Monday, January 23, 2017

Foreign Co. can claim profits below Sec. 44BBB presumptive rate even when AS-7 is applicable on it


a) Foreign company was engaged in the business of erection, testing and commissioning of power plants. It had opened a project office for the execution of projects in India and opted for presumptive tax scheme under section 44BBB.

b) Its books of account were audited and prepared as per Accounting Standard-7 (AS-7).It claimed profits to be lower than the 10% presumptive rate u/s 44BBB.

c) The Assessing Officer (AO) discarded the method of accounting followed by the assesseeand rejected books of accounts in terms of section 145(3). He invoked the provisions of section 44BBB determined income @ 10%.

d) The CIT(A) held that AO had no right to reject audited books of accounts. Aggrieved from order of CIT(A), the revenue filed instant appeal before Tribunal.

The Tribunal held in favour of assessee as under:

1) Section 44BBBB clearly provides an option to an assessee to o􀁹er to tax lower profits and gains than profit deemed of 10% if books of accounts is maintained and also audited as per section 44AB.

2) Assessee had recognized revenue and cost following the percentage completion method prescribed by AS-7.

3) Assessee-company prepared its Balance Sheet and Profit & loss account in compliance with AS-7.

4) Assessee-company fulfilled all conditions prescribed u/s 44BBB and also has followed one of the recognized methods as prescribed in para 29 of the Accounting Standard-7 "Construction Contracts".

5) AO was of the view that method of accounting followed by assessee as per AS–7 was not correct and proper income could not be determined on that basis.

6) Hence, AO's action of rejecting books of accounts in terms of Section 145(3) and assessing income u/s 44BBBon presumptive basis was not justified. [2017] 77 266 (Ahmedabad - Trib.)

6 months investment period given under sec. 54EC should be treated as six British Calendar Months


a) Assessee earned long-term capital gains from sale of his ancestral property on 3-10-2008.

b) He invested amount of capital gains in REC bonds and claimed deduction under section 54EC.

c) Assessing Officer (AO) held that since the investment in the specified securities as stipulated under section 54EC was not made on or before 12-4-2009, i.e., within six months from the date of transfer of the property, the assessee was not entitled to claim deduction under section 54EC.

d) Commissioner (Appeals) upheld the order of AO. Aggrieved-assessee filed the instant appeal before Tribunal.

The Tribunal held in favour of assessee as under:

1) Section 54EC clearly stipulates that the investment has to be made in specified long term assets within a period of six months after the date of transfer of the original asset.

2) The word "month" is not defined under the Act, thus it has to be reckoned according to British Calendar in terms of section 3(35) of the General Clauses Act, 1897.Hence, six months period should be reckoned from end of month in which transfer took place.

3) REC bonds were subscribed by the assessee on 24-4-2009 and were allotted to the assessee by REC on 30-4-2009 which is within six months after the date of transfer of asset as per British Calendar month.

4) Since assessee fulfilled the conditions laid down under section 54EC, he was eligible for deduction under section 54EC.[2017] 77 174 (Mumbai - Trib.)

AO couldn't expand scope of special audit for those years which weren't specified in show cause notice: HC


a) Several firms converted into 5 companies, which amalgamated with assessee-company on 30-3-2012.

b) For year 2012-13, Assessing Officer found that properties of assessee-company had undergone multiple revaluation. Having regard to nature and complexity of accounts, he found it necessary to get the accounts audited by Special Auditor.

c) However, Assessing Officer(AO) ordered for special audit not only concerning financial year 2012-13 but also for financial year 2009-10 and also called for special audit of erstwhile firms and companies. However, there was no proposal in show-cause notice as to expanding scope of special audit for other years or for erstwhile firm and companies.

d) Aggrieved by the order of AO, assessee filed the instant writ before the High Court.

The High Court held in favour of assessee as under-

1) Insofar as the direction for auditing the company's account for the financial year 2012-13, same is backed by proper materials on record and reasons recorded by the Assessing Officer  Therefore, his formation of the belief that looking to the complexity and volume of the accounts, a special audit was called for, cannot be faulted.

2) However, in the impugned order, AO expanded the scope of special audit and directed the special audit not only for the financial year 2009-10 in case of the assessee, but also called for special audit of various other entities for number of years without any proposal in the show cause notice. 

