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0 For Bombay Chartered Accountants Society “Recent Important Issues In Corporate Taxation including Domestic Transfer Pricing”12 June 2013Rajan VoraThe quarterly tax update (QTU) provides an opportunity for EY and the client to meet to discuss details of their structured service relationship in terms of the tax life cycle. These sessions will typically include the TAL, the client’s tax executive (VP of Tax, Director of Tax) and other participants, as appropriate and requested by the client tax executive. The QTU provides an opportunity to review progress toward the goals outlined in an annual account planning session and, if appropriate, to realign EY and client resources as needed. This is also a strategic opportunity to revisit client relationship protocols and revise / update the client service calendar.The elements included in this template have been collected and adapted from actual QTU meetings with priority accounts. The deck itself, and its contents, are intended to be customized based on your client’s needs and the format with which your client has become comfortable (i.e., discussion deck, placemat, tri-fold, etc.).
1 Issues in Corporate taxation - Outline Budget ImpactImplications of increase in tax rate of royalty and FTS – Sec 115AImplications of amendment pertaining to Real estate transactions – Sec 43CA, 56(2)(vii)(b), 194LATaxability of buy back of shares of unlisted companiesDeduction for wages paid to new workmen – Sec 80JJAInvestment allowance – Sec 32CAAmendment in definition of Capital Asset -Sec 2(14)Amendment in Section 43(5) – Speculative Transaction Commodity Transaction TaxOthers – Recent judicial precedents on various issues
3 Taxation of Income by way of Royalty or FTS [S. 115A] [W. e Taxation of Income by way of Royalty or FTS [S.115A] [W.e.f AY ]Section 115A amended to step up tax rate from 10% to 25% plus surcharge, in respect of all agreements effected after 1976Taxpayers may not have any impactIf recipient is entitled to treaty benefit in terms of coverage or rateIf treaty is governed by FIS conceptIf payment is by non Indian concern (as S.115A is limited in its application to payments by Indian Concern)Impact will be substantial in cases where.there is no treaty with country of recipienttreaty benefit is denied for any reason (say, TRC is not available etc)There is unintended coverage due to wide scope of definition of FTS and royalty in domestic law, compared to Treaty definationcontract is ‘net of tax’ (tax protected contract), the effective rate of tax would be (25% + S.C. + E.C.) or (33% + S.C. + E.C.)TDS default leads to disallowance u/s. 40(a), levy u/s 201/201(1A) etcS.206AA may require where PAN is not furnished (Question for consideration will be same even if it is with treaty country?)
4 Taxation of Income by way of Royalty or FTS [S. 115A] [W. e Taxation of Income by way of Royalty or FTS [S.115A] [W.e.f AY ]Justification for amendment by FM in his Speech on 28 Feb 2013“Another case is the distribution of profits by a subsidiary to a foreign parent company in the form of royalty. Besides, the rate of tax on royalty in the Income-tax Act is lower than the rates provided in a number of Double Tax Avoidance Agreements. This is an anomaly that must be corrected. Hence, I propose to increase the rate of tax on payments by way of royalty and fees for technical services to non-residents from 10 percent to 25 percent. However, the applicable rate will be the rate of tax stipulated in the DTAA.”Two inaccurate assumptions of FM arethe rate of tax on royalty in the Income-tax Act is lower than the rates provided in a number of DTAAsThere are cases of profit repatriation by a subsidiary to a foreign parent company in the form of royalty. i.e. Low rate of 10% is being misused by companies to repatriate dividend in the form of royalty or FTSAssumption is inconsistent as TP provisions, are quite stringent to take care of thisIt would be interesting to note that very same Finance Minister had reduced the rate of tax for these type of payments, from 30% to 20% in AY and to 10% in AY , how could it be recommended to increase rate of tax to 25%.
5 * This is without considering impact of MFN Clause Summary of Royalty/FTS rates in current treatiesRoyaltyFTSRate of withholdingNo. of Countries*10%5415%1320%522.50%210%/15%/20%415%/20%125%/15%As per Domestic Law3Total83Rate of withholdingNo. of Countries*10%4615%717.5%120%522.50%210%/15%/20%415%/10%25%/15%Doesn’t Exist15Total83* This is without considering impact of MFN Clause5
6 Fictional taxation of business income for transfer of immovable property in certain cases S. 43CA (w.e.f. 1st April 2014)Fictional taxation of business income where there is transfer of land and/ or building held as stock in trade or current asset for consideration less than stamp duty(SD) valueSD value to be treated as full value of consideration for computation of business incomeTaxable as per method of accounting followed by the taxpayerSimilar to S.50C as applicable for capital gains computationApplies to land or building or both (other than capital asset)Will include, land, commercial units, residential house, etc.Continuing controversy on scope of ‘Land or building’ e.g .whether extends to transfer of development rights FSI, TDR, Leasehold/Tenancy rights, etc.In case of difference in date of agreement to transfer and date of registration ,value determination w.r.t. date of agreement can be adopted if :consideration or part thereof received on or before date of agreement by any mode other than cash6
7 Fictional taxation of business income for transfer of immovable property in certain cases S. 43CA (w.e.f. 1st April 2014)Where taxpayer objects to SD value, he can seek valuation by DVOIn case, DVO’s valuation is lower than SD, tax authority is bound by DVO’s such lower valuation. However, where DVO’s valuation is higher than SD, taxation will be w.r.t. SD value.Valuation can be challenged in appeal proceedingsProvision may not apply to following cases :Case of transfer of business undertaking, on slump basis as there is no identifiable consideration paid in respect of land or buildingCase of contribution of stock in trade to partnership firm, since arguably, consideration is indeterminable in view of ratio of Sunil Siddharthbhai v. CIT (1985) 156 ITR 509 (SC)] - section 45(3) applies only to “Capital asset”.Issues:Can a builder, as per fiction of S.43CA, make an entry that consideration has become due, but, he writes it off as bad debt (to the extent not receivable) and claim deduction or claim it as business loss7
8 Taxability of inadequate consideration for receipt of immovable property [S. 56(2)(vii)(b)](w.e.f. 1st April 2014Section expanded to cover cases of receipt of immovable property by individual or HUF for inadequate consideration (i.e. for consideration lower than SD value by more than INR 50,000)Difference between the SD value and agreed consideration to be taxed as income from other sourcesIn case of difference in date of agreement to transfer and date of registration ,value can be determination w.r.t. date of agreement if :consideration or part thereof received on or before date of agreement by any mode other than cashReincarnation of provision sought to be introduced vide Finance (No. 2) Bill, andWithdrawn by Finance Act 2010 with retrospective date
9 Taxability of inadequate consideration for receipt of immovable property [S. 56(2)(vii)(b)](w.e.f. 1st April 2014)On account of existing exemption provisions dealing with gift taxation, the receipt of property from relatives or on occasion for marriage etc. will continue to be protectedCost step up available to transferee w.r.t. value which is taken into account for determining taxability under S.56(2)(vii)(b)[Refer, S.49(4)]Where taxpayer objects to SD value, he can seek valuation by DVO, provisions similar to provisions of section 43CA.
