Month: July 2011

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DCIT vs. Deloitte Consulting India Pvt. Limited (ITAT Hyderabad)

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A company with 20 times turnover (Wipro BPO) more than the assessee is not at all comparable because the assessee is a pygmy compared to a giant. Accordingly Wipro BPO has to be excluded from the list of comparable companies

Posted in All Judgements, Tribunal

ADIT vs. Star Cruise India Travel Services (ITAT Mumbai)

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The scope of deeming fiction u/s 9 (1)(i) which prima facie appears to be an extension of the classical source rule of taxation is in fact confined to the simpliciter taxability of an income earned in a tax jurisdiction because ‘while the main provision of the deeming fiction seems to be taking a rather aggressive view of the source rule, the Explanations to the deeming fiction considerably narrow down the scope of the same’ and to that extent there is overlapping of s. 9(1)(i) and s.5(2)(b). Further, while s. 9(1)(i) provides that an income with ‘business connection’ in India is chargeable to tax no matter in which part of the world it accrues or arises, the income which can be subjected to tax in India can never exceed the income attributable to operations carried out in India – by the non-resident or by the agent. This is made clear by clause (a) of Explanation 1 to s. 9(1)(i) and Explanation 3. The result is that if the agent (“the business connection”) has been compensated with fair remuneration, there cannot be further income of the non- resident which can be brought to tax u/s 9(1)(i) r.w.s. 5(2)(b)

Posted in All Judgements, Tribunal

Sanjay Gala vs. ITO (ITAT Mumbai)

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The department’s objection that the assessee has received bonus shares without investing any convertible foreign exchange is not correct because as the original shares were acquired by investing convertible foreign exchange, it cannot be said that the bonus shares were acquired without taking into consideration the original shares. In accordance with Dalmia Investment 52 ITR 567 (SC) the cost of acquisition of the original shares is closely interlinked with the bonus shares. Once bonus shares are issued, the averaging out formula has to be followed with regard to all shares. Accordingly, bonus shares are covered by s. 115C(b) and eligible for benefit u/s 115F

Posted in All Judgements, Tribunal

Kanubhai M. Patel HUF vs. Hiren Bhatt (Gujarat High Court)

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DATE: July 26, 2011 (Date of publication)
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For purposes of s. 149, the expression notice shall be issued” means that the notice should go out of the hands of the AO. On facts, though the notice was signed on 31.3.2010, it was sent to the speed post center for booking only on 7.4.2010. Considering the definition of the word “issue”, merely signing the notices on 31.3.2010 cannot be equated with “issuance of notice” as contemplated u/s 149. The date of issue would be the date on which the same was handed over for service to the proper officer, which in the present case would be the date on which the notices was actually handed over to the post office for the purpose of booking for the purpose of effecting service on the assessee. Till the point of time the envelopes are properly stamped with adequate value of postal stamps, it cannot be stated that the process of issue is complete. As the notice was sent for booking to the Speed Post Center on 7.4.2010, the date of “issue” of the notice would be 7.4.2010 and not 31.3.2010, which is beyond the limitation period. Consequently, the reassessment cannot be sustained

Posted in All Judgements, High Court

Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd vs. UOI (Uttarakhand High Court)

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DATE: July 23, 2011 (Date of publication)
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However, as the DIT-II was exercising supervisory functions over the AO, the real likelihood of “official bias” cannot be ruled out. Even if the officer is impartial and there is no personal bias or malice, nonetheless, a right minded person would think that in the circumstances, there could be a likelihood of bias on his part. In that event, the officer should not sit and adjudicate upon the matter. He should recuse himself. This follows from the principle that justice must not only be done but seen to be done. In order to ensure that no person should think that there is a real likelihood of bias on the part of the officer concerned, the CBDT is directed to ensure that a jurisdictional Commissioner is not nominated as a member of the DRP under Rule 3 (2) of the Rules. By doing this, the principle that justice must not only be done but seen to be done would be ensured

Posted in All Judgements, High Court

ITO vs. Audyogik Tantra Shikshan (ITAT Pune)

