Month: March 2010

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ACIT vs. Elecon Engineering (Supreme Court)

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DATE: March 2, 2010 (Date of publication)
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The cost for carrying forward the contracted foreign currency not immediately required for repayment is called the roll over charge(s). The argument that s. 43A applies only to cases where there is a fluctuation in the rate of exchange and that since roll over charges are paid to avoid increase or reduction in liability on account of such fluctuation, s. 43A does not apply has no merit because s. 43A applies to the entire liability remaining outstanding at the year end and is not restricted merely to the installments actually paid during the year. Therefore the year-end liability of the assessee has to be looked into. Further, it cannot be said that roll over charge has nothing to do with the fluctuation in the rate of exchange. Roll over charges represent the difference arising on account of change in foreign exchange rates. Roll over charges paid/ received in respect of liabilities relating to the acquisition of fixed assets should be debited/ credited to the asset in respect of which liability was incurred. However, roll over charges not relating to fixed assets should be charged to the Profit & Loss Account.