LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 5042

TO BE ANSWERED ON FRIDAY, THE 16TH DECEMBER, 2016

Agrahayana 25, 1938 (Saka)

IRREGULAR TAX BENEFITS

5042. SHRI B VINOD KUMAR:

Will the Minister of Finance be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government is aware that the Income Tax Department has provided irregular tax benefits to infrastructure companies without verification costing the exchequer over Rs. 4500 crore;

(b) if so, the details thereof

(c) whether the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has any established mechanism to assess the impact of revenue foregone on account of deductions under Section 801A on the economy and industrial growth of the country, if so, the details thereof;

(d) whether the CBDT has mechanism for proper linkage between tax benefit allowed by the IT department with the actual investment made by the assessee to assess the impact of tax holiday; and

(e) if so, the details thereof along with the companies that availed such benefits during the last three years and the current year?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR GANGWAR)

(a) Yes, Madam. The office of the Comptroller & Auditor General (C & AG) conducts compliance as well as performance audit relating to specific area of work of the Department. Such an audit on the ssue relating to “Allowance of deduction to the assessees engaged in Infrastructure Development” was conducted by the C & AG in the year 2015 and the report was tabled in Parliament on 22/11/2016. The C & AG has pointed out irregularity in allowance of deduction of Rs.4539.09 crores. The Government is aware of the possibility of irregular allowance of deduction as reported by the C & AG. However, the objections raised by the C & AG are subject matter of verification and acceptance at the field level, therefore, it is not correct that the irregular tax benefits have been allowed to Infrastructure Company to the extent of amount over Rs.4,500 crores. There is a well-established mechanism of dealing with Audit Objections and taking remedial action. Wherever required the Department of Income Tax takes remedial action to safeguard the revenue under intimation to the C & AG.

(b) The Details of irregular tax benefits as pointed out by the C & AG(as per C & AG’s report No. 28 of 2016) is attached as Annexure A.

(c) There is no mechanism in CBDT to assess the impact of revenue foregone on account of deduction under section 80IA on the economy and industrial growth of the country.

(d) At present there is no mechanism for linkage between tax benefit allowed by the IT Department with the actual investment made by the assessee to assess the impact of tax holiday.

(e) NIL

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Annexure – A

Details of irregular tax benefits to Infrastructure Companies as per report of C & AG

S. No Heading Number of cases

reported

Tax Effect as per C & AG
1 Irregular allowance of deduction to ineligible assessees 33 205.84
2 Deduction allowed to business not specified in the Act 16 174.35
3 Treatment of receipts from sale of carbon credits 19 34.77
4 Deduction on additions made during scrutiny assessment 9 74.66
5 Deduction on infrastructure facility developed for captive/private use 8 2066.70
6 Incorrect allowance of deduction despite belated filing of returns 11 80.49
7 Deduction allowed beyond permissible periods 6 859.47
8 Incorrect apportionment of expenses 15 224.47
9 Consequences of Demerger / Amalgamation 7 376.10
10 Mistake in computation of eligible profits 43 143.65
11 Transaction with related parties not done at market price 6 15.10
12 Deduction allowed on old Plant and Machinery / pre-existing infrastructure facility / splitting of business already in existence 11 40.51
13 Allowance of deduction on Transfer Pricing adjustment 4 15.11
14 Deduction against income from other sources 27 227.87
Total 215 4539.09

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