Professional Update For the Day:



Income Tax : Where assessee trust was carrying on micro finance business in a commercial manner so as to earn profit and there was no iota of charity carried on by assessee, exemption under section 11 could not have been granted to assessee .( Assistant Commissioner of Income-tax v. Grama Vidiyal Trust)

Income Tax : Mesne profits (amount received from a person in wrongful possession of property) is a capital receipt and not chargeable to tax either as income or as “book profits” u/s 115JB. As the department has implicitly accepted Narang Overseas vs. ACIT 100 ITD (Mum) (SB), it cannot file an appeal on the issue in the case of other assessees. (CIT Vs. Goodwill Theaters Pvt. Ltd. (Bombay High Court)

Income Tax:   Slot hire facility is an integral part of contract for carriage of goods by sea and, thus, such an activity is also entitled to treaty protection under article 8 from source taxation of income arising from transportation of goods by operation of ships in international traffic, irrespective of whether or not such ships were owned or chartered by assessee – [2016] 70 taxmann 402 (Ahmedabad – Trib.)


Excise : Exporter can claim credit of duty paid to job-worker even if he performs only testing and packing of goods Commissioner of Central Excise, Chennai III Commissionerate v. Braked India Ltd. [2016] 71 103 (Madras)

Service tax : Services received from agents carrying out ‘sales promotion’ as well as ‘sale’ of products manufactured by assessee, are eligible for input service credit.- [2016]- 71 taxman 12 ( Banglore CESTAT)

Vat : Haryana Govt. specifies 15 days deadline to clear application for amendment in VAT certificate NOTIFICATION NO.15/ST-1/H.A. 6/2003/S.60/2016, DATED 25-5-2016

Excise : Where assessee was engaged in manufacturing of powder at its factory and it cleared said powder from factory in bulk without putting any brand name thereon and sent same to its godown, where it was repacked in containers of 200 gms and labelled with brand name and cleared therefrom, powder cleared from factory would be covered under Chapter Heading 2108.91- (2016) 71 taxman 5 (New Delhi) CESTAT

Custom : Where Customs Department directed bank to keep amounts frozen in current account of assessee, then, in absence of valid directions from assessee to transfer said amount in Fixed Deposit, bank cannot be expected to transfer same in Fixed Deposit; hence, assessee cannot claim ‘unearned interest’ on frozen amounts -[2016] 71 taxmann 9 (Bombay)


SEBI : The Securities and Exchange Board of India has issued Consultation paper for Disclosure of financial information in offer document/ placement memorandum and for Valuation in respect of SEBI (Infrastructure investment trusts) Regulations, 2014. The SEBI (Infrastructure investment trusts) Regulations, 2014 (InvIT Regulations) were notified on September 26, 2014, thereby providing a regulatory framework for registration and regulation of InvITs in India. The regulations, inter alia, prescribe conditions for making a public offer and private placement and broad guidelines for making initial and continuous disclosures including disclosures of financials of the InvIT.

HC held that when assessee participated in reassessment proceedings by furnishing the required documents and challenges the reopening subsequently before the high court by filing a writ petition then it would be not be appropriate for the high court to exercise its exclusive jurisdiction because the assessee has already chosen AO to exercise jurisdiction in the matter and to challenge his order before the appropriate appellate forum provided under the Act.

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