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Pr CIT vs. Bharti Overseas Pvt. Ltd (Delhi High Court)

S. 14A & Rule 8D(2)(ii): Interest incurred on taxable income has also to be excluded while computing the disallowance to avoid incongruity & in view of Department’s stand before High Court

Rule 8D (2) states that the expenditure in relation to income which is exempt shall be the aggregate of (i) the expenditure attributable to tax exempt income, (ii) and where there is common expenditure which cannot be attributed to either tax exempt income or taxable income then a sum arrived at by applying the formula set out thereunder. What the formula does is basically to “allocate” some part of the common expenditure for disallowance by the proportion that average value of the investment from which the tax exempt income is earned bears to the average of the total assets. It acknowledges that funds are fungible and therefore it would otherwise be difficult to allocate the sum constituting borrowed funds used for making tax-free investments. Given that Rule 8 D (2) (ii) is concerned with only ‘common interest expenditure’ i.e. expenditure which cannot be attributable to earning either tax exempt income or taxable income, it is indeed incongruous that variable A in the formula will not also exclude interest relatable to taxable income. This is precisely what the ITAT has pointed out in Champion Commercial (supra). There the ITAT said that by not excluding expenditure directly relatable to taxable income, Rule 8D (2) (ii) ends up allocating “expenditure by way of interest, which is not directly attributable to any particular income or receipt, plus interest which is directly attributable to taxable income.” This is contrary to the intention behind Rule 8D (2) (ii) read with Section 14A of (1) and (2) of the Act

Bridal Jewellery Mfg. Co vs. ITO (ITAT Delhi)

S. 10A: Even undisclosed income surrendered by assessee is eligible for s. 10A exemption if dept does not show that the assessee has any other source

The decision of the Hon’ble Madras High Court in the case of CIT Vs S. Khader Khan Son (2008) 300 ITR 157 is of no help to the assessee because the assessee agreed during the course of survey for the addition only when discrepancies in the loose papers were found. The assessee surrendered Rs.11 lakhs to cover up the irregularities of the business and short coming found during the course of survey. The said surrender was related to the regular business of the assessee and it is not brought on record that the assessee earned the said income from any other source. Therefore, the deduction u/s 10A of the Act was allowable to the assessee being 100% Export Oriented Unit established in SEZ on this income also. In view of the above we uphold the addition made by the AO and sustained by the CIT(A), however, the AO is directed to allow the deduction u/s 10A of the Act

CBDT Issues Draft Guiding Principles for determination of Place of Effective Management (POEM) of a Company

The CBDT has issued a press release dated 23.12.2015 stating that the Finance Act, 2015 has amended, with effect from 01.04.2016, the provisions of Income-tax Act relating to determination of residence of a company. In accordance with the amended provisions a company would be said to be resident in India in any previous year, if it is an Indian company or its Place of Effective Management (POEM) in that year is in India. It is further stated that the Explanatory Memorandum to the Finance Bill, 2015 stated that a set of guiding principles for determination of POEM would be issued for the benefit of the taxpayers as well as the tax administration. SECTION 14A WITH RULE 8D AND DIRECTIVE OF CBDT

CBDT Clarifies Law On Applicability Of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) On Foreign Companies For Period Prior To 01.04.2015

The CBDT has issued Instruction No. 18/2015 dated 23.12.2015 clarifying the position with regard to the applicability of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on foreign companies for the period prior to 1.04.2015 in the wake of instruction No.9 dated 02/09/2015, Press Release dated 24.09.2015 and the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Castleton Investment Ltd

Finance Ministry Invites Applications For Appointment To Post Of Members Of CBDT

The Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, has issued an Office Memorabdum dated 18.12.2015 stating that some posts of Members in the Central Board of Direct Taxes in the Department of Revenue in the pay scale of Rs. 80,000/- (Fixed) are likely to fall vacant in the next financial year i.e. 2016-17. The criteria for selection is set out. One of the conditions is that the applicants should have “high professional merit and excellence” and “impeccable reputation of integrity”. Eligible officers are required to forward their applications by 19.01.2016 SECTION 14A WITH RULE 8D AND DIRECTIVE OF CBDT

Revenue Secretary Directs Mandatory Use Of Email To Facilitate Taxpayers’ Electronic Interface With Department

The CBDT has issued a letter dated 15.12.2015 stating that the Revenue Secretary has directed that henceforth any notice/letter/communication issued by any officer under Department of Revenue; including CBDT, its directorates and field formations; to the tax payers, members of public should invariably contain mention of email address and office phone numbers, of the officers signing such, communications/notice/letters for facilitating tax payers’ electronic interface with the Department. The CBDT has requested everyone to ensure that the above directions are strictly followed.



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