Exemption in respect of income received by certain foreign companies
Section 10 of the Income-tax Act provides for certain incomes which are not included in the total income of a person subject to the conditions specified in the relevant clauses of the section.
In the national interest, a mechanism has been devised to make payment to certain foreign companies in India in Indian currency for import of crude oil. The current provisions of the Income-tax Act would render such payment taxable in India because payment is being received by these foreign companies in India in Indian currency. This would not be justified when such payment is based on national interest and particularly when no other activity is being carried out in India by these foreign companies except receipt of payment in Indian currency.
It is therefore proposed to insert a new clause (48) in section 10 of the Income-tax Act to provide for exemption in respect of any income of a foreign company received in India in Indian currency on account of sale of crude oil to any person in India subject to the following conditions:
(i) The receipt of money is under an agreement or an arrangement which is either entered into by the Central Government or approved by it.
(ii) The foreign company, and the arrangement or agreement has been notified by the Central Government having regard to the national interest in this behalf.
(iii) The receipt of the money is the only activity carried out by the foreign company in India.
These amendments will take effect retrospectively from 1st April, 2012 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2012-13 and subsequent years once such arrangement or agreement is notified.