Preimus Investment And Finance Ltd vs. DCIT (ITAT Mumbai)

DATE: May 13, 2015 (Date of pronouncement)
DATE: June 10, 2015 (Date of publication)
AY: 2006-07
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S. 37(1): Even if no business is carried, the expenditure incurred to maintain the corporate entity has to be allowed as a deduction

Permission/denial by the RBI to register an assessee as NBFC does not decide the issue of carrying of business or make the business illegal. If the assessee had violated any provisions of law under the RBI Act it would be penalised by the appropriate authority. But that does not mean that the systematic organized activity carried out by the assessee for earning profit would not be treated as business. The explanation to sec.37(1) of the Act is not at all applicable to the case under consideration. In the scrutiny assessment, completed in the earlier years, the AO had assessed the interest income as business income and had allowed all the expenditure related with the business activity. The rule of consistency demands that for deviating from the stand taken in the earlier AY, the AO should bring on record the distinguishing feature of that particular year. We find that the AO or the FAA has not mentioned even a single line as to how the facts of the case under appeal were different from the facts of the earlier or subsequent years. We find that the disallowance of the expenses was without any basis. In the case of Rampur Timber & Turnery Co. Ltd.(129 ITR 58), the Hon’ble Allahabad High Court has held that expenditure incurred for retaining the status of the company, namely miscellaneous expenses, salary, legal expenses, travel expenses, expenses would be expenditure wholly and exclusively for the purpose of making and earning income. There is no doubt that the assessee is a corporate entity. Even if it is not carrying on any business activity it has to incur some expenditure to keep up its corporate entity. Therefore expenditure incurred by it has to be allowed.

2 comments on “Preimus Investment And Finance Ltd vs. DCIT (ITAT Mumbai)
  1. how come AOs do not understand simple propositions? if we have these kind of AOs naturally tax payers sooner or later would not pay any taxes that the governments need to understand, you might need money that does not mean u could rob tax payers by irrational logics that kind of logics are today is that of revenue.

    i think these kinds of revenue action could be called corruption and shd make punishable under prevention of corruption Act like that these revenue worthies need be booked by CBI as revenue has to work er art 51A of the constitution of india read with art my view.

  2. Mangesh says:

    Dr Balakrishnan, I agree with you. This is one of the biggest reason for people evading taxes because they know that even if they are honest in paying taxes, the AOs will frivolously make some or the other disallowance and either ask the assessee to pay more or ask for a bribe to settle the case.

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