10 TDS on Immovable property transaction (S.194IA)(w.e.f. 1 June 2013) Tax on payment by transferee to resident transferor by way of consideration for transfer of immoveable propertyIntent is to collect tax at the earliest and to secure reporting of transactionsS.206AA may require if seller does not furnish PANSimilar proposal in Finance Bill 2012 was withdrawn at enactment stage, due to additional compliance burden issueApplies only if consideration payable is INR 50 L and aboveLitigation prone to contend that the limit be tested qua each co-ownerImmovable property is defined to mean land (other than agricultural land) or building or part of buildingImmovable property could be commercial units, residential house, etc.Applies also to property sold as stock in trade by developer.Continuing controversy on scope of ‘Land or building’ such as:whether extends to transfer of leasehold/tenancy rights, FSI, TDR?whether covers transactions involving shares in a co-op. society or shares in company giving right of occupancy?
11 TDS on Immovable property transaction (S.194IA)(w.e.f. 1 June 2013) ‘Transferee’ includes individual, firms, company, HUF, builder as purchaser, etc.In case of joint transferee, each co-owner is liable.Transfer between relatives and family members also coveredApplies also to NR buyer or an agriculturist who is a buyerProvisions “may” not apply to cases:Case of transfer of business undertaking on slump basis as there is no identifiable consideration paid in respect of immovable propertyTDS with respect to actual consideration – though, seller may have implication under S.50C or S.43CA or even where seller has exempt capital gainsControversy – If the value of consideration for agreement is higher as per stamp duty, will purchaser have to deduct at that price?
12 TDS on Immovable property transaction (S.194IA) (w.e.f. 1 June 2013) Trigger event is credit or payment of consideration on or after 1 June, 2013 – may apply to payment of balance installments, even where purchase of property accomplished prior to June 2013Applicability of provisions of section 203A- obtaining TANSub-section (3) has been inserted in section 194-IA to provide that provisions of section 203A containing the requirement of obtaining TAN, shall not apply to a person required to deduct tax in accordance with the provisions of section 194-IA.
13 Additional tax on buyback of shares of unlisted companies Section 115 QA –Any amount of distributed income on buy-back of shares ( not listed in a recognized stock exchange) in accordance with section 77A of the Companies Act, 1956 from a shareholder:shall be payable by the company as an additional 20% and shall not be treated as capital gain and shall not be included in the hands of shareholder.on the distributed income, being the consideration paid by the company on buy-back of shares as reduced by the amount which was received by the company for issue of such shares.Payment to be made within 14 days of payment to the shareholder and the tax shall be the final payment of tax on the income.No credit shall be available in respect of the tax paid, no deduction allowed in respect of the distributed income or tax thereon to the company or the shareholder (no capital gains tax exemptions or no set off of losses in hands of shareholder)
14 Additional tax on buyback of shares of unlisted companies This will apply, not only to non-resident shareholders but also to domestic shareholders. This will be applicable even to Public Company (other than listed companies)Amendment is to supersede some of the favourable decisions and is seen as back door fast forwarding of GAAR. Amendment is not in sync with Shome Committee recommendation on the treatment to be accorded to buy-back.Legal AngleThe charging section (Section 4) has not been amendedThere is no amendment to the definition of incomeThe quantum of distributed income has no linkage with the size of accumulated profit or size of profit or income earned by the company till the date of payment of considerationTransaction of buy-back which, is otherwise than under section 77A of Companies Act is treated differently (like capital reduction pursuant to Court order under section 100 of the Companies Act, 1956)
15 Areas of concern on interpretation Possible disputes on resolution of the expression “amount received by the company at the time of issuance of shares”.Consider following cases :Debentures converted into equityBuy-back of shares issued as bonus sharesConsideration may have been received by predecessor entity pre-merger, whereas buy-back is by successorShare premium paid at the time of acquisition of shares component ought to qualify as cost of sharesWill Interest on funds borrowed for buy back qualify for deduction u/s 36(1)(iii) or u/s 37 of the Act?S. 2(22) and S. 46A will continue to apply to transactions other than those covered by S. 115QA
16 Deduction in respect of employment of new workmen (S Deduction in respect of employment of new workmen (S.80JJAA substituted w.e.f. 1 April 2014)Explanatory Memorandum clarifies that intent of section 80JJAA was to provide incentive only for ‘blue collared’ employees in “manufacturing sector”Purpose is to exclude “Service Sector” or “software industry” or “BPO/ KPO industry”Applicable only to Indian company (I Co). Income of I Co to include profits and gains derived from “manufacture of goods” in factory (as defined in Factories Act, 1948)30% of additional wages for 3 years (i.e year of employment and subsequent two years)No deduction if running factory acquired due to hive off, amalgamation, transferScope is now restricted to taxpayer who manufactures goods in factory; erstwhile section covered manufacture or production of article or thingPossible view was that development of software amounts to 'production' of an article or thing.Amendment primarily to overrule the decision of Bangalore Tribunal in case of Texas Instruments Pvt Ltd [115 TTJ (Bang) 976] which granted deduction for additional wages paid to new software engineers.
