|Question And Answer|
|Subject:||Payment of stamp duty on merger|
|Answered by:||Advocate Shashi Ashok Bekal|
|Tags:||deduction, Merger, Stamp Duty|
|Date:||June 10, 2023|
What is the deductability of the stamp duty paid by the company at the time of merger? Will it be treated as capital expenditure?
The same would be treated as capital expenditure.
The Gujarat High Court in the case of CIT v. Official Liquidator, Ahmedabad Mfg. & Calico Printing Co. Ltd.  244 ITR 156( Guj))( HC ) wherein it has been held that expenditure incurred in connection with an amalgamation scheme is to be treated as capital expenditure.
The Supreme Court in the case of Punjab State Industrial Development Corpn. Ltd. v. CIT  225 ITR 792 ( SC) that any expenditure incurred for widening the capital base has to be treated as capital expenditure.