Benefits of profit linked deduction under Chapter VI-A of the Income-tax Act are currently available to specified categories of hotels in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh; National Capital Territory and adjacent districts; 22 districts having World Heritage Sites and North-Eastern States, which start functioning before specified dates mentioned in the Act.
In view of the high employment potential of this sector, it is proposed to provide investment linked incentive to the hotel sector, irrespective of location, under section 35AD of the Income-tax Act. The investment-linked tax incentive allows 100 per cent deduction in respect of the whole of any expenditure of capital nature (other than on land, goodwill and financial instrument) incurred wholly and exclusively, for the purposes of the “specified business” during the previous year in which such expenditure is incurred.
Currently, such “specified business” means the business of setting up and operating cold chain facilities, warehousing facilities for storage of agricultural produce and laying and operating a cross-country natural gas or crude or petroleum oil pipeline network. It is now proposed to include the business of building and operating a new hotel of two-star or above category, anywhere in India, which starts functioning after 1.4.2010 within the purview of “specified business”.
It is also proposed to substitute sub-section (3) of section 35AD so as to provide that where a deduction under this section is claimed and allowed in respect of the specified business for any assessment year, no deduction shall be allowed under the provisions of Chapter VI-A under the heading “C.-Deductions in respect of certain incomes” in relation to such specified business for the same or any other assessment year. A similar amendment is proposed in section 80A.
These amendments are proposed to take effect from 1st April, 2011 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2011-12 and subsequent years.