Quippo Telecom Infrastructure Ltd vs. ACIT (ITAT Delhi)

DATE: (Date of pronouncement)
DATE: March 26, 2012 (Date of publication)

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In computing book profits u/s 115JA/JB, if actual expenditure to earn tax-free income not debited in P&L A/c, s. 14A cannot apply

For AY 2007-08, the assessee invested Rs. 10 crores in shares and units. The assessee claimed that it had incurred no expenditure to earn tax-free income though the AO & CIT (A) made a disallowance of Rs. 19.58 lakhs u/s 14A r.w. Rule 8D. Before the Tribunal, the assessee claimed that (i) Rule 8D could not apply to AY 2007-08 and (ii) No disallowance u/s 14A could be made for purposes of computing book profits u/s 115JB. HELD by the Tribunal:

Under the normal provisions of the Act, Rule 8D cannot apply till AY 2008-09 though the AO is at liberty to identify actual expenditure incurred to earn tax-free income & make disallowance. However, while computing book profit u/s 115JB, no actual expenditure was debited in the profit & loss account relating to the earning of exempt income. S. 14A cannot be imported into while computing the book profit u/s 115JB because clause (f) of Explanation to s. 115JB refers to the amount debited to the profit & loss account which can be added back to the book profit while computing book profit u/s 115JB of the Act. In Goetze (India) Ltd. vs. CIT 32 SOT 101 (Del) it was held that sub-sec. (2) & (3) of s. 14A cannot be imported into clause (f) of the Explanation to s. 115JA. Accordingly, it is held that no addition to book profit can be made on account of alleged expenditure incurred to earn exempt income while computing income u/s 115JB.

The same view has been taken in Essar Teleholdings Ltd (ITAT Mumbai) (included in file)

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