|DATE:||(Date of pronouncement)|
|DATE:||April 19, 2013 (Date of publication)|
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S. 195: If DTAA is silent, no obligation to deduct surcharge & education cess
The assessee made a remittance of management fee and interest to a resident of France. The AO held that in deducting TDS thereon u/s 195, the assessee ought to have deducted surcharge and education cess. The assessee claimed that as the India-France DTAA was silent about inclusion of surcharge & education cess, it was under no obligation to do so. HELD by the Tribunal upholding the assessee’s plea:
The India-France DTAA does not say anything about inclusion of surcharge and education cess for the purpose of deduction of tax at source. Therefore, there is an apparent conflict between the Income-tax Act and the DTAA between the two sovereign countries with regard to deduction of tax at source on surcharge and education cess. U/s 90(2) if the provisions of the DTAA are more beneficial to the taxpayer, the DTAA prevails over the Act. Since the DTAA is silent about the surcharge and education cess for the purpose of deduction of tax at source, the taxpayer may take advantage of that provision in the DTAA for deduction of tax.