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Thus, in our view, it is a fit case of awarding cost u/s. 254(2B) of the Act, but at the same time, we appreciate the approach of the assessee as discussed hereinabove that they are not interested in the awarding of the cost but their whole purpose in making such request in awarding the cost is only to bring the high handedness of the A.O against the assessee to the notice of the Tribunal. Under the circumstances, we though restrain ourselves from awarding the cost as wished by the assessee, but at the same time, we are inclined to record over here before parting with the order that A.O should have confined himself in making just and proper assessment only, as per the provisions of the law and harassment of the assessee which is not permitted under the Statute should have been avoided at all cost

Posted in All Judgements, Tribunal

CIT vs. Cosmo Films Ltd (Delhi High Court)

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DATE: July 18, 2011 (Date of publication)
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The real intention of the parties in entering into the sale and lease agreement has to be gathered from the words in the agreement in a tangible and in an objective manner and not upon a hypothetical assessment of the supposed motive of the assessee to avoid tax.The lease agreement and invoice show that the ownership of the equipment was that of the assessee. There was a transfer of title. The fact that the transaction was entered into by HSEB in order to raise finance for its day-to-day needs and that HSEB decided to go in for tapping the system of sale and lease back assets as a mode of raising finance at a lower cost does not bind the assessee. HSEB’s intention in going in for the transaction cannot be transposed onto the assessee (Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa 268 ITR 130 (Ori), Rajasthan State Electricity Board 204 CTR 415 (Raj) and Gujarat Gas Company 308 ITR 243 (Guj) followed)

Posted in All Judgements, High Court

CCE vs. Doaba Steel Rolling Mills (Supreme Court)

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As regards the argument of learned counsel for the respondents that having not assailed the correctness of some of the orders passed by the Tribunal and a decision of the High Court of Karnataka, the revenue cannot be permitted to adopt the policy of pick and choose and challenge the orders passed in the cases before us, it would suffice to observe that such a proposition cannot be accepted as an absolute principle of law, although we find some substance in the stated grievance of the assessees before us, because such situations tend to give rise to allegations of malafides etc. Having said so, we are unable to hold that merely because in some cases revenue has not questioned the correctness of an order on the same issue, it would operate as a bar for the revenue to challenge the order in another case. There can be host of factors, like the amount of revenue involved, divergent views of the Tribunals/High Courts on the issue, public interest etc. which may be a just cause, impelling the revenue to prefer an appeal on the same view point of the Tribunal which had been accepted in the past. We, may however, hasten to add that it is high time when the Central Board of Direct and Indirect Taxes comes out with a uniform policy, laying down strict parameters for the guidance of the field staff for deciding whether or not an appeal in a particular case is to be filed. We are constrained to observe that the existing guidelines are followed more in breach, resulting in avoidable allegations of malafides etc on the part of the officers concerned

Posted in All Judgements, Supreme Court

Triad Getsco Ltd vs. H. M. The Queen (Canada Tax Court)

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DATE: July 18, 2011 (Date of publication)
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For the GAAR in s. 245 to apply, three aspects have to be satisfied (a) the assessee must obtain a “tax benefit” from a “transaction” or “series of transactions”, (b) the transaction(s) must be an “avoidance transaction” in the sense of not having been “arranged primarily for bona fide purposes other than to obtain the tax benefit” and (c) the avoidance transaction(s) must be abusive of the provisions of the Act, the burden being on the AO to establish the abuse

Posted in All Judgements, High Court

Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited vs. DDIT (Bombay High Court)

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Aditya Birla Nuvo’s argument that the shares of Idea Cellular were beneficially owned by AT&T Mauritius and that the gains would not be taxable in India under the India-Mauritius DTAA is not acceptable because under the JV agreement, AT&T Mauritius was merely the “permitted transferee” and acted “for and on behalf” of NSWS, USA. It was NCWS, USA which was the “beneficial owner” of the shares of idea Cellular and not AT&T Mauritius. Accordingly, Azadi Bachao Andolan 263 ITR 706 (SC) has no application

Posted in All Judgements, High Court