17 Areas of concern / interpretation Substitution being prospective, arguable though, highly litigation prone that deduction perfected in terms of old section 80JJAA for and upto AY should be available for residual years even in absence of specific grandfathering
18 Investment allowance on new plant and machinery (Sec. 32AC w. e. f Investment allowance on new plant and machinery (Sec. 32AC w.e.f. 1 April 2014)Applicable only to a company taxpayer engaged in the manufacture or production of any article or thing.Construction activities not likely to qualify.Neutral as to description of article - could be priority or non priority itemCompany should acquire and install new assets of aggregate value more than Rs 100 Crores after 31 March 2013 but before 1 April 2015 (specified period).Acquisition may or may be not be in existing businessAssets acquired before the specified period and installed during the specified period may not qualify for benefitInstallation may be enough - but, dispute may arise if it is unused and installation is equated with usage.Dispute may arise on eligibility of assets acquired under a finance lease
19 Investment allowance on new plant and machinery (Sec. 32AC w. e. f Investment allowance on new plant and machinery (Sec. 32AC w.e.f. 1 April 2014)Allowance is independent of depreciation claim and computation of WDVThere is no MAT mitigationIt is not necessary to create or maintain reserve, along the lines of investment allowance reserve, or likeAllowance may be forfeited and withdrawn if there is transfer within 5 years, except upon merger or demergerNew Asset defined to mean any plant and machinery excluding ships, aircrafts, computers or computer software, vehicle etcAssets which are 100% do not qualify for reliefTax holiday units eligible for investment linked incentive would not qualify for allowanceThere is no specific reference to “Intangible” assetsNon eligible assets do not enter calculation of ‘100 crores’ mark
20 Investment allowance on new plant and machinery (Sec. 32AC w. e. f Investment allowance on new plant and machinery (Sec. 32AC w.e.f. 1 April 2014)The aggregate amount of actual cost of new asset during specified period should exceed 100 crores.Foreign currency fluctuation gains/losses can be factored in terms of S.43A15% shall be as below:For assets used up to 31st March 2014, depreciation (including additional depreciation) admissible in FY year , even if allowance is deferred(A)In AY15% of the actual cost of the new asset acquired and installed during the tax year , if investment > INR 100 crores(B)In AY15% of the actual cost of the new asset acquired and installed during the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2015 as reduced by deduction under (A) above, if aggregate investment > INR 100 crores
21 Population Size of area Amendment in definition of Capital Asset [S. 2(1A), 2(14)(iii) of ITA & 2(ec) of WTA](w.e.f. 1st April 2014)At present Agricultural land in “rural area” is not a capital asset but agricultural land situated within municipal limits as well as within certain specified limits from municipal limits may be a capital asset, if there is a notification to that effect.Land situated within the jurisdiction of the Municipality or Cantonment Board (CB) continues to be urban landBy way of modification, following lands1 considered as urban land and included as capital asset without any need for notification in that behalfPopulation Size of areaDistance measured aerially from local limit of nearest Municipality or CB>10,000 but <1LLand within two kilometers>1L but <10LLand within six kilometers>10LLand within eight kilometers1 By doing this, many lands have been exempted from definition of ‘capital assets’)21
22 Amendment in definition of Capital Asset [S Amendment in definition of Capital Asset [S. 2(1A), 2(14)(iii) of ITA & 2(ea) of WTA](w.e.f. 1st April 2014)Amendment under Wealth Tax ActAmendments to Finance Bill, 2013 include additional exclusion from the definition of urban agricultural land for wealth tax purposes. Land classified as agricultural land in Government records and used for agricultural purposes excluded from wealth tax22
23 Commodities Transactions Tax (New Chapter VII) Commodities Transactions tax (CTT) is proposed to be levied on seller of commodity derivatives in respect of commodities other than agricultural commodities traded in recognized 0.01% of value of the transaction.CTT paid is deductible expenditure u/s 36(1)(xvi) for computing business incomeAmendment has been made to the effect that eligible transactions in respect of trading in commodity derivatives carried out through recognized associations shall not be treated as speculative transactions, provided it complied with certain conditions.The conditions are comparable to those currently applicable to derivative transactions of shares and securities
24 Issues in Corporate taxation - Outline Recent judicial precedents on:Taxation of intangiblesCBDT Circular on gifts and freebies by Pharma Companies to doctors and recent judicial rulingsTaxability of amounts paid to search engines for online advertising servicesTaxability of lease transactions/ finance transactions/ sale and lease back transactionsSection 14APenaltyStay of demand
25 Depreciation on goodwill and other intangible assets Supreme Court decision in case of Smifs Securities Ltd [348 ITR 302]In this case, SC was concerned with claim of depreciation on goodwill made by the amalgamated company. As part of amalgamation, the taxpayer had paid excess value over net assets of the amalgamating company. Such excess was claimed to be consideration towards reputation which the amalgamating company enjoyed in order to retain existing clientele.Basing itself on the factual finding of the ITAT that taxpayer had acquired a capital asset in the form of ‘goodwill’ pursuant to amalgamation,the SC in a brief order observed that “the words `any other business or commercial rights of similar nature' in clause (b) of Explanation 3 to S. 32 indicates that goodwill would fall under the expression `any other business or commercial right of a similar nature'. The principle of ejusdem generis would strictly apply while interpreting the said expression which finds place in Explanation 3(b). In the circumstances, we are of the view that `Goodwill' is an asset under Explanation 3(b) to Section 32(1) of the Act.”
26 Goodwill due to amalgamation Sr. NoIntangible assets on which depreciation is allowedDecisions1Goodwill due to amalgamationSmifs Securities Limited [348 ITR 302 (S.C.)]Toyo Engineering India Limited [Bombay High Court] ITA (L) NO.1330 OF 2012, dt ]2Business Brand and Commercial EquityB Co. Ltd. [Mumbai ITAT]Glenmark Pharmaceutical Ltd.[Bombay High Court] [351 ITR 359]M/s. Birla Global Asset Finance Co. Ltd.[Bombay High Court] [ITA NO OF 2010, dt ]Kotak Forex Brokerage Ltd.  33 SOT 237 (Mum)3Licenses and other business/ commercial rights of similar natureOSRAM India Pvt Ltd [51 DTR (Del)(Trib) 297]RFCL Ltd [TS-122-ITAT- 2013(CHANDI)]4Non-Compete FeesReal Image Tech Pvt Ltd[120 TTJ (Chn) 983]Medicorp Technologies India Ltd [30 SOT (Chn) 506]Serum Institute of India Ltd - Pune Tribunal