3) It was held that where there was no proposal in show-cause notice as to expanding scope of special audit for other years or for erstwhile firms and companies, AO could not call for special audit in respect of same - [2017] 77 162 (Gujarat)

CCI imposed Rs. 135 crore penalty on Toyota, Nissan and Ford for restricting sale of spare parts


i. The informant alleged that genuine spare parts, diagnostic tools, software and technological information were not made available by the car manufacturers (i.e., Toyota, Nissan and Ford) to independent repair workshops (those which were not among authorized service centers of the car manufacturer).

The CCI held as under:

a. Toyota, Ford and Nissan were abusing their dominant position by imposing unfair conditions in nature of restrictions on purchase or sale of spare parts to independent automobile service providers.

b. Further, car manufactures were to be directed to remove all restrictions imposed on original equipment suppliers. Accordingly, CCI imposed Rs. 135 crore penalty for restrictive trade practices. [2017] 77 88 (CAT)

Participation by one Co. in management of other won’t create AE if Sec. 92A(2) criteria isn’t fulfilled

Section 92A(1) lays down the basic rule that in order to be treated as associated enterprise one enterprise, in relation to another enterprise, participate, directly or indirectly, or through one or more intermediaries, "in the management or control or capital of the other enterprise".

Section 92(A)(2) only provides illustrations of the cases in which such an enterprise participates in management, capital or control of another enterprise. In other words, what Section 92A (1) decides is the principle on the basis of which one has to examine whether or not two or more enterprise are associated enterprise or not. The principle is as long as an enterprise participates in any of the three aspects of the other enterprise, i.e. (a) management; (b) capital; or (c) control, these enterprises are required to be treated as associated enterprise, as also is the position when common persons participate in management, control or capital of both the enterprises.

However, the expression 'participation in management or capital or control' is not a defined expression. To find the meaning of this expression, one has to take recourse to Section 92(2) which gives practical illustrations, which are exhaustive and not simply illustrative.

Section 92A(2) governs the operation of Section 92A(1) by controlling the definition of participation in management or capital or control by one of the enterprise in the other enterprise. Mere fact of participation by one enterprise in the management or control or capital of the other enterprise, or the participation of one or more persons in the management or control or capital of both the enterprises shall not make them associated enterprises, unless the criteria specified in sub-section (2) of Section 92A are fulfilled”. - [2017] 77 127 (Ahmedabad - Trib.)

Apex Court dismissed writ against PMGKY scheme


a) Petitioner has challenged the PMGKY scheme and it argued that there should not be any provision for penalty and surcharge, withholding of income under PMGKY scheme. 

The Apex Court held as under:

i) This Court could not enter into or encroach upon the policy making arena and suggest a dismissed - [2017] 77 51 (SC)

No winding-up due to non-payment of professional fee which was disputed on ground of incomplete services


i. Petitioner-firm entered into a contract for providing architectural design services for construction of building.

ii. There were disputes for which the petitioner's services were not continuously engaged by the respondent-company. Further, petitioner had asked for his professional fee.

iii. Respondent - company had denied its liability to pay the professional fees on the ground that the petitioner firm had not given complete services. For repayment of its dues, petitioner had filed winding up petition against the company.

The High Court held as under:

a) It appears that the agreement between the parties about the providing of 'Professional Services' cannot be said to have a smooth sailing. Further, no final 'admitted liability' crystallized in favor of the petitioner - firm towards its professional services.

b) Winding-up petition couldn’t be exercised against a solvent company, if the liability of the respondent-company towards the 'Professional fees' was under bona fide dispute. - [2017] 77 32 (Karnataka)

Secured creditors could realise their dues even when claims weren't lodged with liquidator: HC

a) The Court ordered sale of secured properties of Borrowers Company by public auction. Later on, company was ordered to be wound up but the Bank opted to remain outside the winding up, as secured creditor.

b) Secured creditors submitted that no part of surplus amount could be paid to the unsecured creditors as long as there is an unpaid balance amount due to the secured creditors.

c) Official Liquidator argued that the secured creditors who opted to remain outside the winding up were not entitled to surplus amount for realizing their dues a􀁺er date of winding up.

