No TDS applicable on reimbursement of expenses incurred by Foreign parent company

No TDS applicable on reimbursement of expenses incurred by Foreign parent company


The Relevant Text of the Order as follows :

5. The aforesaid contention of the appellant was refuted by Ms. Kapila, learned counsel appearing for the assessee submitting that core issue was as to whether nature of expenses is such that it attracts the provisions of TDS. Her submission was that the payment raised was towards reimbursement of the expenses incurred by the parent company, namely, global management expenses and other expenses. When such payment was not chargeable to tax at all, the collecting machinery provision, whether Section 194J or Section 195, would not get triggered. According to her, there must be component of income chargeable to tax and only then the question of deduction of tax at source would arise in as much as tax at source is to be deducted on income and not on expenses. Global management expenses were reimbursement of cost and as per the decision in the case of Van Oord ACZ India (P) Ltd. v. CIT, [2010] 323 ITR 130 (Delhi), tax was not deductible.

6. Prima facie, we find force in the argument of learned counsel for the assessee. In any case, this is the view already taken by this Court in the case of this very assessee affirming the earlier decision of the Tribunal in ITA Nos.475/2009 and 751/2010 and we see no reason to deviate from the same. Therefore, in our opinion, no substantial question of law arises and the appeal is dismissed.

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