27 Brand received on amalgamation KEC International Ltd [41 SOT 43 (Mum)] Sr. NoIntangible assets on which depreciation is allowedDecisions5Brand received on amalgamationKEC International Ltd[41 SOT 43 (Mum)]6Toll Collection RightsAshoka Info (P) Ltd[123 TTJ (Pune) 77]Ashoka Infraways Pvt Ltd [ITA No 185/PN/12 dt ]Against - M/s. Roads and Bridges Development Corporation of Kerala Ltd. [I.T.A. No.59 /Coch/2009 dt 16/11/2012 ][Depreciation on suchinfrastructure asset, and not 25% as applicable to intangible assets]7Distribution rights, trademarks and technical know-howM/s. Virbac Animal Health India P.Ltd.[I.T.A. NO.6806/M/2011 dt ]Jyoti (India) Metal Industries P. Ltd vs. ACIT (ITANo.181/M/2008)M/s. Drilbits International P.Ltd. [ITA No. 1361/PN/2010 dt ]
28 w Sr. No Intangible assets on which depreciation is allowed Decisions 8Licenses/Approvals/Registrations for operation of hotelsPiem Hotels Ltd[135 TTJ (Mum) 228]9Commercial rights for exploration of mineral oilONGC Videsh Ltd [37 SOT (Del) 97]10Goodwill - Purchase consideration for acquiring client relationships / clientele from sub-broker is a "depreciable intangible" assetIndia Capital Markets P. Ltd.[56 SOT 32]Weizman Forex Ltd. in ITA.No.3571/Mum/2011, dt 30/3/2012Mumbai ITAT in Jyoti India Metal Industries Pvt. Ltd. vs. ACIT [ITA.No.181/Mum/2008] dt 28/9/2012,Ind Global Corporate Finance [TS-676-ITAT-2012(Mum)] – Againstw
29 CBDT Circular on gifts and freebies by Pharma Companies to doctors and recent judicial rulings Medical Council of India (MCI ) had issued Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 (Regulations) in April 2002 laying down code of medical ethics to be followed by medical practitioners and framed rules for medical practitionersThe aforesaid Regulations were amended in December 2009 to further provide guidelines for professional conduct, etiquette and ethics for medical practitionersThe CBDT noticed that some pharmaceutical and allied health sector industries were providing freebees to medical practitioners and their professional associations in violation ofthe Regulations and, therefore, instructed the Tax Authority through the Circular no 5/2012 dated 5 August 2012 that claim for any expense in providing freebees in violation of Regulations as amended from 10 December 2009 is not admissible as business expense deduction under the provisions of Act
30 CBDT Circular on gifts and freebies by Pharma Companies to doctors and recent judicial rulings Furthermore, the Circular stated that the value of above referred freebees enjoyed by the medical practitioner or professional associations is taxable as business income or income from other sources in the hands of medical practitioner depending upon the facts of each case.The validity of the above CBDT Circular was challenged by way of Writ Petition in case of Confederation of Indian Pharmaceutical Industry (Taxpayer) before the Himachal Pradesh High Court (HC).The HC in its order [353 ITR 388], while dismissing the Taxpayer’s Writ Petition, held that the CBDT Circular is aligned to the provisions of the Act and, hence, cannot be regarded as illegal or beyond the provisions of law.The HC upheld validity of the CBDT Circular on the following grounds:► The CBDT Circular merely reiterates the provisions of the law.► It clarifies tax treatment of freebees enjoyed by medical practitioners.► If the taxpayer satisfies the Tax Authority that the expenditure incurred is not in violation of Regulations then the taxpayer can legitimately claim deduction for such expenditure.
31 CBDT Circular on gifts and freebies by Pharma Companies to doctors and recent judicial rulings Judicial pronouncements on this issue, wherein the HC’s have held that such an expenditure is not an allowable business expenditure:Kap Scan & Diagnostic Centre Pvt. Ltd. [(2012) 344 ITR 476 (P&H)] wherein it was concluded that ‘Commission paid by the assessee to the doctors for soliciting business could not be allowed as business expenditure since the same is unethical, against public policy and forbidden by law.’Pt. Vishwanath Sharma [(2009) 316 ITR 419 (Allahabad)], wherein it was held that ‘Amount paid by way of commission to Government doctors for prescribing medicines manufactured by assessee being illegal gratification, which is an offence punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, is hit by Explanation to s. 37(1), hence not an allowable business expenditure.
32 Taxability of amounts paid to search engines for online advertisement services Kolkata Tribunal decision – Right Florists Pvt Ltd (ITA No of 2011, dated 12 April 2013)FactsThe Taxpayer, a florist and an Indian company, used the search engines of Google/Yahoo for advertising its business. Payments were made to search engine companies, Google Ireland (Google) and Yahoo US (Yahoo), for displaying the Taxpayer's advertisement when certain key terms were used on such search engines.The above service were provided without human intervention.The Taxpayer was of the view that the payment was not taxable in India in the hands of the search engine companies and, hence, no taxes were withheld on such payments.The payments were disallowed by the Tax Authority as well as CIT(A) on the ground that the taxes ought to have been withheld at source. Furthermore, the Taxpayer should have approached the Tax Authority to determine the appropriate withholding tax rate before making a foreign remittance.
33 Taxability of amounts paid to search engines for online advertisement services IssueWhether the payments made to search engines such as Google & Yahoo for providing online advertising services can be held taxable under provisions of the Income Tax Act or under the respective Double Tax Avoidance Agreements (Tax treaties)?RulingThe Tribunal ruled that the payments would not be considered as “royalty” or “fees for technical services” (FTS) under the Act, as well as under the relevant tax treaties.Furthermore, the Tribunal also held that a website, per se, would not constitute a Permanent Establishment (PE) in India under the basic fixed place PE rule. This conclusion was based on the Commentary to the OECD Model Convention (OECD MC).
34 Taxability of amounts paid to search engines for online advertisement services Additional decisions:Pinstorm Technologies Pvt Ltd (50 SOT 74)Yahoo India Pvt Ltd (140 TTJ 195)Point for considerationWill this decision be still valid, after amendment in Section 9(1)(vi)/(vii) by insertion of explanation (iv) and (v) by Finance Act 2012 with retrospective effect from or it will be applicable only wherein treaty benefit is available.
35 Taxability of lease transactions/ finance transactions/ sale and lease back transactions Entitlement of depreciation in case of finance lease transactionEssentially two conditions have to be satisfied for grant of depreciation allowanceon any plant or machinery:It should be owned by the assessee.It should be used for the purpose of businessAs regards condition (ii), it is now well settled that if taxpayer is engaged in business of leasing, the asset given on lease can be regarded as used for purpose of taxpayer s leasing business (Refer CIT v. Shaan Finance Private Limited (1998) 231 ITR 308 (SC) and I.C.D.S. v. CIT (2013) 350 ITR 527 (SC)).The controversy effectively, therefore, surrounds whether lessor in a finance leasecan be regarded as owner of the leased asset for tax purposes.
