Month: November 2010

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DCIT vs. SMK Shares & Stock Broking (ITAT Mumbai)

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While volume of transactions is an important indicator of the intention of the assessee whether to deal in shares as trading asset or to hold the shares as investor, it is certainly not the sole criterion. The AO’s conclusion that since sale and purchase had been determined by the volatility in the market, the same is against the basic feature of investor is not based on sound rational reasoning. A prudent investor always keeps a watch on the market trends and, therefore, is not barred under law from liquidating his investments in shares. The law itself has recognized this fact by taxing these transactions under the head “Short Term Capital Gains”. If the AO’s reasoning is accepted, then it would be against the legislative intent itself

DCIT vs. Tata Sons (ITAT Mumbai)

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The claim of the assessee that it is entitled to tax credit u/ss 90 & 91 in respect of the foreign taxes as well as a deduction u/s 37(1) is not justified and results in a double unintended benefit. On facts, while the assessee paid US Federal Income-tax @ 35% of Rs 35 crores and claimed deduction u/s 37(1) which resulted in tax advantage of Rs 13 crores being 38.5% of this amount, it also claimed tax credit of Rs 35 crores against its Indian income-tax liability despite the fact that the profits were not taxed in India owing to deduction u/s 80HHE. The result is that for a payment of US taxes of Rs 35.01 crores, the assessee claimed tax relief of Rs 48.49 crores in India. Even if tax credit was denied in cases where s. 80HHE was eligible (as done by the CIT (A)), the assessee would still get an effective advantage of 38.5% if it was granted a deduction u/s 37(1). This results in incongruity

ADIT vs. Wizcraft International Entertainment (ITAT Mumbai)

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As Colin Davie was not a performer, his income was not covered under Article 18 of the DTAA but was covered by Article 7 and as the services were rendered outside India and there was no PE, the same was not assessable to tax in India. Even under the Act, by virtue of Carborandum Co 108 ITR 335 (SC), Circular No. 17 of 1953 dated 17.7.1953 & Circular No.786 dated 7.2.2000, commission paid to agents for services rendered outside India is not chargeable to tax in India and there is no obligation to deduct tax u/s 195

JCIT vs. Mukesh D. Ambani (ITAT Mumbai)

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Prior to the concept of dematerialisation, a valid pledge of shares could be created by delivery of the shares to the pawnee either physically or constructively. With respect to demateriaized shares, though s.12 of the DP Act provides for the manner of creating a pledge, this is not the only method. Dematerialized shares continue to be “goods” and the law laid down in the Companies Act and the Sale of Goods Act for deciding whether a sale of shares has taken place or not will continue to govern

Coca Cola India Inc vs. ACIT (Supreme Court)

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Judgement of the P&H High Court in Coca Cola India Inc vs. ACIT 309 ITR 194 on transfer pricing in cases not leading to “erosion of tax revenue” nullified

Maruti Suzuki India vs. ACIT (Supreme Court)

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Judgement of the Delhi High Court in Maruti Suzuki vs. ACIT 328 ITR 210 (Del) on transfer pricing of trademarks & brands licensing nullified

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India vs. DIT (E) (ITAT Delhi)

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The argument of the revenue on the basis of Gee Vee Enterprises 99 ITR 375 (Del) that non-making of inquiry by the AO is sufficient to justify action u/s 263 is not acceptable in view of the later decision in Vikas Polymers (Del) where it was held that the fact that the AO has not applied his mind to the issue may mean that the order is erroneous but it does not necessarily mean that the order is also prejudicial to the interests of the revenue. The CIT should apply his mind to the information provided by the assessee in the course of the revisional proceedings and record a finding instead of simply remanding the matter to the AO for examination

Sulzer India Ltd vs. JCIT (ITAT Mumbai Special Bench)

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The second requirement of s. 41(1) is also not satisfied because in paying the NPV of the sales-tax liability, the assessee has paid the equivalent of the Future Value of the sum. As the sum of Rs. 3,37,13,393 is the NPV of the future sum of Rs.7,52,01,378 and its payment discharges the full liability, there is no remission or cessation of liability by the State Govt. It is a simple case of collecting the amount at net present value which is due later on (principles of s. 63 of the Contract Act applied)

Besix Kier Dabhol SA vs. DDIT (ITAT Mumbai)

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The argument of the revenue that the abnormal debt-equity ratio attracts the “Thin Capitalization Rule” and that the “debt” should be characterized as “equity” for purposes of considering whether interest is deductible is not acceptable. Several countries have detailed “thin capitalization rules” (e.g. Belgium). However, there are no such rules in India though the DTC 2010 has proposed this vide s. 123(1)(f). In the absence of specific “thin capitalization” rules, it is not open to the revenue to characterize debt as equity and disallow the interest (principles in Azadi Bachao Andolan 263 ITR 706 (SC) followed)

CIT vs. Glaxo Smithkline (Asia) (Supreme Court)

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Complications arise in cases where the fair market value is required to be assigned to transactions between related parties u/s 40A(2). The CBDT should examine whether Transfer Pricing Regulations can be applied to domestic transactions between related parties u/s 40A(2) by making amendments to the Act. The AO can be empowered to make adjustments to the income declared by the assessee having regard to the fair market value of the transactions between the related parties and can apply any of the generally accepted methods of determination of arm’s length price, including the methods provided under Transfer Pricing Regulations

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