Budget 2017: Actual cost of asset in case of withdrawal of deduction in terms of Sub-section (7B) of section 35AD

The existing provisions of Section 35AD of the Act, inter alia provides for investment linked deduction on amount of capital expenditure incurred, wholly or exclusively, the purposes of business, during the previous year for a specified business excluding capital expenditure incurred for acquisition of any land or goodwill or financial instrument. Further sub-section (7B) of Section 35AD provides that where any asset on which benefit of section 35AD is claimed and allowed, is used for a purpose other than specified business, the benefit of deduction already granted under section 35AD shall be deemed to be the income of the assessee. However, it further provides that the deemed income shall be net of normal depreciation as would be entitled.

Clause (1) of section 43 defines “actual cost” for the purposes of claiming depreciation under section 32 of the Act in certain situations. However, there is no clarity on determination of actual cost for the purposes of allowance of depreciation of such assets in respect of which the deduction which is already allowed in a previous year under section 35AD of the Act, is withdrawn in terms of sub-section (7B) of the said section.

In light of the recommendations of Income-tax simplification committee and to bring clarity, it is proposed to amend the provisions of the section 43 of the Act, to provide that where any capital asset in respect of which deduction allowed under section 35AD is deemed to be the income of the assessee in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (7B) of the said section, the actual cost to the assessee shall be the actual cost to the assessee, as reduced by an amount equal to the amount of depreciation calculated at the rate in force that would have been allowable had the asset been used for the purposes of business since the date of its acquisition.

This amendment will take effect from 1st April, 2018 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2018-19 and subsequent years.

[Clause 16]

Extract of relevant clause from Finance Bill, 2017

Amendment of section 43.

16. In section 43 of the Income-tax Act, in clause (1), with effect from the 1st day of April, 2018,—

(a) after the proviso and before Explanation 1, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:—

“Provided further that where the assessee incurs any expenditure for acquisition of any asset or part thereof in respect of which a payment or aggregate of payments made to a person in a day, otherwise than by an account payee cheque drawn on a bank or an account payee bank draft or use of electronic clearing system through a bank account, exceeds ten thousand rupees, such expenditure shall be ignored for the purposes of determination of actual cost.”;

(b) in Explanation 13, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:—

“Provided that where any capital asset in respect of which deduction or part of deduction allowed under section 35AD is deemed to be the income of the assessee in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (7B) of the said section, the actual cost of the asset to the assessee shall be the actual cost to the assessee, as reduced by an amount equal to the amount of depreciation calculated at the rate in force that would have been allowable had the asset been

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