36 Taxability of lease transactions/ finance transactions/ sale and lease back transactions In terms of AS-19, a finance lease is characterized as a finance transaction leading to recognition of asset in the books of the lessee, while recording receivable in the books of the lessor.CBDT Circular No. 2 of 2001 dated 9 February 2001 (referring to CBDT InstructionNo dated 31 December 1999) clarified that the circumstance whether the lease is classified as operating or finance lease in books of account in terms of AS-19 is not relevant for income tax purposes.Controversial rulings on this issue:Asea Brown Boveri Ltd. v. Industrial Finance Corpn. of India (154 Taxmann 512) (SC)Association of Leasing & Financial Service Companies v. UOI (2010) (46 DTR 209) (SC)IndusInd Bank Ltd. v. Addnl. CIT (2012) 135 ITD 165 (Mum.) (SB)This controversy over eligibility of depreciation to lessor seems to be resolved to a certain extent by way of Supreme Court decision in case of ICDS (2013) (350 ITR 527) (SC)
37 Taxability of lease transactions/ finance transactions/ sale and lease back transactions I.C.D.S. (2013) (350 ITR 527) (SC)The Taxpayer in the business of leasing, claimed depreciation on trucks purchased by it (registered in the name of lessees as per Motor Vehicle Act) and leased to customers.It claimed depreciation at higher rates on leased trucks on the basis that (a) it owned the trucks (b) the trucks were put to use for business purpose since they were leased out and lease rent was offered as business income and (c) the trucks were used in the business of running them on hire by leasing to customers.The issue before the Supreme Court was whether lessor, engaged in leasing business, is entitled to depreciation on assets leased to lessees.The SC held that where taxpayer’s business is of leasing assets, the twin requirements of ‘ownership’ and ‘use’ are satisfied on lease of assets to the lessee and it is not necessary that the taxpayer itself should use the asset to be entitled to depreciation allowance. Further, the test of ‘ownership’ is one of legal right over the asset against the rest of the world, to be ascertained contextually. In case lease agreement provides for exclusive ownership of lessor during lease term, (a) lessor’s right to repossess the asset in case of default by lessee (b) obligation on lessee to return the asset at end of lease and (c) lessor’s right to inspect the asset during lease term, the lessor satisfies the test of legal ownership over the asset and is entitled to depreciation thereon.(including higher rate, wherever prescribed.)
38 Taxability of lease transactions/ finance transactions/ sale and lease back transactions Controversy over taxability of sale and lease back transactionsWhether the lessor is entitled to claim depreciation in the case of a “sale and lease back” transaction?Yes, in a recent decision in case of Sicom Ltd [ITA No 7901 of 2003, dt 22 May 2013] and DCB Ltd [ITA No.3006/Mum/ 2001, ITA No. 4892/Mum/2003 dt 20 Mar 2013], Mumbai Tribunal after considering various judicial decisions on this issue, held that assessee, a lessor, was entitled to claim depreciation.Following are judicial precedents relied on by assessee wherein it was held that, the lessor is eligible to claim depreciation.Cosmo Films Ltd. (2011) 338 ITR 266 (Delhi High Court)Kotak Mahindra Finance (2009) 317 ITR 236 (Bombay High Court)Tribunal observed that Special Bench in case of Indus Ind Bank 135 ITD 165 (Mum) (SB) in fact supports the view that in genuine sale and lease back transactions, lessor is entitled to claim depreciation.
39 Taxability of lease transactions/ finance transactions/ sale and lease back transactions In the following decisions relied upon by tax authority, where it was held that the lessor is not eligible to claim depreciation, were distinguished.MidEast Portfolio Management Ltd. (2003) 87 ITD 537 (Mum) (SB)IndusInd Bank Ltd. (2012) 135 ITD 165 (Mum) (SB),
40 Section 14A – Recent judicial rulings Section 14A read with rule 8D not applicable on the facts of the case – As no satisfaction recorded by AO on correction of assessee suo moto disallowanceAshish Jhunjhunwala (ITA No. 1809/Kol/2012) AY dated 14 May 213 (Kol)JK Investors (Bombay) Ltd. (ITA No.7858/Mum/2011) AY dated 13 March 2013 (Mum)Justice Sam P Bharucha (AY ITA No. 3889/Mum/2011) dated 25 July 2012 (Mum)Priya Exhibitors (P) Ltd. AY [54 SOT 356 (Mum)]M/s. Auchtel Products Ltd. (AY and ITA No. 3183/Mum/2011) dated 30 April 2012 (Mum)Siva Projects Engineering and Enterprises Ltd. (AY ITA No. 1896/Mads/11) dated 17 February 2012 (Chn)Relaxo Footwears Ltd. AY [50 SOT 102 (Del)]Jindal Photo Ltd. (ITA No. 814/D/11) AY dated 23 September 2011 (Del)Multi Commodity Exchange of (India) Limited (ITA No. 1050/M/10) AY dated 5 August 2011Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. 328 ITR 81 (Bom)
41 Section 14A – Recent judicial rulings Share held as stock in trade in books of account cannot be considered for applying section 14A read with rule 8D:Gulshan Investments Co. Ltd. (ITA No. 666/Kol/2012) dated 11 March 2013 (Kol)Ethio Plastics Private Limited. (ITA No. 848/Ahd/2012) dated 10 December (Ahd)Ganjam Trading Co. Pvt. Ltd. (ITA No. 3724/Mum/2005) dated 20 September 2012 (Mum)M/s. India Advantage Securities Ltd. (ITA No. 6711/Mum/2011) dated 14 September 2012 (Mum)Esquire Private Limited (ITA No. 5688/Mum/2011) dated 29 August 2012CCI Ltd. 71 DTR 141 (Karnataka HC)Shri Apoorva Patni (ITA No. 239/PN/2011) dated 21 June 2011 (Pune)Yatish Trading Co. (P) Ltd. 129 ITD 237 (Mum)Smt. Leena Ramachandran 339 ITR 296 (Kerala HC)
42 Section 14A – Recent judicial rulings Rule 8D cannot be invoked while computing book profit under section 115JB of the ActSpray Engineering Devices Ltd. 53 SOT 70 (Chandigarh)M/s. Essar Teleholdings Ltd. (ITA No. 3850/Mum/2010) dated 29 July 2011 (Mum)Quippo Telecom Infrastructure Ltd. (ITA No. 4931/Del/2010) dated 18 February 2011 (Del)Goetze (India) Ltd. 32 SOT 101 (Del)No interest can be disallowed as own funds used for investment / stock in tradeHindustan Paper Corporation Ltd. (ITA No. 47/Kol/2012) dated 28 September 2012 (Kol)P N Writer (ITA No. 4388/M/10) dated 14 October 2011Shopper’s Stop Ltd. (ITA No & 4475/M/2010) dated 30 August 2011 (Mum. Trib)K. Raheja Corporation P. Limited (ITA No of 2009) dated 8 August 2011 (Bombay HC)M/s Balarampur Chini Mills Ltd. (ITA No. 504/Kol/2011) AY dated 29 July 2011 (Kol. Trib)
43 Section 14A – Recent judicial rulings No disallowance under section 14A in case investment are made in subsidiary or strategic investmentsHSBC securities & Capital Markets (ITA No. 3186/M/2008) dated 18 March 2011Zensar Technologies (ITA No. 4538/M/2005) dated 15 December 2010Balchandra S Sule (ITA No. 3684/M/2005) dated 29 October 2010Disallowance of administration related expenditure at certain % of Dividend or Administrative ExpenseVatican Commercial Ltd. (ITA No. 880/Kol/2011) dated 30 August 2011 (Kol)M/s Philips Carbon Black (ITA No. 566/Kol/2009) dated 10 June 2011 (TM)
