Currently, the investment-linked deduction under section 35AD is allowed to an assessee engaged in the business of building and operating a hotel whereby the deduction can only be granted to the owner of a hotel if he himself operates it. In service industries like hotels, a franchisee business system exists where the hotel owner may get the hotel operated through an outsourcing arrangement.
Therefore, it is proposed to provide a suitable clarification so that a hotel owner continues to be eligible for the investment- linked deduction under section 35AD if he, while continuing to own the hotel, transfers the operation of such hotel to another person. Accordingly, a new sub-section (1A) is proposed to be inserted in section 35AD to provide that where the assessee builds a hotel of two-star or above category as classified by the Central Government and subsequently, while continuing to own the hotel, transfers the operation thereof to another person, the assessee shall be deemed to be carrying on the specified business of building and operating hotel.
This amendment will take effect retrospectively from 1st April, 2011 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2011-12 and subsequent assessment years.