Books are very important tools used by professionals to carry on their profession. Though expenditure on purchase of books is no doubt capital in nature, the books purchased by professionals’ have a very short shelf life of around a year or sometimes even less, due to the fast pace of developments in their respective fields, be it medicine or engineering or law or accountancy. Depreciation was always allowed on books at 100 per cent till 1st April, 2003, from which date, by the amendment to Appendix I to the Income-tax Rules, 1962, the rate of depreciation has been reduced to 60 per cent for books not being annual publications. This has created numerous difficulties and hardship for professionals who need to capitalize each and every book purchased by them though its value may not be very significant. It has resulted in additional book-keeping for these professionals. Also, the revenue does not gain from such an amendment as the expenditure on books by professionals would not be material.
In view of the above, it is suggested that the depreciation on books purchased by professionals be restored to its original rate of 100 per cent
(SUGGESTIONS FOR RATIONALIZATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF DIRECT TAX LAWS)