44 PenaltyWhether penalty can be levied for bonafide inadvertent error in the Return of Income (ROI)PWC - Supreme Court [348 ITR 306]The SC deleted levy of penalty and held that the Taxpayer had committed bonafide inadvertent error in computation of income by not disallowing an inadmissible expenditure though it was reported in the Tax Audit Report.Hence there was no attempt to conceal income or furnish inaccurate particulars to justify levy of penalty.The SC further held that caliber and expertise of a taxpayer has nothing to do with inadvertent mistake, as any person can be prone to such human error.Below are the rulings wherein it is held that no penalty can be levied due “bona fide/ inadvertent/ human error”Somany Evergreen Knits Ltd (Bom) (High Court) Income Tax Appeal No of 2011, dt 21 March 2013Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd. (Bom) (High Court) [Income Tax Appeal (Lod) No.2117 of 2012, dt 26 February 2013]Ms. Sania Mirza (Andhra Pradesh High Court) I.T.T.A. No.526 of 2011 dt ]
45 PenaltyWhether penalty can be levied for concealment where the High Court had admission of quantum appeal and whether admission of quantum appeal by High Court shows issue is debatable levy of penalty is not justified.1) Liquid Investment and Trading Co. (Delhi) (High Court) 5 October 20102) Shri Yugal Kishore Jajoo (ITA No. 272/Ind/2011) Dated 12 February 2013)3) Shri Surendra Singh (ITA No. 329/Ind/2012) 29 January 20134) Late Mohd.Anwar Khan (ITA NO. 343/Ind/2011) Dated 31 January 20135) Shri Sudhakar M.Shetty (ITA. No. 6514/M/11) Dated 29 August 20126) DCIT vs Roger Enterprises (P) Ltd. (ITA No. 567/D/2006) Dated 7 September 20127) M/s Nayan Builders & Developers P. Ltd v. ITO (ITA. No.2379/Mum/2009) dated 18 March 20118) DCIT v. M/s Crisil Ltd (ITA No.941/Mum/2008) dated 14 July 20099) Sadhu Ram Goyal 128 ITD 436 (JP)(Trib)10) Dadra Nagar Haveli 134 ITD 624 (Ahd)11) Rupam Mercantiles Ltd. 91 ITD 237 (Ahd) (TM)
46 PenaltyWhether any penal action u/s 271(1) (c) can be brought against the assessee as a result of any retrospective amendment in lawYahoo India Pvt. Ltd (ITA (LOD) No of 2012, dt 8 March, 2013) – Bombay High CourtIn this case, the tax authority treaty the payments made by assessee for uploading and display of banner advertisement on its website portal as royalty income u/s 9(1) (vi) of the Act and accordingly, disallowed the same for non-deduction of tax at source u/s 40a(i).Further, penalty u/ 271(1) (c) for concealment or furnishing of inaccurate particulars of income was also imposed upon the assessee.The Tribunal deleted the disallowance and also the penalty.On appeal by the tax authority before the High Court, the Revenue sought to justify the disallowance and penalty by placing reliance on Explanation 5 introduced to Sec 9 of the Act by the Finance Act, with retrospective effect from 1st June, 1976 to tax royalty income.Dismissing tax authority's appeal, Bombay HC held that the very fact that the law has been amended with retrospective effect clearly shows that the issue was debatable and in the absence of any failure to disclose material facts necessary for the purpose of assessment, the deletion of penalty levied under Section 271(1)(c) of the Act cannot be faulted.
47 Stay of demand – recent judicial rulings Recent Bombay High Court decisions on Stay of demandSr NoNameHeld1Society of the Franciscan (Hospitaller) Sisters [351 ITR 302]No Recovery proceedings during pendency of stay application. Applications for stay cannot be treated by the AOs & appellate authorities as meaningless formalities2HDFC Bank Limited [Writ Petition (L) No. 770 of 2013, 4 April 2013]Demand should be stayed if strongprima facie case made out. Demand on covered issues cannot be recovered by adjustment of refunds3Deloitte Consulting India Pvt. Ltd. (2013) 351 ITR 160Dealing with application u/s 220(6), the A.O. is to act fairly i.e. objectively, guided by the need to protect Revenue and being fair to assessee whose appeal is pending.4UTI Mutual Fund v. ITO (No. 2) Writ Petition (LODG.) NO.523 OF 2013, dt 6 Mar 2013]Stay of demand can be granted even if there is no financial hardship.
48 Stay of demandWhether direct Stay Application to Tribunal is maintainable? And is it not necessary that lower authorities must be approached firstHoneywell Automation India Ltd [ Pune Tribunal -138 TTJ 373]Vodafone Essar Ltd. [Mumbai Tribunal TTJ 284]DHL Express (India) (P) Ltd. [Mumbai Tribunal – 140 TTJ 38]Reuters India (P) Ltd. [Delhi Tribunal - 84 TTJ 95] Financial status not itself a ground for refusing the stay of demandIn the following decisions it has been held that even if the assessee is financially sound and in a position to pay taxes will not in itself be a ground for refusing to exercise the discretion for stay of demandUTI Mutual Fund (No 2) [Bombay High Court - Writ Petition (LODG.) NO.523 OF 2013, dt 6 Mar 2013]JCT Ltd. v. ITAT & Ors [258 ITR 291 (Del HC)]R. P. David v. Agricultural ITO [86 ITR 699 (Mad HC)]Shri Balaji Trading Co. & Ors [175 ITR 428 (Mad HC)]Reuters India (P) Ltd [84 TTJ 95 (Delhi ITAT)]KEC International Ltd. [Mumbai Tribunal TTJ 60]
49 Domestic Transfer Pricing - Outline Rationale for introducing transfer pricingBrief backgroundOverview of the provisionsImplication of amendmentChallengesCompliance requirementsWay forward
50 Rationale for introducing Transfer Pricing Legislation introduced with effect from 1 April 2001Considering the need of hour the Finance Minister in his Budget Speech of 2001 explained the rationale for introducing Transfer Pricing Regulations“The presence of mutlinational enterprise in India and their ability to allocate profits in different jurisdictions by controlling prices in intra group transactions has made the issue of transfer pricing a matter of serious concern”The legislative intent behind the introduction of detailed transfer pricing provisions was later discussed by CBDT in its Circular No 14 / 2001 asfollows:“The basic intention underlying the new transfer pricing regulations is toprevent shifting out of profits by manipulating prices charged or paidin international transactions, thereby eroding the Country’s tax base”
51 Brief backgroundIn order to check whether the Taxpayers carrying on business with related parties made excessive and unreasonable expenditure, provisions of section 40A(2) was introduced.Further, in order to check whether the profits of eligible units for availing the deduction under section 80A, 80IA, 10AA etc were not inflated, provisions were introduced in section 80A, 80IA, 10AA.However, there was no machinery in the Act to monitor/deal with the transactions with the related parties whether the same is valued at arm’s length price or not.
