Vijai Electricals Ltd vs. ACIT (ITAT Hyderabad)

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DATE: June 4, 2013 (Date of publication)
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Transfer pricing provisions do not apply (i) to an investment in share capital of overseas companies & (ii) to transactions where no “income” has arisen

The assessee invested Rs. 21 crores in the share capital of its overseas subsidiaries. The AO completed the assessment without making any transfer pricing adjustment. The CIT revised the assessment u/s 263 on the ground that the transaction was an “international transaction” u/s 92B and that the AO ought to have referred the matter to the TPO to determine whether the investments were made at arm’s length. The assessee filed an appeal before the Tribunal in which it argued (i) that an investment in the share capital of another company was not an “international transaction” u/s 92-B and (ii) as there was no “income“, the transfer pricing provisions did not apply. HELD by the Tribunal upholding the plea:

An amount paid for investment in share capital of subsidiaries outside India is not in the nature of an “international transaction” as defined in s. 92-B. Transfer pricing provisions are not applicable to transactions where there is no income (Circular No. 14, dated 22/11/2011, Dana Corporation 321 ITR 178 (AAR) & Amiantit International 322 ITR 678 (AAR) referred)

Note: On the point that transfer pricing provisions do not apply where there is no ‘income’ see the contrary view in Perot Systems 130 TTJ 685 (Del) & the series of judgements on “notional interest

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