Thursday, April 16, 2015

No TP addition for variation between actual price and ALP of fixed asset but depreciation to be re-computed on ALP


The international transaction of purchase of fixed assets is required to be benchmarked as per the most appropriate method. An increase in the value of the fixed assets after application of ALP, being a capital transaction in itself, will not give rise to anyaddition towards transfer pricing adjustment, but the depreciation on such assets, being a revenue offshoot of the capital transaction, will be requiredto be recomputed on such revised value.

Facts:


a)Assessee had made international transaction of purchase of fixed asset from its AE.

b)TPO made addition on the value of international transaction of the purchase of fixed assets. The counsel of assessee contended that the TPO was not justified in proposing the transfer pricing adjusting w.r.t. the value of purchase of fixed assets. It was argued that only the depreciation element of such adjusted value of the international transaction of purchase of fixed assets would call for adjustment to the operating profits.

c)Aggrieved-assessee filed the instant appeal

The Tribunal held in favour of assessee as under:

1)Section 92 is not a charging provision, but it is a procedural provision for recomputing the income arising from an international transaction having regard to its ALP. Before applying the mandate of this provision, it is of utmost importance that there should be some existing income chargeable to tax, which is sought to be recomputed having regard to its ALP.

2)If there is an international transaction which in itself gives rise to income that is chargeable to tax, then its ALP shall constitute a basis for making of addition on account of difference between the assigned value and ALP of such international transaction as per the relevant provisions. But if there is an international transaction in the capital field, which does not otherwise give rise to any income in itself, then even though its ALP may be computed in consonance with the provisions, but no adjustment can be made for the difference between the declared value and the ALP of such international transaction.

3)It does not mean that the computation of the ALP of such an international transaction in the capital field is just a ritual and should not be embarked upon. In fact, such a computation is necessary because of the impact of such a transaction of capital nature on the transactions of its revenue offshoots.

4)In the instant case, the international transaction of purchase of fixed assets was required to be benchmarked as per the most appropriate method. The application of the ALP, if required, would give rise to the re-computation of the revised value of the purchase of fixed assets. Such an increase in the value of the fixed assets, being a capital transaction in itself, would not give rise to anyaddition towards transfer pricing adjustment, but depreciation on such assets would be required to be recomputed on such revised value.

5)Therefore, addition made by TPO due to the determination of the ALP of purchase of fixed assets was required to be set-aside and AO was directed to compute depreciation on such fixed assets on adjusted value. - HONDA MOTORCYCLE & SCOOTERS INDIA (P.) LTD. V. ACIT - (2015) 56 taxmann.com 237 (Delhi - Trib.)
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