52 Brief background Under the pre- amended provisions: Section 40A(2) - Expenses or payments not deductible in certain circumstances.The existing provisions of clause (a) of sub-section (2) of the aforesaid section 40A provides thatwhere the assessee incurs any expenditure in respect of which payment has been or is to be made to any person referred to in clause (b) of the said section andthe Assessing Officer is of the opinion that such expenditure is excessive or unreasonable having regard to fair market value of the goods, services or facilitiesfor which the payment is made or the legitimate needs of the business or profession of the assessee or the benefit derived by or accruing to him therefrom, so much of expenditure as is so considered by him to be excessive or unreasonable shall not be allowed as deduction.
53 Brief backgroundRelevant extracts of the Departmental Circular - Circular NO. 6-P, Dated and circular NO. 4-P[LXXVI-65], datedIt may be noted that the new provision is applicable to all categories of expenditure incurred in businesses and professions, including expenditure on purchase of raw materials, stores or goods, salaries to employees and also other expenditure on professional services, or by way of brokerage, commission, interest, etc.Where payment for any expenditure is found to have been made to a relative or associate concern falling within the specified categories, it will be necessary for the Income-tax Officer to scrutinise the reasonableness of the expenditure with reference to the criteria mentioned in the section.The Income-tax Officer is expected to exercise his judgment in a reasonable and fair manner. It should be borne in mind that the provision is meant to check evasion of tax through excessive or unreasonable payments to relatives and associate concerns and should not be applied in a manner which will cause hardship in bona fide cases.
54 Brief background Under the pre- amended provisions: Section 80IA - Deductions in respect of profits and gains from industrial undertakings or enterprises engaged in infrastructure development, etcThe existing sub-section (8), provides that inter unit transfer of goods / services should correspond to market value. Explanation to sub-section (8) of the aforesaid section 80-IA provides for the definition of “market value” in relation to goods or services, means the price that such goods or services would ordinarily fetch in the open market.The existing provisions of sub-section (10) of the aforesaid section provide that where it appears to the Assessing Officer, owing to the close connection between the assessee carrying on the eligible business to which this section applies and any other person, or for any other reason, the course of business between them is so arranged that the business transacted between them produces, to the assessee more than the ordinary profits which might be expected to arise in such eligible business, the Assessing Officer shall, in computing the profits and gains of such eligible business for the purposes of the deduction under this section, take the amount of profits as may be reasonably deemed to have been derived therefrom.
55 Brief backgroundSupreme Court (SC) in Glaxo Smitkline Asia (P) Ltd. (2010) 195 Taxman 35 (SC), observed that there was a need to extend TP regulations (as applicable to Int. Tr) to domestic transactions.In order to give effect to the above SC observation, The Finance Act (FA) 2012 has extended the scope of Transfer Pricing (TP) regulations as applicable to ‘international transactions’ (Int. Tr) to ‘specified domestic transactions’ (SDT) with effect from A.YObjective behind applying and extending of scope of transfer pricing regulations to domestic transactions:in determination of income from domestic related party transactions anddetermination of reasonableness of expenditure between related domestic parties.It will create legally enforceable obligation on assessees to maintain proper documentation.
56 Overview of the provisions Scope of TP provisions expended w.e.f AY by including “SDT” if aggregate value of such transaction exceeds INR 5 Crores“Specified Domestic Transactions “ in case of an assessee means any of the following transactions, not being an international transaction , namely –Any expenditure in respect of which payment is made or to be made to a person u/s 40A(2)(b) ;Any transaction referred u/s 80A ;Any transfer of goods/services u/s 80-IA ;Any business transaction u/s 80-IA(10) ;Any transaction under Chapter VI-A or u/s 10AA – to which provisions of Sec 80-IA (8) or (10) applies ; orAny other transaction as may be prescribed.
57 If a transaction is classified/covered under SDT, i If a transaction is classified/covered under SDT, i.e section 92BA is applicableFair market valueArm’s Length PriceDocumentationKey pointFMV as contemplated by any of the specified provisions will need to be determined in accordance with ALP as defined in section 92F(ii) of the Act.25ALP as determined by adopting most appropriate method as per section 92C(1) will be considered as measure of FMV for transactions specified under section 92BA. This makes it mandatory for the taxpayer to compute ALP as per methods specified under section 92C (including sixth method recently notified on 23 May 2012). The taxpayer cannot adopt any other unspecified method for computing ALP.The taxpayer is also obliged to maintain contemporaneous documents under section 92D as also obliged to obtain & furnish auditor’s report under section 92E of the Act.It is to be borne in mind that Section 92BA does not impact operation of basic scope of provisions of section 40A(2) or section 80A(6) / 80-IA(8) or 80-IA(10). It merely provides that FMV as contemplated by any of the specified provisions will need to be determined in accordance with ALP as defined in section 92F(ii) of the ITA. Thus, section 92BA applies only if the conditions of section 40A(2) / section 80A(6) etc. are fulfilled and thereupon FMV needs to be determined in accordance with section 92BA.
58 Implications of the amendment SDT : Significant Transactions which may be impactedTransfer of goods between related domestic companies eligible for tax holiday and others.Inter-unit transfer of goods / services between tax holiday eligible business / units and other businesses / units of the taxpayer in IndiaInterest, corporate guarantee receipt /payment, cash pooling and related funding transactions between related parties in IndiaRent payments within Domestic associated enterprises e.g. between SEZ Developer and SEZ unitsExpenditure incurred in case of Director fees, managerial remuneration.Transactions of reimbursement of expenditureTransaction under Cost sharing agreements/ Cost Contribution agreements. Payments for use of/ access to common facilities like office/ Finance charges/ Human Resource services etc.Transaction of Brand Equity Charges
59 Impact of amendment in – Sec 80IA(10) Impact on the transactions/payments covered under section 80IA(10):It is clear that S. 92BA(iv) is applicable provided the transaction is covered by s. 80-IA(10).If the taxpayer bonafide believes that his conduct with the AE is bonafide and dealings between them cannot be alleged to be evasive arrangement, s. 80-IA(10) is unlikely to be attracted. Accordingly, the transactions may not be regarded as SDT in terms of s. 92BA(iv).The taxpayer may further support non-applicability of s. 80-IA(10) on the basis that given the liability to pay MAT from AY despite enjoying s. 10AA tax holiday benefit under normal provisions, there is no real incentive to shift profits to s. 10AA eligible unit. The taxpayer may contend that burden to prove applicability of s. 80-IA(10) is on the AO.Considering, however, penal consequences of non-reporting and failure to maintain documentation, it may be practically advisable to comply with TP requirements, without prejudice, to main contention on non applicability of SDT Provisions.
