CBDT Notification on Cost Inflation Index Applicable from Financial Year/ Previous Year 2017-18 (Assessment Year 2018-19) with Base Year 2001-02
The CBDT has notified the “Cost Inflation Index” Applicable from FY/ PY 2017-18 (AY 2018-19) onwards, with Base Year shifted to 2001-02, in line with the amendments made in Budget 2017. Cost Inflation Index as per amended provisions has been fixed as 272 for FY 2017-18/ AY 2018-19, with cost inflation index for base year (FY 2001-02) at 100.
It may be noted that Budget 2017/ Finance Act 2017 has proposed amendments in provisions relating to indexation for the purpose of determining long term capital gains. Base year has been shifted from FY 2001-02 to FY 2001-02. In respect of assets acquired prior to 1 Apr. 2001, the assessee now has the option to use FMV/ Indexed Cost of Acquisition for arriving at the figure of long term capital gains. It’s likely that investors in property will stand to gain in most of the cases with shifting of the base year for the purpose of indexation.
S.O. 1790(E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (v) of the Explanation to section 48 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Government hereby specifies the Cost Inflation Index as mentioned in column (3) of the Table for the Financial Years mentioned in the corresponding entry in column (2) of the said Table, namely:—
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2. This notification shall come into force with effect from 1st day of April, 2018 and shall accordingly apply to the assessment year 2018-19 and subsequent years.