Havells India Ltd. Vs ACIT (ITAT Delhi)
(Decided on 27th May 2011)
It has been held that where services have been rendered outside India and have been utilised for the purpose of making or earning any income from any source outside India, such payments would fall outside the purview of Section 9(1)(vii) of the Act and will not be deemed to accrue or arise in India.
The Tribunal observed that the testing and certification was necessary for the export of the product and was utilised for such export. The said services were rendered and utilised outside India. Therefore, the income fell outside the purview of Section 9(1)(vii) of the Act and did not deem to accrue or arise in India.
The Tribunal observed that the tax department had failed to prove its contention that the testing and certification were utilised in the taxpayer’s production activity in India. The burden in this regard was entirely on the tax department, which the tax department had failed to discharge.
The tax department’s argument on remitting the matter to the AO was neither required, nor appropriate to be adopted. The Tribunal observed that it was not possible to remit the matter to the AO since the appellate authority examines whether the assessment had been framed in accordance with law and if the assessment was not framed in accordance with law it was not the responsibility of the authority to start investigation suo moto and in order to fill up the gap which was missing.
The Tribunal further observed that the tax department did not bring anything on record to substantiate its observation of the testing and certification services provided to the taxpayer by CSA having been utilised for the taxpayer’s business activity in India. Accordingly, it was held that fees paid by the taxpayer did not deemed to accrue or arise in India and withholding of tax under Section 195 of the Act was not required and thus disallowance under Section 40(a)(i) of the Act was also not required.
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