60 Corresponding amendment Transactions in other provisions to which s. 80-IA(8)/(10) applyThe profit linked incentive provisions under Chapter VI-A are also governed by provisions of s. 80-IA(8) and s. 80-IA(10) and hence will be subject to Domestic TP in the event of aggregate of such transactions with other transactions referred in definition of SDT exceeding the quantum threshold of Rs. 5 CrS. 35AD, an investment linked incentive provision, also has reference to provisions of s. 80-IA(10). However, s. 35AD is not covered under Chapter VI-A.
61 Methods for determining ALP Section 92C, which deals with computation of arm’s length price, specifies the use of five methods, and such other method as may be prescribed.ALP is required to be computed in accordance with Rule 10B and Rule 10AB using any one of the following methods being most appropriate method:Comparable uncontrolled price method (CUP)Resale Price Method (RPM)Cost Plus Method (CPM)Profit Split Method (PSM)Transactional Net Margin Method (TNMM)Such other method as prescribed by the Board – Rule 10ABUntil now, Section 92C was specifically applicable only to international transactions, and has now been extended to also include specified domestic transactions. However, Rule 10B and 10AB currently deal only with situations involving international transactions, and are yet to be amended in order to give practical effect to the amendment to Section 92C
62 ChallengesWhether Domestic TP provisions would apply to intra-group loans given by two Indian related companies under s 40A(2)(b). For eg. A1 Ltd has given loan to A2 Ltd on which A2 Ltd pays 18% p.a. The ALP interest rate considering the tenure, repayment terms, collateral offered, etc of the loan is determined at 11%. This rate of interest is also considered to be fair rate required to be paid by a borrower who is similarly placed. There is no explanation offered for payment at higher rate. A1 Ltd and A2 Ltd are not entitled to any profit linked tax holiday. Interest paid by A2 Ltd exceeds Rs. 5 Cr. What would be the implications in hands of A1 and A2 Ltd?Facts being the same as above,- Instead of 18%, A1 Ltd gives interest free loan to A2 Ltd. Thus A2 Ltd does not pay any interest to A1 Ltd.- A2 Ltd has used interest free loan received from A1 Ltd in its undertaking which is entitled to profit linked tax holiday under s 10AA (SEZ Unit). Similarly if A1 Ltd has given interest free loan out of borrowed funds – there is direct linkage. What would be the impact under section 36(1)(iii) and SDT provisions?
63 Challenges3) Can application of Domestic TP provisions lead to notional taxation of any income of the taxpayer (for instance, provision of bank guarantee by Indian parent company for credit facilities availed by its domestic subsidiary) However treated, it is less than ALP or charging of less than fair price (or treated as less than ALP) to other related party (where no deduction under section 10A etc or 80IA/80IB etc is claimed or charging price to Related Party by units eligible for income linked incentive deduction?If deduction on account of payment to a related party, is reduced by application of Domestic TP provisions, whether the related party’s income will automatically stand reduced to that extent?What is the impact on profit linked tax holiday claimed under Chapter VI-A or s. 10AA on the amount of addition due to Domestic TP adjustment (other than on account of payment to related party under s. 40A(2)(b)? Will higher deduction be permissible including on such adjustments made?
64 Challenges6) Whether common overhead costs like interest, administration, HR, accounting, etc incurred by HO needs to be allocated to qualifying units, in view of Domestic TP provisions? If yes, whether the actual expenditure can be allocated? If done so, will TP provisions apply or whether a FMV needs to be imputed by fictionally deeming HO as unrelated arms’ length service provider?7) Whether taxpayer can avail DRP route if adjustments are made in respect of SDT?A taxpayer can avail DRP route if there is variation to returned income/loss assessment order irrespective of international transactions with AEs passed by TPO under s. 92CA(3)Since s.92CA(3) has been amended to include SDT, within its scope in addition to Int. Trans. is it correct that DRP route should be available if adjustments are made in respect of SDT by TPO.
65 Challenges8) Type of transactions covered under section 40A(2)(b), cases for payments made by a company:Case 1 – To a Director Mr. A (Professional not holding any shares) or any relative of the Director (Mr C) of the taxpayer – Section 40A(2)(b)(ii), whether payments made to relative of director is covered?Case 2 - To an individual who has substantial interest in the business or profession of the taxpayer or relative of such individual – Section 40A(2)(b)(iii), whether payments made to Mr A and Mr C, who are relative of Mr D, (who has substantial interest) in the taxpayer company?Case 3 – To any other company carrying on business in which the first mentioned company has substantial interest – Section 40A(2)(b)(iv), in case where A Ltd has substantial interest in taxpayer company and A Ltd has substantial interest in B Ltd. Whether payments made to B Ltd by taxpayer company would be covered?Case 4 – If A Ltd is holding company of ‘B’ Ltd and ‘B’ Ltd is holding company of ‘C’ Ltd, will transaction between ‘C’ Ltd and ‘A’ Ltd be covered by SDT?
66 Compliance requirements Maintenance of robust and contemporaneous documentation.DocumentationIn this connection, Section 92D , read with Rule 10D of the Income Tax Rules, 1962 (the Rules) prescribes stringent documentation requirements on the part of the taxpayer, to justify the arm’s length nature of transactions.It is interesting to note that although Section 92D has been mended to include specified domestic transactions, a similar amendment has not yet been made to Rule 10D.On a strict conjoint reading of Section 92D and Rule 10D, it appears that the taxpayer subjected to transfer pricing regulations in respect of specified domestic transactions is required to maintain sufficient documentation to prove the arm’s length nature of such transactions. However, the documentation does not necessarily need to be in line with Rule 10D requirements.Accountant’s certificateThe relevant Section (Section 92E) has been amended to include specified domestic transactions, however, the relevant Rule (Rule 10E), and the format of the accountant’s report (Form 3CEB) are yet to be amended.In the absence of clarity regarding Form 3CEB, it is not clear whether separate accountant’s reports (Form 3CEBs) will need to be filed for international transactions and specified domestic transactions, or a single Form 3CEB will include both these categories of transactionsBecause changes in tax policy worldwide affect multinational companies, these companies must respond to them. This slide outlines ways multinational companies should respond to global tax policy changes.
67 Way Forward…APA - Provision of bilateral / multilateral APA mechanisms in addition to unilateral APA’s. – Implementation holds the keyDomestic Transfer Pricing - Clarity on Transactions to be covered under SDT and application of MAMFormulate position on rollbacks - taxpayers must have assurance that past closed years will not be reopened for audit based on the transfer pricing agreed in the APABenefits of MAP as available with US and UK to be extended to other countries.Guidance on Compensating adjustments and Correlative relief, secondary adjustments, and set offs