query: is benefit of 2 house purchase available for property sold in october 2017


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I sold property in October 2017 and parked capital gains by creating capital gains account within 6 months. I am now planning to purchase property from that fund by October 2019 (2 year timeframe). Last budget had announcement that from current FY, it is allowed to buy 2 houses from that fund. My question is whether I can buy 1 house or 2 houses. I am getting differing views:

(1) As the sale was done in Oct 2017, at that time only 1 house purchase was allowed.

(2) As the funds were parked within 6 months timeframe in capital gains a/c and ITR filed to setoff, Now if property is purchased in current FY, I can avail benefits of 2 houses.

Posting on this forum for getting broader opinion from experts and tie-breaking in above 2 opinions.

Thanks in Advance.

 
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Itt may not apply to existing unutilised capital gain lying in capital gain account which are to be utilised for buying or constructing house property in 2 or 3 years respectively," said by Kuldip Kumar, partner and leader personal tax, PwC.

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Thanks Neha. Is it REALLY SURE? 

 

Do you have link to Kuldip Kumar reference you mentioned /or/ any other source where this could be concluded without any ambiguity.

 

Thanks in advance. 

 
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Any thoughts from anyone else?

 

Thanks in advance. 

 
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