The High Court held as under:

i. Official liquidator was not justified in holding that payment of interest was to be made only to such parties whose claims were admitted and adjudicated by him and not to those creditors who remained outside the winding up

ii. Secured creditors were entitled to surplus amount for realizing their dues and interest earned thereon after date of winding up, even though all claims against company including that of unsecured creditors were not satisfied. - [2017] 77 25 (Bombay)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

SEBI issues guidance notes on Board Evaluation

The SEBI has issued guidance note on evaluation of Board of Directors. The main purpose of this guidance note is to educate the listed entities and their board. The guidance note covers all major aspects of board evaluation, viz, process of evaluation and criteria for evaluation of different persons, feedback to the persons being evaluated and action plan. Guidance note also includes disclosure to stakeholders on various aspects such as frequency of evaluation, responsibility of board evaluation and review of the entire evaluation process.

Loan to HUF is deemed dividend when shareholder-Karta has substantial interest in HUF: Apex Court


a) The assessee-HUF received advances from G.S. Fertilizers (P) Ltd. ('Company'). The AO concluded that the HUF was both the registered shareholder of the Company and also the beneficial owner of shares, as it was holding more than 10% of voting power. On this basis, the amount of advance was included in the income of the HUF as deemed dividend.

b) The assessee argued that being a HUF, it was neither the beneficial shareholder nor the registered shareholder. It was further argued that the Company had issued shares in the name of Karta of the HUF, and not in the name of the HUF as shares could not be directly allotted to a HUF. Thus, the provisions of Section 2(22)(e) could not be attracted. 

The Supreme Court held as under:

1) In the instant case, the impugned advance was made to the assessee which was a HUF. However, the Karta of HUF held shares in the lending Company. The said Karta was, undoubtedly, the member of HUF.

2) It was not disputed that Karta was entitled to not less than 20% of the income of HUF. Thus, he had substantial interest in the HUF, being its Karta. Therefore, the provisions of Section 2(22)(e) would be attracted as advance was given to the concern in which shareholder had substantial interest. It was not even necessary to determine as to whether HUF could be beneficial shareholder or registered shareholder in lending company. [2017] 77 71 (SC)

Eight meeting of GST Council: Key takeaways

The GST council headed by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, met 8th time a􀁺er its formation. The key takeaways from council meeting are given hereunder:

1. Issue of dual control 

It is very unfortunate that even in the 8th round of meeting GST council did not reach to any consensus on issue of dual control. The Centre is not willing to accept demand of States for exclusive control over assesses having turnover below Rs 1.5 crore.

2. Cess

Officials from State Govt. were of the view that cess to be levied on more items in addition to demerit goods as the demonetization drive would reduce the tax collection in first year of GST implementation. The revenue loss from GST rollout post-demonetisation could be as much as Rs 90,000 crore,” said West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra.

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GSTN revised enrollment schedule for taxpayers; provides State wise enrollment details

Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has revised the enrollment schedule for GST migration. The GST enrolment will be available for service tax assessees from January 9, 2017 till January 31, 2017. However, all assessees registered with Central Excise can apply for GST enrollment from January 5, 2017 till January 31, 2017 provided they are not registered with State VAT department

GSTN has also published State-wise status of assesses enrolled under GST. The GST enrollment has received overwhelming response in States like Madhya Pradesh, Gujrat and Chhattisgarh wherein around 75 percent of dealers enrolled under GST. The Delhi Government has enrolled 45 percent of dealers, whereas Haryana Government has enrolled 29 percent dealers.

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MAT Co. entitled to indexation benefit for computing exempted capital gains under Sec. 10(38): ITAT


a) The assesse filed return of income under provisions of Section 115JB. The Assessing Officer denied benefit of indexed cost of acquisition for computing exempted capital gains.

b) The Assessing Officer was of the opinion that long term capital gain without indexing the cost of acquisition were to be considered for the purpose of computing tax liability u/s 115JB.

c) The CIT(A) upheld the action of Assessing Officer

The ITAT held in favour of assessee as under:

1) Section 10(38) provides that any income arising from transfer of a long-term capital asset, being equity share in a company or a unit of an equity oriented fund shall be exempt. Therefore, the issue revolves around interpretation of the term 'any income' as used in subsection (38) of section 10 from the transfer of long term capital asset.

2) The term 'any income' used in sub-section (38) of section 10 refers to only the amount of long term capital gains computed under the provisions of section 48 which means that the benefit of indexation of cost of acquisition should be given to the assessee while computing long term capital gain for the purpose of section 115JB of the Act.

3) Therefore, the assessee-company would be entitled to the benefit of indexation while calculating long term capital gains for the purpose of computing tax liability u/s 115JB. - [2016] 76 360 (Bangalore - Trib.)